Hello Fellow Fumies,
At APJ we have a Saturday Question. Everyone gets to chime in with an answer, chat with other responders and it’s a fun event each week. Taking sides never means taking offence and everyone keeps it respectful and light, even though we can sometimes trawl the depths.
The idea is you’ll see it on the weekend or chime in through the week. Hopefully you will come back regularly and see if anyone has responded to your comment and you can reply to them. The aim is to generate real conversation and connection even though we are scattered around the globe.
Saturday Question: How Do You Find New Perfumes?
Our never ending search for new. It can been seen in any 21st century consumer and can dominate our lives. As perfumistas, especially in the first decade or so of our craving, we seem to feel the need to try everything. I’m still happily stuck in this phase of my perfume addiction.
Well, because I live so far away from the mainstream niche markets my preferred way to find new fragrance is sample and decant sites. Obviously my favourite is Surrender To Chance but there are many other good options and the range seems to grow weekly. There I can purchase for about 3x the retail ml worth and fabulous selection from around the world. I’m happy to pay it to get scents unavailable here as quickly as possible.
There is also the split route. It can be wonderful, especially if your host is close to the sources. The only thing is, you must choose a splitter who will do the splitting within a reasonable amount of time. Anything longer than a month and you’ve already missed the newness boat. It’s only a big problem if you’re reviewing or new obsessed.
Lastly I try to travel to Frag Hubs. Paris, London, NYC or LA are my fave drop ins for that but I’ve also travelled to First In Fragrance in Germany (Ah May Zing!) and some other big cities that have wonderful selections.