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  • I am a newbie or not far removed from being one.

    11 8.33%
  • I can identify several notes and understand at least some of the genres.

    82 62.12%
  • I can identify all the major notes and have sampled a few hundred frags (or more).

    39 29.55%
  • I can't imagine knowing much more about frags than I do now.

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  1. #1

    Default Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    If none of the poll choices apply, go ahead and explain your sense of where you stand.

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    It's been less than a year since I joined here and I've found that the more I think I know the more I learn the deeper I go.

    I've also learned my tastes continuously change but that's alright, I'm enjoying the journey and how it integrates with life in general.

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    ^^^^^^ Yup

    The changing taste thing is a killer, eh?

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    The more I know . . . the more I realize how little I know. Anyone who says they know all that they can know doesn't know what they don't know. Ya know?

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    I voted for #3, but there is SO much more I want to learn in this hobby. I'm very ignorant of the aromachemicals that play such a very important part in modern perfumery, rather than the - largely - nature-referencing "notes" that act as guidelines.

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    You can always learn more!
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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    Same as Galamb - I went for #3. I'm fairly competent but always learning something new.
    Last edited by JON RODGERS; 7th April 2010 at 06:10 AM.

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    Gotta agree with the last 3 posts. Although It has helped me tremendously now knowing that perfume/cologne refers to the strength and not the sex it's marketed to.

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    When i grow up I want to have a nose at least in the same ballpark as mrclmind

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    Quote Originally Posted by knit_at_nite View Post
    When i grow up I want to have a nose at least in the same ballpark as mrclmind
    +1 .

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    I'm a definite neophyte and don't mind admitting it since that means I get to continuously learn from folks. Can't say that Basenotes has changed my tastes as much as it's helped me figure out why I liked what I like.
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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    Quote Originally Posted by adonis View Post
    +1 .
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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    I guess I am somewhere in between intermediate and upper-intermediate level

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    I can only smell one note in a fragrance. For example, I just can't feel any more then vanilla in Givenchy's Pi.
    I can't differentiate amber from leather. I can't tell what is amber and what is leather.
    When I smelled Habit Rouge I felt only woods in it.
    In Kouros I can feel incense, civet, vanilla, honey, corriander and woods. This is my most complex fragrance.
    In Terre's d' Hermes I feel only lemon.
    JOOP! Homme smells sooo good, but I don't know what it is in there.
    In Jaipur I feel....ah...(this is hard to do...)...flowers....aaah....vanilla. That is the single note I understand.
    In Dior Homme I feel....nothing....there is not a single note that I know. I just can't tell what this smells like, even through I used it twice from a sample.
    etc etc etc

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzlepuff View Post
    The more I know . . . the more I realize how little I know. Anyone who says they know all that they can know doesn't know what they don't know. Ya know?
    +1

    I'm no newbie, I've been into frags in 16 years now, since I was 14.
    But I cannot detect various notes in a frag, well, some of course, but
    not many. I simply dosn't interest me, I'm more into the overall smell,
    flacon design, and such things.

    I'm fairly good at placing frags in genres.

    I voted #2.

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    I can detect at least one note in most things I smell. Sometimes I can even get 2 to 3 notes right the first time. I'm new to even trying to separate the different scents. I, as others have mentioned, typically prefer to take the whole scent in. Picking out each scent kind of takes away the mystery and allure of finding new scents. Yeah, it makes blind buys harder that way, but that's half the fun .
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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    Kind of off topic, but a great way to test our noses would be to go to a place where there are open testers (without pesky counter girls trying to get you to buy) and try out some stuff. Write down what we think is in it, or text it to ourselves or email.. then come back home and see how accurate we were based on the pyramids and other resources. I think I'll do this in the days to come.

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    I'm somewhere between option 2 and 3. I've sampled hundreds of scents, but I still don't have near the level of skill at identifying notes as many others on these boards. But, I DO know what I like, so that's at least a good thing.
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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    I would say I was probably #2 , still consider myself a novice enthusiast with an insatiable appetite for knowledge

    Not half as articulate as you lot but I know what I like

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    There is a large gap between #2 and #3. How about - sampled hundreds and can identify some/ many?

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    I've just taken a step up from #1 to #2, I think. Learnt a lot in the last month

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    I'm a 2 as well. I've learned a great deal from BN but I'll never be a "nose".

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    I am somewhere between Options Two and Three, having sampled over a hundred fragrances and being able to identify many notes. Floral notes give me trouble because my experience with the real things is limited, if improving, thanks to a gardening-crazy mother. Importantly, I am able distinguish what I actually like from what I can appreciate from what I don't like and from what I don't appreciate. That's certainly a start...

    As with all education, fragrance appreciation is an ongoing-process and secretly, I hope never to reach a state where I feel as if scent has nothing more to teach me. When it stops being fun, I'm outtie.
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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    I cannot imagine ever knowing all that is about fragrance but, I certainly look forward to the journey on the path of that goal. Fragrance is one of the few things that bring me joy in this world.
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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    I'm still a newbie as far as I'm concerned. One who can't keep his nose from sticking into other people's fragrances, I'm afraid.

    I was at a perfume store earlier, when a Japanese lady walked in and asked the SA if they stock 'Rumeur'. The SA looked perplexed and asked, 'Rumeur?' And I couldn't help but intervened with the quip: "Rumeur from Lanvin". Her boss was amused but the SA was not. That's a little payback for refusing to test the Diorissimo on my skin beyond a cursory dab of her finger (It's an EDT for God's sake, not parfum! And how many people actually walk in to sample the relatively obscure Diorissimo?)

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    I voted #3, based more on the number I've sampled than the notes I can detect. I am getting better with the notes, but like others have said I feel I still have much to learn.
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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    I can identify several notes and understand at least some of the genres

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    I can identify several notes and understand at least some of the genres
    Same here, though my "several" may not be that many. and that is after about 32+ years of almost daily fragrance use. I am more into the experience and enjoyment of frags than into analysis. In the analysis aspect, i am a newb. I may know a lot about designer classics, but not so much about their component notes. My membership of BaseNotes makes up for my handicap.
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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    when people here describe fragrances it seem like an olympic dive. you know opening, middle, base. i wish i could do that. to me it's just linear. even though i know this is not what i smelled a few minutes ago. i can never tell that it is changing on me.

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    Default Re: Where do you now stand in your understanding of frags?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzlepuff View Post
    The more I know . . . the more I realize how little I know. Anyone who says they know all that they can know doesn't know what they don't know. Ya know?
    Oh, I know... I know! (love it. There is ALWAYS more to learn.) +1
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