Great post eau-k!
My first two real scents were Le Roy Soleil and Eau Sauvage. I was 15. I'm afraid my affection for LRS had something to do with the fact I loved Dali's art back then. I remember testing fragrances, I was very unsure of my own taste. It's a strange feeling not knowing what you like. Six years passed, I didn't have many scents during that time. Three years ago I had a chance to buy fragrances tax free, I wanted some information about the scents available, and found Basenotes by accident. I ended up buying Mugler Cologne; I sampled it carefully due to the great reviews here. I loved it, and still do. This was very important moment in my history with fragrances.
I think it was getting my hands on Frederic Malle's line that made me a real enthusiast. This happened over two years ago. L'Eau de Hiver was the first niche scent I sampled, it blew me away. I also got to test Vetiver Extraordinnaire, Musc Ravageur, Bigarade Concentree and Angeliques Sous la Pluie. I understood that there is more to the world of fragrances I had tought. I think my appreciation for niche in general has something to do with the first contact I had with it. Soon after I ordered samples of several LV, MPG, L'Artisan, Diptyque and Czech & Speake scents. After that, there was no turning back.