I am a new member to Basenotes, but have been reading for a long time and am a huge fan. My love of perfume that goes way back, and started with Chanel No. 19.
My brother was a Taxi driver in the eighties, and was taking some young ladies to their destination. He asked politely "What perfume are you wearing? It smells amazing". One said Chanel 19, one said Beautiful and the other said Youth Dew.
On my 19th birthday, 1985, he forked out $95 and bought me Estee Lauder Beautiful as a gift and soon after that, Chanel No 19 Parfum Extrait. I was so excited, and we have both since then, enjoyed our mutual passion for amazing fragrances. He spoils his wife, and I keep promising my husband that this is definitely the last bottle I am buying. . . (yeah, sure!)
I know what I love (my obsession at the moment is Vintage Dioressence - circa 1970's bottle) I have two full ones and one half.
But I am a real novice at picking out notes, for example, what oakmoss, or iris actually smell like. I just pick out things in general and think "That smells a floral, or that smells like smoke. The lingo and technical stuff throws me I'm afraid!
I would love to be able to purchase very small samples of singular notes from somewhere, so I know what it is, and what it smells like on its own.
If anyone could help me find somewhere (online?) where I can order small samples for a reasonably inexpensive price, - a kit maybe -I would really be grateful. Many thanks!!