I always find it interesting to hear how someone began their interest in fragrances and how it led them to Basenotes.
As for myself, I stumbled upon it when looking for a discontinued fragrance -- only to find it really is discontinued. I stayed because I found that there are so many other fragrances that I can enjoy. And there is always something new being made.
I also used to dabble in perfume making. Dabbling being the key word here. In my college days, I was walking down the sidewalk one rainy day, and a woman breezed past me. She smelled really good! So as we were kind of heading in the same direction, I followed her. I saw her duck into this shop, so I followed her inside. It was kinda creepy, this tall skinny staircase led up to a loft on the second floor, and there emanated all these wonderful smells.
It was an essential oil shop. And this woman had come there specifically to refill her bottle of personalized scent she had made for her. I remember she described it as a mix of oak moss and tonka bean among other things.
The shop owner was incredibly generous. She spent some time to educate me about perfumery. Top notes, middle notes, base notes. She gave me a booklet she had made of the different essential oils and the origins. It listed their indigenous uses, and also unwanted side effects.
Anyway, after that I came to have an appreciation of perfume making, beyond my previous, "Gee, that smells good. Ew, that smells bad."
And so, when I found this community of smellers, I was home.