newb and need some directions...

    newb and need some directions...

    post #1 of 13
    Thread Starter 

    im new and would like to know/learn more. :) btw im in my mid 30s.

    my current rotation...


    issey miyake l'eau d'issey pour homme - it's ok, safe & fresh; long lasting; gets compliments
    versace man eau fraiche - same as above
    *the above 2were all safe blind buys for summer/day scents. they're ok but im ready to try some other clean, fresh, long lasting fragrances come next summer.

    creed aventus - love this one!!! enough said. :p
    creed green irish tweed (decant) - reminds me of cool water which was my signature scent for the longest time; need to try this on some more to know if it's really a keeper **i would like to get some recommendations that has a similar vibe with these scents (git and cw) tia!
    creed imperial millesime (decant) - somehow too feminine for me; not going for this one anymore
    *i dont normally go for the niche fragrance coz of the co$t but since im now getting into fragrances more than ever, i figured why not. im glad that aventus wasn't a dud!

    1 million paco rabanne - smelled this on a magazine peel off; hands down my most complimented scent. ladies cant get enough of this! i get asked a lot what im wearing.

    la nuit de l'homme ysl - my very recent purchase. too early to give a verdict to but i like it. really loving the notes on this one.

    mancera the aoud (decant) - blind buy - was trying to mix things up :/ ; i haven't even worn this one as i think this just isn't for me! im sure other people find this pleasant but i just dont wanna smell it... 'dont wanna be around it! one word - potent! ..and not in a good way at least for me.

    jpg le male ** i blind buy most of my stuff. i go with reviews and recommendations but after blind buying this one... i think i need to change my ways, quick! hence, that's why im here. this one was a total dud! i dont know what it is about this one but that strong vanilla note is not to my liking! correct me if im wrong though for pointing out 'vanilla' coz im really bad with distinguishing notes but i think that's what it is. it's too strong, overpowering and gives me a slight headache. i just dont like it! although the few times ive worn it, ive gotten compliments but i just can't get over that very strong note. believe me, i tried ( primarily coz of the compliments).

    anyway with those said, i was hoping to get some advice on what to get next and also what to do next. im thinking of getting more into splits and/or buying decants first as i dont wanna waste money buying bottles that i wont be wearing (ie. le male, the aoud). also, i would like to mix things up on my collection. as you can see, they are mostly in the same group. but be aware of what i said about jpg le male and the aoud by mancera - i wanna avoid these groups. and if giving recommendations, i'd like them to be long-lasting as much as possible. compliment-getter would be a plus also. thanks in advance guys and gals!

    ps. is vetiver based fragrances be a nice try for me? if so, which ones should i go for? will they have the same vibe as creed git / davidoff cw? sorry, im really new to this. 'dont know the different notes yet (and probably never. :/)thanks for any help and suggestions.

    post #2 of 13
    Sample a few vetiver fragrances first to see if it is for you. Only you will know if you like it. Creed Original Vetiver is a starter kit to vetiver IMO.
    post #3 of 13

    Once you get some possibilities, I recommend Perfumed Court for decants. I buy small samples from them all the time. Another vetiverpossibilityis Vetiver Extraoridaire by Frederic Malle. Modern Classic vetiver. Original Vetiver is great too, but the Vetiver note is very mild and not whatyou normally expect in a Vetiver scent such as VE or Chanel Sycomore.

    post #4 of 13

    Forclean, fresh, long lasting fragrances try

    Bleu de Chanel

    Chanel Allure Sport

    Dior Homme Sport

    post #5 of 13

    Welcome, mundane24 - have fun!

    post #6 of 13
    Welcome to you! Perhaps Les Jeux Sont Faits by Jovoy - a bit expensive but might be to your liking.

    Also to consider perhaps for next summer - Coccobello by Heeley and Batucada by L'Artisan
    post #7 of 13

    Hi mundane24

    You haven't said where you're from, but if you happen to be in the UK then I can recommend Les Senteurs for samples.

    Everybody here is amazingly tolerant of n00b type questions and happy to share opinions, so ask away.

    post #8 of 13

    For the 2 frags you don't like, give them a shot when it's really cold. I'm not familiar with that Oud one you mentioned, but Le Male is extremely powerful and needs cooler weather to be tamed.

    post #9 of 13

    I too am somewhat new to all this myself - but I have discovered

    1) When I get a new blind by to try it a number of times before deciding I do not like it. Spread it out over a few days or weeks with other fragrances between - often my nose just needs time to understand some of the scents

    2) As others have said - some just smell better at different times of the year - cooler weather vs warmer etc...

    3) Go slowly - saves one money and errors - and enjoy the experience

    4) Read up here on Basenotes - there is a ton of great information. I will follow specific individuals that I find have similar tastes to get their reviews of new scents before I try or buy

    5) For me this is fun - and nothing to be taken too seriously. I add in lots of reality salt when I read reviews and have gotten some really nice fragrances (and have passed on a lot of fragrances)

    Good luck and best wishes!

    post #10 of 13
    Thread Starter 

    thanks for all the advise and suggestions. i'll look into all of them. :)

    about that le male, i think it's just my own nose not liking that strong scent. and it's the vanilla, right? OR is it the whole combination of ALL the notes on le male? coz i think it's not the lavender (accdng to fragrantica these are the two top notes on le male). i've come across scents with lavender (la nuit, cool water, eternity) and they didn't bother me that much. as a matter of fact, i love em.

    it's actually bothering me that i dont like le male. it's making me avoid anything with vanilla on my 'research'. im weary that i wont like other top scents with vanilla on them. hmm is a*men by mugler similar with le male? im thinking of trying out one of mugler scents. either a*men, pure malt or pure leather.

    again, thanks for the warm welcome.

    post #11 of 13
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mundane24View Post

    thanks for all the advise and suggestions. i'll look into all of them. :)

    about that le male, i think it's just my own nose not liking that strong scent. and it's the vanilla, right? OR is it the whole combination of ALL the notes on le male? coz i think it's not the lavender (accdng to fragrantica these are the two top notes on le male). i've come across scents with lavender (la nuit, cool water, eternity) and they didn't bother me that much. as a matter of fact, i love em.

    it's actually bothering me that i dont like le male. it's making me avoid anything with vanilla on my 'research'. im weary that i wont like other top scents with vanilla on them. hmm is a*men by mugler similar with le male? im thinking of trying out one of mugler scents. either a*men, pure malt or pure leather.

    again, thanks for the warm welcome.

    I never liked Le Male on my first sample of it. After a few months however, I did learn to enjoy it quite a bit. You'll find that this happens a lot with fragrances. Your nose somehow is able to decipher things differently over time, or you just find out more about what you do and do not like. Le Male IS a vanilla bomb however. Vanilla, Lavender, and Mint are the main notes. This does not mean that you should avoid all vanilla frags though. There are quite a few different styles of vanilla. Le Male is considered to be one of the more "synthetic" frags, which means it doesn't smell as natural as others.

    A*Men (Angel Men) is a completely difference fragrance. It starts off with a harsh tar note, and drys down to one of the most wonderful winter frags on the market. Angel Men Pure Malt has a whiskey/berry deal going on. Haven't tried Pure Leather yet, but the other two are cult classics. Also try Pure Havane. All have samples which can be found for $5 a piece on eBay. Much cheaper than blind buying full bottles :)
    post #12 of 13
    Thread Starter 

    thanks so much for the reply! really sound advice from you ben850! i appreciate it!

    im learning! :) * i really need to browse some more in here!

    post #13 of 13

    You might try doing a search under "office scents". There are tons of threads on that subject, and people generally respond with somewhat "safe" suggestions, including many vetivers and classic, good smelling fragrances.

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    9/18/13 at 4:23am

    mundane24 said:



    im new and would like to know/learn more. :) btw im in my mid 30s.

    my current rotation...


    issey miyake l'eau d'issey pour homme - it's ok, safe & fresh; long lasting; gets compliments
    versace man eau fraiche - same as above
    *the above 2were all safe blind buys for summer/day scents. they're ok but im ready to try some other clean, fresh, long lasting fragrances come next summer.

    creed aventus - love this one!!! enough said. :p
    creed green irish tweed (decant) - reminds me of cool water which was my signature scent for the longest time; need to try this on some more to know if it's really a keeper **i would like to get some recommendations that has a similar vibe with these scents (git and cw) tia!
    creed imperial millesime (decant) - somehow too feminine for me; not going for this one anymore
    *i dont normally go for the niche fragrance coz of the co$t but since im now getting into fragrances more than ever, i figured why not. im glad that aventus wasn't a dud!

    1 million paco rabanne - smelled this on a magazine peel off; hands down my most complimented scent. ladies cant get enough of this! i get asked a lot what im wearing.

    la nuit de l'homme ysl - my very recent purchase. too early to give a verdict to but i like it. really loving the notes on this one.

    mancera the aoud (decant) - blind buy - was trying to mix things up :/ ; i haven't even worn this one as i think this just isn't for me! im sure other people find this pleasant but i just dont wanna smell it... 'dont wanna be around it! one word - potent! ..and not in a good way at least for me.

    jpg le male ** i blind buy most of my stuff. i go with reviews and recommendations but after blind buying this one... i think i need to change my ways, quick! hence, that's why im here. this one was a total dud! i dont know what it is about this one but that strong vanilla note is not to my liking! correct me if im wrong though for pointing out 'vanilla' coz im really bad with distinguishing notes but i think that's what it is. it's too strong, overpowering and gives me a slight headache. i just dont like it! although the few times ive worn it, ive gotten compliments but i just can't get over that very strong note. believe me, i tried ( primarily coz of the compliments).

    anyway with those said, i was hoping to get some advice on what to get next and also what to do next. im thinking of getting more into splits and/or buying decants first as i dont wanna waste money buying bottles that i wont be wearing (ie. le male, the aoud). also, i would like to mix things up on my collection. as you can see, they are mostly in the same group. but be aware of what i said about jpg le male and the aoud by mancera - i wanna avoid these groups. and if giving recommendations, i'd like them to be long-lasting as much as possible. compliment-getter would be a plus also. thanks in advance guys and gals!

    ps. is vetiver based fragrances be a nice try for me? if so, which ones should i go for? will they have the same vibe as creed git / davidoff cw? sorry, im really new to this. 'dont know the different notes yet (and probably never. :/)thanks for any help and suggestions.

    9/18/13 at 6:08am

    sjg3839 said:



    Sample a few vetiver fragrances first to see if it is for you. Only you will know if you like it. Creed Original Vetiver is a starter kit to vetiver IMO.

    9/18/13 at 10:23am

    DanHD said:



    Once you get some possibilities, I recommend Perfumed Court for decants. I buy small samples from them all the time. Another vetiverpossibilityis Vetiver Extraoridaire by Frederic Malle. Modern Classic vetiver. Original Vetiver is great too, but the Vetiver note is very mild and not whatyou normally expect in a Vetiver scent such as VE or Chanel Sycomore.

    9/18/13 at 10:50am

    ruknelly said:



    Forclean, fresh, long lasting fragrances try

    Bleu de Chanel

    Chanel Allure Sport

    Dior Homme Sport

    9/18/13 at 1:26pm

    lpp said:



    Welcome, mundane24 - have fun!

    9/18/13 at 1:41pm

    hednic said:



    Welcome to you! Perhaps Les Jeux Sont Faits by Jovoy - a bit expensive but might be to your liking.

    Also to consider perhaps for next summer - Coccobello by Heeley and Batucada by L'Artisan

    9/18/13 at 2:08pm

    sfmedusa said:



    Hi mundane24

    You haven't said where you're from, but if you happen to be in the UK then I can recommend Les Senteurs for samples.

    Everybody here is amazingly tolerant of n00b type questions and happy to share opinions, so ask away.

    9/18/13 at 2:36pm

    ben850 said:



    For the 2 frags you don't like, give them a shot when it's really cold. I'm not familiar with that Oud one you mentioned, but Le Male is extremely powerful and needs cooler weather to be tamed.

    9/18/13 at 2:49pm

    TurnerIII said:



    I too am somewhat new to all this myself - but I have discovered

    1) When I get a new blind by to try it a number of times before deciding I do not like it. Spread it out over a few days or weeks with other fragrances between - often my nose just needs time to understand some of the scents

    2) As others have said - some just smell better at different times of the year - cooler weather vs warmer etc...

    3) Go slowly - saves one money and errors - and enjoy the experience

    4) Read up here on Basenotes - there is a ton of great information. I will follow specific individuals that I find have similar tastes to get their reviews of new scents before I try or buy

    5) For me this is fun - and nothing to be taken too seriously. I add in lots of reality salt when I read reviews and have gotten some really nice fragrances (and have passed on a lot of fragrances)

    Good luck and best wishes!

    9/18/13 at 10:50pm

    mundane24 said:



    thanks for all the advise and suggestions. i'll look into all of them. :)

    about that le male, i think it's just my own nose not liking that strong scent. and it's the vanilla, right? OR is it the whole combination of ALL the notes on le male? coz i think it's not the lavender (accdng to fragrantica these are the two top notes on le male). i've come across scents with lavender (la nuit, cool water, eternity) and they didn't bother me that much. as a matter of fact, i love em.

    it's actually bothering me that i dont like le male. it's making me avoid anything with vanilla on my 'research'. im weary that i wont like other top scents with vanilla on them. hmm is a*men by mugler similar with le male? im thinking of trying out one of mugler scents. either a*men, pure malt or pure leather.

    again, thanks for the warm welcome.

    9/18/13 at 11:20pm

    ben850 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mundane24View Post

    thanks for all the advise and suggestions. i'll look into all of them. :)

    about that le male, i think it's just my own nose not liking that strong scent. and it's the vanilla, right? OR is it the whole combination of ALL the notes on le male? coz i think it's not the lavender (accdng to fragrantica these are the two top notes on le male). i've come across scents with lavender (la nuit, cool water, eternity) and they didn't bother me that much. as a matter of fact, i love em.

    it's actually bothering me that i dont like le male. it's making me avoid anything with vanilla on my 'research'. im weary that i wont like other top scents with vanilla on them. hmm is a*men by mugler similar with le male? im thinking of trying out one of mugler scents. either a*men, pure malt or pure leather.

    again, thanks for the warm welcome.

    I never liked Le Male on my first sample of it. After a few months however, I did learn to enjoy it quite a bit. You'll find that this happens a lot with fragrances. Your nose somehow is able to decipher things differently over time, or you just find out more about what you do and do not like. Le Male IS a vanilla bomb however. Vanilla, Lavender, and Mint are the main notes. This does not mean that you should avoid all vanilla frags though. There are quite a few different styles of vanilla. Le Male is considered to be one of the more "synthetic" frags, which means it doesn't smell as natural as others.

    A*Men (Angel Men) is a completely difference fragrance. It starts off with a harsh tar note, and drys down to one of the most wonderful winter frags on the market. Angel Men Pure Malt has a whiskey/berry deal going on. Haven't tried Pure Leather yet, but the other two are cult classics. Also try Pure Havane. All have samples which can be found for $5 a piece on eBay. Much cheaper than blind buying full bottles :)

    9/18/13 at 11:48pm

    mundane24 said:



    thanks so much for the reply! really sound advice from you ben850! i appreciate it!

    im learning! :) * i really need to browse some more in here!

    9/19/13 at 9:04am

    cello said:



    You might try doing a search under "office scents". There are tons of threads on that subject, and people generally respond with somewhat "safe" suggestions, including many vetivers and classic, good smelling fragrances.





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