During the last few years I spent time buying up all the basenotes favorites to calibrate my taste. My nose was easily pleased back at the start of my scent journey and its been quite a ride with all the different frags I have smelled. These days my nose is harder to please and I can go through forty samples with only a few I deem bottle worthy. I tend now to try to look out for those superstar frags that blow you away. And they are harder to find.
I did start out with totally avoiding anything not masculine but now I appreciate and own good few unisex scents that I would never have considered if I was a newbie.