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Perfume, EDT, Cologne, etc:  How many bottles do you own? (SNP)

> 100
2 (1.7%)
75-100
3 (2.6%)
50-74
3 (2.6%)
25-49
2 (1.7%)
Less than 25
82 (70.1%)
None (why not?)
24 (20.5%)
Don't know; should count them
0 (0%)
I'm afraid to know
1 (0.9%)

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staceym

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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #15 on: October 05, 2012, 07:44:24 AM »
I voted None - I'm allergic to strong scents and stopped wearing body sprays and perfume years ago.

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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2012, 07:56:29 AM »
Over 100?!?! It goes bad - how does anyone use that much?

I wear Hermes 24 Faubourg in Fall/Winter and my favorite Jo Malone of the moment in Spring/Summer

I have a mini of the Hermes.  It was part of a set sent to me by a friend.

You can prevent perfume from going bad by making sure it is tightly closed and kept out of excess heat and sunlight.  The latter is the more destructive force, especially for scents that have more natural than chemical ingredients.  I have a splash bottle of Emeraude (EDC, 8 oz) purchased in the 80s and it's still good.

The other issue about scent is application method.  Sprays are always best because the contents of the bottle stays uncontaminated by body oil and skin flakes.

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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2012, 08:19:39 AM »
I started out with perfume oils because of Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs but something about their blends do not agree with my nose.  Then I found possets and fell in love! (not affiliated but a very happy customer)

I have about 30 bottle from BPAL, and really love and adore abut 10 of them. The best part for me is that they don't go bad. I could never get through a bottle of regular perfume before it started to change, plus the spray scents are, for some reason, likely to give me a mild headache after about 45 minutes.

But the oils are just wonderful!


I have about 70 imps/bottles but they are 5ml so it wouldn't apply to this poll according to the OP's guidelines.  But I love the pure scents and now when I put on the alcohol based ones, I can smell the alcohol in them.  I think I still have like 2 bottles of the regular perfume.  Halloween and Paris. Oh and Duende.  So 3.

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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2012, 08:50:17 AM »
I don't own any perfume. It's just not something I'm into. I do have a sensitivity to scents, perhaps that's why? Although I've found some scents, particularly herb-scents, don't trigger headaches.

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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #19 on: October 05, 2012, 08:56:06 AM »
I have a few that are quite old.  I probably should check and see if they are still good.

My husband is allergic to anything with a scent, especially botanicals.  The more botanical, the worse the response.  Herbal Essence shampoo, for example, is a major problem for him. 

I learned early in our relationship that if I wore perfume, his response would not be, "Gee, you smell good," it was invariably, "What's that smell?"

So much for the allure of scent.... 
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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #20 on: October 05, 2012, 09:41:42 AM »
I have 2, both from Rue 21, so about $10 each.

My husband is allergic to most scents, up until a few months ago I would have put 0. My SIL works at Rue 21 and she asked him to do an experiment and see if certain scents were OK around him or not. Then she sold them to me. Anything for a sale :P Though it is nice to put on a spritz before work most mornings.

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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #21 on: October 05, 2012, 09:58:13 AM »
I have 3 perfumes, and these days I use only one. My DH is a bit of a baby about perfume; I have to use my own atomizer because the one my perfume came in does too good of a job, and he complains about inhaling the perfume particles that didn't hit me. (Not that I really mind, it was an excuse to buy another bulb atomizer!)
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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #22 on: October 05, 2012, 11:03:03 AM »
I can't really wear perfume anymore; its a bit too strong for me, but I still do every now and again.  I keep them mainly because they are on a pretty tray on my vanity and look nice! There are a couple of exceptions; I love Fresh Sugar Lemon, and there are several by Pacifica, mainly their Bali Lime Papaya. They smell nice, but are light and don't aggrevate my sinuses.

My preference is body spray from BBW, along with their shower gels.  They don't smell too strong either, so I can use them.

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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #23 on: October 05, 2012, 12:04:50 PM »
I think these poll numbers are pretty skewed because they're based on a thread on a perfume forum! In my experience reading those forums, those folks are perfume/fragrance nuts in a way I'm pretty sure 99% of the population isn't.

I have 3: Lolita Lempicka, Givenchy Ange ou Demon Le Secret and Lolita Lempicka Forbidden Flower. I think I'm going to buy Burberry Brit or another less sweet scent for my new job.

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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #24 on: October 05, 2012, 12:15:17 PM »
None.  I'm allergic, and have been for years.

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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #25 on: October 05, 2012, 12:38:50 PM »
The friend who worked in retail for so long probably has about a thousand.  She gave me half of what I've had during the past 20+ years.  She is afraid to do an inventory, as she has -- by her description -- two closets full.  I'm not even close to that, but I probably have the most of anyone here.

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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2012, 12:58:36 PM »
I only have a couple of full-sized bottles, the rest are in 5ml BPAL imps. I have to ask, though. Why have closets full of perfume if they aren't available for easy use?
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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #27 on: October 05, 2012, 01:05:56 PM »
I was really amazed at any one having more than 25. I usually have 4 or 5.  I don't like overly heavy scents.  And I learned in HS that I couldn't wear colognes.  They turn very chemical smelling on me. 

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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #28 on: October 05, 2012, 01:28:30 PM »
The friend who worked in retail for so long probably has about a thousand.  She gave me half of what I've had during the past 20+ years.  She is afraid to do an inventory, as she has -- by her description -- two closets full.  I'm not even close to that, but I probably have the most of anyone here.

Honest question: how long do they last? Since I don't wear/buy perfume, I have no experience with them. Does the scent fade with time? Or is it still good as long as the bottle is unopened, (like wine)?

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Re: Fragrance
« Reply #29 on: October 05, 2012, 01:58:30 PM »
Used to love perfume but now it makes me nauseated and gives me a headache. I even have to give away some laundry detergent because it made my clothes too perfumey. The only thing I can take is pink grapefruit body spray by BBW.