Caron Pour un Homme and Lanvin's Vetyver on my dad, followed by my first encounter with Patou PH back in the 80's
Current Favourites: Touaregh -Il Profumo/ Le Vainqueur- Rue Rance/ Versus Uomo -Versace/ Sculpture -Nikos/ Acier Aluminium - Creed/ Santal Noble - MPG
OV by Creed...
DAMN that Mens Health Article...DAMN it all to hell
Anarchiste (Caron), Musc Ravageur (Frederic Malle). Beyond paradise (Lauder) and Orange verte (Hermes)
Socalwoman pointed me to basenotes several years ago, and I bought some decants from her, and also from Marlen.
I also bought some sampel sets (Lutens, fig scents, CDG Incens series, etc) from Parallax on eBay. I was quite saddened to hear when he passed away.
I also bought, blind, Mitsouko parfum around the same time. And quickly fell very much in love.
I think it was the combinations of being able to smell all these different and high quality fragrances combined with the magic of Mitsouko that reeled me in. Plus there was so much to learn and experience. Easy to get caught up in the joy and excitement of it. Not to mention the delight of finding a warm and articulate community outside my little academic world.
For me: "Minotaure" by Paloma Picasso opened the world of scent to me!
I picked up a bottle of Tuscany at JCPenny's about ten years ago, mostly because it came with a cool-looking granite-faced watch. That began the stirrings. Then around 2000 I read an article about Creed and procured a quantity of samples upon which I based my first purchase of a niche scent -- Erolfa. That was many moons, many bottles, and thousands of dollars ago.
Good thread... and my 500th post! On Friday the 13th no less! Yes!!!
Arabie got me started, but then I went on a retro sidetrack, Trussardi Uomo, Heritage,YSL pour Homme, Givenchy Gentleman. Now it's all about pairing down my collection, but I have been discovering the classic feminine frags like Mitsouko and Shalimar that work on men. I guess there is no end. Swaping on Basenotes is a godsend.
In less than a year I've educated myself on the notes I like. It's been a fun pursuit, although I can really drive the SA's at Neimans and Bergdorfs up the wall.
I wore several drug store frags in my high school years. Then I discovered CK one and thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Shortly after, I adored CK be.
But it wasn't until about 3 years ago that I discovered Clinique Happy (for men) & it opened the doors to men's frags for me. I guess I'm just better suited for them!
"Wait...is David Bowie really God?" - Penelope Garcia
Jean Patou Prive.
Sadly, its been discontinued... so I looked all over for it online.. which led me to Basenotes..which led me on the road to discovering other great frags and "niche" houses I never knew existed. I'm enjoying the ride so far.
Calvin Klein Obsession.
For a while, I was wearing Axe, until I graduated to Ferrari #1 cologne (I found it at a car show, and I already had a bunch of Ferrari merchandise as I love their cars and F1 team). After I finished the bottle, I ordered another one, and with it came a bunch of samples of fragrances I haven't heard of before. While none of them were really my kind of scent (though I didn't think Ultraviolet was too bad), I found it fascinating that fine fragrances had so much more depth and complexity than body sprays, and it really piqued my interest. I found basenotes, read around a bit, and finally ponied up the cash for a decant of Acier Aluminum. I was blown away at the power, depth, and complexity of this fragrance (and soon ordered a full bottle). Since then, I've made many purchases, and sniffed hundreds of fragrances, but Acier Aluminum still resonates in my mind.
Can't pick just one.
But my collection started to expand uncontrollably when I got interested in Oldies (starting with Guerlains pre Jean-Paul) and more experimental houses (like for example Comme des Garçons and Serge Lutens).
"Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."
Eternity for Men, after reading an article on fragrance reviews in (of all places!!) Consumer Reports magazine, back in 1993.