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    Hey guys, I'm new to Basenotes (been reading since summer) and have been trying to sniff my way around all different kinds of scents. The question I wanted to ask was: "What are the fragrances you guys would recommend for a beginner to smell to get introduced to each family?" I've gotten my hands on a few EDT's ( L'Homme by YSL, Dreamer, Le Male), and i'm really starting to get interested in sniffing out what else there is out there that I might like. I'm just looking for a place to start with each family; one or two from each would be great.

    Thanks in advance,

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    Gourmand - Perhaps Rochas Man

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    That will depend a lot on which types of stores you have nearby. The easiest way to start is to spray around in stores and go back home with the paper strips. And of course do not forget perfumes marketed to women. Some ideas of stuff that's usually available at Macys or Sephora here - but one could have chosen other stuff:

    Fougere: Azzaro ph, YSL Rive Gauche
    Citrus: Terre d'Hermes, Eau Sauvage
    Vetiver: Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
    Balsamic-patchouli: Aramis 900
    Leather: Estee Lauder Azuree (or Aramis, though I find it a little crude)
    Herbal: Tuscany
    Gourmand: A*Men
    Aquatic: I don't like the category, plus, there are too many of them

    On the female counter
    Oriental: Shalimar
    Aldehydic floral: Chanel No 5
    Green chypre: Chanel Cristalle


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    OUD--------------------Agar Musk by Ramone Monegal
    Gourmand------------ Serendipitous by Serendipity3
    Vetiver---------------- Molecule 03
    Citrus------------------Kenzo Power

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    Gourmand: A*Men and Pure Malt
    Fougere: Diesel Fuel for Life
    Aquatic: Nautica Voyage
    Woody/Spicy: D&G The One and Boss Bottled

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    I mostly agree with cacio's suggestions for readily sniffable things. If you are interested in ordering samples, you have many more options

    Fougere: Rive Gauche, Penhaligon's Sartorial or English Fern
    Citrus: Eau Sauvage, YSL Pour Homme
    Gourmand: A*Men, L'Instant PH Extreme, Dior Homme Intense
    Chypre: A huge category worth exploring
    Leather chypres: Derby, Azuree, Aramis (I like it's crudeness)
    Citric chypres: Parfums de Nicolai New York, Chanel Pour Monsieur - not the Concentree
    Fruity chypre: Mitsouko
    Green chypres: Chanel Cristalle, Estee Lauder Alliage. I hear Aramis Devin is similar if you don't want to try the femme stuff.
    Oriental/Woody: Egoiste, Guerlain Heritage, YSL M7
    Amber: Ambre Sultan, Ambre Russe
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    Citrus: Acqua di Parma Colonia is the benchmark here!!
    Gourmand: LIDGE
    Woody: Terre d' Hermes, Sycomore
    Leather: Knize Ten

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    Now this is a helpful thread. Thanks so much for the information.

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    check out the resource archive link in my signature... look for the PDF document for Masculine fragrances and you'll see a basic taxonomy with good examples (larger font size) of each group

    press control+F and search for PDF or MALE and you'll see them...
    Tom Ford Splits:Noir de Noir, Neroli Portofino, Lavender Palm, Plum Japonais, Champacca Absolute, Tobacco Vanille ONE LEFT: Italian Cypress, Patchouli Absolu, Amber Absolute, Tuscan Leather, Oud Wood

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