My first "serious" 'fume was Mama's Shalimar (now sadly diminished...in my never humble opinion) and I progressed through the "classics" through the years. A steady parade of Guerlains and Carons and Lancomes and other designers.
Then - three years ago - I found Basenotes!! (fanfare here) and my whole world expanded.
So now THIS old lady smells like candy floss (LAP Vanilia) or skanky closets (Kingdom) or ripe fruit (any of the figs) or the seashore (Lily Pulitzer Beachy) or a guy (Eau Sauvage) whilst still thrilling over the EBay find of - say - vintage Chamade or the BNer gift of - say - vintage Mitsuoko.
All time fave is still Joy - pretty close to what she was when she debuted!!