I shave with a double edge razor/shaving soap/shaving brush...etc., and use after shaves, all of which are made by small dealers who use essential oils. I have reacted terribly to heat activated, what I believe are synthetic scents, in the past, i.e., dryer sheets, remnants of perfumes that have been left on a phone by the person wearing them. I've had no problems with fragrances made from essential oils...at least, so far.
I'm in my early 60's (how did that happen? :^) and haven't worn cologne since my teens, i.e. Brut, English Leather and other crap like that...didn't know that there was anything else available back then. I'd like to start experimenting with scents again but don't know where to start. I've looked through Basenotes and see that for every scent, there are "likers" and "dislikers". Also, I see some fragrances that have 100% "likes". Of course, I'm sure that those with less of a % are just as good, if not better, depending on one's taste. Can I assume that different fragrances react differently in some way for each person? Not sure I totally understand the terms that people use, but I assume that it has to do with how each scent smells when it is wet, dry and then, over the rest of the day....some elements that make up a scent are more pronounced at different times??
How does one go about sampling different scents...department store, online "sample" purchases? Where to start??
I know that I don't like sweet smelling scents, at least for me. The closest to that I get to those are some lime aftershaves...and, they don't last long. Most aftershaves last anywhere from 1/2 hour to 2-3 hours...sillage...right?
Can someone help me with some advice as to how to get started?
If someone has already written something in regard to my questions, please direct me to that thread.
Edited by mqpens - 10/2/13 at 12:51pm