100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 33: The End

    100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 33: The End

    post #1 of 10
    Thread Starter 
    So here we are. 99 suggestions down. Because this has meandered for way longer than I thought it would, I wanted to make an easy-to-read list for my own sake, but Basenotes won't let me post a blog entry that long, so I guess I can't.

    Frankly, Ive surprised myself. For instance, Ive never considered Bulgari to be a very notable house, but theyve made this list three times. Of course, I intentionally avoided getting caught up making a list of the most notable classic feminine perfumes by focusing this project on a mens point of view, so there are many truly amazing scents that are blatently missing. And I wanted this to be educational and not just a compendium of perfumes greatest hits (though many notable hits did make the list), which has led to some strangeness (yeah, I know Habit Rouge didnt make the list, but Fierce did?!?). Guerlain is the unsurprising winner with seven entries, while Comme Des Garcons gets second place.


    With 99 suggestions done, whats number 100? I honestly have no idea. Ive had many scents that almost made it but that I left off because they werent necessarily the best possible examples for the points I was trying to make. Both Acqua di Parmas Colonia and Guerlains Habit Rouge have been suggested in the comments, and theyre both definitely worth a sniff. But, in the end, I think Im going to go out with another piece of advice:

    100. Re-sniff your samples

    I have to admit something. There are many scents in this list that I hated when I first smelled. Sure, there are some I still dont like, but what I found fascinating was how many I had written off when I first smelled them years ago that I really liked a lot wearing them again in order to write about them here, with a better trained and more receptive nose. Ive learned an awful lot in the past couple of years, most of which Ive tried to pass along in this blog, and I was surprised at how many things I thought were weird or too girly or that I simply didnt understand smelled great re-wearing them as I wrote this huge list.

    So, my final piece of advice is to go back and try the perfumes you wrote off a long time ago I can almost guarantee that youll be surprised and end up finding a new favorite.


    And, with that, I guess Im done. This turned out to be way more work than I thought it would be. When I didnt have samples of something I wanted to write about, I had to run to the city to try things on, and I had a lot of fun reading everything I could get my hands on. Its an old adage: The best way to learn a lot about something is to teach someone about it, and thats proven true for me, though Im not enough of a self-important jackass to think Ive actually taught anyone anything with this silly experiment. Honestly, Im a little sad that more people didnt disagree with me, which is my only regret. While my ego enjoys the nice supportive comments, I was hoping that more people would figure out that I really dont know what Im talking about and that it would have led to a little more conversation.

    Anyway, thanks for reading, and I suppose Ill get back to doing my little reviews again
    post #2 of 10
    Bravo rogalal!

    Great stuff and a lot of fun - thanks for a terrific series, I have really enjoyed seeing the new installments popping up from week to week.
    post #3 of 10
    Thanks for this great series...
    I'd say someone should release this in bookform.
    Well done!
    post #4 of 10
    As a relative newbie I want to add my gratitude and appreciation for all the time and effort you put into this series. It was an education, and more : A great and marvelously considered read as well. I hope there is a "views" counter somewhere, which testifies to the number of folks which followed it as it unfolded, as I know there were many more that took the time to comment here.

    Once again, Thanks.
    post #5 of 10
    Well done Rogalal! I've got a sample list now, as there are plenty here that I have not sampled.

    Now, get back to Sample of the Day.....you are missed!!!
    post #6 of 10
    I just read them all, back to front, and with old spice up and down one arm AND vintage edc no. 5 up and down the other... I just want to say Thank You for the great read!
    post #7 of 10
    I also really enjoyed reading this series of blogs! Thank you!
    post #8 of 10
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DuNezDeBuzier;bt6274

    I just read them all, back to front, and with old spice up and down one arm AND vintage edc no. 5 up and down the other... I just want to say Thank You for the great read!

    You're now officially my new favorite!
    post #9 of 10
    I've gone out and smelled so many perfumes just because of your inspiring write-ups. Thank you for this labor of love!
    post #10 of 10
    Just read through all your entries. Great job, I loved your writing style. You're the perfect person to do a list like this.
    class="

    11/30/11 at 1:57pm

    rogalal said:



    So here we are. 99 suggestions down. Because this has meandered for way longer than I thought it would, I wanted to make an easy-to-read list for my own sake, but Basenotes won't let me post a blog entry that long, so I guess I can't.

    Frankly, Ive surprised myself. For instance, Ive never considered Bulgari to be a very notable house, but theyve made this list three times. Of course, I intentionally avoided getting caught up making a list of the most notable classic feminine perfumes by focusing this project on a mens point of view, so there are many truly amazing scents that are blatently missing. And I wanted this to be educational and not just a compendium of perfumes greatest hits (though many notable hits did make the list), which has led to some strangeness (yeah, I know Habit Rouge didnt make the list, but Fierce did?!?). Guerlain is the unsurprising winner with seven entries, while Comme Des Garcons gets second place.


    With 99 suggestions done, whats number 100? I honestly have no idea. Ive had many scents that almost made it but that I left off because they werent necessarily the best possible examples for the points I was trying to make. Both Acqua di Parmas Colonia and Guerlains Habit Rouge have been suggested in the comments, and theyre both definitely worth a sniff. But, in the end, I think Im going to go out with another piece of advice:

    100. Re-sniff your samples

    I have to admit something. There are many scents in this list that I hated when I first smelled. Sure, there are some I still dont like, but what I found fascinating was how many I had written off when I first smelled them years ago that I really liked a lot wearing them again in order to write about them here, with a better trained and more receptive nose. Ive learned an awful lot in the past couple of years, most of which Ive tried to pass along in this blog, and I was surprised at how many things I thought were weird or too girly or that I simply didnt understand smelled great re-wearing them as I wrote this huge list.

    So, my final piece of advice is to go back and try the perfumes you wrote off a long time ago I can almost guarantee that youll be surprised and end up finding a new favorite.


    And, with that, I guess Im done. This turned out to be way more work than I thought it would be. When I didnt have samples of something I wanted to write about, I had to run to the city to try things on, and I had a lot of fun reading everything I could get my hands on. Its an old adage: The best way to learn a lot about something is to teach someone about it, and thats proven true for me, though Im not enough of a self-important jackass to think Ive actually taught anyone anything with this silly experiment. Honestly, Im a little sad that more people didnt disagree with me, which is my only regret. While my ego enjoys the nice supportive comments, I was hoping that more people would figure out that I really dont know what Im talking about and that it would have led to a little more conversation.

    Anyway, thanks for reading, and I suppose Ill get back to doing my little reviews again

    12/1/11 at 1:59am

    mr. reasonable said:



    Bravo rogalal!

    Great stuff and a lot of fun - thanks for a terrific series, I have really enjoyed seeing the new installments popping up from week to week.

    12/1/11 at 6:39am

    Cylob said:



    Thanks for this great series...
    I'd say someone should release this in bookform.
    Well done!

    12/5/11 at 6:06pm

    Birdboy48 said:



    As a relative newbie I want to add my gratitude and appreciation for all the time and effort you put into this series. It was an education, and more : A great and marvelously considered read as well. I hope there is a "views" counter somewhere, which testifies to the number of folks which followed it as it unfolded, as I know there were many more that took the time to comment here.

    Once again, Thanks.

    12/6/11 at 10:09am

    cello said:



    Well done Rogalal! I've got a sample list now, as there are plenty here that I have not sampled.

    Now, get back to Sample of the Day.....you are missed!!!

    12/6/11 at 11:07am

    DuNezDeBuzier said:



    I just read them all, back to front, and with old spice up and down one arm AND vintage edc no. 5 up and down the other... I just want to say Thank You for the great read!

    12/10/11 at 11:11pm

    morrison74 said:



    I also really enjoyed reading this series of blogs! Thank you!

    12/11/11 at 12:48pm

    rogalal said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DuNezDeBuzier;bt6274

    I just read them all, back to front, and with old spice up and down one arm AND vintage edc no. 5 up and down the other... I just want to say Thank You for the great read!

    You're now officially my new favorite!

    12/12/11 at 2:58pm

    HORNS said:



    I've gone out and smelled so many perfumes just because of your inspiring write-ups. Thank you for this labor of love!

    11/7/12 at 3:35am

    Made in California said:



    Just read through all your entries. Great job, I loved your writing style. You're the perfect person to do a list like this.





Loving perfume on the Internet since 2000