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    I am compelled to offer some of my experiences that may help out those who are just venturing into this hobby. I would like to advise everyone to stay true to yourselves and your desires. There are two different types of basenoters (at least I have found there to be): the first is the type who values their fragrance like a wine enthusiast and the second is your composition type (which I consider myself to be). The wine analogy has been used to death for the first type, but, it fits. Generally, those who value the development of individual notes are found to lean toward more complex fragrances and this is okay. If you desire to be the type who wants your fragrance to tell your nose a "story" then follow their advice in how to do so. But, if your a composition person from the opening, to the middle, and to the base notes then there is a good chance that your probably going to find a lot of the most hyped fragrance to be a little too eccentric or too much for your nose like I have come to find. So figuring out which type of fragrance fanatic you are will help you to choose the best scent for you and it may save you some time and money also. So don't try to psyche yourself into liking a scent because I have come to find that my first true impression generally is enough to tell if I am going to like a fragrance or not. In spite of the differences, we all have same goal of wanting to smell good and smell something that is rather pleasing to our nose.

    Also, take your time just as you should do with any interest, otherwise, the substance of the hobby will start to wear off. Self-control will sustain and further it for as long as you desire to continue in it.

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    What a great site
    Do you have to be an experienced basenoter to write review/ comments on perfumes in the directory. I tried to and it just keeps telling me to log in... I am logged in!!
    Oh so glad i found this. never again will i need to wonder alone whether to go for Stella McCatneys Rose Absolute or Annick Goutal's Rose Absolue... I can just research the comments!
    marvellous

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    http://community.basenotes.net/faq.p...#faq_reviewhow

    I would suggest logging out then back in. If not then try some of the other things that this links says to do. You should be able to write reviews.

    Welcome to basenotes!

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    Welcome thespartacats Have fun!!
    "There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which can not fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation." HERBERT SPENCER

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    ... and welcome to Basenotes.

    Often on the main discussion boards, there is a lot of talk about about obscure and expensive fragrances and this can be quite overwhelming for a newcomer to the world of fragrance.

    The "Just Starting Out" forum is designed to help people who are new to fragrances. You shouldn't be afraid to ask a question, no matter how silly it seems. We aim to provide a friendly area where people can come and learn. It should be a relaxed place but also very informative.

    One very important point is helping out where ever you can. We should all try and think back to our early days in fragrance and think of the people who helped us out along the way. The "Just Starting Out" gives you a perfect opportunity to pass some of this information on.

    Bear in mind that you are not obligated to post here if you are new to fragrances, but it is sometimes useful to converse with members at a similar level.

    We will however sometimes move a thread into, or out of of this board, if we feel it is better suited or more likely to receive a better response elsewhere.

    We hope that the "Just Starting" forum will be a gentle introduction to the wonderful world of perfumes. We also hope that some day in the future you will come back to help other users as they start their journey.
    Hello

    This is a fascinating board. I'm a newbie and did a lot of reading today (fragrance reviews). Some people did a great job!!
    For now I have some questions:
    It seems there are different kind of members. Which is the difference? What is for exemple a "supporting member" ?
    As I understood it is not possible to get an icon (a nince bottle) on my wardrobe yet.
    I would be very interested in knowing more about layering perfumes. In which forum should that be done?
    It would be very kind if someone could shed some light in the dark. Thank you so much.
    Marion

  6. #156

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    Hey guys,
    Well... I've been on this board for a while now (reading everything, never really posting though because I am not knowledgeable enough). I'm an 18 year old college student, and actually have quite a cologne collection now. I made a few blind buys based on reviews.... some being good others not so much haha. Regardless, I've learned of tonss of new products I never would have heard about, and get a pretty cool insight on everything. Thanks a lot guys... I'll be talking to you all soon ;]

  7. #157

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marion View Post
    Hello

    This is a fascinating board. I'm a newbie and did a lot of reading today (fragrance reviews). Some people did a great job!!
    For now I have some questions:
    It seems there are different kind of members. Which is the difference? What is for exemple a "supporting member" ?
    As I understood it is not possible to get an icon (a nince bottle) on my wardrobe yet.
    I would be very interested in knowing more about layering perfumes. In which forum should that be done?
    It would be very kind if someone could shed some light in the dark. Thank you so much.
    Marion
    Hello Marion! Welcome to basenotes!
    The names for the members are as follows: New Member, Super Member, Junkie, Dependent, Supporting Member, Mod. They change with the number of posts, excluding supporting member and moderator status. To learn more about supporting member status read on http://community.basenotes.net/faq.p...ortingfeatures Mods are seperate because they help Grant out with keeping the boards clean and free of debris.

    If you are interested in layering female fragrances then you would want to ask around in this board: http://community.basenotes.net/forumdisplay.php?f=21 . You'll find the women there very resourcefull. I would search for threads about that topic though. I've seen so many about layering techniques and bottles that work well together.

    Good luck and have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by muzicfreak2k3 View Post
    Hey guys,
    Well... I've been on this board for a while now (reading everything, never really posting though because I am not knowledgeable enough). I'm an 18 year old college student, and actually have quite a cologne collection now. I made a few blind buys based on reviews.... some being good others not so much haha. Regardless, I've learned of tonss of new products I never would have heard about, and get a pretty cool insight on everything. Thanks a lot guys... I'll be talking to you all soon ;]
    I'm glad to hear that you are taking advantage of your ability to read. You'll always find the best advice if you look around here for a while. Be careful with those blind buys. They'll kill your wallet. I hope that this is the start of you begining to be confident enough to start your own threads when you need to... I'll see you around.

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    I am delighted to have found this site, quite by accident. My love of perfume started as a child watching my mother dressed for an elegant night out, red hair teased in an updo and beautiful evening clothes trailing a cloud of Ma griffe. Yes, I am a complete amateur so forgive any naive writings or simplistic reviews...however I am a professional news journalist so perhaps I can at least spell and edit a few lines. Already I've learned so much about fragrancee by reading your reviews (wonderful, interesting and lovely). I knew I was a perfume junkie when I starting layering scents, albeit done blindly and without any professional knowledge. My tastes and the way my body reacts to perfumes has also changed dramatically as entered into my forties, and I now prefer a spicy, musky heavier scent which I would have shunned as a younger woman. I need different types of perfumes now and am seeking them, and your site has been a godsend. Oh...and I promise to look up aviter and sillage (sp?)! Now I have new words for Scrabble! Thanks to all of you...Willow

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    Hello Willow! Welcome to basenotes.

    Sounds like you have nice memories of your childhood. I wihs I liked what my parents wore when they would go out to formal events. I actually got my mom into some lovely new stuff. It'll be great having someone who can write in a sophisticated way. ENJOY!

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    Good day everyone!

    I've been registered here for over a year now and I guess it's about time I speak up. I really enjoy this forum and the information is priceless. Thanks to all who contribute to this learning process.

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    My grandmother wore Lily of the Valley. When she didn't have the fancy stuff (I'm not sure of the name or the manufacturer, it came from France) she used Miguet du Bois. On her, either one was - well, "heavenly" is the only way I can describe it. Fresh, light, airy, everything you would expect Lily of the Valley to smell like.

    My first lesson in individual body chemistry occurred at an early age, when I put some on myself. It smelled like a sour washrag.

    I remember my mother and aunts coming in to kiss me good-night on their way to this or that event, looking like princesses in their full-skirted gowns, enveloping me in hugs and clouds of tulle and organza, My Sin and Arpege.

    My mother's "signature fragrance," however, the one she used every day in "layers" of soap, body lotion, talc, cologne, was Yardley's English Lavender. This was a long time ago, back when Yardley used to actually put some lavender in the product. A few years after her death, in a fit of nostalgia, I bought a bar of the soap, but instead of the clean, crisp memory I longed for, it smelled mostly of soap, with a barely perceptible hint of fragrance.

    As a teenager I discovered that the perfumes that worked best on me were frequently Guerlain ones, and today I still use them, Shalimar, of course, Mitsouko, and my favorite, L'Heure Bleue, which few 16 year olds can carry off, but I was, and still am, somewhat strange.

    It was around that time that I realized that Mysore sandalwood soap beat out even the costliest and most fashionable bars hands down, and that the essential oil worked great doing double duty as both fragrance and moisturizer for arms and legs, and I continued that practice for forty years, even long after I was fully aware that this was a barbaric practice, so I accept full responsibility for using up all the sandalwood in India and driving the price of that essential oil into the stratosphere.

    My other big fragrance love was oud (agarswood), used only occasionally by my aunts, as even then it was costly, but for years I was able to get my oud on thanks to the Ajmal company, who produced a body lotion with enough of the scent to work just fine as a perfume, and a big $8 pump bottle of the stuff lasted for years.

    Recently, when I noticed that I was down to my last big pump bottle, I could find it in only one store, in England, for $12, but they wanted $20 to ship it. A couple of others were offering Ajmal body lotion in their "NEW! light floral" scent. I am sure it is lovely, and I understand that the price of agarswood makes Mysore sandalwood look like canola oil, but my nose and I want our oud, and I don't know how we are going to get it. I don't even know how we are going to get our sandalwood.

    In fact, all the essential oils and absolutes on which I had come to depend in my lifelong quest for Smelling Good for Less have gone through the roof. Jasmine, Bulgarian rose, even lavender and whatever it is they do at Liberty Naturals, my usual supplier, to get some kind of gardenia essence.

    At least I still have my traditional summer fragrance, Vetiver, from the Hove company in New Orleans, and a small stash of pre-restriction (and accompanying fragrance reduction) Mysore sandalwood soap.

    As a perfume barbarian, I am seldom taken with the popular, expensive perfumes one receives as gifts. I tend to use them only when I will be in the company of the loved one who so generouly presented them, and the rest of the time sort of cobble together whatever combination of my little stock of favorite essential oils (and Ajmal oud lotion) I am in the mood for. Sometimes I mix them with a small amount of no-name unscented cream or lotion or liquid soap, other times I dab them on straight.

    I realize now that my habits have to change, even though my budget has not, and the frenzied googling brought on by the Fragrance Crisis of '08 has also made me aware that I am profoundly fragrance-ignorant, that I am a perfume barbarian, probably too old to be completely civilized, but possibly not too old to become even more aware of the immensity of my ignorance, and this looks like a good place to sit, listen and do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NyAshia View Post
    Good day everyone!

    I've been registered here for over a year now and I guess it's about time I speak up. I really enjoy this forum and the information is priceless. Thanks to all who contribute to this learning process.
    Welcome to the forum
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    Hi everyone, total newbie to this so please be patient if I seem like an idiot.
    Have loved fragrance forever. Trying to find a new "signature scent". Will try
    to keep you posted as I travel on my journey. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

    THANKS!!

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    Welcome to the forum
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    Quote Originally Posted by justpj View Post
    Hi everyone, total newbie to this so please be patient if I seem like an idiot.
    Have loved fragrance forever. Trying to find a new "signature scent". Will try
    to keep you posted as I travel on my journey. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

    THANKS!!
    Hello and welcom to basenotes!!!

    I have a feeling (just a feeling) that you will forget all about finding that one scent that suits you because I'm sure, once you are done learning/receiving suggestions, you will have a wardrobe that is beyond what you ever thought it would be. I think that you will find so many that you will love that choosing just one to wear as your trademark ( your "signature") will be almost impossible to do.

    I hope you have fun posting here and you find what you are looking for!!!

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    Can someone help a noob with a stupid question? I've been PMed that my wardrobe is not viewable by others, but when I check, the box that would hide it remains unchecked. How do I make my wardrobe info viewable to others? Thanks. ::sheepish::
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    Hi everyone! Great forum, I can see I'll be spending a lot of time here! I'd classify myself as a total newbie, so I'm sure I'll have some screwy questions. Please bear with me...

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    I'm a newbie and glad to find a place to ask dumb questions. For years I had gone without fragrances because I found they would irritate my eyes, make me cough and I just could not find any I liked. I recently found Jo Malone products and I am so pleased. Pom Noir and 154 are my favorites. I'm enjoying searching for more.

    But - I was amazed to find Jo Malone products are sealed. You cannot open them to fill an atomizer. Is this now common?

    Any ideas for brands that would be good for my sensitivies are appreciated.

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    Hello I am from Dallas TX and glad to be here.

    My story is a bit different in that I had a vision.

    The vision was that of a large barrel of empty perfume bottles a large hand went down into the barrel and pulled out one trainglar shaped bottle with ripples in it.

    Thereafter I went on a search to find out what it was and what it meant. It was Tresor which meant treasure and the bottle is symbolic for a woman in full bloom.

    Here recently I was reading my bible and a scripture became rhema to me it was Neh 3:8b "and Hananiah, one of the perfume-makers"
    within the next couple of days my nose opened up and I have been on a mission every since. Going to sephora's or any frag counter is like going to a crackhouse.

    Last purchase was D&G light blue.
    "While the king is at his table, my perfume fills the air with its fragrance." SoS 1:12

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    Quote Originally Posted by torchsong View Post
    Hi all,

    I am what I would call a Semi-Newbie in the world of Fragrances. I have for years bought the over the dime store stuff because I was "afraid" to go into the upper scale stores because the people behind the fragrance counters, seem to look at me (Paranoia on my part?) as beneath them. I felt intimidated. I was relieved and very excited when Sephora and Ulta came along. I was finely able to sniff the perfumes that I had always wanted to smell without feeling intimidated. Along the way I ending up writing to a kind Gentleman by the Name of Luca Turin who kindly wrote me back giving me scent advice. I found out much later he is a "Legend" in the Fragrance field . But you couldn't tell by the way he wrote to me. At any rate at the age off 44 I find I am just now starting to enjoy finding new scents, and have even found some sites whom make knock off scents that smell even better then the real stuff (to me at least) I would like share some of these sites if I may. I also wanted to know if anyone else ever felt or feels the same way, about being intimidated, by the different department stores.. I feel it's really an hindrance to the manufactures of perfume when these people act in such a way . At any rate HI all!
    Cindy
    Ive had a fair share of upper class complex air from SAs. But ive since not bother anymore. I always dread the chanel counters where im from. if im treated with blatant disrespect, i usually just ask the the supervisor or the manager in charge for a satidfactory explanation for the lack of courtesy. works wonders. ive been a sales promoter b4 and ive always enjoyed serving. if they cant serve you with the least bit of making u feel comfortable, then they are obviously not suitable for the job, coz all promoters/SAs have to go thru some form of training prior. so dont feel intimidated at all, if anyone is ever rude, i strongly urge u to lodge a complain, coz that person's probably giving attitude to everyone else as well.

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    Hi Basenoters! I just joined and I am very happy to be part of this community. I am considering trying my hand at perfuming. Any advice you could offer for starting up would be truly appreciated. Bless you all!

    A great big thank you from Jenny Po.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magicpotion View Post
    Hi Basenoters! I just joined and I am very happy to be part of this community. I am considering trying my hand at perfuming. Any advice you could offer for starting up would be truly appreciated. Bless you all!

    A great big thank you from Jenny Po.

    Ive been growing more and more intrigued by DIY perfuming, Its barely a mth since i joined BN and tho its left me almost penniless for the month, I have absolutely no regrets. Its not easy to find a community that brings so many cultures together with one similar obsession. I used to feel really left out coz i just didnt enjoy what many of my best mates do. Ive finally found a family of the warmest ppl around......

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    This is my first post after reading the reviews and some of the forum threads for a few weeks. I've always enjoyed mens frags but never considered joining a site as a member until now.

    SirSlarty's reviews prompted me more than most; seeing we have very similar taste in fragrances. I look forward to sharing info,reviews and learning on this board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AromiErotici View Post
    This is my first post after reading the reviews and some of the forum threads for a few weeks. I've always enjoyed mens frags but never considered joining a site as a member until now.

    SirSlarty's reviews prompted me more than most; seeing we have very similar taste in fragrances. I look forward to sharing info,reviews and learning on this board.
    Welcome AromiErotici!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Welcome AromiErotici!
    Thank you !!!

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    Hi folks, thank you for running this wonderful and informative site. I have been a frequent visitor of basenotes for years and today I decided to register as a member. MIllion thanks to you guys!

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    Welcome Eros. Error Have fun.
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    Hello everybody, I've discovered this community when searching for some reviews and I really like what you guys discuss here. Perfumes are one of my greatest "hobbies", obviously, otherwise I wouldn't be posting here. And..oh well, I hate introducing myself, I'll have to skip this for now.

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    I'm new to this forum on this site even though I have been reading reviews on this site at least 4-5times a week...actually this website is set as my homepage so I always end up spending time on here...a lot of time...sometime too much but then again who is to blame...perfume/colognes are my favorite thing to use and give as gifts for all occasions.

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