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    Hi everyone

    I am very new to the world of perfume. I think I've owned less than a dozen fragrances over the years... starting with Opium in the 80s, and ending with Lolita Lempicka this year. And I think those are the only two of which I've actually finished the bottle. The rest have been discarded, either gifts that didn't suit me or mistakes I've make all by myself (Ghost... yeeeuuuuchhh!)

    After stumbling across Basenotes a couple of evenings ago and reading the forums avidly, I'm keen to have another try. But where to start? The sheer number of fragrances available is somewhat overwhelming, then there's the rather intimidating process (at least it is in the UK!) of shopping at perfume counters or specialist shops and feeling as though you don't have the class to be there. And just silly things, like not speaking any French and not even knowing how to say the names of many of the perfumes! I recently bought the Ormonde Jayne sample set over the internet, and trying them at home has really brought home to me what a slow and considered process choosing a perfume has to be...

    So then all you fragrant people, tell me where do I begin? How does an uneducated perfume buyer approach the trying/buying process without making rash decisions or being talked into expensive mistakes?

    Thanks!

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    Hey

    You're lucky if you have fragrance shops near you in the UK. I only have a Boots and The Perfume Shop around.

    http://fashion.about.com/cs/designers/l/blpronounce.htm

    It is good for designer names and a online French dictionary usually helps me for the fragrance names.

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    Default Re: New and nervous...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jellyfish View Post
    So then all you fragrant people, tell me where do I begin? How does an uneducated perfume buyer approach the trying/buying process without making rash decisions or being talked into expensive mistakes?

    Thanks!
    Welcome to Basenotes!!

    First, read read read about fragrances on this board via Reviews of scents and from the posts to threads. Then decide what you think you would like to try before you buy.

    Next, think about obtaining/buying samples and small decants, either from the Basenoters who offer sales on this site or from places of your choice. Use the samples and decants you obtain as well as any scent testers anywhere you can find them and evaluate what you smell and feel for at least a few hours before making any bottle purchase decisions That way you can make informed choices. It is soooo easy to get carried away and jump right in with cash, check and credit card a-flyin', past your financial point of comfort.

    But you will make impulse buys from time to time just like most of us! And most will be OK and very wearable.


    Good luck!
    'Those who grow too big for their pants will be exposed in the end'--anon

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    Welcome!! Don't be nervous! A good place to start is right HERE. Just wait for some recommendations and then test and try, then buy! Have fun!

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    You make the selection process sound like a daunting task...i like to think of it as a thouroughly enjoyable process...like a kid stepping into toys r' us and given the chance to choose that dream toy...

    Enjoy yourself and take your time. Thinking that you "dont have class to be there" is wrong. You are going to spend hard earned money to BUY a product. YOu have every right to test the product(s) first....at your own sweet pace. If any body in the store makes you feel otherwise then remember your money is good anywhere else.

    Have fun!
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    yonggoh You make the selection process sound like a daunting task...i like to think of it as a thouroughly enjoyable process...like a kid stepping into toys r' us and given the chance to choose that dream toy...

    Enjoy yourself and take your time. Thinking that you "dont have class to be there" is wrong. You are going to spend hard earned money to BUY a product. YOu have every right to test the product(s) first....at your own sweet pace. If any body in the store makes you feel otherwise then remember your money is good anywhere else.

    Have fun ......


    The Squire here. I could not agree more with Yonggoh. Find a place or a website, I use scented monkey.com to get 10 samples if you cannot find the ones your searching for on your own. RESEARCH..research...research. Fun research..like doing a paper on something you enjoy.

    Get a short list of what you think you might like and try them out in sample form, take your time. Then out of 20 you'll find 10 fav's etc etc. From 10 you will have 5. elimination process is thee best.

    I smelled The Princess by Vera Wang ....and Tommy Bahama and picked out 2 awesome perfumes for my wife! Those 2 are nice...Princess is sweet and beautiful and Bahama is a faint smell of the Islands...nice...real nice. Absolutely NO "Ols Lady" scenst at all, these 2 are nice!

    Check out the directory on this website and then click Fragrance houses and have fun!
    The search for the perfect cologne is like a composer searching for the ultimate note.

    P.S. F' Imus...Stern is King!

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    I think Michael Edwards said it best... something to the effect of:
    "Perfumes are like friends - take your time to get to know them"

    Enjoy the process Jellyfish!

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