First Purchase - Desperately Need Help Guys/Gals!!

    First Purchase - Desperately Need Help Guys/Gals!!

    post #1 of 19
    Thread Starter 

    I have been browsing around this forum for some months already as I am interested in owning some quality fragrances.

    I currently do not own anything worthy of note but I would like to start off with some decants. Problem is I am all the way in the caribbean (Trinidad & Tobago) and we do not have may quality perfume shops here and the ones we do have are very expensive mall stores that don't like ppl doing alot of testing/smelling etc.Also we do not have anyone selling samples/decants here that I am aware.

    I do not have much experience with quality fragrances thus far the only ones I have owned are: Issey Miyake, Azzaro Pour Homme, Clinique Happy, all of which I like.

    My 1st Anniversary is coming up on August 31st and I would like to get some decants to start off with:

    10 Decants for me (10 must try fragrances)

    10 Decants for my wife (10 must try fragrances)

    My previous fragrances are not really important, I plan to buy decants/samples of all the must tries and then buy full bottles of what we really like.

    Please help me with recommendations.

    post #2 of 19
    I guess one should be Aventus by Creed for yourself which is pretty popular among many people.
    post #3 of 19

    Welcome!

    If you live in the Caribbean, I suggest you put in a couple of vetivers, which smell very fresh and natural. Two big examples are Sycomore (with a touch of woods) and Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire (superfresh, also superexpensive). More reasonably priced would be Guerlain Vetiver or Tom Ford Grey Vetiver. Also, if there is a Lush store around, I recommend smelling Dirty, very fresh and minty (though there's no need for a decant, it's very cheap).

    For your wife (but also for yourself) I am a fan of many green florals. Eg Guerlain Chamade, chanel Cristalle and No 19, or even Patou Joy.

    cacio

    post #4 of 19

    My recommendations:

    New Haarlem

    Neroli Portofino

    Tobacco Vanille

    Amber Narguile

    Gucci Pour Homme II

    Green Irish Tweed

    Aventus

    L'Air Du Desert Marocain

    Silver Mountain Water

    Millesime Imperial

    post #5 of 19
    Thread Starter 
    thanks for the responses so far. also please don't worry about price as I will only be sampling at first. I want to make up a list of 10 base notes favorites for each of us to acquire based on all the suggestions I receive
    post #6 of 19

    I'm basically echoing noirdrakkar here, but...

    Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino is a nice unisex scent that you *and* your wife may enjoy. As is Creed's Millesime Imperial.

    A few more masculine ones I'd suggest:

    Creed Green Irish Tweed - a good "green" fragrance

    Guerlain Derby - a well-blended "leather"

    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche - a nice citrus

    Guerlain L'instant Extreme (also known as LIDGE) - a gourmand

    Creed's Original Vetiver - my choice for a "newbie" vetiver

    post #7 of 19
    Welcome, admiral!

    How expansive do you want to get? Are you looking to cover several genres of perfume, or are there certain kinds that you like / dislike that could help steer suggestions? Also, keep in mind that many scents can be easily interchangeable between genders, so you and your wife might find that something that you both love and that you can both wear.
    post #8 of 19

    Fun!

    For you, I agree with the vetiver recommendations.

    For your wife: it might help to know if there's anything she really likes or dislikes in perfume. But must-trys for me would be:

    - Guerlain Shalimar

    - Piguet Fracas

    - Chanel No 19 and/or Cristalle

    - Estee Lauder Azuree and Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia

    - Malle Carnal Flower

    - Chanel Bois des Iles

    - Paco Rabanne Calandre

    - Kiehl's Original Musk

    - Tom Ford Violet Blonde

    I don't know if you have any possibility of trying Nicolai perfumes, but if so I'd suggest Odalisque, Le Temps d'Une Fete, and Juste Un Reve.

    post #9 of 19

    hot weather

    Aramis Bermuda Tonic

    360 Red

    Issey Miyake 1994

    Nautica Voyage

    Paul Smith- green bottle

    Chrome Legend

    CK One

    Givenchy Blue Label

    Bvlgari PH

    Virgin Island Water

    post #10 of 19

    I would suggest you get one fragrance from each 'family' of scents. The tropical weather you have there seems ideal for just about any scent which you can 'rotate' around as much as you like.

    With respect to where to buy, I suggest if you can get in on a few 'splits' on these forums you will end up getting a lot more smell for your buck!! Some of the guys hosting splits are really good here, so hopefully you can get some/most of my suggestions here:

    Fougere:

    Green Irish Tweed - you will love the freshness and gorgeous violet note in the cooler months, but equally acceptable in warmer weather

    Citrus:

    Acqua di Parma Colonia (original). Superb long-lasting lemon scent. Great for summer.

    Citrus/woody:

    Terre d' Hermes - it isn't as good as it used to be but it is still a great designer scent with top notes of grapefruit that settle to a flint/woody (vetiver/oakmoss) mix. Great in all weather.

    Fruity/woody:

    Aventus. If you take away the hype surrounding this one it is really a glorified citrus/woody under the bonnet. But instead of citrus there's pineapple whereas the woods are slightly smoky and sweetened with vanilla. This should also work year-round for you there!

    Millesime Imperial - a great summer scent with a luscious dry down. Very fruity on the top (think mandarin, lemon and bergamot).

    Woody:

    Sycomore. Fantastic "after the rain" smell that you may already be familiar with given your exotic location. Starts off a little bit smoky then settles down really well into a woody scent that is quite addictive. Think pines, some resins, with an almost hazelnutty twist to it.

    That should get you going for a while. Let us know how you get on and most importantly WELCOME to Basenotes!!!

    post #11 of 19
    Thread Starter 

    Thanks for the responses so far, it seems the basenotes community are welcoming and helpful.

    @deadidol - Not worried to much about price as I will not be buying full bottles yet and if we really like a scent we will buy a bottle when we can regardless of price.

    @Kagey - Thanks for the suggestions for my wife

    I want pool up all the suggestions and get the most recommended ones. My line of thought here is, if you guys/girls were me and starting with nothing what 10(20) scents would you try first.

    post #12 of 19
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by admiralView Post


    @deadidol - Not worried to much about price as I will not be buying full bottles yet and if we really like a scent we will buy a bottle when we can regardless of price.
    Admiral, I was referring to how wide a scope you wanted -- safer / more easier to wear stuff? Or did you perhaps want a wild card or two?

    Anyhow, great suggestions so far, and here are a few to try that have made a mark in some form or another in recent years, and I'll throw a few in that are perhaps a little more "out there." When you read up on them, you can perhaps decide whether or not they're up your alley.

    Amouage's Memoir Man—a dark, mysterious aromatic that's highly modern and mixes green notes with absynth.

    Amouage's Interlude Man—a powerful, heady incense that's top loaded with oregano and spices.

    Serge Lutens' Sarrasins—a beautiful, transitional, musky floral that works very well with either gender.

    Serge Lutens' Ambre Sultan—a spicy amber

    Tom Ford Sahara Noir—frankincense bomb

    Parfumerie Generale's Coze—indicative of what the line is about: musky, articulate and warm.

    Slumberhouse Norne—possibly the best forest floor scent in the game

    Vero Profumo's Onda EdP—strikingly unusual and addictive vetiver scent

    Olfactive Studio's Chambre Noir—an easy-to-wear patch and leather combo

    Tom Ford Amber Absolute—might be hard to track down, but worth it if you can. A rich, incense-y scent.

    Comme des Garcons's 2Man—honestly, this entire brand should be on your list. But start here, and then move int Avignon, Black, EdP, Stephen Jones etc.

    MFK's APOM—I'm not a fan personally, but there's no doubting that it's a great scent.

    Nasomatto's Black Afgano—polarizing, but wildy unique oud/incense/cannabis combo.

    Humiecki & Graef's Skarb—a gorgeous smoky, lovage scent.

    Diptyque's Philosykos EdP—the cleanest and greenest of my suggestions so far.

    So, there's a few—all of which could be worn by either yourself or your wife. Keep reading and try and identify what kind of notes you might like to explore. There are lots of great resources here, and plenty of people who'd be happy to steer you down some more refined paths when you get a sense of what's working for you.
    post #13 of 19
    Thread Starter 

    @deadidol - thanks for all the suggestions, if anyone else has any please don't hesitate to share.

    Also any suggestions for great fragrances exclusively for women for my wife. I have already gotten a few but most of them have been unisex.

    And can anyone point me in the right direction for a reliable suppliers for decants that ship from the US as I will need to get them here quick and I don't want to get fakes or diluted fragrances.

    I have already checked outhttp://flacon.ambaric.net/and there are a couple of sellers that have ALOT of stuff but I don't know if they are trustworthy (strifeknot, archerfire, gerald, dullah)

    post #14 of 19

    You already have the scent voted no.1 in the fragrance review section.
    I don't think asking people for their opinions is going to help you very much but anyway :
    Chanel Egoiste and Pour Monsieur
    YSL Kouros, Rive Gauche Pour Homme Jazz and Live Jazz
    Dior Homme
    Guerlain Vetiver, L'Instant and L'Instant Extreme, Mouchoir De Monsieur
    Givenchy Gentleman and Monsieur De Givenchy (vintage versions with wrap around labels)
    These are all cheap or reasonably cheap.
    Good luck.

    post #15 of 19
    Some for the wife:

    Serge Lutens Tuberose Criminelle
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Amouage Lyric/Epic Woman
    Guerlain Shalimar (Shalimar Initial for an updated take on the original)
    Creed Spring Flower
    L'artisan Fleur d'Liane
    Diptyque L'ombre dans L'eau
    MDCI Rivage des Syrtes
    Tauer Incense Rose
    Bond no 9 Chinatown

    I've used all those CF sellers except for Gerald, no worries there. 2 other popular decanting sites are..

    The Perfumed Court
    Surrender to Chance

    but prices are a bit higher than you will find on CF. My recommendation would be to order a bunch of small sample vials from luckyscent (usually $3-5 each). You can get a couple wears out of each, and when you find something you like, then purchase a larger decant or even a full bottle. Good luck on your quest!
    post #16 of 19

    For your wife: (either of you really, but you seem hesitant to want to share cool.gif)

    F. Malle Carnal Flower

    Chanel 31 rue Cambon

    Chanel Bois des Iles

    Chanel #19 or the newer Poudre version

    Bottega Venetta

    post #17 of 19

    8/19/13 at 2:50pm

    hednic said:



    I guess one should be Aventus by Creed for yourself which is pretty popular among many people.

    8/19/13 at 8:24pm

    cacio said:



    Welcome!

    If you live in the Caribbean, I suggest you put in a couple of vetivers, which smell very fresh and natural. Two big examples are Sycomore (with a touch of woods) and Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire (superfresh, also superexpensive). More reasonably priced would be Guerlain Vetiver or Tom Ford Grey Vetiver. Also, if there is a Lush store around, I recommend smelling Dirty, very fresh and minty (though there's no need for a decant, it's very cheap).

    For your wife (but also for yourself) I am a fan of many green florals. Eg Guerlain Chamade, chanel Cristalle and No 19, or even Patou Joy.

    cacio

    8/19/13 at 9:01pm

    noirdrakkar said:



    My recommendations:

    New Haarlem

    Neroli Portofino

    Tobacco Vanille

    Amber Narguile

    Gucci Pour Homme II

    Green Irish Tweed

    Aventus

    L'Air Du Desert Marocain

    Silver Mountain Water

    Millesime Imperial

    8/19/13 at 9:01pm

    admiral said:



    thanks for the responses so far. also please don't worry about price as I will only be sampling at first. I want to make up a list of 10 base notes favorites for each of us to acquire based on all the suggestions I receive

    8/19/13 at 10:06pm

    1adam12 said:



    I'm basically echoing noirdrakkar here, but...

    Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino is a nice unisex scent that you *and* your wife may enjoy. As is Creed's Millesime Imperial.

    A few more masculine ones I'd suggest:

    Creed Green Irish Tweed - a good "green" fragrance

    Guerlain Derby - a well-blended "leather"

    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche - a nice citrus

    Guerlain L'instant Extreme (also known as LIDGE) - a gourmand

    Creed's Original Vetiver - my choice for a "newbie" vetiver

    8/19/13 at 11:47pm

    deadidol said:



    Welcome, admiral!

    How expansive do you want to get? Are you looking to cover several genres of perfume, or are there certain kinds that you like / dislike that could help steer suggestions? Also, keep in mind that many scents can be easily interchangeable between genders, so you and your wife might find that something that you both love and that you can both wear.

    8/19/13 at 11:52pm

    Kagey said:



    Fun!

    For you, I agree with the vetiver recommendations.

    For your wife: it might help to know if there's anything she really likes or dislikes in perfume. But must-trys for me would be:

    - Guerlain Shalimar

    - Piguet Fracas

    - Chanel No 19 and/or Cristalle

    - Estee Lauder Azuree and Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia

    - Malle Carnal Flower

    - Chanel Bois des Iles

    - Paco Rabanne Calandre

    - Kiehl's Original Musk

    - Tom Ford Violet Blonde

    I don't know if you have any possibility of trying Nicolai perfumes, but if so I'd suggest Odalisque, Le Temps d'Une Fete, and Juste Un Reve.

    8/20/13 at 4:54am

    Tony T said:



    hot weather

    Aramis Bermuda Tonic

    360 Red

    Issey Miyake 1994

    Nautica Voyage

    Paul Smith- green bottle

    Chrome Legend

    CK One

    Givenchy Blue Label

    Bvlgari PH

    Virgin Island Water

    8/20/13 at 5:56am

    rum said:



    I would suggest you get one fragrance from each 'family' of scents. The tropical weather you have there seems ideal for just about any scent which you can 'rotate' around as much as you like.

    With respect to where to buy, I suggest if you can get in on a few 'splits' on these forums you will end up getting a lot more smell for your buck!! Some of the guys hosting splits are really good here, so hopefully you can get some/most of my suggestions here:

    Fougere:

    Green Irish Tweed - you will love the freshness and gorgeous violet note in the cooler months, but equally acceptable in warmer weather

    Citrus:

    Acqua di Parma Colonia (original). Superb long-lasting lemon scent. Great for summer.

    Citrus/woody:

    Terre d' Hermes - it isn't as good as it used to be but it is still a great designer scent with top notes of grapefruit that settle to a flint/woody (vetiver/oakmoss) mix. Great in all weather.

    Fruity/woody:

    Aventus. If you take away the hype surrounding this one it is really a glorified citrus/woody under the bonnet. But instead of citrus there's pineapple whereas the woods are slightly smoky and sweetened with vanilla. This should also work year-round for you there!

    Millesime Imperial - a great summer scent with a luscious dry down. Very fruity on the top (think mandarin, lemon and bergamot).

    Woody:

    Sycomore. Fantastic "after the rain" smell that you may already be familiar with given your exotic location. Starts off a little bit smoky then settles down really well into a woody scent that is quite addictive. Think pines, some resins, with an almost hazelnutty twist to it.

    That should get you going for a while. Let us know how you get on and most importantly WELCOME to Basenotes!!!

    8/20/13 at 7:34am

    admiral said:



    Thanks for the responses so far, it seems the basenotes community are welcoming and helpful.

    @deadidol - Not worried to much about price as I will not be buying full bottles yet and if we really like a scent we will buy a bottle when we can regardless of price.

    @Kagey - Thanks for the suggestions for my wife

    I want pool up all the suggestions and get the most recommended ones. My line of thought here is, if you guys/girls were me and starting with nothing what 10(20) scents would you try first.

    8/20/13 at 5:03pm

    deadidol said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by admiralView Post


    @deadidol - Not worried to much about price as I will not be buying full bottles yet and if we really like a scent we will buy a bottle when we can regardless of price.
    Admiral, I was referring to how wide a scope you wanted -- safer / more easier to wear stuff? Or did you perhaps want a wild card or two?

    Anyhow, great suggestions so far, and here are a few to try that have made a mark in some form or another in recent years, and I'll throw a few in that are perhaps a little more "out there." When you read up on them, you can perhaps decide whether or not they're up your alley.

    Amouage's Memoir Man—a dark, mysterious aromatic that's highly modern and mixes green notes with absynth.

    Amouage's Interlude Man—a powerful, heady incense that's top loaded with oregano and spices.

    Serge Lutens' Sarrasins—a beautiful, transitional, musky floral that works very well with either gender.

    Serge Lutens' Ambre Sultan—a spicy amber

    Tom Ford Sahara Noir—frankincense bomb

    Parfumerie Generale's Coze—indicative of what the line is about: musky, articulate and warm.

    Slumberhouse Norne—possibly the best forest floor scent in the game

    Vero Profumo's Onda EdP—strikingly unusual and addictive vetiver scent

    Olfactive Studio's Chambre Noir—an easy-to-wear patch and leather combo

    Tom Ford Amber Absolute—might be hard to track down, but worth it if you can. A rich, incense-y scent.

    Comme des Garcons's 2Man—honestly, this entire brand should be on your list. But start here, and then move int Avignon, Black, EdP, Stephen Jones etc.

    MFK's APOM—I'm not a fan personally, but there's no doubting that it's a great scent.

    Nasomatto's Black Afgano—polarizing, but wildy unique oud/incense/cannabis combo.

    Humiecki & Graef's Skarb—a gorgeous smoky, lovage scent.

    Diptyque's Philosykos EdP—the cleanest and greenest of my suggestions so far.

    So, there's a few—all of which could be worn by either yourself or your wife. Keep reading and try and identify what kind of notes you might like to explore. There are lots of great resources here, and plenty of people who'd be happy to steer you down some more refined paths when you get a sense of what's working for you.

    8/21/13 at 10:39am

    admiral said:



    @deadidol - thanks for all the suggestions, if anyone else has any please don't hesitate to share.

    Also any suggestions for great fragrances exclusively for women for my wife. I have already gotten a few but most of them have been unisex.

    And can anyone point me in the right direction for a reliable suppliers for decants that ship from the US as I will need to get them here quick and I don't want to get fakes or diluted fragrances.

    I have already checked outhttp://flacon.ambaric.net/and there are a couple of sellers that have ALOT of stuff but I don't know if they are trustworthy (strifeknot, archerfire, gerald, dullah)

    8/21/13 at 10:49am

    martinijo said:



    You already have the scent voted no.1 in the fragrance review section.
    I don't think asking people for their opinions is going to help you very much but anyway :
    Chanel Egoiste and Pour Monsieur
    YSL Kouros, Rive Gauche Pour Homme Jazz and Live Jazz
    Dior Homme
    Guerlain Vetiver, L'Instant and L'Instant Extreme, Mouchoir De Monsieur
    Givenchy Gentleman and Monsieur De Givenchy (vintage versions with wrap around labels)
    These are all cheap or reasonably cheap.
    Good luck.

    8/21/13 at 11:00am

    JiveHippo said:



    Some for the wife:

    Serge Lutens Tuberose Criminelle
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    Amouage Lyric/Epic Woman
    Guerlain Shalimar (Shalimar Initial for an updated take on the original)
    Creed Spring Flower
    L'artisan Fleur d'Liane
    Diptyque L'ombre dans L'eau
    MDCI Rivage des Syrtes
    Tauer Incense Rose
    Bond no 9 Chinatown

    I've used all those CF sellers except for Gerald, no worries there. 2 other popular decanting sites are..

    The Perfumed Court
    Surrender to Chance

    but prices are a bit higher than you will find on CF. My recommendation would be to order a bunch of small sample vials from luckyscent (usually $3-5 each). You can get a couple wears out of each, and when you find something you like, then purchase a larger decant or even a full bottle. Good luck on your quest!

    8/21/13 at 11:19am

    cello said:



    For your wife: (either of you really, but you seem hesitant to want to share cool.gif)

    F. Malle Carnal Flower

    Chanel 31 rue Cambon

    Chanel Bois des Iles

    Chanel #19 or the newer Poudre version

    Bottega Venetta





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