Monday Question: Are you Easily Bored By A Perfume?

Do you grow tired of a particular scent quickly?

Do you crave change?

How long do you usually wear one scent?

Do you suffer from perfume attention deficit? 😉

My Answers:

This probably comes not as a big surprise, but I am afraid that I do indeed suffer from perfume attention deficit disorder. But lucky for me (and you) the cure is easy: Just get more perfume! 😉

Seriously, though, I have a very short attention span concerning scents, I like the change, I like the challenge of something new, I like to discover new frontiers. Thankfully there is always something new on the horizon. The industry caters to people like me.

Sometimes (coincidentally when perusing my credit card statements) I wish it were different. I wish I could be the person who seeks out something to love and makes it part of her forever or for a long time at least.

On the other hand, it is only perfume after all. It is there to have fun with, to use it to enhance a mood or see yourself in a new way.

I shouldn’t be too hard on myself 😉

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14 Responses to Monday Question: Are you Easily Bored By A Perfume?

  1. Tara says:

    Hmm, interesting question. I think the term “fragrance wardrobe” is a good one as it makes sense to change your perfume according to the time of year, what you’re doing or your mood etc. Throw in some decants and the odd one-time bottle purchase and it makes life more interesting.

    I do think it’s nice that some people have a signature scent that other people associate them with. However I’m sure that, like me, you have a few scents that you know will be in your life for a very long time to come – Bois des Iles is one of mine, maybe Puredistance is one of yours? Overall I’d hate to go back to the days when I only owned one bottle of perfume at a time – only buying a new one when the old when ran out *shudders*. We’d be missing out on all this fun!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I absolutely agree with you, going back to one bottle at a time is unthinkable and nothing I would want any more. Perfume is way to important a part of my life now. Our wardrobe just tends to be a little more extensive than other people’s 😉

  2. deeHowe says:

    “Bored” isn’t quite the word for me. I’ve just got an inquiring mind 🙂

    Really though, I am constantly, ceaselessly, are tirelessly looking for new perfumes. Not to find the Perfect Scent, or the One to Rule Them All, but because trying them is a fun journey, and finding new ones that I like is so rewarding. As you say, Perfume is the best mood-enhancer, and the “hunt” for new releases resonates on a primordial level… my inner neanderthal wants to find more things that smell good 🙂

    Thank the gods for samples and bottle splits, right?

    • Olfactoria says:

      My inner neanderthal is delighted to read your comment, she feels totally understood 😉
      I am trained to always look for a problem, instead of enjoying the positive, that is quite annoying…I often spoil the fun for myself. 😦

      • deeHowe says:

        Oh, I have this gift too! It’s wonderfully useful, don’t you think? I refer to it as my “repulsion to dissonance” meter. 🙂 It makes me sound authoritative even when I have no idea what I’m saying. LOL.

  3. Tarleisio says:

    For me, it’s more a question of…”Who do I feel like being today?” If that makes any sense…And I usually commit to one thing for the day, at least, so I try to choose something that doesn’t get old after a few hours. Unless, of course, I’ve fallen in l-o-v-e…in which case, I want to be embalmed in it and asphyxiate my surroundings on the principle of “love me, love my perfume”! 😉

    I’ve discovered – strange, but true – that orientals, as a rule, bore me more than greens/florals/incense/citrus. Maybe it’s because I have an association in my mind that orientals are for nefarious purposes, such as…seduction?

    So it’s not something to wear when I want to blow ’em away with my writing…;-)

    • Olfactoria says:

      “Who do I feel like being today?” that captures it beautifully. I love this transformative power of perfume. And strangely I tire of orientals quicker too, I always attributed that to a certain heaviness, that can be exhausting over time, but your theory is worth a thought 😉

  4. Marina says:

    Oh so easily…I get tired of what I’d swear would be holy grails forever 🙂 Worse still, perfumes so easily and so strongly associate with circumstances for me, that afterward I simply cannot wear them. I’d immediately associate a scent with whatever unpleasantness happened when I was last wearing it…or even with a whole period in life. It might have been a great period even, but it has passed…and so has the affection for a perfume that I wore then, you know?

  5. georgy says:

    perfumes and scents ressemble the real life, there are year long relationsships, lifetime friendships but also short liasons and ONS!!!

  6. Shana says:

    I try so hard, and i emphasize the word “hard” to find my signature fragrance. I would not say that i am obsessed with buying fragrance (even though i obsessively do so), but i am obsessed with finding the perfect perfume. I would love to be remembered by the “lovely perfume that i wear”. Too bad something as simple as a feminine, soapy, floral perfume doesnt seem to exist!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Shana,
      It is not easy finding just the right scent, especially if you have a clear idea in your head. Have you ever thought about a custom perfume? In the long run it might be less expensive than repeated “mistakes” and you could end up with the unique perfume of your dreams.
      There are perfumers like Dawn Spencer Hurwitz or Laurie Erickson (or Mandy Aftel if you want natural) who make outstanding perfumes and do custom work as well.

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