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  • 18-21

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  • 21-24

    13 8.72%
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    Default When and how did your real fragrance journey begin ?

    A couple of months ago I discovered the vast selection fragrances. I'm 21 and in college I notice very few people wearing any form of cologne. Also, I've only smelled La nuit de L'homme on a guy I passed by once. Which leads me to wonder when guys in particular generally start wearing cologne since it is not as mainstream/popular as other things?

    Next thing I've been wondering is what it took for people to get beyond their very first uninformed bottle purchase. It isn't a surprise that anyone can walk into macys / sephora and buy a bottle of Acqua di Gio because they liked the top notes and never look back. What makes me curious is how for some that initial purchase can turn into a massive 100+ bottle fragrance collection while other ADG will be there signature scent until death. (nothing against people that prefer ADG)

    One random day during the summer break of my junior year in college I randomly searched on google for top 10 / popular colognes because I figured AXE in college would no longer cut it and wanted something that'll last longer. I saw many top 10 lists and so I took to youtube and did various searches and it was there that I found many of the popular fragrance reviewers. After that I just did more searches and eventually discovered Basenotes and Fragrantica. What's your story ?
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    Summer of my sophomore to junior year in highschool was going to take my girlfriend out to dinner at a french restaurant. I wanted to make everything as best as I could, and thus i borrowed my friends acqua di gio since his brother gave it to him and he had no idea what to do with it. So i did some research on how to apply cologne. Then i got baffled by, how different colognes could mix with you body chemistry and was instantly drawn in. That alone threw me into the world of fragrances. :] but now im slowing down because i realize i should stop trying to collect every fragrance out there and buy one or two more potential signatures

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    When I left school after doing my A'Levels (when I was 18), I took a temporary job working in a department store. All the prettiest girls worked on the fragrance counters... you do the math.
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    I don't consider myself a "collector," but I've been interested in fragrances since I was a kid. I started purchasing when I was a teen and making my own money. My first purchases were either Tuscany or Polo in the late 90s. I had a pretty decent collection of designer stuff built up by the late 90s, but somehow lost most of them. I move a lot, so I gave most of it away at some point. Probably tossed quite a bit, too. A lot of that stuff would be considered "vintage" formulations today.

    I've started buying again over the last few years, and really picked up speed this year since I've joined Basenotes.

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    I started wearing fragrance since I was a kid, 5 years old? being from the middle east, that was normal. But, at the age of about 17 I got into the hobby, Ange ou Demon By Givenchy is what caught my attention, before that my view of fragrance was, fresh fragrance with a woody base for men, and fruity florals, sometimes super sweet, for women. I knew other fragrances existed, but it seemed too hard of a work to find them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctran019 View Post
    I randomly searched on google for top 10 / popular colognes. I saw many top 10 lists and so I took to youtube and did various searches and it was there that I found many of the popular fragrance reviewers. After that I just did more searches and eventually discovered Basenotes and Fragrantica. What's your story ?
    That's exactly my story as well. Since Jr. High I had always worn some kind of fragrance, whether it be designer cologne or cheapo Axe/Tag, but never had the vast knowledge of just how many different colognes there were out there other than the typical popular ones that everybody knows about (Drakkar, Obsession, Cool Water, Polo, etc.) But a few weeks ago, my Burberry London was almost gone and decided it's time to get some more. Well since I hadn't kept up with the world of cologne, I decided to check the 'top 10s'. From there, I discovered Tim and Brandon on YouTube. Then I find a forum on the subject From that point on I have gotten hooked. The employees at Sephora are probably getting annoyed at me coming in every other day just to spray every bottle on the shelf. In the matter of 2 mos. I've already got 9 frags in my wardrobe...and there's still a whole lot more out there I want. Bigdiscountfragrances.com is loving me right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverpunk View Post
    That's exactly my story as well. Since Jr. High I had always worn some kind of fragrance, whether it be designer cologne or cheapo Axe/Tag, but never had the vast knowledge of just how many different colognes there were out there other than the typical popular ones that everybody knows about (Drakkar, Obsession, Cool Water, Polo, etc.) But a few weeks ago, my Burberry London was almost gone and decided it's time to get some more. Well since I hadn't kept up with the world of cologne, I decided to check the 'top 10s'. From there, I discovered Tim and Brandon on YouTube. Then I find a forum on the subject From that point on I have gotten hooked. The employees at Sephora are probably getting annoyed at me coming in every other day just to spray every bottle on the shelf. In the matter of 2 mos. I've already got 9 frags in my wardrobe...and there's still a whole lot more out there I want. Bigdiscountfragrances.com is loving me right now
    At least you started in middle school. I was to oblivious to that fact that perfume can make you smell younger and sophisticated instead my ignorance at the time lead me to believe wearing fragrances meant that you were old and a rich snob with no better way to spend money.
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    I started collecting at the age of about 18. My first bottle of cologne was in 1996 when my mom bought me Aqua Di Gio.. NO ONE had it back then. Now my collection has grown and i keep every single bottle

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    For the first time ever in my life I recieved a fragrance as a gift - Tuscan soul, that was in december 2008. Then I joined this site in january 2009. and so it began Even though in Croatia it is normal to recieve a fragrance as a gift for almost anything, it just never happened to me up until that time, lol.
    Currently wearing: Elements Aqua by Hugo Boss

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    It is, was, and shall be my destiny to embrace fragrance in all of its mysteries; a journey without bounderies and end.

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    Default Re: When and how did your real fragrance journey begin ?

    10-14 group for me.

    More about it here: http://www.basenotes.net/entries/146...y-So-Far-vol.1
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    14, when I got Salvador Dali PH as a birthday present

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    Default Re: When and how did your real fragrance journey begin ?

    At a very young age. It's something I have always been interested in.
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    It started with Chanel no 5 when I was very young.
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    Default Re: When and how did your real fragrance journey begin ?

    Very young. I checked off 10-14 but it was actually a few years earlier than that. At that age I was just collecting the Avon perfume jars that I was given, but after I started getting an allowance, I was able to buy my own perfumes.

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    My other half and I visited a small fragrance house in Salem, Mass which was is run by one woman who creates all of her house fragrances and will do a custom blend. We both got custom frags made and, as I watched her mix the notes, I stood in awe and I realized that this is a true art form. Smelling all the individual notes and the blends really made me pay better attention to what goes into a fine fragrance. I left with 4 bottles that I still love to this day. I was hooked ever since. Btw, the shop is Aroma Sanctum. I have no afflilation, I just think basenoters should know about her.

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    I started with Tommy Boy i think. When i was 17. After that Hugo Boss----> CK One----> JoOp! Homme ----> Azzaro Pour homme ----> Dark Blue----> Mukhallat Christina (I was 19)...

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    A real interest only started in my forties.

    I have always worn fragrances since I was 15 or so. My first one was an after shave called Sven by Yardley. I picked up an old bottle of it recently and it ain't half bad!

    In my 20's it was Aramis and Kouros. I used to have the soaps, deodorants and shampoos (the latter of which is now not applicable!) to match too. I was big on the trigger, too. God, I must have smelled like a whore's handbag.

    Started with Penhaligons in my thirties, then on to more niche stuff a few years ago. Currently, I have a couple of dozen in my collection, but given that I'm a wearer, not a collector, I could possibly get by on less.
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    Default Re: When and how did your real fragrance journey begin ?

    ...When I discovered Basenotes!

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    A guy I was dating back in early 2003 had Helmut Lang - Cuiron, after our short relationship...I went online to try and source some for myself, and I discovered basenotes. I have always had a couple of fragrances since the late 80's, but 2003 started my journey in the whole fragrance world facilitated by lurking here and eventually posting in Nov 2006.

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    My interest began when I was 15, but my journey has waxed and waned over the years. My present enthusiasm began after joining basenotes in Dec 2007. This has been a very educational and exciting time and has opened my mind to a huge amount of possibilities with fragrance as well as transcending advertising hype and pretence and deciding for myself what I truly like. Although I can be swayed by some of the uber-enthusiasm of fragrances that gain popularity on BN discussions. I would have never thought of travelling to Chicago or NYC to visit Barney's or Aedes, let alone visiting Sephora or Perfumania every time I enter a mall. Guerlain Vetiver has been the fragrance that I've been faithful to for over 20 years. I suppose we're married by now.
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    I've used fragrances since I was a teen (mainly Antaeus and Santos back then), but I didn't start collecting until a couple of years ago. I was happy having one or two fragrances at a time. It's hard to imagine going back to one or two...

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    I had worn one or two in my teens through high school but the crowd I ran with weren't to open to that sort of thing so it tempered my enthusiasm. My 20s were dominated with oils as I traveled around the country following the seasons. Sandalwood and Amber being the most consistently used two out of probably a dozen or so I had enjoyed.

    My 30s were dominated with a couple of different colognes since I didn't really think I liked that many colognes, which was probably true of the offerings available at the time and still used the oils quite a bit. Now in my 40s I seem to have really opened up to a multitude of fragrances out there.

    Surprisingly most of my favorite colognes have come out in the past 10 years so maybe there weren't alot I liked from earlier decades and it would have made it harder to find my way to them. Even more surprising is I don't like the watered down aqua, sport, light flanker type of stuff which has dominated the past decade. Not to mention I didn't spend much time seeking them out in stores and this virtual media of the internet has helped me research them from the comfort of my home.

    Basenotes has helped me learn more about what I'm smelling not just whether I like it or not as well as opened my eyes.... er, nose to the world of niche which I never really took an interest in before. Although I still find that designer frags have most of everything I need in varieties and haven't felt the need to spend the money necessary to get into the niche game. That may change at some point but I'm still content to be a designer frag hag.

    I have taken an interest in a few niche offerings but the price tag still makes me cringe. I can reason it out that per use it still is cheaper than most of the other things in my life but the one time cost has me sticker shocked and I haven't been able to make that leap yet.
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    The Background:

    A little over 10 years ago, I was 18, had long, long hair, wore cheesecloth pants and tie-dyed tops (to my eternal embarrasment).
    My epiphany happened one evening when I was at a party. A friend arrived and set about greeting everyone with a hug. At one point, a girl piped-up and said to him: 'Mmm. you smell good!' To which a second girl added: 'Oh, that's Sam. He always smells good. He's the nice smelling boy'.
    Now, I flatter myself in thinking that people would have had many a nice thing to say about me. But 'nice smelling boy' was assuredly not one of them.
    In an instant though, I decided I wanted to be that 'Nice Smelling Boy', and determined to do something about it.
    I wish I could say that I immediately chopped off my locks, ditched the hippy garb and delved into perfumes. But that transformation would not come for a few years yet.
    Instead, I delved into artisan soaps and essential oils which I would use as ungents.

    Fast-forward to 2009, and with a new, beautiful French girlfriend to impress, I started scouring the Paris boutiques for a suitable scent with which to wow her. In life, I rarely do anything by halves. So, what began on a *slightly* (ok, very) dubious premise quickly snowballed into a new hobby/obsession.
    The relationship didn't last, but my fascination with perfume has endured....

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    When I was 21 I purchased a bottle of CK Eternity after testing it. This was the first time I had purchased a fragrance (Any fragrance I had previously had been given to me as gifts).

    After hearing great things about it, I needed to know what the fuss was all about. What am I talking about? I purchased a bottle of AdG (blind buy). Yup... I know what you're thinking and you're right.

    The rest, as they say, is history.

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    It's extremely surprising how people as young 10 - 14 started their journey around that time. I was under the impression that you had to be at least 21+ to even consider the existence of fragrances seeing as how it is not widely popularized. You learn something new everyday.
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    It began in my early thirties.

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    Like many of us, I decided wearing cologne would be helpful "to impress chicks." I went into a Macy's or something and bought a bottle of whatever the SA was pushing at the time (it happened to be Armani Diamonds for men). I went home, took a long hard look at the bottle, and asked myself whether I had spent my money wisely. My inner geek took control and I started looking up cologne reviews on google, and the rest is history. I was 23 at the time iirc.

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    I answered 21-24 because that's when I started investigating perfume for scenting my person. However, I've always had a fascination with fragrances, but it manifested in my early teens as an interest in incense that persists to this day. Of course, I started with the cheap-o punk sticks sold at the local metaphysical shop in my teens but quickly graduated to burning resins, woods & herbs/flowers on charcoal blocks & later compounding my own incense. After reading an organic chemistry textbook in my late teens I gathered some glassware & started making my own herbal tinctures, flower waters & distilling EOs. After some time the first perfumery I stumbled upon was Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (& later Possets) that gave me enough fragrances to wade through to spend two years sampling & purchasing their products. After inundating myself in personal fragrances I took a break for a year & actually spent some time wearing my favorites from that house & weeding out the mountain of bottles & sample vials I had accumulated. That was 2010. Now I'm expanding my experience beyond that one house to others, particularly "niche" because generally speaking I want to be challenged by my fragrances & am especially fond of the rare & avant-garde, despite their tendency to not have a wide appeal.

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