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    Default Is your taste mainly eclectic or mainly specialized?

    I think most of us have a bottle or two of the main families of fragrances. However, when it comes to analyzing your taste as a whole, is it balanced or do you prefer certain families/brands? Is this reflected in your wardrobe?
    I think I have balanced tastes, my wardrobe may be leaning just a little bit towards the floral side, but not by much. I also think Orientals receive a lot of love here on BN, I see a lot of wardrobes where at last 1/2 of the fragrances belong to this family. Nothing wrong with that, of course.
    So, what do you think, is your taste mainly eclectic or mainly specialized?
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    Specialized, or obsessed.
    I guess I may have a rep as loving green scents, and that is well-deserved.
    Related types for me are woody, citrus, light spice.

    Rich orientals and aquatics are a non-starter for me. I keep trying 'em, and I keep disliking 'em.

    So I keep leading the horse to water and I do let him drink. But he hasn't found all watering holes to be equally tasty. And, as Polonius advised his young son Laertes, in Hamlet, "To thine own self be true."
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    I seem to be eclectic in most things (books, music, food, wine, art, and so on). My perfume preferences are developing in pretty much the same way. "To thine own self be true" seems to fit for me, too!

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    Default Re: Is your taste mainly eclectic or mainly specialized?

    Eccentric, rather than eclectic. Not specialized in any meaningful way, but not balanced. I buy what I want, which is very widely distributed, but I have odd holes and concentrations. I tend to fall hard a few designers and perfumers and niche houses, and I raid them in a big way once I start to feel the love.

    Wood used to be a constant for me, but now I go for leaves, blossoms, fruit, and even herbs and air in the vicinity of the tree.
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    I love sumptuous gourmands and foody scents as well as leather and iris prominent scents. (... and a few orientals since the genre is so wide -- e.g. I have a thing for amber and boozy notes so I immediately jumped upon Ambre Russe) Rich, sweet, deep, and intoxicating is the way I like it. But I do stock up on other genres when I have the chance to find something I like. The only things I don't do at all are full-on chypres, heady flowers, rose, tuberose, pine, and "novelty" scents. I am still on the fence about "fruit stews" though. (Arabie, Aziyade, etc) So yes, I do have an idea of what I prefer, so I guess I'm a lil specialized AND eclectic.

    As for houses, my #1 preference is Parfumerie Generale as I am a fan of many of Pierre Guillaume's creations. He weaves in gourmand-esque elements into almost all of his works. The other houses I have a thing for are Guerlain, Chanel, and Parfum d'Empire. (I also like Serge Lutens, but I am starting to feel it's a bit on the overrated side)

    I don't do Creed because I think they are just "high-end mainstream, tailored for the masses" creations. They lack the quirks and charm I desire in niche fragrances.
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    Special eclectics, especially ambery oriental chypres.
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    While there are many fragrances that prove exceptions to the rule, I do have a heavy bias towards the oriental family, perhaps because it contains so many of my favorite fragrance types - ambers, leathers, incenses, woods. Florals come a very close second, though they are very hit an miss with me, and I tend to prefer ones with oriental sides - things like the spicy Tuberose Criminelle or the incensey Midnight Violet.

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    Eclectic: Selecting the best of concepts or ideas. Yes, I think this fits me as regards fragances and the olfactory experience. I enjoy green, floral and oriental fragrances. There are individual notes that I am not able to tolerate; such notes is carnation or cloves as well as ginger. Vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, woods and the resinous notes rate high in notes appreciation. Therefore, I would classify oriental, floral, chyrps and fougeres as my favorites providing as Aristotle teaches us that "..in all things moderation." Except for Guerlain, where the rules do not apply. In terms of which houses I am most attracted to by virtue of fragrances I enjoy the list is short: Guerlain (why? love the vanilla), Caron (Why, Just because), Hermes (Why? I am so well atuned to the artistry of Jean-Claude Ellena who is a genius.) All other individual scents from other perfumers are judged by quality of ingrediants, style of note organization, my own personal eccentrisities and, to be honest, the beauty of the bottle. . I have dismissed the concept of gender in fragrance as arbitrary. There you have it. I have revealed my olfactory soul in brief.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galamb_Borong View Post
    I do have a heavy bias towards the oriental family, perhaps because it contains so many of my favorite fragrance types - ambers, leathers, incenses, woods.
    You talk about an important point I forgot to mention: that the oriental family has so many subgenres that it takes quite a bit of bottles and samples to explore.
    I have to say, you guys have posted some interesting thoughts there.
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    I cant find the thread at the moment, but the other day I downloaded the H&R Genealogy. I circled in one colour all the scents I used to own/like (mostly in my 20s) and found that all but one was in the Fresh Fougere category. All the scents I own and wear now (30s) fall into the Oriental family and are mostly the amber scents.

    Citrus scents are something I cant stand, but who knows, maybe I'll like them in my 40s... (I hope not!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    ...Wood used to be a constant for me, but now I go for leaves, blossoms, fruit, and even herbs and air in the vicinity of the tree....
    I like this. I realize that's my perspective, 'tho I'm still not a big fan of fruit-oriented scents.
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    Eclectic I guess, but I do tend to lean toward woods, violets, pepper and vetiver.

    I also steer away from heavy orientals; maybe due to the fact that I live in a warm climate and never wear them enough.

    Because of my small wardrobe, I really only buy those frags that I know that are about my personality; frags that will get used on a regular basis. Although I may appreciate the artistry of Mitsouko, or Kenzo Power for example, they don't fit me personally to wear and therefore they are not in my collection.

    Strange as it seems, as much as I love to explore and experience new fragrances, I could easily get by with Montale Red Vetyver, Guerlain Heritage, Bleecker Street, Vettiveru, and Green Irish Tweed with a smile on my face.

    I have successfully changed the focus of my hobby and now realize that, just because I love the way something smells, that doesn't necessaily mean that I must own it. My tastes are eclectic and appreciation is wide, but buying a frag to put in my collection? The criteria now is much more strict than previously.
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    LEATHER. LEATHER. LEATHER.

    i wanna smell anything with leather in it. when i was a child, i was fascinated with the smell of leather. when i grew up to become a leather whore, i'm still fascinated by the smell of leather.

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    Default Re: Is your taste mainly eclectic or mainly specialized?

    Eclectic - I like and enjoy a wide variety of fragrances. I wear different scents based on my mood, what clothes I am wearing, the weather, the event/activity, etc. I personally would find it quite boring to consistently wear the same fragrance or family or note.
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    I would say I am eclectic. I would say that if a house has a fragrance that impresses me, I will explore the house. That is probably why I have a few Creeds, having tested nearly everything they produce. But my selections are all over the map in style, etc.

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    I would say that I'm eclectic within an overall universal framework. I like all the various olfactory groups, old frags, new frags, feminine frags, masculine frags. I don't specialize in any one area, other than that I lean towards more traditionally masculine frags, which make up the largest part of my wardrobe.

    I like heavier frags but buy a lot of lighter ones because the climate is so hot where I live. Probably the most interesting olfactory group for me is chypre.

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    Default Re: Is your taste mainly eclectic or mainly specialized?

    Specialized in the sense that I realized I am an old school lover. Some years ago I realized I don't like ozonic nor gourmette notes, which I understand they are prominent in today's style. However, I not closed to present day old - school - style scents.

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    Specialized in classic mainstream men-marketed frags, but eccletic on genres.

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    Default Re: Is your taste mainly eclectic or mainly specialized?

    Quote Originally Posted by N_Tesla View Post
    Eclectic: Selecting the best of concepts or ideas. Yes, I think this fits me as regards fragances and the olfactory experience. I enjoy green, floral and oriental fragrances. There are individual notes that I am not able to tolerate; such notes is carnation or cloves as well as ginger. Vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, woods and the resinous notes rate high in notes appreciation. Therefore, I would classify oriental, floral, chyrps and fougeres as my favorites providing as Aristotle teaches us that "..in all things moderation." Except for Guerlain, where the rules do not apply. In terms of which houses I am most attracted to by virtue of fragrances I enjoy the list is short: Guerlain (why? love the vanilla), Caron (Why, Just because), Hermes (Why? I am so well atuned to the artistry of Jean-Claude Ellena who is a genius.) All other individual scents from other perfumers are judged by quality of ingrediants, style of note organization, my own personal eccentrisities and, to be honest, the beauty of the bottle. . I have dismissed the concept of gender in fragrance as arbitrary. There you have it. I have revealed my olfactory soul in brief.
    Very nice self-assessment. All of your thoughts are wonderful, people. Some of this, it's possible to sense from ages of posting, but self-reflection always offers up the best analysis. I hope some of our other posters wander onto this great thread.

    ... as Aristotle teaches us that "..in all things moderation." Except for Guerlain, where the rules do not apply.
    So true. Thankfully, Aristotle never knew of Guerlain, lest man be forever deprived of his essential wisdom on moderation.
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    My taste is "classic" with a dash of "unique".
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    Sniper-rifle specialized. Pigeonholed, all synonyms of this sort.
    Green-aromatic-citrus, occasionally green-aromatic-woods.
    Even my barsoap is a green aromatic citrus (chandrika)

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    I hate chypres (except Chanel Pour Monsieur) and 80's powerhouses. I'm not really into aquatics either. Though there are exceptions.

    I like subtle use of leather and tobacco.

    I like gourmands, orientals and fougeres. Woodies if they are oriental-woodies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Eccentric, rather than eclectic...
    It's eccentric and eclectic for me! If I have any obvious leanings they would be toward leather, chypres, and spicy/incense laden orientals, but I enjoy almost any type of scent (excepting perhaps aquatics and the sweetest gourmands) so long as it's distinctive.
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    I think that in my case, it's an even mix of both. While I tend to favor much more a certain perfume house or some perfume houses more than others, while I tend to wear, let's say, more formal, than casual scents and more classic, then brand-new ones, I still think that (speaking strictly for myself) my wardrobe must contain, to a certain extent, "all kinds of everything". Thus, I don't feel under-dressed, overdressed, undressed or unaccessorized (regarding strictly the olfactory connotations of the four descriptive terms), no matter what I actually want to wear or which perfume house I prefer- it's a somewhat hard, but not impossible goal.
    All in all, I can say that my taste is specialized on a few basics (mostly THE few male fragrances which stood the test of time), yet allowing a few eclectic transgressions.
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    My favorite fragrances are of the old-fashioned clean variety, but I think of my tastes as fairly eclectic in general.

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    Neither. I go through periods where I am highly specialized, for example right now I am into green fragrances. But overall I think that ends up diversifying my wardrobe. I generally follow the rule that if it smells good I'll get it, so I guess you could say I fall under both categories but just in different ways.

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    I think I'm pretty eclectic with a bit of bias...
    I do not care much about citrus and ozonic scents, they're so boring at most... well there are some exceptions though!
    I do not like gourmands and fruity scents, they're mostly sticky and fake-smelling, there are few exceptions though!
    I like green chypres, orientals, leathers, woody and florals too.

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    A bit of both, I suppose.
    I like dry-medium sweet gourmands, woody orientals, incenses, grown-up vanillas and fruits, bold musks and resins. I like the odd green fragrance, too - it's rare, but when the green love strikes, it strikes down hard.
    Florals, not so much. Watery, insipid variations on the tea-cucumber-melon theme, not so much. Anything tooth-achingly sweet, not so much. Big classics, chypres and otherwise highly dense and complex formulations are beyond me, I just don't enjoy them.
    Of course there's exceptions on all those rules, or they wouldn't be rules.
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    I guess I've got an eclectic taste - I'd say the only 2 of my fragrances that are similar are Gucci PH and CdG 2Man, but I do lust for more of CdG's fragrances. Any. All. And Guerlain... I'm beginning to get a little bit of bottlelust for a few. >: )
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