Just getting into this whole Basenotes thing and frankly amazed

    Just getting into this whole Basenotes thing and frankly amazed

    post #1 of 24
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    All - It's been interesting somehow stumbling onto this forum. For 40 years, I have given colognes no more of a passing thought than you'd a carton of milk. Whatever it is, it generally does the job. EXCEPT, I was always unimpressed by the longevity of any cologne. Now, "any cologne" for me needs to be qualified because for the past 5 years, it implies really 2 scents only (..I can't yet bring myself to call the cologne frags or juice just yet as a newb...): Hugo Boss Baldessarini and Paco Rabanne Pour Homme. Picked these scents in 2008 while on a trip to India. Loved the Paco Rabanne's bold scent that "projects" and "has sillage"....not so much the Baldessarini's sweetness. The other issue always was that the Baldessarini had no staying power, no projection. After spraying it on my forearms, I could barely smell it an hour later. The Paco Rabanne did better here, at least 3-5 hours.

    Anyway, all the above to say, that on Monday evening, after a party, I came home dissatisfied with how nothing really seems to last on me, so what I'm doing wrong. Finally googled for a cologne that had some longevity and soon thereafter stumbled across something called Basenotes. WOW

    Now, I don't think I'll ever be 1/10th as passionate about colognes as the average Bassnoter but I remain extremely impressed with the knowledge that is floating in the forums. I've gone from barely even knowing which 2 colognes I have owned for the past 5 years to all kinds of brands that I want to try. I've gone from barely knowing anything about describing a cologne to top notes and base notes. I've learned that decanting doesn't just apply to wine, that adjectives like smokey or malty don't need to apply just to scotch (...my other 2 passions..) and that indeed one can use the term "panty dropper" and cologne in the same sentence and be completely serious (...though I'm joking a bit here..). To say that my knowledge on this subject has increased a 1000 fold in the last 3 days is probably an understatement.

    So, without further a-do, I am excited to share my first purchase based on what these forums have educated me on in the last 3 days. Here's my first order for 20 spray samples from ThePerfumedCourt (an oddly named website that I'm slightly embarrassed to patronize as a man, but hey...). I think I've pretty much ordered everything I could think of :) Hopefully a few of these will turn into full fledged purchases and I, too, shall have a "rotation" (..and use words like juice and frags with abandon) :)

    Creed Avenutus, Green Irish Tweed, Millesime Imperial, Original Vetiver
    Chanel Allure EDP, Coromandel, Egoiste
    Dior Homme, Homme Intense, Fahrenheit (of all the colognes I just ordered, this is the only one I actually remember/know something about sadly)
    Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L'Homme EDT, L'Homme, Body Kouros, M7 Fresh
    Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
    Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme
    Kilian Straight to Heaven
    Paco Rabanne One Million absolute Gold
    Tom Ford Private Blend Tobacco Vanille
    Hermes Terre D'Hermes
    A week ago I would called the police on anyone spouting the above names to me thinking it's someone with a few bolts loose. Now, not only do I know about them, I can actually pronounce them correctly (...thank you YouTube!..).
    Anyway, not sure how much I will hang on these forums in the long run, but please accept my appreciation for your passion and the PhD in colognes that I feel like I have now in just 3 days.
    post #2 of 24

    Ha, I was in mostly the same boat as you before I discovered BN, although over 40 years I probably had experience with 10 scents instead of just 2, and had, on a few occasions over the decades, occasionally done some light internet research and raided the perfume counter at Macys for a smell-a-thon.

    Great first round of samples. If you're like me, you'll be shocked to find that some of the perfumes that are venerated here, you won't like. And some that seem so-so or controversial, you'll love. My first round of samples had 9 perfumes in common with yours!

    Of your first round of samples, the ones I *love* and plan to buy bigger decants of: La Nuit de l'Homme, M7 (oops, I got vintage, not fresh, not sure what fresh smells like). In the kinda-like to very-much like: Terre d'Hermes, GIT, OV. In my "I need to put this aside and try it again in a few weeks, because I can't decide what I think of it" list is: Aventus.

    Since we seem to be on similar paths, let me give you some other ideas to try, since I loved them: D&G The One for Men, L'instant de Guerlain, Gucci pour Homme I, Gucci Pour Homme II, Dior Homme Sport (for relatively lighter, fresh, and clean, which you don't have much of in your list). I'm still figuring out how much I like Aqua di Parma Colonia, but I'm zeroing in on "love it". If you decide you like the Creeds, you have to try Silver Mountain Water and Virgin Island Water -- both lighter scents, with VIW being delightfully unique to a perfume beginner.

    post #3 of 24

    Welcome and have fun with your explorations!

    As you've probably already seen here on BN, be careful before judging longevity on your own - olfactory fatigue sets in and the nose zooms out smells. So ask another person whether they can smell something. It's possible that the scent is still there but your nose doesn't perceive it anymore.


    post #4 of 24

    Gd advise from cacio as usual...

    Welcom! & enjoy your samples - good picks...

    post #5 of 24
    Oh dude, i think you'll wind up with an ample rotation pretty quickly. I think almost all that you've chosen to sample are full bottle worthy (great selections). Have fun with it,i know i have!!!
    post #6 of 24

    How come the only spelling mistake you made in your superlengthy post was thatof Aventus angry.gif

    Very Sus...

    post #7 of 24
    Welcome to you. Congratulations on your purchases and enjoy you experience here!
    post #8 of 24

    Welcome friend. Thanks for your imput.

    post #9 of 24

    Great choices to start out with IMO.

    post #10 of 24

    sample sample sample

    post #11 of 24

    Welcome to Basenotes there is no going back

    post #12 of 24

    You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

    post #13 of 24
    Originally Posted by UvaldeView Post

    You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
    True that!
    post #14 of 24
    Originally Posted by UvaldeView Post

    You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
    post #15 of 24
    Hello from a fellow Torontonian! I had a similar reaction when I came across Basenotes -- it's truly an incredible resource. If you are curious about projection, I started a website where I use medical-grade odor detecting equipment to test fragrance projection. Longevity... is pretty much all about the wearer's skin type though :) my site is: fpindex.com Good luck and come by Basenotes often. There are always good conversations to be had here.
    post #16 of 24

    Welcome! I guess I'll chime in with a little something about my experience with sampling. So firstly, spray on the back of your hand, wrist, forearm; whatever. Give it a few minutes to dry, then smell it a couple times. Then revisit the smell again in, say, 45 minutes; then 2 hours, etc. You want to see how it develops. I've found that I get a better impression of how others will smell you by not digging your nose into your skin, but rather dragging your arm up to your nose, and then away again, to just get a waft of it. As again, people will be smelling your projection/sillage, not your skin; the experience can be different. Sample one, two, three at a time (or per day), but don't over do it. You can get fatigued, you can experience olfactory overload, etc, and your judgment may not be as great as when just sampling a few at a time. Then once you've narrowed your choices down to the ones you at least may enjoy, give them a full wearing! Make it your SOTD (scent of the day). Your experience will again be different than just sniffing your wrist. And finally, the one's that you didn't particularly enjoy, perhaps give them a second or third sampling in the upcoming weeks, as you may change your mind. And, if you don't finish your whole sample, revisit them months down the road. Your taste will evolve with time, and you may find yourself enjoying things you once didn't like. Good luck!

    post #17 of 24

    Welcome and good luck. Trust only your nose.

    post #18 of 24

Loving perfume on the Internet since 2000