It took me about a year to just begin to understand fragrances and get a sense of what I liked. During that time I became hypersensitive to all smells for 2 or 3 months, which was not pleasant. I am still trying to figure out what I "really like" and "really don't," so don't think you will reach definitive conclusions any time soon. I suggest you do a lot of sampling at this point. Do you know about The Perfumed Court? Personally, I'd rather buy or swap with fellow BNers, and I've never purchased from TPC, but it's the easiest way to go.