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    Default Basenotes ... no.1 ?

    Since joining Basenotes, I have had a lot of fun and learned a lot about different fragrance design and style. I was wondering whether Basenotes.com currently rates as the largest, most popular fan site and/or fragrance resource site for fragrances or not ?

    I have searched extensively on the net, and have yet to see a more comprehensive site. Basenotes has members from North America, many parts of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. There are other similar blogs and sites like MUA et al, but in my opinion, they arent as extensive or "fun" (please note that I am not implying that they are inferior).

    So my questions are:

    1) What is the history of basenotes? Is there a page which describes who was the founder of basenotes and how it was initiated? How many members do we currently have ?

    2) Many fan-based sites and magazines have now become famous (examples include Anandtech, Edge magazine, etc.) and have attracted the intention of the big players in their industry. Is basenotes at that level yet ? Would the industry titans like Hermes, YSL, et al. be browsing basenotes to observe what we think of the latest releases ?

    3) Do we have any industry insiders amongst us? Any members who attend or have been invited to some of the official fragrance industry gatherings or awards ceremonies ?
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    1) Local legend has it that Basenotes started years ago as a Yahoo group. It was lead by a shady character going under the laughably psuedonymous moniker of "Grant Obourne". He is rumoured to sleep only one hour a nighta nd have plastic surgery every 6 months, to conceal his identity. Members: 6,375, Active Members: 1,800

    2) Im sure some industry types browse the page, but I'd be surprised if they paid much attention to us. As much as we may dislike AdG and Zegna Z, the dreck sells, so I doubt if the opinions of some elitist junkies (see Serpent's objection to Hermes and YSL's new direction) matter much in teh face of millions of units sold to those who know/care less than we do.

    3) Inisders among us include retailers such as Vijay and Serena (A new memebr who runs Ava-luxe.com) and Cedricceccentric, who I believe is professional make-up artist.
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    Default Re: Basenotes ... no.1 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joel_Cairo
    1) Local legend has it that Basenotes started years ago as a Yahoo group. It was lead by a shady character going under the laughably psuedonymous moniker of "Grant Obourne". He is rumoured to sleep only one hour a nighta nd have plastic surgery every 6 months, to conceal his identity. Members: 6,375, Active Members: 1,800
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    Here's the thing...... No one's truly sure if Grant really exists or he's simply an urban myth that people have concocted to scare small children. All I know is that while I don't know for sure whether I believe that Grant really exists, I know that he scares the hell out of me. Rumor has it that Interpol has been trying to track him down for almost a decade now and isn't any closer than they were after forming the task force. I do know though that if you smell a strong wafting of 212 or Guerlain Vetiver, it might be good to lock the doors and make your peace with god. The stories of the wake of destruction he's left is frightening. Rumor has it that Col actually met him once in the flesh. Since that meeting he's now bald and refuses to discuss the whole event.........
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    Default Re: Basenotes ... no.1 ?

    Who is this Grant Osbourne? Cousin of Ozzy?
    I thought Austin Powers ran this site...
    Are you not entertained??? Is this not why you are here??

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    Default Re: Basenotes ... no.1 ?

    So Paul G, have you ever met this Grant person in person ?

    And where is the basenotes website headquartered ?
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    Default Re: Basenotes ... no.1 ?

    It's commonly understood that MUA remains the big dog amongst the three major boards (MakeUpAlley, Basenotes, PerfumeofLife - some also count PerfumeAddicts on Yahoo), both membershipwise and cloutwise. Basenotes has the fancy board and site, and PerfumeofLife recently upgraded from their old ezBoard, too, but MakeUpAlley - which, not to slag, has a horrendous interface - has a very active membership that organizes in herds with group buying expeditions, is known for strong swapping and buying, and they have a more active and influential review board ("Productville") that, I must admit, even I have used when I've needed to research purchases. (Ah, yes, the famous/infamous "lippies" scale!) If something catches on as a craze on MUA, it can sometimes cause a genuine buying rush, at least for smaller niche/artisanal items. Such happened with Idole de Lubin when it became the rage there. A vogue for it on MUA is why it sold out for awhile on LuckyScent.com.

    And, folks, this is not a good thing or a bad thing. It's just... a thing. No need to hurl your empty Méchant Loup bottles at me. (Or, God forbid, your full ones.) Don't we like smaller and more exclusive here? If this has disturbed you, just consider yourselves the Creed of fragrance boards. There! Don't you feel fancier already?

    ETA: Basenotes does hold a place of distinction, though, as it is, to my knowledge, considered the one true men's fragrance board (of any consequence). So it's got its own unique little niche in the whole fragrance-in-cyberspace thing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul G
    Rumor has it that Col actually met him once in the flesh. Since that meeting he's now bald and refuses to discuss the whole event.........
    telltale indicators of post traumatic stress disorder. How else to explain Col's irrational love for Gaultier2?

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    Default Re: Basenotes ... no.1 ?

    WoW Serpent, I didnt know MUA was that big ! Judging from its interface, it looks pretty innocuous.....while Basenotes looks hip and snazzy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp
    WoW Serpent, I didnt know MUA was that big ! Judging from its interface, it looks pretty innocuous.....while Basenotes looks hip and snazzy.
    Maybe they're so big, they can't afford to take the time to upgrade!

    All I know is, trying to search those threads is impossible...

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    I chat with Col daily and Grant semi-daily. I have no doubt that both exist. However I do believe that both have supernatural powers. For example: I once heard a story of Col standing in front of his drobe trying to decide which to wear for the day. All of a sudden he stepped back held his arms at shoulder level, wrists and hands straight out. The wind started to blow. His eyes rolled back in his head and lighting shot out of the white centers of of what used to be his pupils. His flesh turned a pale white and you could see the blue and purple veins bulging out of his pasty face and neck. The ground started to shake as the wind blew harder. His feet slowly came up off the ground as he started to levitate. His voice dropped 3 octaves and he began to recite an acient Chinese incantation. All of a sudden a bottle slowly started to slide forward off the shelf. It slowly floated straight out and right in front of Col. Thats how he decides what to wear every day. Pretty impressive if you ask me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp
    I have searched extensively on the net, and have yet to see a more comprehensive site. Basenotes has members from North America, many parts of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.
    Dont forget Africa!!!

    saflyfish and I are current posters on the boards.
    I have also seen reviews by a number of other South African users.
    Its a glorious, global hobby this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rompip
    Dont forget Africa!!!

    saflyfish and I are current posters on the boards.
    I have also seen reviews by a number of other South African users.
    Its a glorious, global hobby this.

    Yes I forgot about South Africa !

    Now its truly global !

    My observation is that MUA is female dominated, while Basenotes is male dominated. Also, Basenotes doesnt cover makeup, which might further reduce its reach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp
    Also, Basenotes doesnt cover makeup, which might further reduce its reach.
    Ah, the makeup board! Yeah, Facenotes didn't stick around for long. But there is a makeup board here, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul G
    Here's the thing...... No one's truly sure if Grant really exists or he's simply an urban myth that people have concocted to scare small children. All I know is that while I don't know for sure whether I believe that Grant really exists, I know that he scares the hell out of me. Rumor has it that Interpol has been trying to track him down for almost a decade now and isn't any closer than they were after forming the task force. I do know though that if you smell a strong wafting of 212 or Guerlain Vetiver, it might be good to lock the doors and make your peace with god. The stories of the wake of destruction he's left is frightening. Rumor has it that Col actually met him once in the flesh. Since that meeting he's now bald and refuses to discuss the whole event.........
    Laughing my ass off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrax
    I chat with Col daily and Grant semi-daily. I have no doubt that both exist. However I do believe that both have supernatural powers. For example: I once heard a story of Col standing in front of his drobe trying to decide which to wear for the day. All of a sudden he stepped back held his arms at shoulder level, wrists and hands straight out. The wind started to blow. His eyes rolled back in his head and lighting shot out of the white centers of of what used to be his pupils. His flesh turned a pale white and you could see the blue and purple veins bulging out of his pasty face and neck. The ground started to shake as the wind blew harder. His feet slowly came up off the ground as he started to levitate. His voice dropped 3 octaves and he began to recite an acient Chinese incantation. All of a sudden a bottle slowly started to slide forward off the shelf. It slowly floated straight out and right in front of Col. Thats how he decides what to wear every day. Pretty impressive if you ask me.
    That's funny as hell.

    I sometimes feel like Col in that story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serpent
    Ah, the makeup board! Yeah, Facenotes didn't stick around for long. But there is a makeup board here, too.
    I miss boozenotes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serpent
    Ah, the makeup board! Yeah, Facenotes didn't stick around for long. But there is a makeup board here, too.
    And "Cracknotes" didn't fly either .
    Are you not entertained??? Is this not why you are here??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel_Cairo
    I miss boozenotes
    Older members remember how Perfume Review was actually supposed to be the female equivalent of Basenotes. Separate directories, separate forums, separate homepages - all in pink where Basenotes is green. There was no large directory of all those scents at one time; they were just men's scent way back when, and the women's scents were to be in the Perfume Review directory - the "female Basenotes" directory. And there was a working Perfume Review forum, too.

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    Lots to cover here. This may be quite long so bear with me...

    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp
    Since joining Basenotes, I have had a lot of fun and learned a lot about different fragrance design and style. I was wondering whether Basenotes.com currently rates as the largest, most popular fan site and/or fragrance resource site for fragrances or not ?
    As Serpent quite rightly notes, MUA is the mother of all sites like this. It was once owned by Beauty.com, but now is independent. Their membership is much, much larger than Basenotes and wheras we get about 3 million page views a month they get a heck of a lot more.

    We're about roughly equivalent Perfumeoflife. Sometimes they are bigger, sometimes we are.

    With regards to fragrance information sites. I think we are the biggest both in terms of visitors and information available. I think the main competition to the directory comes from
    Michael Edwards' / Fragrance Foundation's http://www.fragrancedirectory.info
    Steph Burton's Javaslublu - http://www.javaslublu.com/jp/
    Victor Lee's PerfumeWorld - http://www.perfumeworld.net/
    Firmenich's Osmoz - http://www.osmoz.com (which touts itself as "the premiere website devoted to perfume and fragrance" despite the fact that a) we came first, and b) we get more visitors)

    On the news / articles side of things - this is where we let ourselves down. The blogs (Now Smell This, Bois de Jasmin et al) do a much better job of regularly writing about news and new releases. Incidentally we're not technically a blog, though I have made the front page look like one over the last few years purely to make it easier for people to work out how to use the site.

    I have searched extensively on the net, and have yet to see a more comprehensive site. Basenotes has members from North America, many parts of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.
    I think other sites probably have a similar reach, but because we encourage our members to display their country flags in their profile it is more obvious that the membership is wide spread. I am proud of the fact that our membership, while mostly US based, also has a large membership from other countries too.

    There are other similar blogs and sites like MUA et al, but in my opinion, they arent as extensive or "fun" (please note that I am not implying that they are inferior).

    So my questions are:

    1) What is the history of basenotes? Is there a page which describes who was the founder of basenotes and how it was initiated? How many members do we currently have ?
    This is going to be a long one.

    Firstly, you can get an idea how the site has changed at this page here (you can click on the images for a larger view):
    http://www.basenotes.net/site_news/newlook.html

    Secondly, I should introduce myself - I am Grant Osborne (b. 1976, London) and I am the creatorof Basenotes.

    Way back in 1998 I'd just got myself a new computer, and I was able to go on the internet for the first time. This was the computer:



    At the time I was interested in a career in illustration. I was working in a UK shop called Boots the Chemist at the time, running their Photo / Camera department (http://www.boots.com). I wasn't fond of the job and though If I made a website showcasing my illustrations I would soon make a fortune! That didn't happen

    I registered the domain name celebritycaricatures.com (I've since lost that domain name - I forgot to renew it) and the site featured caricatures of people like Britney Spears, Ewan McGregor and various other famous people at the time. I also used to do illustrations and cover art for the online Apple Mac ezine, (here's an april fool cover i did: http://www.atpm.com/6.04/index.shtml)

    Xmas 1998 - I was dancing at the Boots Xmas party to (ironically) Tragedy by the Bee Gees. Rather stupidly, I managed to tear a tendon in my leg and was laid off work for six weeks... And if that hadn't happened, Basenotes would probably not be here.

    During this six weeks, I had plenty of time to think about things. One thing I did know was that I didn't want to be selling cameras forever. So, I sat at home with my one working leg studying a few HTML books to improve my caricatures website.

    On my return to work I saw a sign on the staff notice board: INTERNAL VACANCY - Men's Fine Fragrance Consultant wanted.

    I thought well, a change is as good as a rest and applied for the position. I knew nothing about fragrance. I had a bottle of Jazz and a bottle of XS which I had recieved for the last two Christmases, but apart from that zilch. They all smelt the same to me.

    Despite my lack of knowledge, I had a willingness to learn and I was given the job.

    So having been at the job a few months, I was really getting into it. I never knew there was so much to learn about fragrance so I thought I'd go on the internet and see if there was a site with all the notes and perfumers on it.

    I found one which was almost what I was after called "Cologne Guy" (archive here: http://www.thecologneguy.com ). Todd Bennett ran the site and he reviewed all the latest releases - it was great. The site had featured in Vogue etc, and was Netscape "site the day" (interview with Todd Bennett here btw: http://www.basenotes.net/interviews/int-cologneguy.html )

    I kept visiting the site, and after a while it stopped being updated. I thought that this could be a new website to make. A regularly updated website about mens fragrance...

    I had loads of information about mens fragrance at work so I started entering it into a ClarisWorks database. Soon I was up to 100+ men's fragrances. I then started scouring the internet for other fragrances I didn't know about . I managed to build up the database to about 700 fragrances.

    Meanwhile I needed a name. I couldn't think of anything. In the end I decided on topnotes.com - but blast! it was already taken. I looked into heartnotes, but a) it sounded to girly for a mens fragrance site and it was also taken.

    So, I thought, we'll try Basenotes.com and if that's taken I'll try something else. Well, I was in luck. I paid my Ł60 and that's how the name came about.

    BY now, Cologneguy went offline and I knew that I had to make the fragrance website.

    I set up a page which said: COming soon - an online guide to the world of men's fragrance. and left a form so that people could be notified by email when the site was ready.

    By early 2000, the site was almost ready and I then went on a few of my favourite Usenet groups - alt.skincare, alt.fashion.men, alt.perfume (Usenet was really the follow on from BBS systems and the forerunner to community sites like this more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet) and posted about my forthcoming site (now this would be called spamming )

    At the time you would download the Usenet messages via a Newsreader or your email client, but you can now access what remains of them via web interfaces. Google Groups allows you to access the Usenet archives, and you can see one of the earlier posts here that I made here.


    Eventually people were coming to the site and leaving their email address to be notified when we went online.

    One day, I went to the old Cologneguy site to see if it had come back online. It had, but it wasn't Todd Bennetts site. Instead was a note saying coming soon...

    So I religiously checked the page daily. Eventually a link to a new site sprang up. The new site as run by a Canadian named Michael, and was called Cologne Review (Archive of his site here: http://web.archive.org/web/20000817090902/http://www.colognereview.com/ . I was a little annoyed as my site was nearly ready and he had beaten me too it. In the end I decided that a little competition never harmed anyone, and decided to give him a sneak preview of my site.

    He liked it, and put a link on his front page to my 'coming soon' page:
    For our fans in Europe - there is a new web site starting up with the same idea as this one. Go visit Grant at his web site and see how it develops. I am looking forward to working with him to benefit both our sites. His site is called BaseNotes and has a link on my links page.
    As his site was getting quite a few visitors (due to the fact that the CologneGuy site was linked to all over the net) I was now getting more and more emails a day from people who wanted to know when the site was ready.

    When people signed up to be notified, I asked them to fill in their name, email address and favourite men's fragrance. One of the emails I got was from a guy named Michael Edwards, whose favourite fragrance was Eau Sauvage.

    I thought that it couldn't be the same one. I knew there was a Michael Edwards who created the industry bible "The Fragrance Advisor" (now known as Fragrances of the World). We had a copy of his book at work , and I used it daily. I didn't think anything of it until he emailed me just before the site's launch.

    He asked when the site was going to be online. So I replied and sent him a link to the nearly finished site. He liked it -- and he was the Michael Edwards. I was walking on clouds for weeks.

    So the site was nearly ready and at the last minute I decided that something was missing -- a lot of the other hip website had a forum where people could talk about things relevant to their hobby. I didnt think anyone would want to talk about men's fragrance, but it added another section so the site. The forum was fairly basic. (based on this one here http://www.scriptarchive.com/demos/w.../wwwboard.html )

    And there was are. That's how Basenotes came to be. Obviously a lot more has happened in the last six years. Here are a few highlights.

    In late 2000 I moved the forum to eGroups http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Basenotes/ (whch was bought by Yahoo and became Yahoo Groups). The old forum wasn't up to the job. Stayed there until 2003 when I moved the site to a YaBB forum housed on my server. I wanted to bring the discussion group to the main site, rather than seperately, so I could use the log-in facility to make reviews easier and implement some new ideas I had thought of, like the wardrobes)

    May 2001 - I found a program which would allow me to put my database online (prior to that I was doing it manually - very time consuming). This allowed people to search by house / note etc - and the site still runs off the same system today.

    Apr 2003: PerfumeReview.com was launched (). I wanted to make a female version of Basenotes, but decided that it would be too time consuming to make two sites and in September 2004 decided to merge what was PerfumeReview in to Basenotes. There was some objections at first, as Basenotes was a "men's" site, but I think it's worked pretty well. Even two years on, We're still known as a 'men's' site, and many female perfume fans are probably unaware that the directory contains women's as well as men's fragrances. This is also why we have a separate men's and women's discussion board -- its a throwback to when the site was men only -- and it is a reason why many people come here.
    Perfume Review is now a perfume shopping comparison site: http://www.perfumereview.com which took me bloody ages to write.

    Aug 2005: I give up work full-time (I left selling fragrances in 2001, and went on to insurance (yawn!) and then working for an examinations board) to become a full-time dad to my newborn boy. It does mean I have a bit of extra time to work on the site but because I no longer work, we're pretty skint. Fortunately, I am finally in a position where the income from the site covers the expenses of the site, so it doesn't look like I'll be closing it down in the near future. Any extra cash from the site is going towards paying of the credit card debts I accrued while I was carrying the site for the first few years!

    As well as PerfumeReview other side projects include Boozenotes.com - which was originally made as a joke (being a pun on Basenotes). I did start toying with the idea of doing something with it last year, but this site keeps me far too busy.

    Facenotes.net will hopefully be like Basneotes but with makeup - it's my wife's side project but she has been v busy lately so, its on pause currently.

    2) Many fan-based sites and magazines have now become famous (examples include Anandtech, Edge magazine, etc.) and have attracted the intention of the big players in their industry. Is basenotes at that level yet ? Would the industry titans like Hermes, YSL, et al. be browsing basenotes to observe what we think of the latest releases ?
    We've featured in consumer magazines like FHM, and Men's Health as well as high-profile websites like MSNBC. We've also featured in Industry magazines too.

    People from the industry do regularly visit Basenotes. I won't mention names - but the directory is used as a reference by perfumers, bottle designers and other industry people. The directory reviews are read by industry and many industry figures read and post to this board. We don't have the clout of MUA, and its unlikely I'll get there. My aim is to become the imdb of perfume. (and if Amazon want to buy Basenotes too, then if the price is right...)

    3) Do we have any industry insiders amongst us? [/quote]

    Answered above

    Any members who attend or have been invited to some of the official fragrance industry gatherings or awards ceremonies ?
    In the six years I've been doing this, I've not been invited to one industry bash. I don't get inundated with freebies either. I probably get about 4-5 review bottles of fragrance a year. I don't do the site for freebies and industry bashes though - i do it because it's my hobby.

    Sometimes I get emails from people that think we are a big corp, with several staff. Its not. It's just me, tapping away on my ageing iMac in my front room. (though I have moderators who help run things here, and several people who contribute articles and research for the site too). This may explain why when you email me , it can take 2 months for a reply.

    In response to few of the other questions and comments:

    local legend has it that Basenotes started years ago as a Yahoo group. It was lead by a shady character going under the laughably psuedonymous moniker of "Grant Obourne". He is rumoured to sleep only one hour a nighta nd have plastic surgery every 6 months, to conceal his identity. Members: 6,375, Active Members: 1,800
    * Yep - those supporter's fees go on my extensive plastic surgery bills.
    * The website and directory came before the Yahoo Group
    * There is no 'u' in my name - I blame Ozzy for perpetuating this myth!
    * one hour a night is for wimps! Try ten minutes.

    Rumor has it that Col actually met him once in the flesh. Since that meeting he's now bald and refuses to discuss the whole event.
    You wait till you meet me Paul, you can say goodbye to your locks too!

    Older members remember how Perfume Review was actually supposed to be the female equivalent of Basenotes. Separate directories, separate forums, separate homepages - all in pink where Basenotes is green. There was no large directory of all those scents at one time; they were just men's scent way back when, and the women's scents were to be in the Perfume Review directory - the "female Basenotes" directory. And there was a working Perfume Review forum, too.
    Ah, simpler times. Until recently you could still access the old Perfume Review board.

    Here was the template:

    http://www.basenotes.net/perfumerevi.../template.html

    When we moved to our new server in December, the board got lost (Its still there but I never updated the settings to work with the new server)

    Edit: found the old front page:
    http://www.basenotes.net/perfumereview/per-index.html

    And the old directory still works a little bit too:

    http://www.basenotes.net/perfumerevi...i?a14=10210504

    If anyone has any Q's about the site history, please post. It was fun writing all that (though I intended to cover the whole six years, but it was taking too long! And that washing up aint gonna get done by itself)

    I'm still waiting for the site to run finish running its maintenance thing, so its offline at the moment. See you all soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basenotes Admin
    Xmas 1998 - I was dancing at the Boots Xmas party to (ironically) Tragedy by the Bee Gees. Rather stupidly, I managed to tear a tendon in my leg and was laid off work for six weeks... And if that hadn't happened, Basenotes would probably not be here.


    I would never have thought I would one day say this but:
    Thank God for the Bee Gees!
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basenotes Admin
    I found one which was almost what I was after called "Cologne Guy" (archive here: http://www.thecologneguy.com ). Todd Bennett ran the site and he reviewed all the latest releases - it was great. The site had featured in Vogue etc, and was Netscape "site the day" (interview with Todd Bennett here btw: http://www.basenotes.net/interviews/int-cologneguy.html )
    Ah yes ... The Cologne Guy. I vaguely remember, but I think that's the one that got me into this hobby. I remember being so pissed because Chanel's Egoiste Platinum was the ONLY fragrance that site gave a "5" to. I immediately went out and bought it ... and HATED it! I also remember NOT buying Aramis Havana because they only gave it a "2".

    Oh, if I could only go back ...

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    Wow.

    Ok, next payday, I'm becoming a member. That's just too impressive to ignore.

    QE

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    If I recall they [MUA] are upgrading the site currently - but I think it's going to be the same type of forum

    Quote Originally Posted by Serpent
    Maybe they're so big, they can't afford to take the time to upgrade!

    All I know is, trying to search those threads is impossible...
    Currently wearing: Gardénia by Chanel

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    In honour of the Basenotes Creation Story I am going to apply Royal English Leather to my tendons.

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    Grant,
    Great story! Your efforts are legendary and under-appreciated!

    Still, I'm not fully convinced that you exist. My theory is that you may be an extremely adeptly programmed auto-responding artificial intelligence digital being. It's true you made the in-depth, fascinating response today, but I'm thinking that this simply means that your overseers loaded the "full bio module". Your sentience and warmth are most impressive, and highly lifelike!

    In the six years I've been doing this, I've not been invited to one industry bash. I don't get inundated with freebies either. I probably get about 4-5 review bottles of fragrance a year. I don't do the site for freebies and industry bashes though - i do it because it's my hobby.
    Wow, that's pitiful. Ironically, I think that if you made yourself more obvious on the site with pro photos, a big bio, and showing up on more pages, the perfume industry right-brainers may sit up and take notice. This way when they thought of BN they would think of you in particular, along with our coterie of perfume aficionados.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cognoscento
    Wow, that's pitiful. Ironically, I think that if you made yourself more obvious on the site with pro photos, a big bio, and showing up on more pages, the perfume industry right-brainers may sit up and take notice. This way when they thought of BN they would think of you in particular, along with our coterie of perfume aficionados.
    So basically, if I put a big pic of myself on the front page and say "Hi I'm Grant - I own this place" then I'll get freebies and invites....

    ....off to iPhoto to find a decent pic......
    Currently wearing: Gardénia by Chanel

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    If Basenotes is indeed run by a Grantbot, the overlords have done their homework. This allegedly artificial lifeform even has a myspace page, and as we all know, things are exactly as they seem on myspace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basenotes Admin
    If I recall they [MUA] are upgrading the site currently - but I think it's going to be the same type of forum
    Perhaps with all those zillions of people, it might be best. Both Basenotes and PerfumeofLife have had crashes while I've been on them, and I can imagine juggling high-end software with a membership that's roughly the size of Luxembourg might make things problematic.

    All I know is, I've been at counters and heard stories of MUA's Sniffapaloozas. (God, do I ever hate that name.) The sales associates did not sound impressed by this herd of people coming at them as a group, all hands and noses and chattering mouths. MakeUpAlley is known at high-end fragrance counters. Whether it's known as a good thing, well, that's another story...

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    Tremendous story, Grant! A fantastic journey!

    I'm more proud than ever to be a supporting member, and encourage those who are not to ante up!

    Thanks again!

    Tom
    NoNonScents!! Getting Ready to Retire....

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    Grant,
    Thank you so much for the great story, and the site. I'm sure many many others echo that sentiment. Thanks to basenotes, I grew from a perfume novice, to someone with basic knowledge of what effort goes into creating a perfume. My regards and good wishes.

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