Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself

    Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself

    post #1 of 31
    Thread Starter 

    Hello Everyone,

     

    Fair Warning: I'm pretty much a newbie, so please keep that in mind.

     

    I've always enjoyed a good fragrance but have never really explored exactly what it is that I like and why. That all changed a few months ago when I purchased a vintage bottle of Old Spice from an Estate Sale. The estate had been owned by an older gentleman. The home was very similar to my grandparents house: hardwood floors, ordered and immaculately clean. You could smell saddle soap, leather, gun oil, floor wax, Pine Sol, etc... from the first moment I entered I knew that he and my grandfather were kindred spirits. I made my way into the bathroom, on the counter was a vintage bottle of Old Spice. No hesitation, I snatched it up, pulled the cork from the buoy shaped bottle and was enveloped...

    In that second, my grandfather was with me, alive again.  

     

    It was a small but profound moment. It started me down the path to bassnotes and down the path to finding my own signature fragrance. I don't know what that is- and it will probably be a small collection of fragrances rather than just one- or how long it will take, but I feel like I've come to the right place. So before I go on, let me thank every one of you, the amount of knowledge and insight here on bassnotes is incredible.

     

    Okay, here are the three fragrances that comprised my first baby steps...

     

    Polo
    Drakkar Noir
    Aramis

     

    These were the first fragrances that I ever owned and still love to this day.

     

    These are recent (for me) fragrances that I really love...

     

    Quorum (maybe my favorite)
    Cool Water
    David Beckham Homme.
    Brooks Brothers 1818 Black Fleece (White)
    Grey Flannel


    So... What I would really like are recommendations. They can be based on anything... holes in my collection, something you think I should try, something you think I might like, similar fragrances that you consider better,  a wild curveball, whatever... anything... I'm open.

     

    Thanks,
    TC

    post #2 of 31

     Welcome to Basenotes!

     

     Judging by the fragrances you might enjoy:

     

     Eau Sauvage by Dior

     

     Heritage by Guerlain

     

     Bel Ami by Hermes

     

     Green Irish Tweed by Creed

    post #3 of 31
    Welcome to Basenotes!

    Three you might like:

    Sable Marocain by Phaedon
    Cuir Tabac by David Jorquin
    Green Irish Tweed by Creed
    post #4 of 31
    A couple you might try:
    Fahrenheit
    YSL L'Homme
    post #5 of 31

    Welcome

     

    Duc De Vervins

     

    Pino 50

     

    Polo Modern Reserve

     

    Egoiste

    post #6 of 31
    You've come to the right place. Welcome to Basenotes! beer.gif

    Seems to me you favor old school masculines.. in which case allow me to recommend these for your sampling pleasure:-

    Esencia Loewe
    Guerlain Coriolan
    Guerlain Derby
    Tiffany for Men
    Gentleman Givenchy
    Aramis Havana
    Creed Bois du Portugal
    Parfums di Nicolai New York
    Dior Eau Sauvage Extreme
    YSL Kouros
    post #7 of 31
    Hello and welcome.

    You'll be getting a lot of suggestions and there will be a lot that will catch your attention.

    Therefore I suggest that you begin learning or familiarizing yourself with perfumes by note or genre.

    It'll make identifying notes/genres in other (especially those more complex ones) much easier.
    post #8 of 31

    Welcome!

    post #9 of 31
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tigercasual View Post
     

    Okay, here are the three fragrances that comprised my first baby steps...

     

    Polo
    Drakkar Noir
    Aramis

     

    These were the first fragrances that I ever owned and still love to this day.

     

    These are recent (for me) fragrances that I really love...

     

    Quorum (maybe my favorite)
    Cool Water
    David Beckham Homme.
    Brooks Brothers 1818 Black Fleece (White)
    Grey Flannel


    So... What I would really like are recommendations. They can be based on anything... holes in my collection, something you think I should try, something you think I might like, similar fragrances that you consider better,  a wild curveball, whatever... anything... I'm open.

     

    Thanks,
    TC

     

     

    TC, Welcome to Basenotes!  

     

    Your 'baby steps' fragrances are some of the heavy hitters of yore!  This means your nose can 'get' a lot of the fragrances released in the last 20 years without any issues, so consider yourself fortunate.

     

    There is a notion among frag heads that one fragrance is better than the other.  (I should know, I use to think this way). The truth is this: one fragrance is better suited to a certain person or occasion better than another.  

      

    That said, my advice/recommendation to you is this:

     

    BLIND-BUY TO YOUR HEART'S CONTENT!

     

    Let the shape of the bottle, the name of the fragrance, the mystique of the fragrance house, the reviews from fellow Basenoters guide you.  It IS the path to TRUE fragrance nirvana :)

     

    Other truths about fragrances you might find interesting:

     

    There are only about 4 dozen unique scents; everything is an analogue of another with a slight twist.

    You can never have too many fragrances.

    Fragrance is sexless.

    About half of the fragrances you acquire will increase in value over time.

     

    Fair warning though, you have enter into a world that you will never be able to leave...

    post #10 of 31

    Welcome to Basenotes!

     

    Some very good suggestions already.  I would also add these for testing:

     

    Lalique Encre Noire

    by Kilian Cruel Intentions

    Creed Bois du Portugal

     

     

    Enjoy the journey!

    post #11 of 31
    Welcome to the Darkside..... we have cookies, and smell good.
    post #12 of 31

    Welcome ! :vrolijk_26:

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    post #14 of 31

    Welcome to basenotes.

    post #15 of 31
    Welcome to you!
    post #16 of 31

    First rule of BN - open up your wallet to the world of fragrances
    2nd & 3rd...well, u already know it...

     

    We welcome you with our open hearts; you welcome Basenotes with an open wallet - to accommodate all the fragrance purchases that you will start making from now on!!!

    post #17 of 31
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by badarun View Post

    First rule of BN - open up your wallet to the world of fragrances
    That can be pretty scary!
    post #18 of 31
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