Hi Twolf, I like your plans
My biggest discoveries this year were:
Joining basenotes and finding a wonderful community of like-minded perfume nuts
Getting a better idea about why I love Guerlain's, Caron's and Patou's - and expanding my collection of their scents. Never thought about "notes" in perfumes before. Just bought what I spritzed on in dept. stores and liked.
The idea of ordering samples.
An introduction to non-department store fragrances:
Serge Lutens Datura Noir - which I didn't like at first - but after revisit fell in love with and got full-bottle
MPG Bahiana, Fleur de Comores & Rose Muskissime
Don't know if this counts as not Dept. Store but I fell madly in love with:
Hermes - Un Jardin Sur Le Nil & Hermès Un Jardin en Méditerranée
Finding Madini oils for DH (thanks to BN)
For the New Year:
The reviews that have tantalized me the most for things as yet unsniffed have been for Parfums DelRae - am waiting for my samples to arrive. I have budgeted for one - so the question is which one it will be - the frontrunners are Bois de Paradis and Amoureuse from the descriptions. I am happy that I have not just jumped in and bought blind. Have my fingers crossed that I will hold off and only buy when there is a discount from one of the online vendors that carries this line.
Am planning to spend some time in the year at the nearby alchemist's workshop of a dear friends husband who is a natural perfumer. He is going to help me train my nose to various notes and elements of perfumery.
Infecting my friends with this new obsession - have already started by giving gifts of new scents and having sniffing sessions when folks come to visit. Some have caught the bug - my sister especially - others probably just think I'm eccentric