New to all this :)

    New to all this :)

    post #1 of 14
    Thread Starter 

    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.

     

    They were:

     

    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.

    post #2 of 14
    Hi and welcome.

    Looks like you're off to a great start.

    The most important thing is to buy on impulse explore what you like and finally establishwhat you want to further explore.
    post #3 of 14
    Welcome! Sample sample and sample! Keep trying new things until you get a few that really truly jump at you and look into those ones further. Check the note breakdowns of the fragrances you like in the database here to see the notes you seem to prefer and try to look for fragrances that are similar. I hope you find some fragrances you really like, good luck!
    post #4 of 14
    Welcome! Enjoy your time on Basenotes and enjoy the learning experience,
    post #5 of 14
    Welcome... U picked 3 excellent samples.... As others mentioned be prudent and don't jump to buy...
    post #6 of 14

    Light but lasting, no citrus or green and nothing sweet. Lucky you went to Les Senteurs as your tastes are very specific. I love the Malle but dislike Yatagan -- Cadjmere is more of a cool weather scent imo. LS stock Cedar and Vetiver by LT Piver, I think and it is reasonably priced too -- give that a try.

    post #7 of 14
    Thread Starter 

    Thanks everyone.

     

    I'll try and try those Kaern. Yes, re my 'preferences' these are my initial thoughts - it may well be that in practice I like/dislike other things. All part of the learning experience I suppose.

    post #8 of 14

    Welcome!

     

    For something light and summery, my favorite is indeed vetiver too. I love VE, it is the freshest, driest vetiver around.  If you want to explore other vetivers, there are some that are darker and smoother, like Chanel Sycomore (an exclusive, sold only in the Chanel boutiques and some high end dept stores), or Dior Vetiver. But then vetiver has a quite distinctive profile, and perhaps your wife just doesn't like vetiver per se.  But the problem with most other fresh perfumes is that after the opening, they either disappear or they turn synthetic, vetiver being one of the very few fresh and long lasting natural materials.

     

    Another class of perfumes you could try is incenses. They range from deep, warm, churchy ones, to lighter, more ethereal, almost fresh one. A fresher one is Comme des Garcons 2 men.

     

    I love Yatagan as well. But clearly light and fresh it isn't. A vegetable blast up top, followed by dark woods. Why not, if you like it? For something more relaxed, you could try another offer from Caron, Troisieme homme, which smells a touch floral and slightly old style clean barbershop.

     

    cacio

    post #9 of 14

    This...I love 2 Man! I would also suggest checking out Kyoto, Sequoia and Hinoki. L'artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu might be something you want to check out as well. Samples of everything listed her can bet retrieved from LuckyScent. Hope you're enjoying your time here on Basenotes.

     

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cacio View Post


    Another class of perfumes you could try is incenses. They range from deep, warm, churchy ones, to lighter, more ethereal, almost fresh one. A fresher one is Comme des Garcons 2 men.

     

     

    cacio

    post #10 of 14
    Thread Starter 

    Thanks guys - I will see if I can track some of those down to try (currently only get in to London occasionally, although that might be changing soon)

    post #11 of 14

    Welcome!

    post #12 of 14

    sample. it might take a few hundred bucks to find your scent but it will be well worth it if u find it..

    post #13 of 14
    Thread Starter 

    On a positive note, just as I reach the end of the sample of Vetiver Extraordinaire I seemed to have weaned my wife on to it - ha.

     

    In the meantime I did also try a few inoffensive daytime scents like YSL L'Homme and Chanel Allure which were ok. I liked their freshness but neither smell as complex and interesting as the niche ones I tried. 

    post #14 of 14

    By the way -- Les Senteurs have now stopped stocking LT Piver so that avenue has closed

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    5/31/13 at 2:53am

    Reduk said:



    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.

     

    They were:

     

    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.

    5/31/13 at 3:32am

    hedonist222 said:



    Hi and welcome.

    Looks like you're off to a great start.

    The most important thing is to buy on impulse explore what you like and finally establishwhat you want to further explore.

    5/31/13 at 4:48am

    foughare said:



    Welcome! Sample sample and sample! Keep trying new things until you get a few that really truly jump at you and look into those ones further. Check the note breakdowns of the fragrances you like in the database here to see the notes you seem to prefer and try to look for fragrances that are similar. I hope you find some fragrances you really like, good luck!

    5/31/13 at 6:18am

    hednic said:



    Welcome! Enjoy your time on Basenotes and enjoy the learning experience,

    5/31/13 at 6:43am

    badarun said:



    Welcome... U picked 3 excellent samples.... As others mentioned be prudent and don't jump to buy...

    5/31/13 at 7:56am

    Kaern said:



    Light but lasting, no citrus or green and nothing sweet. Lucky you went to Les Senteurs as your tastes are very specific. I love the Malle but dislike Yatagan -- Cadjmere is more of a cool weather scent imo. LS stock Cedar and Vetiver by LT Piver, I think and it is reasonably priced too -- give that a try.

    5/31/13 at 8:00am

    Reduk said:



    Thanks everyone.

     

    I'll try and try those Kaern. Yes, re my 'preferences' these are my initial thoughts - it may well be that in practice I like/dislike other things. All part of the learning experience I suppose.

    5/31/13 at 8:45am

    cacio said:



    Welcome!

     

    For something light and summery, my favorite is indeed vetiver too. I love VE, it is the freshest, driest vetiver around.  If you want to explore other vetivers, there are some that are darker and smoother, like Chanel Sycomore (an exclusive, sold only in the Chanel boutiques and some high end dept stores), or Dior Vetiver. But then vetiver has a quite distinctive profile, and perhaps your wife just doesn't like vetiver per se.  But the problem with most other fresh perfumes is that after the opening, they either disappear or they turn synthetic, vetiver being one of the very few fresh and long lasting natural materials.

     

    Another class of perfumes you could try is incenses. They range from deep, warm, churchy ones, to lighter, more ethereal, almost fresh one. A fresher one is Comme des Garcons 2 men.

     

    I love Yatagan as well. But clearly light and fresh it isn't. A vegetable blast up top, followed by dark woods. Why not, if you like it? For something more relaxed, you could try another offer from Caron, Troisieme homme, which smells a touch floral and slightly old style clean barbershop.

     

    cacio

    5/31/13 at 8:52am

    rynegne said:



    This...I love 2 Man! I would also suggest checking out Kyoto, Sequoia and Hinoki. L'artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu might be something you want to check out as well. Samples of everything listed her can bet retrieved from LuckyScent. Hope you're enjoying your time here on Basenotes.

     

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cacio View Post


    Another class of perfumes you could try is incenses. They range from deep, warm, churchy ones, to lighter, more ethereal, almost fresh one. A fresher one is Comme des Garcons 2 men.

     

     

    cacio

    6/1/13 at 11:03am

    Reduk said:



    Thanks guys - I will see if I can track some of those down to try (currently only get in to London occasionally, although that might be changing soon)

    6/4/13 at 1:55pm

    sjg3839 said:



    Welcome!

    6/4/13 at 3:01pm

    Tony T said:



    sample. it might take a few hundred bucks to find your scent but it will be well worth it if u find it..

    6/11/13 at 11:30am

    Reduk said:



    On a positive note, just as I reach the end of the sample of Vetiver Extraordinaire I seemed to have weaned my wife on to it - ha.

     

    In the meantime I did also try a few inoffensive daytime scents like YSL L'Homme and Chanel Allure which were ok. I liked their freshness but neither smell as complex and interesting as the niche ones I tried. 

    6/18/13 at 8:56am

    Kaern said:



    By the way -- Les Senteurs have now stopped stocking LT Piver so that avenue has closed