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    Talking Recapping your "fragrance exploration expedition" for the Year 2008 BE (Just for Fun)

    2008 was when I actually started digging in and getting obsessed with perfumes thanks to Basenotes. It's been a great journey and this is a recap of the different memorable events and mishaps that had happened and how my taste (and yours) is at the end of the year: I admit that this post is pretty self-indulgent, but I enjoyed writing it down so I'm sure you will too. I'd also love to see how your "fragrance exploration expedition" has been for the past year..


    Favorite Perfumers Then: Never heard of 'em and didn't really care who made what.
    Favorite Perfumers Now: Pierre Guillaume, Jean Claude Ellena, Christopher Sheldrake
    Samples gone through: No such thing as too much.
    People converted: Girlfriend, friend at university, mom still in "conversion process"

    Bottles owned then: about 30?
    Bottles owned now: 49
    Bottles sold between then and now: more than 25 (mass-renovation!)

    Favorite Purchase of the Year: Cuir d'Iris, Felanilla, Gris Clair, Douce Amere

    "Which I Hadn't Bought It" Purchase of the Year:
    - By Kilian Straight to Heaven (would rather spent that kind of cash on a Guerlain.... or an iPod)
    - Serge Lutens Serge Noire (don't get me wrong, it's a nice scent -- I just never find myself reaching for it)

    Favorite Blind-buy of the Year: L'artisan Bois Farine
    Least Favorite Blind-buy of the Year: Odori Tabacco, PdN Maharadjah

    Bargain of the Year: ... Many thanks to Basenoters for lots of nice deals
    Rip-off / "Blooper-buy" of the Year: Buying Un Crime Exotique 50ml from Luckyscent at the same price as a 100ml bottle from The Perfume Shoppe

    The Line that went from "meh" to love --> Serge Lutens, Guerlain
    The Line that went from love to "meh" --> Comme des Garcons, Creed
    The Line that went from "meh to "even more meh" --> Montale
    The Line that went from "I never heard of them" to love --> Parfumerie Generale

    Favorite notes then: Aquatic molecules, tea, herbal-citrus accords, licorice, cinnamon, vanilla
    Favorite notes now: Iris/orris, amber, leather, vetiver, benzoin, anything rich and sumptuous, gourmand notes, Sheldrake syrup, sandalwood, boozy notes, vanilla, resins
    Least favorite notes then: Leather, anything green, vetiver, white flowers, labdanum, oppoponax, anything that makes me think I smell like an old man/lady
    Least favorite notes now: CDG's House Accord, anything that makes me think I smell like a high school kid drenched in Axe/Lynx

    "I can not smell/use this because of __insert personal reason__" : Hypnose Homme, Must de Cartier, Nasomatto Absinthe (cause: illness association?)

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    And now... here are my top lists: (omit if you like, I just added 'em for fun)

    My First Top 10: (Devoted to Niche Perfumery)
    Parfumerie Generale Cuir d'Iris
    Parfumerie Generale Felanilla
    Serge Lutens Gris Clair
    Serge Lutens Chergui
    Serge Lutens Douce Amere
    Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental
    Profumum Fumidus
    Knize Ten
    Profumum Dulcis in Fundo
    L'artisan Bois Farine

    Honorable Mention:
    Amouage Homage (for being something I really wished I had the money to buy)
    CDG x Monocle Scent One: Hinoki (for its woodiness many of us love)
    Etro Messe de Minuit (for being one of the best incense frags)
    Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist (for being the benchmark iris)
    Lostmarc'h Lann'ael (for being so gosh darnnit yummy)



    My Second Top 10: (Devoted to Designer 'Exclusifs')
    Guerlain Bois d'Armenie
    Guerlain Les Charnels Oriental Brulant
    Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
    Guerlain No. 68
    Chanel Coromandel
    Chanel Sycomore
    Hermessence Ambre Narguile
    Hermessence Vetiver Tonka
    Dior Bois d'Argent
    Prada Cuir Ambre

    Honorable Mention:
    Armani Prive Bois d'Encens (for being an Avignon that actually sills and envelopes the wearer)




    And now.. the Final Top 10: (Devoted to Designer Scents)
    Dior Homme Intense
    HL Cuiron & Men
    L'occitane Eau des Baux
    Yohji Homme
    Guerlain Heritage
    Estee Lauder Youth Dew Amber Nude
    DK Fuel for Men
    YSL Opium PH
    Burberry London
    Patou PH

    And a bonus "Woo the Chics at University/Workplace" Top 5:
    Idole de Lubin
    Chanel Allure Homme Sport
    L'eau d'Issey PH (already a classic)
    Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin
    By Kilian Straight to Heaven (hey, why not)




    Biggest Disappointments (for me):
    Parfums de Nicolai New York
    Montale Aromatic Lime, Aoud Lime
    Cereus PH No. 7 No. 4 and No. 11
    The entire ODORI line
    CDG Synthetic Line


    I'd love to hear how you guys (and girls) did in your journey for your 2008 B.E. expedition.

    Feel free to post whatever comes to mind. Oh, and happy new year and may the next year be filled with countless discoveries of hidden treasures still left unsniffed. Yarr!
    Last edited by moltening; 1st January 2009 at 01:48 AM.

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