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    Default Where is your "first love" frag now ?

    Or to put it another way, how do you now feel about the first frag you thought of as a "Holy Grail" ?

    From what I remember, Bogart's Witness was the first one I thought of in this way, then it was Carven Homme. It may be that because I got tired of a strong lavender note I haven't had much interest in these lately. Also, I think Witness may really peter out after an hour or so. I guess I'll wear it tonight and try to assess it as objectively as I can. Anyway, I don't really have a "#1" at this point, just a large rotation that I enjoy.
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    Ivoire and Apres l'Ondee are just as loved as when they first became HGs. If only I could find Apres l'Ondee parfum *cries*

    My first love fragrance was Opium in 1981 and it just became ubiquitous. I couldn't wear it anymore. And I heard it changed. Thinking the parfum might be lovely still
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    I'm going to be honest here, my first fragrance other than Nautica, which I got because it was "so cool" when I must have been 10, was Hugo Boss, in the canteen bottle. I find it truly disgusting now, and must have then as well, because I maybe made it through 1/5 of it. It now resides, and has done so for about 3 years, in my car's glove compartment.

    My first fragrance that I purchased when I was first getting into fragrances, shortly after discovering BN was Bulgari Pour Homme, and I just overused it to the point that I no longer desire to wear it anymore. At the time, I didn't think it was possible for anything to smell better than it.
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    The original green Polo was my Holy Grail back in 1990. I can't believe I chucked a 125ml bottle away when I moved, thinking that I will never use that powerhouse. Now I miss it.

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    I would have to say Boucheron PH EDP. I still have about a half full bottle as I only wear in cooler months and will always associate it with very fine memories in cooler months going back to 1998 when I first acquired it.

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    Givenchy Pi. I am constantly falling in and out of love with it. I don't think I have found a vanilla fragrance to replace it (yes, I know, I know it supposedly doesn't have any vanilla in its notes.)

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    Eau de Patou, and it is discontinued. I have managed to get some back-up bottles though.
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    The first ones that really spoke to me were Burberry London and, frankly, most of the others in their line. Compared to a lot of the popular stuff, they seemed very traditional (but not dinosaurs) in a way that I really liked. I still like about half their line, especially London, and still find my less favorite ones to be rather different from other designer brands, so I still respect them all.

    However, even before that, there were a few months when British Sterling seemed like the answer to all my needs. That huge bottle, and some others of its ilk that I bought (but not all!), are now residing happily at thrift stores near where I was living at the time. I got rid of maybe 70% of the early cheapies that I bought, but a lot of them weren't real favorites to begin with so they don't really fall under this thread.

    And further still before that, was the gift set of Cool Water that my friend got me in college, after I had gotten a sample vial for free in the dorms, and a roommate who swore by its superiority. That bottle, 4/5 full, is still in my collection, and still in rotation, and will remain there indefinitely because I can't stop myself from liking Cool Water.

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    My first love was Eau Sauvage. It's been a long affair, with a few break ups. I went out with her sister Fraicheur Cuir for a while, but she was too young and lacked substance. I don't even regret the swinger parties we went to where I usually ended up coming home with half a bottle of Kouros and she went off with an Accountant.She is my Mrs Robinson, and I am going nowhere.


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    my first first "love" was rediscovered through assistance of very helpful basenoters....'Arsenal Blue' was very different from the attention getter I remembered it to be. I never use it at all but it stands there in the most unique bottle i have(hand grenade) and still has some nostalgic value to me.

    my first Holy Grail on Basenotes - Outrageous! by FM is almost done....the 2nd bottle is about 95% empty and I dont think I'll be getting a replacement....still a zesty, cheerful scent i remembered it to be, however its purpose is now very specific as a great hot weather scent.
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    My first love was Knize Ten. It seemed so intriguing and leathery at first, that I sprung for a bottle almost as soon as I'd tried it. On further wearings, however, it just became too sweet, heavy, and ambery for me to wear - I traded my bottle away.

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    The Halston Z-14 that I wore as a kid largely collects dust, although I drag it out once in a while and it reminds me of a gazillion things, some pleasant, even. Eau d'Hermes, my first Basenotes era real enthusiasm I still love.

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    Escape Calvin Klein was my first fragrance love . Its still being made but i never waer though. Its too dry. I guess my nose is more refinednow than that of 98". But like they say nothing can compare to your first true love. Ha i just quoted Mariah Carey. Im so lame. Love Mariah!!!!!

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    Default Re: Where is your "first love" frag now ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Galamb_Borong View Post
    My first love was Knize Ten. It seemed so intriguing and leathery at first, that I sprung for a bottle almost as soon as I'd tried it. On further wearings, however, it just became too sweet, heavy, and ambery for me to wear - I traded my bottle away.
    Really? I WISH Knize Ten was sweet, then I would probably like it a lot more. On me it is the very epitome of non-sweet.
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    Calvin by Calvin Klein was my first fragrance love, and all I wore through college and my first year of grad school. Later I added a few other bottles to my wardrobe for variety, but Calvin remained a favorite until I finally finished my second bottle in the mid-late 90s.

    Then I went for several years hardly wearing cologne at all, before getting into fragrance again much more deeply thanks to Basenotes. A few years ago I picked up another bottle of Calvin (which by that time had been discontinued, reissued, and discontinued a second time) and found myself enjoying the fragrance more for the nostalgia it provoked than for its intrinsic qualities. I suspect the stuff I've got now is a reformulation dating from the rerelease of Calvin; seems cruder and more cheaply made than what I distantly remember. Anyway, I don't really love it anymore, but I don't really miss it either; plenty of great stuff to take its place.
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    The first "true" Fragrance I wore was Polo and it's still one of my favorites. There are many firsts a man does not forget. My first Polo is one of them

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    Balafre by Lancome was my first fragrance love.

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    Default Re: Where is your "first love" frag now ?

    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    Really? I WISH Knize Ten was sweet, then I would probably like it a lot more. On me it is the very epitome of non-sweet.
    Interestingly, it started out like that to me, too. Gradually it seemed to smell sweeter to me on each wearing, but notably, not to others around me. Knize Ten stayed the same, but my nose changed. Fortunately, I've had the opposite happen, too - one day I suddenly liked aldehydes, and fragrances I hated before smelled nice.

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    Black XS was my initial holy grail before I heard about Basenotes. It was so good that I felt the need to see what else there was out there... bad idea!

    I rarely wear it these days, as I find it to be too synthetic. It does bring lots of memories though - some great some bad. Love to sniff the bottle for nostalgic purposes.
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    My first love? Yes..... early 197? or so. It sits on my dresser along side the few "real" Colognes I own. Old Spice. I still wear it and wish it would last all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galamb_Borong View Post
    Interestingly, it started out like that to me, too. Gradually it seemed to smell sweeter to me on each wearing, but notably, not to others around me. Knize Ten stayed the same, but my nose changed. Fortunately, I've had the opposite happen, too - one day I suddenly liked aldehydes, and fragrances I hated before smelled nice.
    That may very well be true, about it eventually becoming sweeter with subsequent wearings. I have a small spray sample, but have only worn it once or twice, so my experience isn't as much as you had with it. I wonder if I keep wearing it, I'll eventually start to smell something sweet?
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    Great thread!

    I have an empty bottle of my Versace L'Homme in its ornately designed, traditional Gianni Versace baroque/embossed gift set box. There have been plenty of times I've wanted to buy another bottle for nostalgic purposes but I've found at least one or two that are even better and still take me back

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    Signoricci by Nina Ricci was my first holy grail. My wife brought me back a bottle from a trip to France many years ago, and I thought it was the perfect fragance for me in every way. I still love it, but don't wear it much anymore because I find it too light for winter, fall and spring seasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigerJuice View Post
    I would have to say Boucheron PH EDP. I still have about a half full bottle as I only wear in cooler months and will always associate it with very fine memories in cooler months going back to 1998 when I first acquired it.
    Boucheron (the original for women) was my first real love; the first "good" fragrance I wore as an adult. It was my fall and winter "signature" scent for years.

    P.S. I still have a little bottle of it, and I really should wear it once in a while!
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    My first real true love was Mitsouko ( I had worn Chanel No.5 for many years before ) but I 'connected' with Mitsouko - it fit my personality perfectly even in my early 20s. I wore Mitsouko for many years ,exclusively too and did not think I would ever change. I still have some EDP left which is now vintage ,carefully kept for memories of who I used to be .
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    My opinion of my first ever holy grail has not changed a bit.
    It was Eau d'Orange Verte, and I still find it the jewel in the crown of citrus eau de colognes.

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    My first 'proper' cologne was Crabtree & Evelyn Original Mysore Sandalwood EDT which I discovered somewhere around 1982. It changed over time from a really nice Sandalwood to something sweeter and thinner and I ultimately discarded it in favour of Green Irish Tweed and AdP Colonia - both of which are still default settings for me in their respective styles.

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    Givenchy Gentleman - back in the day. I almost never wear it. It has good memories, but I cannot wear it now and feel like I'm making good memories in the moment. It's like bringing out old electronics and playing some 8-track tapes of 70's rock. Long hair, jean jacket, Marlboros, boots, pirate shirt open so you could see my Indian bling. Hippie chick girlfriend with doe eyes and ironed-straight hair. An odd mix of patchouli, leather, and civet, at the point where country, western, freak, and suburbia collided. It was beautiful, but it's SO OVER.

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    Dunhill Edition, and it's here with me.
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