Are you a newbie, full of excitement at this brand new fragrant world you’ve discovered?
Have you set up camp at Perfume Central, busy trying as many fragrances as possible and rapidly building up your collection?
Are you further down the track and becoming more discerning and knowledgeable about what you sample and purchase, now the mania has passed?
Do you feel like slowing down and admiring the view by enjoying what you have rather than acquiring more?
Are you becoming jaded and somewhat cynical, rarely getting excited about new releases?
For several years I got a real thrill from testing a new perfume practically every day. I’d feel bereft if I didn’t have anything new to test because I really got a kick out of it. Just over a year ago something changed and I’m not sure why. I no longer felt the need to devour new fragrances at such a rate (and it did feel like a need!). I stopped buying samples on a regular basis and gave a lot of mine away.
As a result I actually started wearing the full bottles I had collected over those years but had rarely worn. Now I wear my full bottles at least 5 times a week and this makes me very happy. I also feel less guilty about my collection as result which is a bonus. Luckily though, I retained my enthusiasm for fragrance and I still regularly get excited about new releases and go through obsessive fragrant phases. Overall I feel like I’ve reached a pleasant perfume plateau.
So where are you on your journey through Perfumeland?