...well, not completely new. For most of my life, my scent was shampoo, Irish Spring, and laundry detergent. I moved up in the world, and found myself wanting to use cologne in some situations, and for years I stretched out a two-pack of Ralph Lauren #1 and #2 I received as a gift. I found them not bad -- I liked #1 more #2, but that was the extent of my feelings on the scents. Putting them on was just a chore I did for other people. After I ran out, I would borrow my brother's Eternity for Men, which I found to be little different from my perspective; the scent was "different", but just like my Ralph Lauren it seemed to not last long at all. It has what I considered a generic chemical flowers/fruit smell which I had always associated with perfumes and colognes (outside of Old Spice).
Anyway, I moved up again in the world, and now I would find myself in boardrooms being the focus of attention during business meetings. I had a wardrobe to match, and I decided that I should try taking my "personal image" to the next level and so I embarked on a quest to find the best scent that I could take with me into a business meeting.
According to opinions on the forum, Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree was the favorite overall. So I went onto ebay and picked up some samples. But, going through Basenotes and seeing the different scents from manufacturers I've never heard of before, I became intrigued. So I picked up some other samples: D&G 21, Gucci by Gucci and Varatos Vintage. Basenotes also pointed me in the direction of a boutique online scent store that sold samples, so I went there and picked up a 5 pack of different very expensive and obscure sounding scents: Amouage OPUS VII (scored a big sample spray bottle, although they were supposed to be all tiny sample vials), Agonist Liquid Crystal, Nasomatto Silver Musk, MDCI Invasion Barebare and The Different Company Sel de Vetiver.
Gucci by Gucci was a mistake -- it was the feminine version, so I gave it away.
D&G 21 -- Bright, and not unpleasant, chemical fruit/lemon. Basenotes says it's supposed to be ginger...maybe? Dies down VERY quickly.
The Chanel I haven't tried yet.
Varatos Vintage -- sweet, somewhat chemical, enticing...a little strong at first, but cools down to a pleasant scent I would for the first time ever in my life consider something I would want to smell on myself, and not for other people. I can't describe it very accurately, but when it's at it's lowest point, it mixes well with my natural body scent and produces a kind of sweet mellowness that I liked a lot while I was falling asleep. I don't know if I'd wear it to a business meeting, but just milling around the house, I definately see myself going back to it.
OPUS VII -- POTENT!!! Different! it smells kind of like a...forest fire?? NOT unpleasant, but I don't know where or how I should ever wear it.
Invasion Barbare -- OH. MY. GOD. SOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!
Floral, somewhat sweet, not a hint of chemical!! I didn't know colognes could smell like something other than chemical flowers/fruit/leather. I splashed half the vial on me today, and I enjoyed being surrounded by the scent all day. Dies down a little faster than the Varatos, and maybe doesn't blend in quite as well with my natural scent, but it's there, muted, and still smells good. Even now I want to walk over to my dresser and jam the vial in my nose to get the scent again. SO GOOD!!!
So now...I'm afraid to open my other vials of the premium stuff. Tell me Basenote...am I doomed to spend $250 on a bottle of liquid? Is there no alternative??