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The Novice Nose

Wherein a novice to the world of scents shares his impressions of all he observes and experiences in the well-scented world.

  1. The Novice Nose: Is There A Difference Between Action and Words?

    As Iíve said in the past one of the reasons Iím doing SotW is to see whether the actions of the community match up to the words on the forums. Over the last couple of weeks there have been three opportunities for me to check whether our words as a community match our actions in what we wear.
    The first is this thread around Acqua di Parma Colonias
    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=211984
    Throughout this thread there is a debate about which Colonia is best. There ...
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  2. The Novice Nose: Samples Month Part II

    For the month of June I decided to wear nothing but samples. As there were a couple of days off for SSDís I decided to extend it until July 5th so there would be 29 scents sampled in all. In Part I the first 13 scents were discussed and now in Part II the remaining 16.
    Guerlain Jicky---Made for a man but loved by women especially the women of Basenotes. Iíve been dying to try this since noticing that this is the ladiesí equivalent to Terre DíHermes as far as how many of them wear it. ScentMother ...
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  3. The Novice Nose: Samples Month Part I

    Once again the confounded servers and the specter of work keep me from posting to the blog in a regular manner. Iíve been spending the month of June going through a bunch of samples to see if there was anything I wanted to try more of. In this post Iím going to go through the scents I tried in the first half of the month and next week Iíll return with the scents from the second half.
    Jo Malone Mandarin, Basil and Lime---After loving Black Vetyver Cafť and not having longevity issues with ...

    Updated 30th June 2008 at 04:13 AM by Somerville Metro Man

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  4. The Novice Nose: Style Remains

    "Fashion dies, style remains"
    Words spoken by Yves St. Laurent and quoted many times this past week on the occasion of his death at 71. His death has caused me to reflect on where style began, for me. It began in the mid 70's as I moved through high school. It began as I wanted to look good for my own self-confidence as well as to attract girls. It began as I looked at GQ for the first time and thought, I want to look like that. It began when I bought my first pair of tailored pants ...
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  5. The Novice Nose: Jicky and The 8th Annual Basenotes Awards

    Tonight we observe a mysterious event I call ďThe Jicky AffairĒ. I, like many other Basenoters, was looking forward to the release of the 8th Annual Basenotes Awards. Not only was I curious to see the winners but it would signal the end of Grantís long nightmare getting the site re-coded. As I would think about the results, based on my SotW, I expected Terre DíHermes to have a strong showing which it did. Additionally I also expected Guerlain Jicky to do similarly. When the results were released ...
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