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    Default HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Happy Sunday!

    Smelling good is one of the most important things to me. I'm really interested in going deeper with the fragrances I wear and I need you guys to help me. I'm in complete awe of how complex this gets, but I'm excited to learn. I'm so excited I just want to start buying, but I'm going to be smart since the good stuff is expensive. I'm willing to try any house from super pricey like Creed to the cheaper Burberry. Thank you in advance for your suggestions. Hopefully based on what I have below you fragrance geniuses can tell me what are the must haves.

    Here is my arsenal (in no particular order)

    Bond No. 9 - Bleeker St.
    L'Artisan - D-Zing
    Tom Ford - Neroli Portofini
    Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    JP Gaultier - LeMale
    Jack Black - Blue Mark
    Dsquared - Silver Wood
    Dsquared - He Wood
    Burberry - Brit
    John Varvatos ""
    Sexual - Original

    Fresh - Canabis Santel

    I forgot about Paco Rabanne - the original.
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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Three suggestions but not necessarily must haves:

    Encre Noire by Lalique
    Parfum D'Habit by MPG
    Midnight in Paris EDP by Van Cleef & Arpels

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Welcome KimmyMcNugget! Please buckle up and prepare for thread relocation

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Kimmy, since you're in LA, get your butt over to the Scent Bar on Beverly Blvd just east of La Cienaga. Fragrance heaven.

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    You'd need to be more specific, but at this point you may not be able to do that, so as has been said, do some sampling now, before spending a small fortune and not being satisfied.

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    Here are my suggestions:

    Creed - Silver Mountain Water (this one is my favorite of all time)
    Creed - Himalaya
    Creed - Virgin Island Water
    Creed - Aventus
    Tom Ford - Tobacco Vanille
    Tom Ford - Noir de Noir
    Thierry Mugler - A*Men
    Thierry Mugler - Pure Malt
    Thierry Mugler - Pure Havane
    Thierry Mugler - A*Men Taste of Fragrance
    Rochas - Man
    Paco Rabanne - 1 Million
    Armani - Code
    Ralph Lauren - Polo Double Black
    Hermes - Terre d'hermes

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    You are so right, I forgot about that cute little place, I actually live 5 mins from it. I bought my D'Zing from them a few years back. Thank you!

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    You'd need to be more specific, but at this point you may not be able to do that, so as has been said, do some sampling now, before spending a small fortune and not being satisfied.
    You are correct. I just wanted to get some ideas from you guys and maybe based on some of the ones I have, you might be able to make suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliDude View Post
    Here are my suggestions:

    Creed - Silver Mountain Water (this one is my favorite of all time)
    Creed - Himalaya
    Creed - Virgin Island Water
    Creed - Aventus
    Tom Ford - Tobacco Vanille
    Tom Ford - Noir de Noir
    Thierry Mugler - A*Men
    Thierry Mugler - Pure Malt
    Thierry Mugler - Pure Havane
    Thierry Mugler - A*Men Taste of Fragrance
    Rochas - Man
    Paco Rabanne - 1 Million
    Armani - Code
    Ralph Lauren - Polo Double Black
    Hermes - Terre d'hermes

    YES!!! This is what I'm talking about!! Thank you so so so much. Beyondtherack.com is having a big sale on Creed today, do you think there is a no-brainer-no-need-to-test that I should buy? I have tried VIW and I LOVED it!

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Quote Originally Posted by KimmyMcG View Post
    .....can tell me what are the must haves?..............
    It's a long and expanding journey.

    Good luck, and have fun.

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    You should try Black Orchid EDP

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    I'm no expert but so far my must have's =

    versace the dreamer
    bvlgari black
    tauer l'air du desert marocain
    boss bottled
    & either guerlain double vanille or tonka imperiale, flip a coin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stew View Post
    I'm no expert but so far my must have's =

    versace the dreamer
    bvlgari black
    tauer l'air du desert marocain
    boss bottled
    & either guerlain double vanille or tonka imperiale, flip a coin
    You are so right about Bvlgari Black. I do have that, thank you for the suggestions!

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliDude View Post
    Here are my suggestions:

    Creed - Silver Mountain Water (this one is my favorite of all time)
    Creed - Himalaya
    Creed - Virgin Island Water
    Creed - Aventus
    Tom Ford - Tobacco Vanille
    Tom Ford - Noir de Noir
    Thierry Mugler - A*Men
    Thierry Mugler - Pure Malt
    Thierry Mugler - Pure Havane
    Thierry Mugler - A*Men Taste of Fragrance
    Rochas - Man
    Paco Rabanne - 1 Million
    Armani - Code
    Ralph Lauren - Polo Double Black
    Hermes - Terre d'hermes
    Do you like any of the Bond No. 9's?

    Thank you again for your help!

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Quote Originally Posted by KimmyMcG View Post
    Beyondtherack.com is having a big sale on Creed today
    wtf is this?

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleMonkey View Post
    wtf is this?
    Lol. Encre Noire for sure. But from your list, Grey Vetiver.

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    You say that you know the good stuff is expensive. I'd disagree - some of the good stuff is expensive. But some of what I and quite a few others consider to be pretty good stuff seems to often be listed in the "Spotted At Marshalls" post, going dirt cheap.

    To my mind, the best way forward is to regularly go to a perfume shop and spray 6 scents on your wrists/forearms/back of hands, and see if any of them grab you four hours later. I used to do this wth 8 or 10 scents, but found that while some of them did indeed grab me, I couldn't remember which was which.

    Anyhow, why not do this with the Aramis Gentlemen's collection. Each scent (Aramis, 800, Tuscany etc) will have more than one proponent here claiming it is an absolute classic (and each will have detractors too).
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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    A few fragrances that many Basenotes members enjoy:

    Montale - Black Aoud
    Tom Ford - Tobacco Vanille
    Amouage - Jubilation XXV
    Creed - Aventus
    Serge Lutens - Chergui
    Tauer - L'Air du Desert Marocain
    Yves Saint Laurent - M7
    Lalique - Encre Noir
    Bond no 9 - New Haarlem
    Thierry Mugler - A*Men Pure Malt
    Dior - Dior Homme Intense
    Guerlain - L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Eau Extreme


    These are some of the more common hype machines from the Basenotes board. I guess I would recommend them all to some varying degree. I would look into some of these and start from there.

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Quote Originally Posted by KimmyMcG View Post
    You are so right, I forgot about that cute little place, I actually live 5 mins from it. I bought my D'Zing from them a few years back. Thank you!
    Lucky. Just go in there and go nuts!
    Want to trade - Chanel Platinum Egoiste for Dior Eau Sauvage...
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/394...82#post3308582

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    If we're talking must haves, forget about the new stuff for a while and add these must have classics:

    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Caron Pour Un Homme
    Dior Eau Sauvage
    Guerlain Habit Rouge
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Givenchy Gentleman

    These are just a start.

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Quote Originally Posted by KimmyMcG View Post
    You are so right, I forgot about that cute little place, I actually live 5 mins from it. I bought my D'Zing from them a few years back. Thank you!
    D'OH... Kimmy that place is Mecca for Basenoters- just go in there and start sniffing.

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    something's not right here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minaj View Post
    something's not right here...
    is this a beyondtherack commercial?
    Want to trade - Chanel Platinum Egoiste for Dior Eau Sauvage...
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/394...82#post3308582

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Quote Originally Posted by heperd View Post
    is this a beyondtherack commercial?
    Possibly the most subtle one I've seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Partario View Post
    A few fragrances that many Basenotes members enjoy:

    Montale - Black Aoud
    Tom Ford - Tobacco Vanille
    Amouage - Jubilation XXV
    Creed - Aventus
    Serge Lutens - Chergui
    Tauer - L'Air du Desert Marocain
    Yves Saint Laurent - M7
    Lalique - Encre Noir
    Bond no 9 - New Haarlem
    Thierry Mugler - A*Men Pure Malt
    Dior - Dior Homme Intense
    Guerlain - L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Eau Extreme


    These are some of the more common hype machines from the Basenotes board. I guess I would recommend them all to some varying degree. I would look into some of these and start from there.

    I like that list for the most part.

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Grifter View Post
    I like that list for the most part.
    I think they're all fairly safe. I own all of them, and find them relatively easy to get into, though a few are a bit polarizing.

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    After receiving a PM from "The Grifter" that said "don't post spam here you piece of shit"

    I replied with this "I don't know who the hell you think you are sending me a message like this. I haven't done any spam at all, I'm an actual normal chick from LA, who is into fragrances and just wanted people opinions who know more than I do. If mentioning BTR is not allowed than please forgive me, I had no idea. I was just passing on the info. Please do not send me anymore insulting PM's!"

    My first thread on here and I get a rude PM, that is fucked up. But thank you very much for the suggestions. I just got a lot of 22 Bond No. 9's in the mail that I ordered from eBay, I'm surprised I'm not in love with most of them. But I think I'm all smelled out. Time to grab the coffee beans.

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Quote Originally Posted by Partario View Post
    Possibly the most subtle one I've seen.
    I was not at all trying to do that, just passing on info. I don't even know how to send spam. Just a regular person in LA who just went shopping and am now eating dinner.

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Do you mind wearing more masculine oriented fragrances? If not, some of these suggestions might not fly. If it's no problem however, you should have no difficulty enjoying most of these.

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    Default Re: HELP! What should I get? Must haves?

    Quote Originally Posted by Partario View Post
    Do you mind wearing more masculine oriented fragrances? If not, some of these suggestions might not fly. If it's no problem however, you should have no difficulty enjoying most of these.

    I actually like that, I know I'm a chick but...I don't know I don't like femme smells. I think the John Varvatos I have is the most masculine I have, I think.

    Have you ever smelled Riverside Dr. by Bond? I'm trying to really like it and I don't think it's working, lol. It's super green.

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