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...
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)
David Beckham Homme.
Brooks Brothers 1818 Black Fleece (White)
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.