There are two problems that I see here: one, what was already mentioned about not being able to just search by name (or by perfumer like before!), but also two, the fact that it always displays a hit list.
The old version gave you a page where you type in whichever fields you want to search, and click search. That page didn't take long to load.
This version is updating the hitlist in "real time" as you check boxes or type text, and that means for every change I make on the left side (limit to Guerlain), I have to wait for the whole hitlist to refresh itself before making the next change (limit to men's), and wait again for the third change (1957).
Also, the very act of loading the page for the first time means it has to load up the full hit list of tens of thousands of frags, which you didn't even want to see anyway. Who goes to the directory thinking "the only thing I want to see is everything, no search criteria" ?
I also used to like the sort by date ascending and by date descending. And I don't understand what "most popular" means...I at first thought it meant number of total reviews, but now I see that it must be something else.
Bring back Advanced Search! I had a look at some other Huddler sites and I can't see anything as clever as Basenotes. The fragrance directory we have now looks final- and it's more complicated than any other Huddler site, and it's wasteful of time and CPU. I can't see an Advanced Search -say for notes- coming any time soon if at all. However, the present database structure looks as if it can take all the old data. Scent Of The Day and Wardrobe also look deceased.
It would be in Huddler's interest to get this right sometime, not just ours. Come on Grant!
For now, if you don't know the manufacturer, entering the name of a fragrance in the site search seems to display that fragrance's review page as the top result.
Alternatively, you can search by manufacturer in the Directory and that will return a list of their products.
This may not be totally complete yet, but it's being worked on.
Notes are an issue that has been discussed too, so must be in hand.