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    Default Re: Does it make you kind of sad...

    One thing to keep in mind is that there are just so many things to appreciate that we are undoubtedly missing out on what some other people think are very valuable hobbies and interests. Being interested in scent itself surely does not make us superior, just as being interested in say, antique guns, does not make someone else better.

    I think the best thing to cultivate is that mentality of exploration that can then be applied to all of one's interests.
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    Why would I be sad???

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    I really think it is unfortunate. The same way I also feel about music too.

    Time is a problem...but you can work your way around it. I don't care if people are on web forums chatting about fragrances. But if alot more people appreciated fragrance and would put more effort into seeking fragrance knowledge out....that would be a nice change. Thats how I feel, anyway.
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    Most non-frag folks probably look at Basenoters in the same manner as geeks, nerds, or losers. Judging by the vast amount of casually dressed people for ANY event, there seems to be a modern fashionable trend of "Being cool means looking like I don't care". Even judges in courtrooms are bothered at this as they see defendants arrive in tattered jeans and an old T-shirt.

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    Many people do not appreciate fragrance like i do but i do not let it bother me at least i have you guys to talk to when it comes to fragrance when all others think i am insane lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    One thing to keep in mind is that there are just so many things to appreciate that we are undoubtedly missing out on what some other people think are very valuable hobbies and interests. Being interested in scent itself surely does not make us superior, just as being interested in say, antique guns, does not make someone else better.

    I think the best thing to cultivate is that mentality of exploration that can then be applied to all of one's interests.
    This is a fantasitic response.

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBond007 View Post
    Many people do not appreciate fragrance like i do but i do not let it bother me at least i have you guys to talk to when it comes to fragrance when all others think i am insane lol.
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    I think people are just close-minded about things that don't interest them or they don't understand. My family thinks i'm supposed to have 2-3 fragrances. thats IT. I tried to explain to them it's like wearing a different outfit, eating different foods....variety is the spice of life sort of thing. "No that's all different." Not really, you just refuse to think of it like that. My girlfriend enjoys alot of what i wear...yeah she thinks i've got a few too many, but for the most part she actually is really good about it.

    Personally, i couldn't give a damn whether or not people appreciate fragrances. Same deal with music for me: i listen to stuff no one else i know listens to and i don't care whether or not it's "normal" music. Do what makes you happy, it's your life.

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    It's amazing how some people sniff a fragrance and make a simple like/dislike decision in literally a fraction of a second often before the alcohol has evaporated. It takes a little time and attention to really appreciate things. Perhaps they are like this with other things in their life and they are missing out on more than just an appreciation of fragrance. Now that is sad.

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    Odd thing for us here in the Arabian Gulf is that it's only Westeners who don't really appreciate the scents we're into.
    Fragrance is very important for Arabs and is greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradW View Post
    It's tough when your wife is not as "enlightened" in the world of colognes. For example, on vacation a couple of weeks ago, my wife presented me with a can of Axe Dark Temptation body spray. Not bad for Axe, but wouldn't most basenoters go for Rochas or A*Men instead?
    Ouch. It's like getting the spouse an inferior look-alike handbag knowing how she raves over a [insert designer label] displayed at the boutique.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sensual View Post
    Most non-frag folks probably look at Basenoters in the same manner as geeks, nerds, or losers. Judging by the vast amount of casually dressed people for ANY event, there seems to be a modern fashionable trend of "Being cool means looking like I don't care". Even judges in courtrooms are bothered at this as they see defendants arrive in tattered jeans and an old T-shirt.
    Yup. That's another pet peeve of mine. Many people just don't seem to bother dressing up for occasions, even showing up at weddings in clothes that had seen a lot of wear and more suitable for a day at the mall. And when you show up respectably attired for the occasion, some even have the cheek to wonder out loud, "Hey, aren't you 'overdressed'?"

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    People have different likes and dislikes, and are entitled to think that your fragrance is not a very good one. That's true, I see it, and I abide by it. The only thing that truly annoys me down to my last nerve is when I'm wearing something nice and someone thinks it's something like Axe. It's only happened a couple of times, but if I go in wearing my Creed BdG and somebody thinks it's Axe or AdG, I may "es-plode".
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    Quote Originally Posted by D.Sprad View Post
    People have different likes and dislikes, and are entitled to think that your fragrance is not a very good one. That's true, I see it, and I abide by it. The only thing that truly annoys me down to my last nerve is when I'm wearing something nice and someone thinks it's something like Axe. It's only happened a couple of times, but if I go in wearing my Creed BdG and somebody thinks it's Axe or AdG, I may "es-plode".
    Holy crap I know right??? I had a friend ask if I was wearing AdG when I had Windsor on. I can't hate on him for not having a knowledge of fragrance, but damn I felt like my Windsor had been slapped in the face and then spit on lol

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    The path to enlightenment is fraught with obstacles, but here you walk with kindred spirits. Smell well my friend and continue the journey.

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    Since I've been exploring the world of fragrances there are a few things that have really made me wonder about SAs. It's one of the few areas of the sales experience that I've felt that the people who are trying to sell me something know very little about what it is they are selling. If someone is selling me a refrigerator, or a sneaker or anything else really, typically they have a base knowledge and even some specific knowledge pertaining to what they are selling. With frags it's like they know brands and names of the frags and roughly what it smells like but very little understanding of what makes it smell that way. I get better service and understanding of product from the person at Staples selling me printer paper than I do the SA who works at the fragrance counter.

    I've come across so many SAs who push their preference, or push a product without regard to what I'm saying I like or don't like. I personally don't like aquatics or very few of the 'fresh' scents. I don't like 'blue', I don't like summer flankers or any of the sport stuff. I've smelled many and tried to wear a few and it's failed on my nose and my skin, enough to know I don't even go that direction any more. So after telling the 1001th SA the same thing, these are the things I don't like and I like typically 'blacks', sweet, spicy, woody, green stuff...they go to pushing these aquas, sport, summer, blue crap on me. It really kind of makes me wonder why they even got the job....likely it's just a job and they care little about fragrances. The person at the burger joint cares more about burgers and getting my order right than these SAs care about fragrance and me getting something I like. It's just amazing to me that this is the way it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by philmcphe View Post
    ...that other people don't really appreciate fragrances or have extremely limited tastes in them unlike people on here?
    I don't really mind, we are all different and that's ok.
    I'm glad we have Basenotes for that.

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    Fragrance wearers/aficionados are probably perceived as being "dandys" or flamboyant. In quite a few parts of the U.S., you could possibly get physically assaulted for it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandy

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    As much as I am a enthusiast, I somewhat fall into this category. I think I am more into the "Lady Gaga" of fragrances - they appeal to me for whatever reason they do, and I am okay with that.

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    I don't recall ever having a conflict with a dating partner about fragrance. I would hate to break up over that. I don't expect my partner to agree with me on everything, even if I am right! What I find more annoying is the perfume salesperson being ignorant about perfume. I was looking for a men's rose fragrance last night at Macys. The salesperson told me she had never heard of such a thing. Now that is sad.

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    I tend to think of fragrances as something I geek out on. I know it makes me weird, but everyone has something they get really into. Maybe my friends have no idea what coriander smell like. That's OK - I couldn't fix a car engine if my life depended on it, and I couldn't possibly care less about football player stats or minutia about WWII aircraft, and many people spend their lives studying things like that.

    As for poor Phil McPhee who has never met a person in real life who cares about frags, that's what makes the BN meet-ups so much fun.

    As for crappy SA's, I guess we're really lucky in San Francisco. I could probably introduce you to a dozen SA's who know as much or more about frags than any senior member of BN. At least around here, it seems to be a lifelong job. Even our Macy's still has the same SA's who sold me my first bottle of grown-up cologne back in 1995 or so...
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    I love BN, but sometimes I wish I knew somebody in person who shared this interest with me. I just get teased by my friends a bit instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deviant View Post
    I love BN, but sometimes I wish I knew somebody in person who shared this interest with me. I just get teased by my friends a bit instead.
    Saaamme here, I guess this wouldn't really get to me at all if this was the case

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcologneguy View Post
    This might not be the case here - hope it isn't - but I've run into several versions of the "because you like it I hate it" game from women, and even male acquaintances, over the years. It's a childish control thing. If you suspect that's what's going on, you'd better directly confront the person who's pulling this on you. Otherwise, it will just go on and on.

    If it persists, you need to remove this person from your life as soon as you can.
    FWIW I feel I should mention this was indeed the case, and the person has been permanently removed lol

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    Nope...To each their own!
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