I have discovered an awesome community of people with big hearts and poetic reviews!
Thanks to fabulous recommendations and seductive reviews, I've fallen prey to the lure of Niche perfumers...especially since I've found houses that avoid my most-hated notes (Calone, certain marine notes, certain white floral notes...anything that smells dry/metallic to me). I've learned to oplay the decant game and i'm sharpening my nose skills.
On the down side, my wallet's a lot lighter, but hey...you can't put a price on happiness
Thanks to Basenotes, I've found the perfumer of my dreams, Serge Lutens, who indulges my every desire for spicy/oriental and musk. I've also discovered L'Artisan (Timbuktu, plus I hope to get many, many more), Editions de Parfum Frederic Malle (Musc Ravageur, plus I hope to get many more!), and Annick Goutal (Songes, and I want to try more!).
You people are fabulous and supportive and just plain great. I love it here. Cheers, Basenotes.
Oh, I almost forgot -- fragrances I've bought since joining Basenotes:
Decants/samples of: A La Nuit, Borneo 1834, Muscs Koublai Khan, Gris Clair, Santal Blanc, Creed's Love In White, L'Artisan's Dzonghka,Tom Ford Black Orchid, Badgley Mischka, So Lovely, Annick Goutal's Songes, I'm sure that I'm forgetting some here...I've spent a LOT of money on decants.
Full bottles of:
Timbuktu by L'Artisan ($110)
Muscs Koublai Khan (my best blind buy ever!) ($160)
Musc Ravageur (it's on its way here through the post!) ($180)
A La Nuit ($92)
Ambre Sultan ($92)
Bvlgari's Pour Femme ($40)
Kiehl's Musk ($20)
Grand total of $786 O_o