as a new basenoter myself, I would only recommend checking out Jo Malone's line. They aren't terribly commercial (some might disagree-- but in the grand scheme of things, I would re-assert) and there is a pretty good range of scents in there. I myself have Amber & Lavender and Black Vetyver Cafe in high rotation. They aren't the cheapest nor the most expensive bottles, but I'm happy with the stuff. People often ask "what is that you are wearing?" and not with a negative connotation!