Brand New and Don't Know Where to Start....Help!!!

    Brand New and Don't Know Where to Start....Help!!!

    post #1 of 19
    Thread Starter 

    Hi All,

    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?

    Thanks!

    Michael

    P.S.

    If someone has already written something in regard to my questions, please direct me to that thread.

    Thanks,

    MQ


    Edited by mqpens - 10/2/13 at 12:51pm
    post #2 of 19

    Yes, different scents react differently on different people's skin and different people smelling the same scent may smell different things and judge the fragrance differently.

    So there's no avoiding trying things out for yourself, starting in department stores. But don't pay attention to how a fragrance smells on paper, if you get a chance spray one spray on your hand/wrist/arm. That way you'll get a sense of what it smell like on you. Smell it a few minutes later again and then once more after a while.

    I won't mention specific fragrances to get or avoid, all the other threads do. But for fragrances that you can't test on your own, get some samples or decants online. That's a the next best way and it can save you money. Better to spend a few bucks on something that turns out lousy than hundreds of dollars on a full bottle. Once you discover what fragrances you like and dislike, you can further research which notes they have in common and from there look for more with those notes. Although that's a but deceiving as there are only a couple of handful of notes that make up pretty much everything out there.

    post #3 of 19
    Thread Starter 

    Thanks, very much "tmsth3"!! It looks like I'll head to the dept store, first...and, try to see what I may like on my wrist...and, then from there. Looks like this can/will be a long term effort , that will be rewarding along the way :^ )

    Would you mind if I ask you some questions along the way?

    MQ

    post #4 of 19
    Very sound advice from the gentleman from Post # 2 To the OP: Welcome to you and enjoy your learning experience on Basenotes.
    post #5 of 19
    Thread Starter 

    Thanks, Hednic...I'm sure that once I get "baptized" by my first few fragrances, I'll be able to ask more intelligent questions!!

    MQ

    BTW, I just "stumbled" onto more information in the "Starting Out" section...thanks!! It's a great place to start! Thanks to everyone who helped put it together.

    MQ


    Edited by mqpens - 10/2/13 at 1:40pm
    post #6 of 19
    Welcome, mqpens.

    When looking around Basenotes, make a list of colognes that sound interesting to you and that you would like to sample. Then, find out where they can be bought. A lot of the fragrances discussed here can't be bought in department stores, but the ones that can, you would definitely want to go sample them there because there's no charge. You want to AVOID paying to get your samples whenever possible.

    A GREAT place to sample fragrances is Sephora. Every one of them I've been in, you can go to the corner where they keep men's fragrances and spray to your heart's content. I think they have tester bottles of just about everything. And they have a very nice array of colognes.

    After that, check out places like Fragrancenet, eBay and other reputable online places. Fragrancenet has some samples, although most of their fragrances do not have samples. Don't forget to use the code "Basenotes" to always get at least a 15% discount at Fragrancenet.

    eBay has many good sellers that sell legitimate samples, but you must be very careful to only buy from those that have a very high feedback rating (99+). If they have more than a few unexplained negatives, avoid them.

    Lastly, when there's no other way to sample a fragrance you're interested in, you will have to resort to online sampling places like The Perfumed Court and Surrender to Chance. I will pay their high prices, but ONLY for samples that I can find nowhere else. Luckyscent also has many samples of hard to find samples, but they are fairly expensive.

    Good luck with your journey.
    post #7 of 19
    Thread Starter 

    Thanks, thanks, thanks RedRaider430!! Not sure if we have a Sephora in the Baltimore area, but I'll look and see. Thanks for the list of places to try scents in person and buy samples online!! This is of great help to me!!

    Best,

    Michael

    post #8 of 19
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mqpensView Post

    Would you mind if I ask you some questions along the way?

    MQ

    Sure, anytime. Yes, discovering fragrances is a big part of the fun.

    post #9 of 19
    Welcome to Basenotes!
    post #10 of 19
    Thread Starter 

    Tried a sample of Creed Aventus this morning and find that it is too sweet/flowery or fruity for "my taste". A young woman at work said that is was "guyly", i.e., a man's scent...but, so far, it hasn't done much for me. I don't think that I've hit the final scent, though.

    In terms of aftershaves that I like, I tend to go more for the sandalwood, bay rum and other "darker" or "lower" smelling scents. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    Michael

    post #11 of 19

    Fish around for samples of Fougeres.

    post #12 of 19
    Thread Starter 

    Thanks, Jaunderer...I'll do that!!

    post #13 of 19
    Musc ravageur, green Irish tweed or rive gauche pour homme for men. If possible buy samples good sir! I just bought a sample of invasion barbare you might like it.
    post #14 of 19

    welcome

    post #15 of 19
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mqpensView Post

    Thanks, thanks, thanks RedRaider430!! Not sure if we have a Sephora in the Baltimore area, but I'll look and see. Thanks for the list of places to try scents in person and buy samples online!! This is of great help to me!!

    Best,

    Michael

    Eastpoint Mall has a Sephora

    post #16 of 19

    Might I ad Gendarme by Gendarme? A very clean safe scent! I have the body wash, shaving cream andmoisture balm and whenever I want to smell clean or don't want to wear any other cologne i'll always grab gendarme. I also have the other Gendarmes (including "Mojo")all very clean but if you want something completely different from the bunchI'd go for Grabazzi.

    post #17 of 19
    Welcome! And Creed - Bois du Portugal or by Kilian - Back to Black. Trust me.
    post #18 of 19




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