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    Stage One: anything that doesn't smell like a mainstream designer is weird and uncomfortable

    Stage Two: whoa! I didn't know fragrances could smell like this! (TdH, PM, CPMC)

    Stage Three: I don't know what I'm doing so I'm buying everything (designer mostly)...some of its good, some of it stinks

    Stage Four: I'm ready for niche!

    Stage Five: Fumerie Turque, disgusting!! I'm in over my head... Ahhhh I'm not ready for niche!

    Stage Six: Ill try anything and sample more often as opposed to just Blind Buying

    Stage Seven: there's a ton of really interesting and beautiful stuff out there...let me sell all that old designer crap and niche impulses so I can get my hands on it

    Stage Eight: did I mention I hate masculine florals, oud-centric fragrances, and all things "skanky"

    Stage Nine: I love some of these frags but I simply cannot wear them for one reason or another (goodbye Fahrenheit, see ya later Heritage)

    Stage Ten: I know what I like and what I can wear. I can safely make Blind Buys 95% of the time but I also have the patience to sample when warranted. There's still a ton of stuff out there, designer and niche, I couldn't care less about vintage, and I think I feel a serious Vetiver kick coming on.

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    Great thread - I've enjoyed reading all the responses!

    Me? I started with so little knowledge and a few prejudices. It's possible my tastes haven't so much changed as expanded:

    - I thought I didn't like patchouli, then I met Calamity J and Coromandel. Love patchouli.

    - I went through a huge iris craze. Love iris, but I'm mostly over it now. We're still friends.

    - I found out that leather is a note. At first I thought this was weird, and Bandit was bitter and harsh. Now I have like 20 leather fragrances and I love Bandit

    - I discovered Tuberose and now we're having a torrid affair. That's been going on a while, and I see no sign of it ending. Although I've recently started seeing rose and orange blossom on the side.

    - Two years ago I thought Cuir de Russie was too stinky. Now I love skanky animalic perfumes.

    - I used to think amber was boring, but now I notice differences and have found ones that I love: Ambre 114 is my favorite.

    - Gourmands excited me for about ten minutes, but then I realized I don't want to smell like chocolate, pastry, coffee, or cookies.

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    I've moved from mainly just liking citrus/woods and never really liking gourmands, now to loving some gourmands. I originally had a hard time with vetiver and have grown to actually enjoy and appreciate it in many frags. Many fragrances I first thought too feminine or too divided on the unisex line, I now enjoy and even wear comfortably. I'm very slowly becoming more accepting of some florals and I've developed much more appreciation for quality in general.

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    Thanks to my fellow basenoters, I"m learning more about this fragrance thing everyday. Taste is always evolving and learning what notes are contained in different scents. Thanks.
    Currently wearing: Memoir Man by Amouage

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    How come you join date in 1970, that's before my birth, registration of Basenotes and main stream creation of WWW.

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    Default Re: How have your tastes evolved since getting into fragrances?

    I didn't know that my nose was maturing until a few months ago when I started noticing I was not liking every frag I smelled. I thought I was becoming a frag snob, but it was my nose maturing and learning the notes I liked and the ones I didn't, the types of frags I liked and didn't. I knew I didn't like niche frags and still don't. Most are full of oud and overpriced. I know that I like vintage, feminine frags which has expanded my fragrance experience. It has taken a lot of sampling to get to this point, but it has been well worth it to gain the maturity level I have gotten to. I still have a lot to learn and do everyday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southerngardens View Post
    I knew I didn't like niche frags and still don't. Most are full of oud and overpriced.
    Overpriced is in the eye of the beholder, I grant you--though some niche lines are actually quite comparable in price to designer: Serge Lutens (especially at discounters), Etat Libre d'Orange, Diptyque.

    But "full of oud" is nowhere near true. Sure, many lines have included one, but they're still in the tiny minority - most of the main niche lines I can think of--Malle, Lutens, ELd'O, Tauer, Goutal, MPG, Parfumerie Generale, Parfums d'Empire, the Chanel Exclusives--don't include an oud fragrance as far as I know.

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    I think my tastes in fragrance have stayed pretty much the same over time. Dry. Vetivers. Oud. Smoke. Leather. Oak Moss.
    The one change I noticed is that I was never much for fruit before but now I'm more OK with some of the Creeds.

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    Coming in, I think I was in a pretty similar mindset as many of the folks in this thread, that being a love for spices and citruses. On a whim one day I decided to swing by the mall and smell a few fragrances. I was pointed in the direction of Rochas Man by you guys, and that became the first gourmand that I really fell in love with. Bought it that day, haven't looked back since. Eventually my penchant for spices evolved and I took interest in the plants they were derived from, finally beginning to realize just how nice florals, specifically rose, could be. While I've become fond of several rose fragrances, I've yet to find one that really captures everything I'm looking for. However, my fragrance hobby truly morphed into a journey once I discovered the immense range displayed in various woods and roots... Vetiver has become my downfall. It is simply a magnificent ingredient and captures everything I desire in masculine fragrances. Now imagine the thoughts that cross my mind when the sales associates in all these stores do a double-take when I ask about which vetivers they have in stock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Michael View Post
    Coming in, I think I was in a pretty similar mindset as many of the folks in this thread, that being a love for spices and citruses. On a whim one day I decided to swing by the mall and smell a few fragrances. I was pointed in the direction of Rochas Man by you guys, and that became the first gourmand that I really fell in love with. Bought it that day, haven't looked back since. Eventually my penchant for spices evolved and I took interest in the plants they were derived from, finally beginning to realize just how nice florals, specifically rose, could be. While I've become fond of several rose fragrances, I've yet to find one that really captures everything I'm looking for. However, my fragrance hobby truly morphed into a journey once I discovered the immense range displayed in various woods and roots... Vetiver has become my downfall. It is simply a magnificent ingredient and captures everything I desire in masculine fragrances. Now imagine the thoughts that cross my mind when the sales associates in all these stores do a double-take when I ask about which vetivers they have in stock!
    I was the other way around. I started back when gourmands were the hip thing, now I'm more into gentleman smelling colognes.

  11. #41

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    Not so much evolved, but expanded. I enjoy many more types of scents than when I first started out.

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    Truthfully, no. I have always just liked what I think smells good. My tastes have always been pretty consistent. If it smells good, I want it. Basenotes just leads me to more choices to sample.
    Currently wearing: Royal Mayfair by Creed

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    Truthfully, no. I have always just liked what I think smells good. My tastes have always been pretty consistent. If it smells good, I want it. Basenotes just leads me to more choices to sample.
    Well put.

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    Lots of the smells-not-perfumes things that I loved initially are still pleasant to me but I've gotten more attracted to traditional French perfumery, especially Guerlain's stuff.
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    Nice reading everyone.

    I started here looking for something in the vein of my first "real" and only fragrance Bulgari Aqua. I was into fresh aquatic scents.

    Later I became obsessed with gourmands which I find very comfortable to wear (especially during cold weather).

    Then I explored some niches and became more interested into unique stuff.

    Right now
    I am almost at the begining. I realized that I dont want fragrances that I want to wear once per 3 months (like more than half of my wardrobe). I want just fragrances that I can reach for everytime without regreting my choice later that day. Fragrances that will complete my personality and style. Fragrances that I will wear and not opposite. I am still looking for that green, dry and bit spicy, natural smelling fragrance but right now I am happy with my top 4 that I could wear for next 10 years.
    TOP 3 hot weather:

    1. Gucci Pour Homme II
    2. Creed Millesime Imperial
    3. Lalique Encre Noire


    TOP 3 cold weather:

    1. Dior Homme
    2. Eau Des Baux
    3. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
    Currently wearing: Nightflight by Joop!

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    Yes! I have always loved fragrance since I was a baby (literally) but as I aged I usually just tried things available tin mainstream department store. Now I sample everything, from the less common niche scents to the new releases to mainstream.

    My tastes evolved, and I rotate scents according to what I am yearning for.
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    I never like scents until I discovered niche and relatively non mainstream stuff and my exploring started from there. I'm starting to try more designer scents, and while I appreciate them, I still don't want to wear them. Ask me again in 5 years, because I've really only just started this journey.

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    It's hard to know where my tastes are going. I'm less keen on 'challenging' scents now and seem to be exploring a more conservative streak; not too sweet, not too spicy... and definitely no aquatics.
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    I came to realize that there's so much more out there than the standard design house stuff. I've found the niche market and discovered that there is where I'm likely to find the scents I like best and don't smell like everything (and everyone) else.
    Currently wearing: Full Incense by Montale

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    Well, my very first designer fragrance was Acqua di Gio, but a lot has changed since that first bottle in 2001. And I can name at least eight examples.


    • I didn't know that powerful orientals and gourmands (and occasionally chypres) were my favorite scent category.
    • I didn't know about niche (and my favorite niche house wasn't even in existence then).
    • I didn't know that you could often score cologne bargains at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.
    • I didn't know that some men wore women's scents and vice versa.
    • Some of my all-time favorite fragrances (Straight to Heaven, Terre d'Hermés, M7, Back to Black) came out after I got that first bottle of AdG.
    • I didn't know that one person's overdose could permanently wreck my perception of a scent (case in point: Obsession for women and, sadly, L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme).
    • I wasn't sucked into the Creed hype (which I did end up in for a while, and quickly found my way back out of).
    • I wasn't aware of some of the bargains in the fragrance world (PdN New York, I'm looking at you).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamer81 View Post

    Right now[/B] I am almost at the begining. I realized that I dont want fragrances that I want to wear once per 3 months (like more than half of my wardrobe). I want just fragrances that I can reach for everytime without regreting my choice later that day.
    Yep. This sums it up for me.

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    I have come to appreciate unisex scents more as well as that cumin note in fragrances. I have never been too keen on vetiver but I have learnt to appreciate some of them.

    The big change for me is that at the start of my fragrance journey my nose was easily pleased and if it smelled half decent I would like it. But now having tried hundreds of fragrances and bought great ones I have lost that easily pleased innocence of a newbie. I am not as easily pleased and can be picky going through tons of sample just to find that one diamond in a rough.

    Now every time I try a scent I want it to move me, or wow me, take me on a journey or smell like something I have not really smelled before. And those frags are getting harder to find.
    Currently wearing: Patchouli by Murdock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    I have come to appreciate unisex scents more as well as that cumin note in fragrances. I have never been too keen on vetiver but I have learnt to appreciate some of them.

    The big change for me is that at the start of my fragrance journey my nose was easily pleased and if it smelled half decent I would like it. But now having tried hundreds of fragrances and bought great ones I have lost that easily pleased innocence of a newbie. I am not as easily pleased and can be picky going through tons of sample just to find that one diamond in a rough.

    Now every time I try a scent I want it to move me, or wow me, take me on a journey or smell like something I have not really smelled before. And those frags are getting harder to find.
    Yep, this is also my experience - although I notice you've got 50 fragrances; isn't that enough? I personally think it's a bit pointless searching for the next big thing in that manner - it's like wanting a bigger high for an addict - and actually quite bad for one's mental health. Do you know what I mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoombung View Post
    Yep, this is also my experience - although I notice you've got 50 fragrances; isn't that enough? I personally think it's a bit pointless searching for the next big thing in that manner - it's like wanting a bigger high for an addict - and actually quite bad for one's mental health. Do you know what I mean?

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    - sorry 39 fragrance!
    I don't see it like that, I view it as a very enjoyable hobby. The more frags I try/buy the more I enjoy and expand my horizons. The key is to never let it become a obsession and just enjoy the ride/thrill.
    Currently wearing: Patchouli by Murdock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoombung View Post
    Yep. This sums it up for me.

    I agree with this very much too. It is sad though its taken about 50 purchases or more to realize what I like to wear any time I feel like reaching for it.

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    I never liked the smell of incense at all, let alone in fragrances, and I loved strong citrus fragrances.

    Now I far prefer the smell of incense over citrus.

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    Default Re: How have your tastes evolved since getting into fragrances?

    I've only been into this hobby since July and my tastes have changed dramatically since then. When I started, I was all for sweet gormands as well. Now, I'm getting into chypres, orientals, woods, soliflores. Really, I'm finding that I am just enjoying the exploration and experiencing different things.

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    Now that I am 33 yes..
    I still have my favs Issey - 360 Red and so on..

    But now these Niche house blow the designer stuff out of the box..
    Well some of them

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