Originally Posted by HORNS
Ain't that the truth. Memories of "should have purchased" nag me all the time, even though I know in my heart very well that I simply did not like the scent. Then I remember, and say to myself, "What the fuck do you think you're trying to do? Build an American Osmotheque?"
Bel Ami - I bought it blind and hardly ever wore it. Liked it well enough but never once wore it because I was 'feeling it'. I had to remind myself that I have it and should wear it once in a while. So I decided - out of the blue - that I needed a backup bottle (because in like 4 years I'd used up maybe 10ml) and found that it had been pulled from general distribution. Only available at the Hermes boutiques, at full retail - naturellement. So begins a frantic scramble to get more Bel-Ami - calls were placed to various outlets, requests posted on various boards, etc. Finally someone comes through with a bottle he never wears (what are the odds) and Then I had Two bottles. Neither of which I ever wore. Finally I swapped one of the bottles out for something else I thought I wanted but, again, never wear. Le sigh.
Part of the issue, though, comes from the imposing nature of the Timeless Classics and all the people who do U-turns on them. Today I heard from a friend how she Finally Gets Shalimar. Finally. Years of trying and today it clicked. You hear stories like this, you find a classic that doesn't work and buy it anyway hoping that one day it comes to you and you're happy and part of the all-knowing good-taste crowd because you now like the Timeless Classics. It's insidious, I tell you.