If you can, please list some general etiquette to abide by so I don't ruffle any feathers.
Also; a bit of an icebreaker:
If you were to craft a killer fragrance(mens/womens/unisex) that you knew would sell like crazy, what would you call it?
Really no etiquette in particular other than keeping the obvious out of posts (religion, sexism, vulgarity, politics, etc. etc.) Forums and sub-forums are pretty self explanatory. Just Starting Out is a good forum to start for obvious reasons. I would name my "killer fragrance," Vorge. Welcome to Basenotes!
Hi and welcome! Very glad you're here!
I'm never really laid it on the line before, but there might as well be a first time. I appreciate the invitation to talk about what it's like here.
Etiquette is simple. It's an extended family reunion and a neighborhood party combined. Grandma is here, but she's pretty cool, and if you're single, maybe the girl you're gonna marry. If you simply act right for both those situations, you'll get along great.
Another reminder. Snarking about perfumes is done for fun - not to insult you personally. So if somebody launches an outrageously funny assault on your fragrance two posts after you proclaim your love for it, it means nothing. You will almost certainly make friends with people who have similar taste, but the real flavor comes from making friends with people who have completely different tastes and styles.
Visit the women's board - they love to get the viewpoint of the guys, but watch out - their posts are either gentle and fluffy or grad school stuff. DO NOT be deceived by a bunch of smileys, hearts and fairy pictures. They will whack you upside the head with a history book and toast your behind with a bunsen burner if you get cocky. Most women here know the background and details of multiple times the number of fragrances that guys do. DEAL. Respect the women and you will be fine.
Age. Everybody is 29 on the internet. We have had high-school kids come on here and show the wisdom of seniors, and seniors who are as playful as college kids. Respect everybody, because everybody here knows more than you about something, and possibly a lot of things.
OK - enough lecturing - have a blast!
And my killer fragrance for tonight (I've had a million) would be a southwestern-themed juice named Taos Wind. There are several fragrances that have done this already - there is of course the old masculine Santa Fe, and I tend to believe that the backstory on TDC's lovely Un Parfum de Charmes et Feuilles must have something to do with the southwest or a similar inspiration. Keiko Mecheri also has Canyon Dreams - an amazing juice that has a desert theme. Love that one.
This juice would be inspired by that part of the world - herbal and dry woody notes, but very fresh overall. Maybe just enough spice to hint at the old Spanish influences. There would be a sage component, of course, but the secret reference to tie it all together would be a burned clay accord with the smell of pottery kilns, which I still remember from the San Ildefonso Pueblo in my youth, when I traveled out West with my parents. That accord would have to be worked on its own until it took the abstraction of the smell of the kilns, which is interesting but not completely pleasant, and brought it into the realm of perfume. It's a combination of smoky and mineralic that I think would really fit well into a modern masculine.
TwoRoads said it:
Most of the time I am very proud of the Basenotes community. Time after time I have witnessed the thoughtfulness, empathy and genuine friendship that members of this community extend to other members - oldtimers and newcomers alike.
There are other times, however, when egos get the upper hand and civility goes out the window. My philosophy is that I won't say anything here that I would not say if you were standing right in front of me. You may not agree with me, but this way I don't feel the need to hide behind a bunch of bits and bytes - I am always within punching range!
Welcome to Basenotes, each and every one of us.
Voila! May I present "grandma"! Forever 29 on the internet!
Welcome, mercutio & enjoy yourself!
9/9/13 at 2:40pm