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    Default Sample Collection : Overwhelmed and could use some insight!

    Thanks to a top notch basenoter who had a sample collection he was selling and I was blessed to have been able to acquire it reasonably. I now have a huge collection of things I don't even really know where to begin sampling.

    Well, I have a few in mind I was really interested in testing from what I've read here and will check those out undoubtedly sooner than later. There's just so much in here I have zero knowledge about and short of reading all the reviews that's all I'd really have to go on.

    So I ask fellow basenoters review the collection and give me your top 5 you think I should try and give 1 sleeper you think is underrated that might not be as popular but very good. I just really have had a mind warp trying to grasp the task of figuring out which ones to sample. They are all starting to melt together in my brain and I can't distinguish one from another as far as which one to test.

    I'm looking at as far as my personal 5 which I think interest me : Invasion Barbare, Reflection man, Jubilation XXV, Coze and Ankh as the first 5 I think are intriguing from the reactions/reviews to them here. My sleeper would be Rochas Macassar. Haven't read much about it but it just strikes me as potentially one I should try. Probably cause I like Rochas Man.

    There's just so many on here I haven't even heard of I don't even know what to make of them. There are a few I have sampled already and a handful more I've smelled on cards. It's just so overwhelming at this point I'm not sure which ones to look as far as sampling. I know many will say the TFs and Vintage Tabarome along with the rest of the Creeds right away but to me those are obvious, much talked about frags, I have them on the list for sure.

    Help give me insight with the lessor known, at least to me, ones. That's most of what I have yet to mention...lol. I've tested some of the more common designer frags on this list but there are only a handful of those as well. But M7 is one haven't yet and is on the do to list for sure.

    Maybe give me a few hints about what you like about the ones you pick. To help me navigate the unknowns which may actually fit my tastes. Don't limit the selections to what you think I'd like by my taste from my wardrobe but what you like and I'll sort through the comments about them and form a list of top ones to work on first.

    I'm trying to narrow it down to 20 or so from the ones I know nothing about to begin sampling. That will probably take me at least a month to do, maybe longer. If I don't get any insight I just might wind up with the blind grab selection process which might not be too bad of a way to go anyway, huh.

    The list:
    Acqua di Biella; Baraja
    Acqua di Parma; Colonia Assoluta
    Acqua di Parma; Colonia Intensa
    Acqua di Parma; Bergamotto di Calabria
    Acqua di Parma; Mirto di Panarea
    Adidas; Animagical
    Amouage; Reflection Man
    Amouage; Jubilation XXV
    Annick Goutal; Sables
    Annick Goutal; Encens Flamboyant
    Aramis; Havana
    Azzaro; Pour Homme
    Bruno Banani; Made for men
    By Kilian; Straight to heaven
    Carthusia; Mediterraneo
    Cartier; Declaration
    Cartier; Santos
    Cereus; No. 11
    Cereus; No. 5
    Chanel; Sycomore
    Chanel; Pour Monsieure
    Comme des Garcons; Vettiveru
    Comme des Garcons; Jaisalmer
    Comme des Garcons; 2 Man
    Comme des Garcons; Ouarzazate
    Comme des Garcons; Kyoto
    Comme des Garcons; Sequoia
    Comme des Garcons; Zagorsk
    Comme des Garcons; Monocle Scent 2: Laurel
    Creed; Millesime Imperial
    Creed; Royal English Leather
    Creed; Vetiver (1948)
    Creed; Original Vetiver
    Creed; Orange Spice
    Creed; Original Santal
    Creed; Baie de Genievre
    Creed; Vintage Tabarome
    Czech & Speake; Frankincense & Myrrh
    Dior; Eau Noire
    Divine; L'etre aime pour homme
    Divine; L'homme Coeur
    Divine; L'homme sage
    Domenico Caraceni; Domenico Caraceni 1913
    Eau d'Italie; Baume de Doge
    Etat Libre D'Orange; Fat Electrician
    Etro; Vetiver
    Etro; Messe de Minuit
    Feraud; Nuit des Sens
    Frank; No 2
    Frederic Malle; Angelique Sous La Pluis
    Frederic Malle; French Lover
    Geir; Geir
    Gendarme; Grabazzi
    Gendarme; V
    Gucci; Sport
    Guerlain; Vetiver
    Guerlain; Heritage
    Heeley; Pleine Fleur
    Hermes; Rocabar
    Hermes; Terre d'Hermes
    Hermes; Bel Ami
    Hermes; Poivre Samarcande
    Il Profvmo; Vetiver de Java
    Jack Black; Silver Mark
    Jo Malone; Sweet Lime & Cedar
    John Varvatos; For Men
    John Varvatos; Artisan Black
    Keiko Mecheri; Oliban
    Lanvin; Vetiver
    L'artisan; Poivre Piquant
    L'artisan; Fou d'Absinthe
    L'artisan; Passage d'Enfer
    L'artisan; Aedes de Venustas
    L'artisan; Navegar
    L'artisan; Dzing!
    Le Labo; Vetiver 46
    Le Labo; Labdanum 18
    Le Labo; Poivre 23
    L'occitane; Eau des Baux
    Lorenzo Villoresi; Incensi
    Lorenzo Villoresi; Vetiver
    Lorenzo Villoresi; Piper Nigrum
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian; APOM pour homme
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier; Route du Vetiver
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier; Eau des Iles
    Mark Birley; For Men
    Mazzolari; Lui
    Mazzolari; Eau de Toilette
    Miller Harris; Vetiver Bourbon
    Miller Harris; Terre de Bois
    Montale; Greyland
    Montale; Red Vetyver
    Montale; Black Aoud
    Nasomatto; Duro
    Olivier Durbano; Turquoise
    Olivier Durbano; Jade
    Olivier Durbano; Black Tourmaline
    Olivier Durbano; Rock Crystal
    Olivier Durbano; Amethyst
    Ormonde Jayne; Isfarkand
    Ormonde Jayne; Man
    Parfum D'Empire; Cuir Ottoman
    Parfum D'Empire; Wazamba
    Parfumerie Generale; Coze
    Parfumerie Generale; Cuir D'Iris
    Parfumerie Generale; Aomassai
    Parfums de Nicolai; Pour Homme
    Parfums de Nicolai; Carre d'As
    Parfums MDCI; Invasion Barbare
    Pascal Morabito; Passion Mediterranee Yachting
    Penhaligon's; Endymion
    Penhaligon's; Raquets Formula
    Profumum; Victrix
    Profumum; Aqua Nobilis
    Profumum; Santalum
    Profumum; Olibanum
    Profumum; Aqua Viva
    Rochas; Macassar
    Scents of Time; Ankh
    Serge Lutens; Vetiver Oriental
    Serge Lutens; Gris Clair
    Serge Lutens; Chergui
    Tauer Perfumes; L'air du Desert Marocain
    Tauer Perfumes; Lonestar Memories
    Tom Ford; Italian Cypress
    Tom Ford; Tobacco Vanille
    Tom Ford; Bois Marocain
    Tom Ford; Amber Absolute
    Tom Ford; Noir de Noir
    Tom Ford; Tuscan Leather
    Van Cleef & Arpels; Pour Homme
    Yves Saint Laurent; M7



    This morning as I gather stuff to do laundry I am wearing Invasion Barbare. I am enjoying it finding it very light, kinda dry, a little sweet. Reminding me of another I've tried but can't place it right now. I'm not picking up any specific notes yet and I have not read the reviews or pyramid so I'm just going off my own observations at this point.
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    Default Re: Sample Collection : Overwhelmed and could use some insight!

    I guess it's just as overwhelming to my fellow basenoters as well. LOL
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    Default Re: Sample Collection : Overwhelmed and could use some insight!

    Top 5 to try because I have never tried them:

    Profumum Santalum
    Scents of Time Ankh
    Creed Vintage Tabarome
    C&S Frankincense & Myrrh
    Caraceni 1913

    Top five I would recommend to a friend to try:

    Chergui
    French Lover
    Reflection Man
    Fou d'Absinthe
    Nicolai Pour Homme
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    Default Re: Sample Collection : Overwhelmed and could use some insight!

    Wow, that is an amazing collection. I'm envious!

    Of course, I'm going to narrow it down to my favorites, which include the following:

    Azzaro; Pour Homme
    Chanel; Sycomore
    Chanel; Pour Monsieure
    Comme des Garcons; Vettiveru
    Comme des Garcons; 2 Man
    Comme des Garcons; Ouarzazate
    Comme des Garcons; Zagorsk
    Frederic Malle; French Lover
    Guerlain; Vetiver
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier; Route du Vetiver
    Serge Lutens; Chergui
    Tom Ford; Italian Cypress
    Tom Ford; Bois Marocain
    Tom Ford; Tuscan Leather
    Yves Saint Laurent; M7

    Of course, there is so much great stuff here (and so much I'm not familiar with) that my selection amounts to a random sampling. Maybe a better way to approach it would be to sample things in batches sorted by house, or maybe by note? (For example, there are a lot of vetiver-based frags in the lot; sampling them all together would be a unique opportunity to discover the many different facets of this particular note.)

    However you choose to slice it (er, sniff it) - have fun and keep us posted about what your favorite discoveries are!

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    I just figured out what Invasion Barbare reminds me of.... Dior Homme!

    I'm haven't had much luck with liking vetivers but I did smell Creed OV on a card and really liked it alot so I am excited to get a wearing on that. Two vetivers that popped out at me are Il Profvmo Vetiver de Java and Miller Harris Vetiver Bourbon. I like coffee and boozy notes. I also love a good leather dry down so I wonder if any of those vetivers have a nice leathery dry down to them.
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    you can give me tobacco vanille and vintage tabarome so I can lighten the load for ya lol

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    I bet you would!!!! LOL
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    Default Re: Sample Collection : Overwhelmed and could use some insight!

    Five that have gotten a good amount of discussion, that I haven't tried yet

    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsta View Post
    Chanel; Sycomore
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier; Route du Vetiver
    Frederic Malle; French Lover
    Tauer Perfumes; L'air du Desert Marocain
    Yves Saint Laurent; M7
    Five that I've tried and have a good opinion of:

    • Domenico Caraceni, Domenico Caraceni 1913: very classy, rose and frankincense get most of the attention, but that's not all that's going on
    • Heeley, Cuir Pleine Fleur: one of the iris/birch tar leathers, but has kind of a natural feel
    • L'artisan, Dzing!: you said you like leather, you didn't say it had to be pretty
    • Comme des Garcons, Jaisalmer: warm, woody incense, but reminds me enough of pine tar than I'm surprised more people don't hate it
    • Penhaligon's, Raquets Formula: more of an understated fougere? There are complaints in the reviews about this not being a sport scent, but people did play tennis before the advent of "sport" scents

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    Top 5 I think you should definitely try:

    (based on personal experience)

    Acqua di Parma; Mirto di Panarea
    Aramis; Havana
    Divine; L'homme sage
    L'artisan; Fou d'Absinthe
    Mazzolari; Lui


    Based on reputation:

    Etat Libre D'Orange; Fat Electrician
    Frederic Malle; French Lover
    Tauer Perfumes; L'air du Desert Marocain
    Tom Ford; Italian Cypress
    Tom Ford; Tobacco Vanille


    Also, if you are interested in trading these, let me know!

    Amouage; Jubilation XXV
    Chanel; Sycomore
    Comme des Garcons; 2 Man
    Rochas; Macassar

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    I would try to organize my testing if I were you. Test all the Lutens for a week, test the CdG's another week, etc. These houses can have really distinct personalities, and taking a look at the house as a whole you will start to pick on "house notes", styles, and develop your own preferences.
    I would take notes too. Read the notes of the fragrance you are sampling, but not before you smell it blind first, when possible.
    Have fun. That is a great bunch of samples.

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    Default Re: Sample Collection : Overwhelmed and could use some insight!

    if i were in your place.. i would blindly pick one sample every morning and apply it without looking at the label and keep it aside... see how it develops and then find out what it was...i think it'd be fun this way. .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsta View Post
    I bet you would!!!! LOL
    Am I a nice guy or what? lol

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    I suggest printing off a big version of the fragrance wheel and start smelling and reading reviews to organize the lot into little groups so they can be compared. The best place to start is to organize this whole big pile into smaller groups taht make sense. Then work your way through each group and find the few that stand out.
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    +1 agree with Slim - test by house. More organised approach will help you remember whats what for future reference !

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    Default Re: Sample Collection : Overwhelmed and could use some insight!

    Quote Originally Posted by Force of One View Post
    Based on reputation:

    Etat Libre D'Orange; Fat Electrician
    Frederic Malle; French Lover
    Tauer Perfumes; L'air du Desert Marocain
    Tom Ford; Italian Cypress
    Tom Ford; Tobacco Vanille
    x2 on all these from personal testing, they're all good. Don't know about Fat Electrician, it smelled good on my buddy when he accidentally poured my entire sample down his arm, but haven't tried it on myself yet.

    I'd also like to add Nasomatto: Duro. Awesome; very masculine.
    And Tauer Perfumes; L'air du Desert Marocain. Still digesting this sample myself; it's very interesting.

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    Today : Parfumerie Generale Coze...... very nice!

    Thanks for all the suggestions and insight. I'm going to work through the first dozen or so that have my interest from the start and will try to organize my selection and the testing after that. It's still pretty overwhelming but I'm beginning to get a handle on it. A labor of love for sure, though.
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    Default Re: Sample Collection : Overwhelmed and could use some insight!

    my favorites include:

    the acqua di parma colonias
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Chanel PM and Sycamore
    Havana

    My sleeper would be the Czech & Speake Frankincense & Myrrh.

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    Sycomore by Chanel!

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    Try these 6:

    L'Artisan Fou d'Absinthe
    Domenico Caraceni 1913
    Divine l'homme sage
    Frank No. 2
    Chanel Sycamore
    Tauer L'Air du desert marocain
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    Burberry: London
    Gucci: Pour Homme
    Rochas: Man
    Azzaro: Pour Homme

    Wanted:
    L'Artisan: Fou d'Absinthe; Cristiano Fissore: Cashmere for Men; Parfums d'Nicolai: New York; Divine: L'homme Sage; Montale: Black Aoud; Tauer: L'air du desert Marocain.

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    Default Re: Sample Collection : Overwhelmed and could use some insight!

    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    if i were in your place.. i would blindly pick one sample every morning and apply it without looking at the label and keep it aside... see how it develops and then find out what it was...i think it'd be fun this way. .
    I like this idea. I also got a collection of samples from a Basenoter some time ago, but haven't got the chance to go through them all. Usually, I just try something if I have the chance to acquire a full bottle. One problem is few samples have lost their labels so I'm afraid to try them because if I like them, I'd have no idea what to look for.

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    Default Re: Sample Collection : Overwhelmed and could use some insight!

    I'd sort them by prominent accord-type before trying them in turn. For example you can group the vetiver-centric scents together, the leather scents in another, and so on... Well, you get the idea. This would be an excellent way to familiarise yourself with various notes/accords and do some comparative interpretations by the different perfumers/houses. But if you don't know which accord is prominent in which fragrance, start with the more obvious ones.

    Happy sampling!

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    My sleeper out of the bunch would be Miller Harris' Vetiver Bourbon. Compare it to Red Vetyver by Montale...
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    Thanks for all the insight folks. After the dozen or so I had in mind I think I might have another dozen or so targeted from the responses here. With the amount of time I devote to testing new frags that amount should take me a couple months at least.

    I like to test a frag when I can sit around the house and experience the scent, contemplate it and really get a chance to explore the unfolding of the dry down. I don't like running around doing errands and what not while testing a new frag because I feel I miss some of what's going on. So really I only have maybe 3-4 times a week I can devote a morning or evening to this 'meditation'.

    After the ones I've targeted have been explored I think I'll try the blind grab for a bit. Setting aside the ones I've tried I'll just reach in and pull one out blindly and apply without looking at what it is. Let my mind and nose investigate without preconditioned suppositions based on name, brand or what I think it should or could smell like. I could probably do that for a month or so and still have dozens I haven't tried still.

    Then since there is so many I probably will take a more disciplined approach with the remaining, possibly by house or accords/notes. At first getting this collection was exciting, then it became daunting to try and decide what's what. Now it's back to exciting again!

    Thanks again!
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    I like the idea that you should keep it random to avoid fragrance fatigue. If you were to order them by similar categories, a frag would have to be phenomenal to stand out. Granted, you should only want the most exceptional scents, but by doing the same notes back to back you may tire of most of them all together.

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    Default Re: Sample Collection : Overwhelmed and could use some insight!

    I'm still envious, Pipsta
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    LOL yeah.... it's been a trip testing these out. I've probably tested about 30-40 by now and I've learned something about niche. Either it's very, very edgy, something that is truly unusual and don't think I've ever smelled something quite like it or it kind of blends into the nondescript. Very few are middle of the road in that respect.

    There are plenty of old lady/man smelling boring frags to keep the world's old folk homes fragrant. There are plenty of things that smell so unique that you won't confuse it with anything else.
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