Incredibly grateful to all your responses!
I truly want to converse with everyone here!
Originally Posted by PerfumedLady
Well,you know about my falling out with 24 Faubourg,Warum!
.As I get older,I find my tastes going back to my beginnings [...] I think what happens is a streamlining of our tastes with all this sampling.
Yes, I do, and when I tested it I thought the same -- very loud white florals. I am not ready to write the sample off yet, because it's a very fine fragrance, just not my style, and I'd like to pay attention to it, even though I know I am not likely to wear it on the regular bases. My favorite white florals are lily and LOTV
which brings me to another point you're making -- about going back to beginnings. LOTV was my very first fragrance, given to me by my Granny, and I am still delighted when I can catch a whiff of it in my new La Collection Climat. I think, right now my tastes are going in a direction of tolerating a lot more complexity. There's a lot more going on in Climat than in my Granny's beloved LOTV soliflore. Interestingly, and I am digressing, my tastes in classical music undergo a similar transformation. Used to be a solo piano lover, I enjoy the symphonies now. Same with perfume. I will be back to streamlining, I am sure, some years down the road...
Originally Posted by rogalal
When I first decided to sample as much as I could, I knew pretty much nothing. The scents I liked were usually sweet and fruity, and I spent a lot of time trying women's fruity florals and weird things that I liked at the time and don't appreciate so much now. And there is a significant portion of my wardrobe in a bag in a closet that never gets touched, which I largely have to show for this.
This is how I came in. I did not have an idea about olfactory families, for one things, or a notes pyramid, until the end of 2009 when I discovered Fragrantica! Yep, and some bottles from my wardrobe aren't getting much love from me.
Originally Posted by purplebird7
Perhaps the biggest change is that I realize that my collection must remain small in order for me to enjoy it. I don't want to rotate through 20 bottles anymore. I'd rather have only a few at a time. The more I get, the more I want, and the more I end up wishing I had bought others instead, and it gets out of hand. So, I keep it small.
And yes, this is another tough balance to find, between a collection and samples. I also would like to keep a small collection of FBs, 10 sounds like a good number right now, and have some samples/decants as a process of learning about new fragrances. As a newbie I have a lot of learning to do.
Originally Posted by G.303
I have always loved fragrance.....Even as a little boy I loved to smell good.....I would always want to wear my Dad's Cologne and that's how it started.....I even remember taking the time to smell all of my Mother's and GrandMother's perfumes.....I knew they were not for me but still enjoyed taking the time to smell each one!!!
I'm afraid I've never even seen a bottle of a male cologne until I came to by Mr W one!
Originally Posted by G.303
I've always had a pretty good collection over the years but I must say that my introduction to Basenotes back in 2003 was a great turning point!!! This is when my collection really grew.....I was also introduced to Niche Fragrances here which has also helped me to the next level of fragrance.....Great Thread!!!
Thanks, Gary, I am happy I started this thread and can talk to you all! And yes, Basenotes was a huge turning point to me, as well as meeting two amazing guides in the world of fragrance -- BayKAT
. I would not be on the Basenotes if not for you!
Originally Posted by Quarry
I'm surprised by everything — how some juice remains in my affection from first exposure, how others rise and fall because of wearying notes or change of season or having been one-upped by a better formulation, and how unimagined fragrances have wowed me. Ordering samples almost proves fruitless
. It seems like I blunder upon revelations better than I can seek them out.
I don't have anything to say, Quarry, but this thought is going into that place in my mind where my unconscious creativity works. I hope it will come up with something interesting! But yes, not to obsess over buying samples -- what a thought! Thank you! I really WILL be thinking about it.
Originally Posted by BayKAT
Hello Warum, (I always want to call you by your real name!!!) You and I found perfume the same year.
Feel free, my dear, I will not mind, or just use an initial. I was writing about you above, as my first guide into real perfume world. We've started out with similar tastes (rose and greens) and now we're further apart, but it's always so interesting to hear from you about your Carons, Guerlains and chypres!
What! No Or et Noir in here! See what I mean? This is the only Caron I will even consider (so far; and take that fire away from me!
) But it's always so good to know where the journey is taking us.BTW, I ran out of bubble mailers, but on Monday your mail will be on its way!
Originally Posted by Mimi Gardenia
I also learnt to never say never to any fragrance.
Yes, I am here to say the same thing; also I am not ready to say "always" or "forever" to any of them, either.
More later, friends!