Once upon a time I was bored at work and jonesing (North American slang for “strongly craving”). The Internet was still a fairly new presence in my life and the novelty only grew stronger as the web grew wider. In an effort to score some rare perfume, I stumbled upon a website that purported to offer the gentleman’s take on fragrance. At the time I had been swapping unwanted fragrances left and right over at Makeup Alley; I was also one of the very few gentlemen enjoying that community. Then I found Basenotes and it was like a fragrance junkie’s dream: It was kind of like starting high school or moving to a new city; I had just found a great group of friends, my first group of friends, but then suddenly discovered an entirely new group of people just as depraved and obsessed as I was who could offer me things I had never tried before. Score!
At MakeupAlley I had created some surprisingly strong bonds with other addicts but one of the main differences between the two sites was that Basenotes was primarily a fragrance discussion board comprised of men while Makeup Alley was more of a swapping board for cosmetics comprised of women. I quickly settled into my second home, splitting my time between the two almost like a man with a secret family out of town. I greatly enjoyed contributing to Basenotes, ca. 2003 as a community member and found Grant, the site owner and administrator, to be incredibly easy to work with. It wasn’t long before the big boss promoted me to a board moderator in 2004. And when I smuggled a huge find out of Singapore in 2005, overdosing on vintage ethanol, Grant published my story. When I was attacked by a 3-inch bottle of cologne at The Body Shop in 2006, Grant published my story. And now, almost ten years later, he’s agreed to help me tell the continuing saga of a rambling addict. I’m back, baby, and I’m STILL a fragrance junkie!
So, where the heck have I been and what has time offered? First of all, I’ve been around the world on a plane…a few times. I have mainly spent my time in academia and journalism and somehow completed a terminal degree (sounds so morbid) in humanities, started a few websites here and there, developed a perfumery, and contributed to a few magazines and journals. All the while, my addiction to fragrance has neither lessened nor been controlled. Since Basenoters have been so good to me, and I have been an addict for so long, I have decided to offer some sage yet possibly controversial advice as a way to kick-start this column. Leave me some comments at the end and let me know your thoughts. I’ll happily share some primo Forever Now by Gucci & Villoresi to the slickest commenter. Ok, let me just get a quick fix of something (spritz, spritz…..sniff, inhale, hold it, dissect it, let the memories rush back….and…..exhale)…and here we go!
So what do you think, Basenotes friends? How did I do? Leave me a comment below!
Love, your resident fragrance junkie,