Ruminations on finding basenotes and falling in love- a thank you.
by, 23rd May 2011 at 09:06 PM (1607 Views)
Like many people, I chanced upon Basenotes by accident.
A few months back, I watched Perfume, based on the fabulous novel by Patrick Suskind, and subsequently determined to read the original novel. Unfortunately Perfume has not yet been translated into American English and British translations are scarce (according to Amazon, at least,) so I bought it in Spanish. To make a long story shorter, the world of perfumery exerts a siren's call for certain personalities that led me directly to discover basenotes, in more ways than one.
And like many people who lurk before joining, it didn't take me long to appreciate this truly international community so passionately united by a common love. What a fantastic opportunity to explore this world! There is little or no evidence of politics, one-upmanship or fighting. Here people try their best to help each other with patience, humor and humility. And basenotes has its shining stars-- kind, erudite men and women who have taken the time to welcome me and patiently answer my beginner's questions-- questions I am sure that have been asked a thousand and one times before. Thanks to all of you special people.
And the surprsingly quick result? Falling in love. I suppose that everybody start out with a post of the type "which fragrance is for me?" and gets suggestions from the community-- suggestions that invariably include the rare, the very expensive and the "niche" scents. This also happened to me. But very quickly, and after kissing relatively few frogs, I found a scent to fall in in love with. Soir de lune by Sisley. It is not for everybody, that much is clear (one woman calls it a "headache in a bottle,") but that blessed bottle is on the way in the mail from an internet discounter as I type this. De gustibus non disputandom est. And one woman's headache may be another person's elixir of bliss. At least it wasn't "butter and farts!"
And what did it take to get to that point? 60$ worth of samples from the Perfumed Court (thank you, ladies) and a few hours invested reading blogs, reviews, old threads, asking questions and writing down suggestions. Astonishing. Without basenotes, I could have tromped all over creation and still be searching for a true love to replace the holy grails that have since disappeared into history and the dregs of Ebay. "Discontinued" is my new dirty word, eliciting a gasp of moral outrage.
But it is not just a question of finding olfactory heaven-- it is really about discovering this world, exploring a previously-ignored sense and expanding one's horizons. It is about meeting people from all over the world and all walks of life-- everybody from college professors, designers and writers to professional gamblers and self-proclaimed "cads and bounders"! How serendipitous! How convenient! How fun! Thank you for this site.
Oh yes... I have read quite enough no to know that there will be more loves and certainly more questions and more patient answers. Thanks to all of you in advance for sharing the ride with me.
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