Your 2020 Fragrance Balance

H_West

Well-known member
Oct 14, 2015
It is time for a new year and a new thread of your fragrance balance. The Netto :D This thread is not just for restrictions, it is to keep track of how your collection is changing over the year. Your goal might be to decrease as well as to increase your collection.

You start with the balance 0. End a bottle in 2020 and you are -1. End a bottle and buy two new ones, then you are +1. Nothing advanced. I am counting my samples and decants as well as my bottles. If you want you could differ sold/ended as well as gifted/purchased. It could also be fun to see which fragrances that are sold, bought and so on.

Please share how your collection is changing! And a happy new year to all of you! :beer:
 

H_West

Well-known member
Oct 14, 2015
I am starting this year with 35 bottles and 88 samples/decants (one not in directory so 89 for real)

I will try to tell which fragrances that is in or out and if they were ended or sold for example.

So far nothing has changed since 2020-01-01:

Bottles: +-0
Samples/decants: +-0
 

Kotori

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Aug 17, 2006
2020 so far:

Wardrobe: 0
Backups: +1
Minis/Solids: 0

Since we started:

Wardrobe: -1 (-6, +5)
Backups: -1 (-3, +2)
Minis/Solids: -8

This year since there are new IFRA restrictions coming down that should impact a few of my top 5 favorites, I plan to purchase 2-3 backups of ones I use up regularly and don’t want to do life without. I plan to add up to about 10 backup bottles. I also plan to buy at least one new citrus, but maybe two, or at most three. I can see having a cheap as chips EDC, a dark citrus, and a bright one. But I’ll still keep my actual wardrobe under 40.

I also have some thing I don’t completely love, or that I love but my family doesn’t, or that I love but they can trigger migraines. So I need to figure out whether to keep them or find them another home. Or if it’s close, just use them up and not back them up.
 

ClockworkAlice

Cakesniffer
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Jan 3, 2019
I'll join this year, too!

I started 2020 with 37 fragrances (including minis and travel sprays) and 11 samples. I don't have and don't plan to have decants.
My goal is to end this year with 35 fragrances (ideally - with 30, but I'm not selling things, so I should either finish the bottles myself or give something away to better homes and this is not a quick process, so I'm leaving this goal for 2021 maybe). I'm not planning a no-buy period and will allow myself to acquire something new, but the goal is to enjoy what I already have and finish some bottles/minis that I enjoy less or merely like to make more space for things I truly love. I don't have a goal for samples, I'll count their balance just because numbers and statistics are fun.

My fragrance balance this year so far:

Bottles in Wardrobe (including minis and travel sprays): +1 (bought Baptême du Feu by Serge Lutens as my 1st BN-versary present for myself :D)
Backups: 0
Samples: 0

Edit: After seeing Kotori's post I decided to add a line for backups, too. I'm not planning to get many if any, but maybe one or two.
 

notspendingamillion

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Basenotes Plus
Sep 2, 2018
eee... I haven't been counting backup bottles. My backup count is 5, so that is not too serious.

32
10
5


Bottles: +-0
Samples/decants: +-0
Backups: +-0


edited: realized that Dior Homme 2020, which I bought in 2019 was not yet in my wardrobe. Increased my bottle total to 32.
 
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Buysblind

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Jan 21, 2011
Great! It’s good to see the new thread is up and running. Nice job, H-West! :thumbsup:


Current wardrobe: 60 bottles

Current 2020 Balance = +3 (added: Elysium Parfum, Jubilation XXV, Micallef Avant Garde)

Balance Goal for 2020 = +3



So I take it the term "NETTO" is a No-no for 2020? :huh: This year we're using the word "balance?"

Works for me! (and I think a lot of other people as well!) :grin:
 
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cazaubon

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Jan 1, 2005
Kotori, which bottles will you be backing up? I already bought backups of Hypnotic Poison and Memo Manoa. Thinking about 4160 Tuesdays Red Queen and Tauer Le Maroc pour Elle as well (particularly worried about jasmine and opoponax.)
 

Bigserver1

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Apr 17, 2018
I’m at 53 bottles. Getting ready to put about 4 or 5 up for sale.

I bought two of them lol so you’re a -2 at least and I’m +2 now :laugh:

Excluding decants my collection is at 23 full bottles. If I include decants I’m at 47. My ultimate netting goal for 2020 is to decrease my overall collection to 45, but to raise my number of full bottles to 30 or so.

Year to date: +2
 

Kotori

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Aug 17, 2006
Kotori, which bottles will you be backing up? I already bought backups of Hypnotic Poison and Memo Manoa. Thinking about 4160 Tuesdays Red Queen and Tauer Le Maroc pour Elle as well (particularly worried about jasmine and opoponax.)

Good call on Hypnotic Poison. I might not have thought about that.

I’m backing up Kenzo Flower, Gucci Rush, and Hanae Mori. Maybe more. I’d predict major changes for Shalimar, Diorissimo, and Opium. Plus I’d predict Dioressence might be pulled entirely, along with possibly Hypnotic Poison and Dior Addict.
 
Jun 10, 2012
You're a funny guy! But truthfully, I seem to be 1 bottle in, 1 bottle out for the most part. I guess that's how I keep a relatively small collection after all these years. 51 bottles when I'm 37 years in the hobby? Not bad.

Plus, I've done really well at passing up cheapies and impulse buys lately.

Yeah, I admire how you manage to (somewhat) keep it under control!

Unfortunately I'm more of a "1 out, 2 in" sort of a guy, even though I'd like to reduce. I've done well at passing up on cheapies, I need to control impulse buys for 2020.
 

Reventon

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Basenotes Plus
Oct 26, 2019
Kicked off at 20 Bottles, 0 Samples or Decants (used up my last ones in early december).

Currently +2 (Both cheapies), planning on some imminent purchases. I'll probably update in a week's time.
 

ClockworkAlice

Cakesniffer
Basenotes Plus
Jan 3, 2019
After some testing and searching I finally decided on my new vanilla-based scent and got myself a bottle of Shalimar (current EDP). I only needed to test it again after a year and something clicked. All the other possible options went right through the window there and then. Technically I fulfilled my plan of getting a vanilla based scent and a classic with just one purchase so I could stop here, but I'll allow myself to get another classic (or maybe two... or...) later.

Now my balance looks like this:
Wardrobe: +2
Backups: 0
Samples: 0

I need to work on the bottles that are nearing the bottom now.
 

Reventon

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Basenotes Plus
Oct 26, 2019
+1, saw 4711 at the chemist and snagged a bottle.

+3/-0 for the year.

Proper haul coming up next week.
 

H_West

Well-known member
Oct 14, 2015
I'll join this year, too!

Nice, welcome! :)

Great! It’s good to see the new thread is up and running. Nice job, H-West! :thumbsup:

So I take it the term "NETTO" is a No-no for 2020? :huh: This year we're using the word "balance?"

Works for me! (and I think a lot of other people as well!) :grin:

Thanks! I'm glad we're at this again, now with a better term :D

I'm up 2 and -1 so far, but thinking of clearing out some things I never wear, so stay tuned.

I know I will! :)

As of today - Bottles - +24

This will be interesting! :D



I got a 7 ml decant Versace - The Dreamer from a friend. I have also ended a 5 ml decant of Chanel - Eau de Cologne. Easy to empty with the good smell and lousy performance. :)
So at decants I'm +1 -1 and back at a 0.

Bottles: 0
Samples/Decants: 0 (+1, -1)
 

24 Faubourg

Well-known member
Aug 19, 2015
I started the year with 37 bottles. I don't count samples/decants.

I'm already +5 and planning on at least 6/7 more purchases in the next month or so. :embarassed:

Last year was my first year ever at +0 (!!!!!!!) not counting gifts I bought for people since I got into fragrances so I think this year will make up for it...
 

Tappio

Well-known member
Jun 21, 2011
I'm at +1, after ordering Creed Royal Water. Didn't plan on buying it, but it was a great deal so I figured why not. Hoping to give away four or five bottles to my brother-in-law this week to cut down my overall collection size.

EDIT: Now at -4 for the year. Just gave away the following:

Mugler Kryptomint
CK Euphoria Intense
Bentley Intense
Perry Ellis Portfolio Green
Ed Hardy Skulls and Roses
 
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dontworrybehappy

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Oct 11, 2015
Frag collection as of Jan 1st/2020- 108. 64 niche frags, 29 designers and 15 indie. Added no frags yet, however at some point this yr planning to add about 10 frags this yr.
 

Buysblind

Well-known member
Jan 21, 2011
I'm only counting actual bottles that are in my wardrobe (no decants, samples, or backups).


Previous Balance = +3

Sold = 1

Updated and Current Balance = +2

Wardrobe = 59 bottles
 

CuddleCat

It smells so good in here
Moderator
Basenotes Plus
Aug 20, 2009
New overall totals
Bottles: 37
Backups: 6
Minis/Travel size/Samples: 16

New Current Balance
Bottles: -1
Backups: 0
Minis/Travel size/Samples: 0

Gave my bottle (about 10-15ml left) of Lime, Basil & Mandarin by Jo Malone to my son. He took a liking to it & I have to be honest, the drydown smells better on him than me!
 

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