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    Default Looking for some help with a few thoughts/queries

    Hey all,

    As I mentioned briefly in the intro thread, I am a complete novice when it comes to fragrances. I can't explain why, but recently I have started to take an interest in how I smelt.

    Purely by chance I stumbled across this site and it opened my eyes as to just how in the dark I am. For all intent and purposes my knowledge of fragrances is 0. Now Im not going to lie, this site is quite daunting and can be a little intimidating just by the sheer number of different opinions and I hope you can all persevere if I get a little confused with my posts. I was just hoping for a little general advice on where to start building my wardrobe.

    Now I reckon I have quite an eclectic taste in scents. From the (limited) fragrances I have smelt, it is more a case of liking some rather than others over liking specific notes. Hopefully as my knowledge and palate (is that the right word?) improve trends will start to present itself, but for now I am just happy to take on board as much advice as you guys are willing to give!

    So here goes a few of my thoughts/queries, any/all help is much appreciated:

    1. Coming from London, Im sure there are many places to try out fragrances, however Im not entirely sure where. Selfridges seem to have loads of little stands selling plent of fragrances, but there also seem to be a load of sellers looking for some commission so Im always a little wary going in there. Apart from that I have no idea so any help would be appreciated.

    2. How do I go about testing new fragrances? Ive read that paper strips doesnt necessarily give the same results as on skin, but then again I only have two hands/wrists with which to spray on.

    3. What is the difference between a 'niche' fragrance and a 'commercial' fragrance?

    4. I see a lot of the more established members listing their top 10s with fragrances like Amouage, Creed, Montel, Tom Ford etc, a quick google search tells me that they are rather expensive. Now I could maybe afford one of these bottles a year, but to build a decent wardrobe, am I going to have to fork out a small fortune?

    5. Ties in with 4 really, I like to be a little different and not wear what every average joe is, is it possible to get good, original fragrances for reasonable prices (£25-40)?

    6. Can someone help me understand the difference between choosing fragrances by occasion like wearing a fragrance at home, going out at the weekend, at work etc?

    7. I am looking to start my wardrobe just with getting three-five fragrances and just get used to wearing fragrances regularly. Ideally I'd like one or two for work, one or two for going out in the evening (clubbing, bars, dinner etc) and one for say at home or afternoon chilling or something like that. I know this is potentially a massive list, so if people could just list a few in each category for me to go a try out then that would be great. Please bear in mind that I am not looking to spend too much just while im starting out (as with any new hobby, start small and expand), please can you keep it fairly affordable (<£40)

    OK I think Ive rambled on a bit too long now. I hope none of my queries are too stupid (I did say I was a complete novice!) and thank you for any advice you can give!

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    Everybody has their own opinions, but anyway, here are mine

    1) I have never shopped for perfumes in London, but from previous threads (you can search) London has pretty much everything safe the Serge Lutens exclusives. In addition to Selfridges and Harrods, many perfume brands have their own stores (from designers like Chanel etc to niche like Ormonde Jayne, Amouage etc). Don't be intimidated by sales assistant. At the beginning, just smell. You'll buy later.

    2) Perfume evaporates faster with heat, and the body is much warmer than paper. So perfumes on paper will evolve much more slowly and will keep the head notes longer. There could be exceptions, but usually, they smell the same, it just takes longer to go through the various phases on paper. As you say, paper is a necessity, so use it. The bigger problem is nose fatigue. After you smell 4 or 5 perfumes, your nose tends to shut down and you can smell much less. You have to time your smelling trips so as to leave some time inbetween for your nose to reset. And of course, you have to bring the paper strips home and smell them later at ease.

    3) No precise definition of niche. Usually, niche refers to newer perfume houses that only do perfumes and have a restricted distribution (own boutiques or a small number of upscales stores). Examples are Serge Lutens, Dyptique, Amouage, Ormonde Jayne. It is usually constrasted with "designer", which usually refers to bigger firms who produce different types of luxury goods and have a larger distribution (eg Chanel, Prada, Dior). Both niche and designer are "commercial", of course.

    4) There are great affordable perfumes. but many cost a lot. One way to get them is to buy samples (there are firms that sell small samples) or decants, or share the purchase with others. After all, you don't need dozens of bottles of perfume. And yes, there are a few great perfumes in that price range, if you buy the smallest bottles.

    6) Most people in this forum don't believe that one should match fragrance to occasion or sex (with exceptions, of course). So just wear what you like.

    7) I'd encourage you to smell extensively before committing to purchases. You need to develop your own preferences, and see what's around. You can also get samples, as mentioned above, sot that you can actually wear them. Anyway, people here have heterogeneous preferences, so if you ask what to buy first, you'll probably get 100 different answers. Still, no reason not to express my own preferences among less expensive perfumes. As said, if you get the smallest bottle (30ml or 50ml) you should be within the price range.

    Eau Sauvage (fresh)
    New York by Patricia de Nicolai (orange amber). The niche brand has a store in London and, unlike most other niche brands, they sell inexpensive 30ml bottles. Most of the stuff in their range is good. Other PdN suggestions include Vie de Chateau and Temps d'une fete.
    Aramis (stronger, almost leather). Most of the Estee Lauder/Aramis range has a good quality/price ratio.
    Breath of God by Lush (weird smoky).
    Caron pour un homme (lavender vanilla).

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    Default Re: Looking for some help with a few thoughts/queries

    Hi Chris and welcome. You are asking the right questions. The answers will slowly "dribble" in so don't get impatient. Think: 'It's not the destination, it's the journey'. And a journey begins with one step. I know you'll have some fun and learn alot. Yes this group does seem rather daunting, but I have rarely, if ever, found such a nice bunch of folks anywhere on-line (or off for that matter!). Cheers, Breck
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    3. What is the difference between a 'niche' fragrance and a 'commercial' fragrance?

    I found that the majority of celebrity/designer perfumes lacked quality ingredients. I can truly smell the coriander in Ambre Sultan, the vetiver in Bourbon Vetiver, the tuberose in Carnal Flower, the Jasmine in Olene, the leather accord in Cuir Mauresque.
    Also, I find niche perfumes to have more unique and complex blends.

    Im not saying no designer/celebrity have these characteristics, beacause for example Encre Noire is really good as a vetiver and Terre d'Hermes is excellent too. But these qualities are not frequent in celebrity/designer perfumes. So there are quite a few excellent designer/celebrity but the majority aren't, IMO. The middle and basenotes simply smell like nothing to me, nothing detectable or authentic.


    4. I see a lot of the more established members listing their top 10s with fragrances like Amouage, Creed, Montel, Tom Ford etc, a quick google search tells me that they are rather expensive. Now I could maybe afford one of these bottles a year, but to build a decent wardrobe, am I going to have to fork out a small fortune?

    Yes unless you buy used from the buy/sell section of the forum or partake in decants sales. Where a host buys a large bottle on behalf of leeches who pay for a certain amount rendering the purchase as low as 1/3rd of buying a FB at regular size.

    5. Ties in with 4 really, I like to be a little different and not wear what every average joe is, is it possible to get good, original fragrances for reasonable prices (£25-40)?

    Essentially you're asking two questions.

    a- Are affordable perfumes exclusive ?
    No.
    Like everything in life, the lower the price the more its manufactured and the more it sells. So as the price increases so does exclusivity.

    b- Are there any good reasonably priced perfumes?
    Of course but they will be common to every average joe who has access to the store you bought it from and is on par with your disposable income.

    6. Can someone help me understand the difference between choosing fragrances by occasion like wearing a
    fragrance at home, going out at the weekend, at work etc?

    Wear whatever you like whenever you like.
    I go to bed with eau du coq sometimes and like last night, with some divine lumiere noire.
    But I guess in northern America and Western Europe people tend to wear less obtrusive perfumes during work.
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    If I were in London I would be over to the Parfums de Nicolai shop like a shot. The 30ml bottles are a great idea and Nicolai has some really good stuff at very reasonable prices. Check out Nicolai pour Homme and New York - hopefully one of the sales assistants can guide you thru a few.

    Re: sampling. Patience is a virtue. Many modern commercial releases are 'front loaded' to grab you in the first 20 minutes and then morph into who knows what - there are some pretty vile 'chemical woody' notes being employed these days IMO. If you try a few on paper write the name down and take 'em home - see what they smell like in a few hours. The one real advantage of paper (or fabric) is that the molecules aren't burning off with your skin temperature so you get a shot at seeing the progression in slo-mo.
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    Default Re: Looking for some help with a few thoughts/queries

    everything axaustively covered, as usual no need to add something else


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    I'm also a complete novice here, but I've been looking at the "suggested" scents and the Fragrance Directory to figure out what I might like and then looking for sample vials on eBay. I've found it's an inexpensive way to try out the more expensive scents so that I'm able to make a purchase after trying something on myself a few times before committing financially to a larger purchase. Also, I'll look for used scents that I already like on eBay and purchase those when I'm able to afford them. Recently I purchased half a bottle of one of my absolute favorites for a fraction of what a new bottle would cost and it smells wonderful! It can be risky to purchase used scents but I make it a habit to ask questions about storage and original ownership so that I have a better idea of the condition of the scent before I spend money on it. *Also, there are a lot of "impostor" fragrances out there and it can be difficult to detect a phony.
    I've given up trying scents out on paper first as the scent never seems the same on me. It loses something in the translation, if you will. On paper, most of the things I try out smell like insecticide or industrial cleaning agents and nothing like the smell when combined with my own skin, but I don't think everyone has that experience. Learning about all the different ingredients is fascinating and I look forward to expanding my knowledge and vocabulary as well. I've always loved scents and consider them to be my favorite mood altering addiction. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go smell my wrist again....and again....and again.
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    I think one of the best things to do is consider the scents that you already know you like, and then try to articulate WHY you like them. I'm still not too good at this. However, I know one thing at least: if it is too citrusy or aquatic, I won't like it. guaranteed. However, as saintpaulia said, the answers will dribble in. Be patient, and enjoy.

    It is a whole other world and a welcome escape from the mundane and sometimes painful every day life.
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    Hedonist, you wrote: Yes unless you buy used from the buy/sell section of the forum or partake in decants sales. Where a host buys a large bottle on behalf of leeches who pay for a certain amount rendering the purchase as low as 1/3rd of buying a FB at regular size.
    To me that word "leeches" sounds awfully negative. Is this really the term most generally used? It seems to me that those who participate in splits with the originator of the split, do the originator a great service, else he/she could not have afforded the fragrance anymore than they. A better term would be "partners" as I see it. Agree? Disagree?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saintpaulia View Post
    To me that word "leeches" sounds awfully negative. Is this really the term most generally used? It seems to me that those who participate in splits with the originator of the split, do the originator a great service, else he/she could not have afforded the fragrance anymore than they. A better term would be "partners" as I see it. Agree? Disagree?
    You're right Paulia.
    It's actually a terminology used in Internet file downloading (peer to peer) where the host allows leeches to download the file from his/her computer/server. I meant for it to be humorous as I myself am a "leecher" in a Le Labo split.

    It was only meant to be humorous. I apologize if I upset anyone.

    Partners and host us much more accurate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maninja View Post
    Can someone help me understand the difference between choosing fragrances by occasion like wearing a fragrance at home, going out at the weekend, at work etc?
    Occasion IMO shouldn't dictate which scent you choose to wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Occasion IMO shouldn't dictate which scent you choose to wear.
    The reason I asked was because where I work, I can not wear anything too offensive or overpowering as it could be viewed as unprofessional. I am looking for a slightly lighter, fresher scent for work and then anything goes any other time (so basically the weekends).

    Anyways, thanks for all the advice, it has given me a lot to think about and a good starting point I think. I think I'll start off with a trip to selfridges at the weekend and try some fragrances out.

    Whilst I would like to build a niche collection eventually, I think maybe it's better to start with a few more well known fragrances. I will definitely try out Terre d'Hermes as it sounds like something I would like, quite interested in L'instant and Vetiver by Guerlain too.

    Also my friend has Narciso Rodriguez for him (i think) and I quite like the smell of that. Of course I dont want to go smelling exactly like my mate, so could I please get some suggestions as to something similar, I think it is the musky/violet notes that I enjoy in it.

    Please tell me if people think that Im casting too wide a net or choosing too many different notes or something like that.

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    Just noticed my reply sounds like I completely ignored Cacio's suggestions!

    I will definitely be taking a trip to Patricia de Nicolai when my knowledge and understanding have improved a little so I can appreciate a bit more niche fragrances.

    Will also check out the fragrances, Caron pour un homme in particular interests me just reading off the fragrance directory (which I must say is AWESOME for a first port of call!). Not sure Aramis is necessarily for me, but trying cant hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maninja View Post
    Just noticed my reply sounds like I completely ignored Cacio's suggestions!

    I will definitely be taking a trip to Patricia de Nicolai when my knowledge and understanding have improved a little so I can appreciate a bit more niche fragrances.
    There's no reason to wait to visit Patricia de Nicolai. Especially if the price point is right, that's a great place to start. I don't think you need to learn about mainstream fragrances before experiencing niche ones... and if you want to smell unique, somewhere like this is off the beaten path.

    For good more mainstream fragrance that is work appropriate you could look at L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme. It's readily available to try in store, and you can buy it online in that price range if not in a shop I think (not sure how much things retail for there). And I like it.

    Also Le 3me Homme de Caron is a good one.

    Trying things out in store but ordering from a discounter can help keep things more affordable. Don't consider buying Creed or Chanel online though - they are often counterfeited.

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    and so my journey begins. Ive ordered samples of Chergui, Aventus, Jubilation and Musc Ravageur. I also plan to take a trip this weekend to Selfridges to start and I must say that Guerlain really seems interesting to me so I will go to Debenhams or John Lewis (if they arent available at Selfridges). Exciting times, Ill post my thoughts as and when I get them in and hopefully not be slaughtered too badly, it's all quite exciting!

    Still open to suggestions for fragrances that I might like if I liked Narciso Rodriguez for him? please help with this one, thanks!

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    5. In where I live average male seems to use fresh-aquatic scents only, and even Polo and John Varvatos Artisan (designer thingy with wood or citrus) are rare. Though, it might be different in London.

    I never sniffed Narciso Rodriguez for him but my friend told me it was a woody scent, so I would recommend Polo Modern Reserve, Gucci pour homme and M7.

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    Was thinking about getting the men's beginner niche & classic 19 sample sampler pack from The Perfumed Court. Is this a good place to start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maninja View Post
    Was thinking about getting the men's beginner niche & classic 19 sample sampler pack from The Perfumed Court. Is this a good place to start?
    They have a couple of those so I'm not sure which one you mean, but getting a wide variety at once to start sounds like a good plan to me. It will expose you to things you wouldn't have known were out there, and help you narrow down your focus for further research. I think they are less common ones. For the most readily available I'd suggest hitting up the local stores, but I know for me sometimes it is nicer to test at home with purchased samples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kasae View Post
    They have a couple of those so I'm not sure which one you mean, but getting a wide variety at once to start sounds like a good plan to me. It will expose you to things you wouldn't have known were out there, and help you narrow down your focus for further research. I think they are less common ones. For the most readily available I'd suggest hitting up the local stores, but I know for me sometimes it is nicer to test at home with purchased samples.
    I meant this one
    http://theperfumedcourt.com/Products...c-sampler.aspx

    I went to a department store at the weekend and just found it a little overwhelming. So many options, so I didnt really know where to start and got a little confused. Also felt a little uncomfortable under the watchful eye of the assistants not really knowing what I was doing and feeling rushed to make a decision. Thankfully I remembered the advice given on here and didnt make any impulse buys that I probably would have regretted.

    If nothing else, I think sampling a few at home will build my confidence up a little when I do hit the local department stores etc. This leads to another question, what is the best way to sample these vials? Do I need to buy an atomiser or pipette or something to transfer from vial to testing surface?

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    What decade of fragrances do you like best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pk116 View Post
    What decade of fragrances do you like best?
    I have absolutely no idea! I am like a blank slate, I have no preconceptions (or knowledge) about anything and I am open to all suggestions. Does the decade matter? What are the differences between them?

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    What scents have you smelled? What did you think of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maninja View Post
    I meant this one
    http://theperfumedcourt.com/Products...c-sampler.aspx

    I went to a department store at the weekend and just found it a little overwhelming. So many options, so I didnt really know where to start and got a little confused. Also felt a little uncomfortable under the watchful eye of the assistants not really knowing what I was doing and feeling rushed to make a decision. Thankfully I remembered the advice given on here and didnt make any impulse buys that I probably would have regretted.

    If nothing else, I think sampling a few at home will build my confidence up a little when I do hit the local department stores etc. This leads to another question, what is the best way to sample these vials? Do I need to buy an atomiser or pipette or something to transfer from vial to testing surface?
    If you have a Sephora around I've heard you're able to browse more at your own speed without pressure. Also I believe they'll make up mini samples of any scent they have for you.

    With the vials I press the opening against my wrist and get some on me that way, then distribute to my chest or neck or other wrist from there if wanted. Other people sometimes get it on their finger then spread it around.

    For stores... maybe go in with a list of a couple you want to try ahead of time, rather than going in to browse. Glad to hear you didn't get pressured into deciding on something right away.

    You can buy larger samples from TPC in spray vials, but it's more expensive.

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    The scents in that sampler are many that are favorites of many people on Basenotes (men and women), so it looks like a good place to start.

    Sephoras in my town (Seattle, USA) have a lot of the mainstream popular designer scents, but no niche at all, and not many of the classics (except for Guerlain Vetiver) - they want to focus on what will sell in great volume to a mostly young, non-perfumista audience. But as a fellow newbie, I think it helps to at least get a sniff of what's available to the mainstream even if you decide you prefer classics or niche.

    Going back to your earlier posts, if you are looking for a mild, work-appropriate scent, look at Prada Infusion d'Iris, Infusion d'Homme, and Bulgari Omnia Crystalline.

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    I'm not going to pick on The Perfumed Court, 'cause they seem like pretty nice ladies, but here is my men's beginner sample pack:

    1. Faberge Brut Classic (with the silver medallion) or Dana Canoe - 'barbershop' fougeres
    2. Paul Sebastian Fine Cologne - powdery
    3. Jovan Musk - musk
    4. Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel - late '70s
    5. Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men - patchouli
    6. Silvestre Pino Silvestre - '40s pine
    7. Guerlain Vetiver - vetiver
    8. Caron pour un Homme - lavender/vanilla
    9. Alfred Sung Sung Homme - late '80s
    10. Pierre Balmain Monsieur Balmain - citrus
    11. Aramis
    12. Ralph Lauren Polo (expensive) or Krizia Uomo - '80s pine
    13. Guy Laroche Drakkar Noir - aromatic fougere
    14. Yves Saint Laurent Kouros - animalic
    15. Davidoff Cool Water - aquatic
    16. Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui - '80s chypre
    17. Jean-Louis Vermeil Vermeil (brown bottle) - tobacco
    18. Perry Ellis for Men (Anniversary Edition) - mid '80s
    19. Emanuel Ungaro Ungaro III - rose

    You can probably get samples of all these from Scented Monkey (they say they ship internationally). You can also PM me and I will sell you them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pk116 View Post
    I'm not going to pick on The Perfumed Court, 'cause they seem like pretty nice ladies, but here is my men's beginner sample pack:

    1. Faberge Brut Classic (with the silver medallion) or Dana Canoe - 'barbershop' fougeres
    2. Paul Sebastian Fine Cologne - powdery
    3. Jovan Musk - musk
    4. Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel - late '70s
    5. Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men - patchouli
    6. Silvestre Pino Silvestre - '40s pine
    7. Guerlain Vetiver - vetiver
    8. Caron pour un Homme - lavender/vanilla
    9. Alfred Sung Sung Homme - late '80s
    10. Pierre Balmain Monsieur Balmain - citrus
    11. Aramis
    12. Ralph Lauren Polo (expensive) or Krizia Uomo - '80s pine
    13. Guy Laroche Drakkar Noir - aromatic fougere
    14. Yves Saint Laurent Kouros - animalic
    15. Davidoff Cool Water - aquatic
    16. Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui - '80s chypre
    17. Jean-Louis Vermeil Vermeil (brown bottle) - tobacco
    18. Perry Ellis for Men (Anniversary Edition) - mid '80s
    19. Emanuel Ungaro Ungaro III - rose

    You can probably get samples of all these from Scented Monkey (they say they ship internationally). You can also PM me and I will sell you them.
    Will definitely try this list as well! probably after Ive made my notes on my first batch of samples. Need to get my nose trained to all the different notes etc and purchasing samples seems a very good, fairly inexpensive way to do it.

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    Think it's time to post my first thoughts about a fragrance!
    Caron Pour un Homme - Thought it had a really weird opening. The citrus (later found out lemon) lasts for about 2 seconds and then there is a sort of fresh, almost minty smell but something weird in the background that I cant put my finger on. For the first 30 seconds it was quite harsh, but then the lavendar started to kick in and it started to settle down. Again in the background there is something different that i cant (don't know) figure out - maybe someone can help me with this?

    I really couldnt tell if I was enjoying it or not for the first 20 mins, but then the vanilla started to come through and everything seemed to change. Definitely going to have to see where it goes in the next few hours and will most certainly do a proper test on it. Im sure this fragrance will grow on me the more I wear it, but for now, a solid start

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    You should never pay much attention to the first 30 sec. When you spray, you get a blast of alcohol and more that obfuscates most of the fragrance. I'm not sure what you're referring to as the background - but apart from the lavender and the vanilla, I also smell a touch of the usual aromatics put in masculine fougeres (mint, artemisia, some herbs). As it always happens, the vanilla (a persistent note) takes over in the drydown, though the Caron vanilla is well behaved and not overly sweet.

    While it may not be in my top 5, I think Cpuh is a necessary, classic reference masculine, and a standard for the lavender genre (and the vanilla as well). It sets a bar for what elegant, relaxed masculine perfumes should be (and usually fail).

    cacio

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    Default Re: Looking for some help with a few thoughts/queries

    Wore Pour un Homme to work today and initially I was miffed. After the initial 15 min period, I was struggling to smell anything and was questioning it's projection. However about 10 mins later I got a beautiful waft of Vanilla. The scent seems to go in waves, just when you are wondering if it has run out, another wave of, as cacio puts it, "elegant and relaxed" scent hits you. I must say after today this scent has definitely grown on me. Im not a fan of the opening, but what it becomes makes it all worth it. Will use up my sample and then will probably purchase a bottle (less than £20 is a bargain imo!). Great little scent to wear to work.

    Just testing out Aventus at the moment. Reading all these views, I was expecting it to jump up and slap me in the face. I think instead it is a lot more understated open, a beautiful fruity opening with the pineapple coming to the fore and can smell the blackcurrant, but am struggling to pick up the apples. Into the mid notes currently, reading the reviews I assume it's the patchouli Im smelling, but I have no idea what it is :P. Can also smell the roses on it. Waiting for the Vanilla to kick in now, expecting big things! I think after getting past the initial part of it not being what I misconceived it would be, I can safely say that Im really enjoying this fragrance at the moment. Obviously with such a small testing range I have nothing to compare it to, but this is definitely my sort of fragrance, going to have to start saving the pennies I think!

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    Default A new day a new scent, today Musc Ravageur

    I really dont know what to make of this one. Out the gate definitely a waft of lavender and cinnamon, to me it just smelt off. Not necessarily bad, just weird (I have no idea if that makes sense to anyone by myself)... Then into the drydown, I was surprised there wasnt more of a vanilla scent, reading some of the reviews on here I thought that was all I was going to smell. I can pick it up, but there are other more prominent scents which I pick up. I dont know what it is, it's almost like a sweet lavender or maybe that is the amber and vanilla and my nose cant identify the two separate scents...

    At the moment, I'm wondering whether my nose simply isn't experienced enough to pick up all the different scents. As I said earlier, the whole thing smells a little odd, like something isn't quite right. I find it is a fragrance that creates a lot of intrigue in my mind, but at the same time, I dont think it is quite for my liking. Then again I also think it could be something of an acquired taste, if I were to persevere and power through the unpleasant period, it could grow into something wonderful. I think that is where all the intrigue comes from.

    Overall I think at the moment it isnt my type of thing, but I will store it away and will make a note to revisit it at a later date.

    For now onwards and upwards, tomorrow I think I will visit the Parfums de Nicolai store and have a little sniff around (excited to try out New York). Then in the evening if I'm not out, will test out my sample of Jubilation XXV.

    On a completely different matter, Im looking for quite a loud fragrance, not green or fresh, quite a dark, floral scent preferably with a vanilla base. Suggestions?

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