Get to Know a Basenote(r): jarroditshallbe
by, 4th June 2014 at 02:09 PM (2550 Views)
Hey again. I am going to interview me. I am doing this for future interviews, so I can show a few different lines of thought to answer questions, and free up how much they can articulate. Again, thanks for reading, and let me know any improvements you may think of!
Why do these Interviews?
So many of these questions are asked constantly in the forums. Since the “search tool” is clearly always broken, this may be a way to quick reference some of the FAQ’s.
I also tried to avoid questions with answers that may change a lot. Sure a new Striking Memory can be added, but it is much more are an occurrence than asking “What is your top 5” or “Desert Island,” That can change every other day.
It is more fun to learn why someone is doing something, i.e wearing a cologne, instead of just what are they doing. The deeper you go, the more interesting it is.
Job outside of BN?
I am fragrance specialist at a department store.
How long have you been into fragrance?
Since roughly 2003. I started purchases bottles at the rate I do now, instead of just a passing bottle here and there.
Do your friends and family ask you for advice or they think your odd for being so into the craft?
At first, yes. Where I live, there isn’t much of a demand for fragrances. After friends saw that I took it seriously and there was actually a craft and thought behind it, they now come to me for advice.
Favorite Joke of all time?
Most of them are extremely long, so… Out of your league flirting is called harassment.
Or if you want one against us Frag Fans “Is it chance that cologne rhymes with alone?” Demitri Martin.
I want to hear some jokes. Basenotes can handle them.
First frag you received as a gift?
It was a travel 1 0z bottle of Candies for me. I wore it constantly and to the beach. I think it was from my mom when I was maybe 15 or 16.
First frag you bought?
Chrome. Bought it at a Dillard’s. I just remember it being so clean, and was the first time I learned they weren’t all super cheap. Everyone was wearing Axe because it just came out.
Even long into collecting, I kept that bottle just for the nostalgia. It was hard to get rid of it, but if I ever change my mind or do some weird “History of Jarrod’s Cologne Problem,’ It is not that hard to find.
Last frag bought?
I just got a small bottle of Engin from Rynegne. It’s good stuff, wears forever. I suggest looking into his line.
I have roughly 40 I rotate, though I have about 150 total. What I wear is in my wardrobe on this site, what I have aside from those are in my trade list in the forums.
Earliest frag related memory?
I can only guess at this. I think I was maybe 14 or 15, before my bottle of Candies. I went to my dad’s house and he had a bottle of Joop!. He didn’t really care for it, and I was inexperienced. He said I could have it, since I had a school dance coming up. I sprayed it, to say the least, GENEROUSLY. So much that it burned my eyes. That night at the dance, my date said it smelled really good. To this day, I think she may have just been being polite.
I still have some disassociated memories for things earlier than that. Every now and then I smell a perfume that may remind me of my mom when I was a child, but I can’t put a time on it to expand on the thought.
Most striking fragrance memory?
I will do several memories for different reasons.
On a trip one time, a girl wore Love Spell by Victoria Secret. Though not expensive or even designer, at the time it intoxicated me. For a long time when I smelled it I only thought of my crush on her. I don’t even know if it is around anymore.
My first real girlfriend also had a strong effect on me. She shaped my taste in women’s fragrance as it is, roughly, today. She wore men’s Polo Blue. I found out later it was her Ex Boyfriends, which would ultimately be a sign that I should have paid attention to (Lol.) But it was heavy and still feminine on her. It is more significant now, in that in her wearing the Men’s fragrance early on eliminated the thought of fragrances being gendered in my mind. If it smells good, wear it.
Any ponderances or thoughts on fragrance as a whole you'd like to share based on your experiences?
Don’t rush to buy things. There are so many out there it is ridiculous to just buy something on a whim. You may have a hard time buying your one you want forever, but take your time with all of them. And I don’t know about you, but I can’t blow 100-200 bucks on something that is”ok.”
What scent do you have on right now? Tell the story about how and why you own it, and any fun story related to it.
Viktor & Rolf Antidote. A work friend bought this for me blind. It ended up and still is in my top 3 fragrances I own. So bring it back in a parfum V&R! I’ve hoarded about 300 mL of it right now. It reminds me of what a ghost might smell like.
At Panama City one time, I was spraying it the bathroom. A girl in my room came in and said it was amazing, and she sprayed it all over herself. It made me feel great, knowing you can make a persons attitude change by pressing a finger on a sprayer. Not many things out there that can do that.
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