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    Default A scent guide?

    I haven't bought any cologne in a long time. I've been lurking on various forums for awhile, but the problem is, I don't really know what I like and the closer department stores either don't carry a lot or I get harassed walking in (if you've been to the Toronto Bay store on Queen in the past week... it's like I lathered in bbq sauce and dived into a school of piranha!). It's hard to cover a lot of scents in one go.

    What I wondered is, for the people like me who don't even know what we like.. is there such a thing as the "newbies starter guide" of a great example for each category, so we can sniff those then work our own way through the more complex examples of what we like later on. It seems (IMHO), most of the highly reviewed ones are either wood/leather or citrus (so it's not a full range of the types out there).

    (if there's already a guide like this, my apologies, please send the link, I did a forum search but nothing caught my eye)

    Here's I mean by categories...here's a list of colognes by type and year.
    http://www.leffingwell.com/h&rfragra...e_masculin.pdf

    thanks for reading, I look forward to hearing from you!

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    Default Re: A scent guide?

    Check out the Luckyscent.com website. They offer samples of all their fragrances at reasonable prices and user reviews to help describe what they are like. They also have a useful Top Picks page that lists favorites by caetory of fragrance that is more or less helpful for someone starting out. Also, Sephora has a helpful online feature that separates frags out by scent caegory that is sort of descriptive and helpful.

    The forums here on Basenotes usually offer lots of advice / guidance with users offering their slightly biased opinions. Also, read the reviews on basenotes. good luck.

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    Thumbs up Re: A scent guide?

    Quote Originally Posted by elCandy View Post
    (if there's already a guide like this, my apologies, please send the link, I did a forum search but nothing caught my eye)

    Here's I mean by categories...here's a list of colognes by type and year.
    http://www.leffingwell.com/h&rfragra...e_masculin.pdf

    thanks for reading, I look forward to hearing from you!
    Try this: http://www.osmoz.com/encyclo/index.asp
    (multilanguage)

    LV&P
    http://basenotes.net/wardrobe/8905

    "Il profumo dei fiori non puo' andare controvento, ma il profumo delle buone azioni compiute da uomini virtuosi si effonde in tutte le direzioni."[Dhammapada]

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    Default Re: A scent guide?

    Sephora has a fragrance guide/finder online. You can choose a group such as woods or citrus and see what frags match up. They also have pamphlets in the stores if you have one nearby.

    http://www.sephora.com/browse/me/ind...questid=242991

    Good luck

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    Default Re: A scent guide?

    Or go to Perfume World at
    http://www.perfumeworld.net/ehomeframe.htm

    and click on Olfactive Families.

    Or PM me your email address and I'll send you the old H&R Chart, which unfortunately cuts out in 2000, but certainly covers the classics.

    You'll find that while there is universal agreement on some scents, there are significant differences among others. All have certain advantages. The H&R charts have a listing on ambery fougeres, which stand out quite distinctively to my nose, but which other classifiers just dump in with numerous other fresh orientals.
    Renato

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