Just wanted to know if any of you "collect" certain things, what you collect and why. And how it looks and whats your favorite and so on If there already is a thread about this you can move this post into that thread por favor. --------------------- I dont actually know where "collecting" begins and ends? If you buy lots of "stuff A" and keep them just cause you want toand like to is that collecting? If you buy lots of "stuff B" and actually use them all in some kind of way very often is that collecting or just buying and having many of a certain thing?? Who knows? Feels like a gray area here. Is there a certain number you have to have before its a collection? Is 2 a collection? Humans are gatherer-hunters Yeah well I dont know if I actually collect them but but I at least a have gathered quite large amount of perfumes/colognes/edTs. Whatever you might call them. Ok its not a very large amount but its more than 10. ------------------ Justification: I guess it began a few years ago. When pretty much all my 4-5 or so scents ran out at the same time. I use quite a lot of them. Since my only form of transportation is by bicycle I like to do 3-4 sprays before heading out to work. I ride for about 30-45 minutes. I always shower just before I'm heading out and always as soon as I come home and always use new fresh clothes each day. So I dont smell like sweat no matter how i hard i try. Since it takes like 12-18h for this to occur. Or reusing clothes several days, like 2 in a row. Which I dont do either. But still. You get warm and the scents boil off pretty fast. So I need good stuff. Stuff thats lasts (and not very many do to be honest). A few do though... So I went to the local store and tested pretty much all they had and went home with 2 new ones. And then after a few weeks I felt I needed to have at least 5 different ones. Since there is 5 different days in a work-week right. Then my job started sending me out of the country very often, and taxfree is nice! And the selection there is nice... So what to do really? I think my collection now as it stands is 50 different perfumes/EDT's. And I have doubles of a few. Why get doubles?? Well many of the ingredients in perfumes gets banned sooner or later by some health agency and then they have to destroy all existing stock and reformulate them to smell kinda similar with other lesser quality but "safe" ingredients. This happens all the time! The recepies are printed on the boxes and on the bottles. it looks like a cryptic code. its the code for the recepie. And they always smell "worse" and last a lot shorter when this reformulation happens. So do yourself a favor. Dont go out buying a new replacement perfume when you finished your 10-15 year old favorite one, you will most likely be very disappointed by its "performance". Its not the same stuff anymore. Since its illegal now if it was even close to good back in the day. ------------------- Well maybe I should list my top 3 ones and maybe my bottom 3 ones. I have made some impulse buys over the years. They smelled good in the store but I quickly got bored and/or quickly got disgusted with them. It happens.. My top 3 ones, best of all the ones I've tested (for me that is, ymmv) and I have probably tested 90% of whats out there commercially. Yves Saint Laurent - La nuit de l 'homme (edP) combo, i always use these in combo Guerlain - L'instant (edP)with: Yves Saint Laurent - la nuit de l'homme (edT) (older chemistry=62k101) Christian Dior - Homme (edT) (the edP version is good too but it might be severely overpowering for unsuspecting civilians (and i mean it), its very very potent) -------------- and my biggest disappointments. Givenchy - Xeryus Rouge (liked it in the store, now it smells like dishwashing soap to me, can't wear it ever again) Chanel - Bleu (edP) - smells really good but its too weak and short lasting. The edT is better supposedly. Its just disappointing performance for a perfume not an edT. Christian Dior - Fahrenheit (edP) smells like leather and weird stuff. Can't really use it, I think people would be offended by it. Smelled good in the store, but not now somehow. I almost feel disgusted by it. It smells nothing similar to the edT or the older ones from 10 years ago. I had the edT when i was young and it was awesome, this one not so much. Avoid like the plague!