Hey, you make some great points! I think members of the board are divided. Some dislike the fresh scents because they want to be unique from what everyone else is smelling like. Like you said, the trend seems to be fresh scents! Also, other scents seem to be more complicated then the fresh scents on the market. The use of different materials and spices make unique notes. I guess Basenoters want to "push the envelope" so to speak.
Also, everyone has their own preferences. I'm sure most of the trend with fresh scents is due to word of mouth. Most of the fragrances Basenoters use are not well known outside particular circles, so I'm sure that is why they use such distinct fragrances.