Hi folks <wave>
I only recently begun to take an interest in fragrances, having spent most of my life just getting something random for a birthday from a high street shop.
So yesterday I was in London so went in to Les Senteurs, just walked in and opened with "Hi, I've come for some advice and really don't know what to ask for" and we went from there.
I explained that in the past I'd usually been drawn to fairly heavy, masculine scents so tended to only wear them in the evening and not to work, so would like to change that and find something that I could start with for everyday. It was really interesting been shown basic examples of various scent types (and rejecting some with a screwed-up nose :) ) and that seemed to steer the assistant towards a narrowing range of things (interestingly none of the oft-recommended things I've noticed coming up as popular recommendations here in my browsing over the last few days were offered - I presume because my earlier preferences and face-pulling ruled them out)
After getting a bit overwhelmed we settled on 3 samples for me to take away - each quite different but scents that I thought I would like.
Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire (I really like this - it smells 'complicated' in a good way, if a bit old and leathery, but in a good way, but unfortunately my wife really does not care for it :( )
Parfumerie Generale No 18 Cadjmere - sweet and creamy - I *think* I like it a lot, but we will see.
Caron Yatagan - this s heavier but the chap said he thought based on my other comments that I'd like it and he's right. It smells old-fashioned (if that makes sense) but *I* like it - remains to be seen what others make of it on me.
On reflection I don't think we did a good job of finding something "light, distinctive, lasting" that would be a no-brainer everyday wear so if anyone has any thoughts on that....?
For the record the very obvious notes that I really didn't like were strong grass smells, anything combining sweet and strong, anything too strongly citrus (a couple were overwhelmingly so)
Anyway, hello, and I'm looking forward to reading more around the forum.