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) :)