This perfume love of mine sometimes scares me

Like yesterday for example.

I was home looking for some samples to add to packages and at one point it jus hit me. Oh my god! I have so many samples, they are going to run over me and leave me for dead!

Ok, so maybe not dead but exhausted or just depressed because I don’t see how are they going to run me over if I don’t take them in my hand and try them but there are so many! And the amount is just going to grow and grow. And I have no idea how 80% of them smell like even though I tried them. It really scared me and then I got depressed. Every once in a while I read about one of them and take it out to smell it. If I cannot make my mind, I put it back for another try. But while I’m doing that, I’m also swapping and ordering stuff, and new samples arrive. And find a place to live their life somewhere near me but probably hiding so I wouldn’t find them when I need them (even though I try and put them at places where I’ll be able to find them).

And what happens yesterday? I try looking for stuff that I already put aside for swapping extras and suddenly there are samples wherever I look. They really scared me. I guess we can live in peace if some of them are hiding and I don’t need to be aware of them most of the time.

I think I’ll stop now and not go back to reading what I wrote because just thinking about it makes me sound like a lunatic. πŸ™‚

But! I’m a lunatic with a new perfume fixation. Ok, so it’s not really a fixation, more of an interest in a certian area. Like attars.

I got two Amouage attar samples last week, Al Mas and Homage, and even though attars smell a bit different than what I’m used to, I wanted to try some more and of course, I ordered some.

From Arabian Bazaar. They were the first site that came up when I browsed for attars and they have sample packs (2). So I oredred both (and can I just say I’m their first Croatian customer).

And I got very surprised – I ordered on Thursday (5 days ago) and the package was waiting for me today when I got home. πŸ™‚ Talk about fast.

Of course, there wasn’t much time for testing yet, I just put on 2 of them randomly and turns out one of them smells quite a lot like Al Mas by Amouage (for quite a lot less money). Honestly, it actually smells even better to me (hope lightning doesn’t strike me).

Sedra costs 58$ for 30ml. I couldn’t find Al Mas but Homage is 270 E for 12ml. And for that money, I’m likely to think it’s not compatible with my skin chemistry because otherwise I would have to say it’s really not good (it smelled a lot like I put something pickled on my skin for quite a while until getting relatively normal).

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9 thoughts on “This perfume love of mine sometimes scares me

  1. Michael May 18, 2010 at 21:10 Reply

    Are you starting to become interested in middle-eastern oils and attars? I ordered some stuff from TPC the other day and I am quite curious, but its such a minefield out there, and pricy! I'd be interested in finding out more of your opinions on the quality, who to order from, etc.


  2. Bellatrix May 18, 2010 at 21:17 Reply

    Oj! First, tell us – how many (cca) samples do you have?? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Second, why are you so worrying about it? I mean, you have them, you enjoy in them… eventually they will all come close to your nose πŸ™‚ Those that you don't like – you will swap or even sell, those you do like – you will wear them (a day or a weak since there are probably 1 ml) and that's it.I don't see problem :)If you have 100-200 bottles, and you don't have food on your table – that would be a problem. πŸ™‚


  3. + Q Perfume Blog May 19, 2010 at 16:16 Reply

    Do what I did: I found a perfume pal and we meet now and than. He gives me samples, I give him samples. But the idea is not to count how many each is giving the other.Give away. Give to friends, co workers and move on.I was keeping them and in the end I realized that: too many samples are going to run bad, so it is best to put a smile on someoneΒ΄s face and give it away.If you really enjoyed, just if it is really something too special, keep it.Make 2 groups: very interesting – not that necessary.You will feel very good giving things away.By the way, I do that every six months will all my stuff.What you havenΒ΄t used or wore in one year – has to go to charity.You should also try to stop buying so frequently. Hold the plastic money sweety!I love your comments in my blog, love you blog too!xxxxxxxxxx


  4. Ines May 19, 2010 at 16:40 Reply

    Michael, yes, I got seriously interested in attars. But honestly, I cannot discuss the quality yet, I still haven't tried that many. But of those I just got, I think they are all good quality – it just depends what you like. What do you say we do a swap once you are through with some of yours?


  5. Ines May 19, 2010 at 16:41 Reply

    Bellatrix, thanks for the consolation – I'm still not hungry because of my perfume (or book) love. I'm pretty sure some of those are going to end up in your hands. πŸ˜‰


  6. Ines May 19, 2010 at 16:46 Reply

    +Q, thanks for stopping by – I love your blog too.And you are right – I started thinking I should share more of them but I seem not to be able to get over my hoarding habits. Or spending habits for that matter (and yes, I should hold the plastic money). :)I actually started with the groupings you mention – I have a place to put those I don't find good, interesting and will never want to buy. Now that you mentioned you give things away every six months – I actually do that too with my clothes and shoes. πŸ™‚ But I still cannot part with some of my perfumes. Silly me. Promise I'll try better. πŸ™‚


  7. La Bonne Vivante May 19, 2010 at 21:10 Reply

    I love the way you describe the 'scariness' of the sample piles! I totally know how you feel–it's like: ok, and am I ever going to smell (and really KNOW all of these???!!???) You hit the nail on the head, as always!


  8. Ines May 20, 2010 at 11:34 Reply

    Thanks La BV!I see I'm not the only one having these thoughts. πŸ˜‰


  9. Michael May 22, 2010 at 20:58 Reply

    Ines, I'm happy to do that. Still in very early stages of building up a collection though. I'll post some thoughts on the ones I've ordered from TPC, once they arrive (hurry up post!).


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