By  on June 10, 1994

Mary Coxe, an art consultant, said, "Fragrances do seem to be getting too expensive these days. There are some new ones that I might have tried if they hadn't been so expensive. I think, too, that there are too many new fragrances. Add to that the high prices, and you find that people are discouraged from making purchases and are sticking with fragrances they had."

Jane Strayhan, a tennis player, said she doesn't often shop for fragrances, but "there are a few things in particular that I like, and while it may be a real luxury, it's something I just have to have. I probably buy something about every four months. I just bought Calyx by Prescriptives. It's a light citrus scent and wonderful for spring and summer."

Becky Gottsegen, a graphic designer, said she buys fragrances for herself "in spite of the expense."

"I find that when other people buy them for me, they buy the ones I don't like," Gottsegen said. "Perfume is very, very personal. It's a little like buying lingerie. When anyone has ever bought me lingerie, I have exchanged it because I'm so particular."

Allison Stewart, an artist, said, "I don't buy clothes very much because I'm in my studio all the time, but I will spend money on a particular perfume that I love. I won't buy just anything. I have worn L'Air du Temps for 20 years -- my mother wore it. Fragrance takes the edge off some of the paint and adhesive fixative odors in my studio.

"I don't want to go out and buy $50 worth of perfume and then be tired of it in two weeks," she added. "Just recently, I switched to perfumed oils for daily use. They cost less than $12 and last a long, long time."

Lisa Marse, a marketing executive, said, "I don't think fragrance is too expensive at all. I feel about perfume the same way I feel about designer clothing -- you get what you pay for. I like to put perfume on once a day, and when I pay more for a fragrance, I know I won't have to reapply.

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