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    Default What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    Before I joined BN, I only had weak projecting fresh stuff.

    Since joining, I've learned

    What chypres are, and that I like them
    What fougeres are, and that I don't like them
    My sweet tooth in food has carried over into fragrances
    I have a liking for Verbena, Vetiver, Carnation, Tobacco and Sandalwood notes

    What have you learnt?
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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    Basenotes has taught me to appreciate a wider spectrum of notes and accords in fragrances and is also largely responsible for having my collection expand exponentially over the last seven years.

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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Basenotes has taught me to appreciate a wider spectrum of notes and accords in fragrances and is also largely responsible for having my collection expand exponentially over the last seven years.

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    Yes this plus an ever expanding olfactory registry mode overload has overpriced my taste buds to the moon and make it seemed like peanuts to satisfy this craving for next big thing ...so yeah my registries are more refine and ever changing to a degree and in my part I've learned to balance my patience at not over stressing a L'ouevre juice and becoming desensitize to its masterful blend by over using and instead rotating it with others in my collection and this advice is the best that I can afford to others that have arrive to a Sort of holy grail find
    "Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents" also Remember "Balance is everything and the key to appreciating "

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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    I've learned loads from many of the people here. Mainly, my tastes have just expanded immensely. Some things I learned:

    - what a chypre is, and that I like it.
    - that leather is a note in perfume, and that it's one of my favorites
    - that I actually do like patchouli, I was just conditioned to think I didn't by all the negative "hippie" connotations
    - that "gourmand" is a thing in perfume, and that I don't like it
    - that rose isn't as boring as I thought it was
    - that I don't care if a perfume is meant for men or women. If it smells good, I'll take it.
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    One thing that basenotes taught me is that we often agree to disagree.
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    Well I definitley knew nothing about vetiver before. Now, it's one of my favorite notes.. so distinctive.

    I also used to think that the word "cologne" specifically meant men's fragrance, and "perfume" meant women's. Now I know this is just referring to the concentration of the fragrance.

    I'd say in general, before I joined, I just just a regular guy who liked to smell good, I knew the basic notes that anybody knew, citrus, woods, spice, musk, etc. Now since broadening my horizons, I can pretty much pick out almost every note in a scent; not just in fragrance, in body sprays, in air fresheners, scented candles, deodorants, etc. It's a passion, and it's a part of my life now.
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    It opened my eyes to the vast breadth of fragrances and houses that I would have never known existed. However, as far as my tastes, it hasn't moved them much at all -- I still like the same types, and I am still turned off by the same ones. However, I don't wear fragrances to train my nose to various nuances, or to experience the scent evolving as it dries down, or bask in the perfumer's brilliance in whatever -- I judge a scent by how much I enjoy the smell. Do I find myself sniffing it a lot? Does it make me smile? The same things that triggered those reactions when i started are still doing it now.

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    Wow. So much.

    - as mentioned above, that perfume is rarely gender specific for me...
    - that dirty can be beautiful and I am drawn to the dirty...
    - that spraying something in dutyfree, smelling once and buying is insane. The accepted 3-tiered scaffolding of notes, and exploring the issues of projection, sillage, and longevity across the full trajectory of a fragrance is really the most interesting part of the journey for me...
    - that most of what that lady at the Creed counter in Neiman Marcus told me was a lie. But that yes, Virginia, I do like Aventus.
    - that I need not fear synthetics; they are neither bad nor good... just different and perhaps necessary... the same with "all naturals"...
    - that it´s worth seeking out rare gems from indie and niche fragrance houses that would otherwise never have been discovered without basenotes
    - that I can never get enough, and will ultimately be both poorer and richer because of this addiction, all thanks to basenotes.
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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    I'd say in general, before I joined, I just just a regular guy who liked to smell good
    I still am just a regular guy who likes to smell good. The difference now is I have a much better idea of what smells good for me.

    I definitely would not consider myself part of the perfuminati...
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    That there are an infinite number of notes/compositions/frags. Also that I have a pretty untrained nose as I mostly just like mainstream designer stuff. But most of all, how to substantially shrink my bank accounts!
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    I've learned that perfume is made up of notes and that these notes fall into quite a few different groups.

    I've learned that though two perfumes have exactly the same notes, they can smell completely different.

    I've learned that perfumerie is an art-form.

    I learned that there is such a thing as top, heart and base notes and that each of these stages are drastically different.

    I've learned that my tastes change very quickly largely dependent upon exposure.

    I've learned that I do, after all, enjoy rose scented perfume.

    I've learned that scent doesn't need to be gender specific.

    And soooooo many more things than those I've listed.

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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    I've learned a lot from individuals who've chosen to contribute online. To places like basenotes & other blogs.
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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    That I mostly enjoy wood and vetiver-based fragrances. Also, my tastes are sometimes rather pricy lol.

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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    It taught me that my taste can differ to what most would consider a good scent.

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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    Also, my tastes are sometimes rather pricy lol.
    This for sure, which seems consistent with my tastes in everything else. And I doubt I'd have 80% of my collection were it not for the good people on BN to inform me.

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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    (I wish this thread was in 'General Discussion'.)

    I've learned SO much about how to identify notes and what I like and don't like. This has helped shape my collection. I THINK it has saved me some money. When I started I had no idea which scents to try, but gradually I figured out what I preferred, through trial and error, through research here on BN.
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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    It opened my eyes to the vast breadth of fragrances and houses that I would have never known existed. However, as far as my tastes, it hasn't moved them much at all -- I still like the same types, and I am still turned off by the same ones. However, I don't wear fragrances to train my nose to various nuances, or to experience the scent evolving as it dries down, or bask in the perfumer's brilliance in whatever -- I judge a scent by how much I enjoy the smell. Do I find myself sniffing it a lot? Does it make me smile? The same things that triggered those reactions when i started are still doing it now.
    This kinda sums it up for me as well.
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    I have learned that my innate ability to like the most expensive shoes, clothes, furniture, houses and beauty products also carries over into fragrance. I don't have to work at it, I just know that if you put a whole selection in front of me to choose from the one I like will be the one that I can't afford.

    I have also learned that I really don't care for an awful lot of 'women's' fragrances and find them thoroughly uninteresting.

    And that I like vetiver, leather, woods, patchouli and musk and am quite happy to have them without much of the fluffy floral or fruity topping that accompanies them in many women's perfumes.
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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    (I wish this thread was in 'General Discussion'.)
    If any of the mods are reading this thread, please move it as suggested by kumquat.
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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    Niche!!
    I only knew about Creed..

    Amber based fragrances are manly!!

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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    I used to own 2-3 designer fragrances at a time and when one ran out I would replace it with whatever caught my eye at the department store. Through BN and sampling I have discovered many notes such as sandalwood, patchouli, tobacco, vanilla, fig, rose and jasmine. I now sample several similar scents before making a buying decision. I am more satisfied with my choices now that I am more educated and experienced.
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    It's taught me about a bunch of houses, but not really my tastes.

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    It hasn't taught me anything about my tastes. What it has done since I joined is help me understand why I like what I do. It has been an interesting learning experience. I have been into cologne for a very long time. I did not pause to think what notes went into a scent. How it is made, where everything comes from. I have also had my horizons expanded. I am aware of many more houses and scents to explore. Couple all of that with the review sites and my own research, I feel I have learned quite a bit. A tip of the hat to all who contribute their knowledge here!!!!
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    That leaning on other members responses on scents have proven immeasurable in my fragrance journey. I look forward each and every day to choose and enjoy selections that I wouldn't have imagined before without the viable input from all Basenoters

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    I didn't know anything about perfume before Basenotes. I honestly don't think I would have gotten into this Hobby without BN and the internet. Although I gotta give Frangantica some credit too - a lot of good stuff there too..


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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    Most of my favorite scents are from top distinct groups : Oriental Woody and Oriental Spicy. Found that out from a basenoter in my first few weeks here. Then I found out about Fragrantica and found they had broken scents down into many groups. Now two valuable resources for my scent scent needs. Still in all fairness, it all began at Basenotes.net.
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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    It's taught me that I'm prone to buying too much and having to sell it off in waves. Then I buy again, and sell. I do love me a gourmand, though.

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    1- That my sweet tooth has carried over to fragrances (I drink my coffee with 3 sugar and i want my scent to be the same way lol)

    2- To always test for myself and not fall of the hype.

    3- That i freakin love violet leaves and i need to explore more scents based purely on that note.
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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    That I have a weakness for excellent and very expensive fragrances.
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    Default Re: What has joining Basenotes taught you about your tastes?

    I learned from such wealth of knowledge:

    - this going against a lot of basenote preferences for strong, projecting fragrances: I go against the flow; I like fragrances that are fleeting and barely there (I am not talking about the scrubby soapy clean scent that plague the market);
    - I like fragrances that are garden inspired, vegetal, herbal, sometimes harsh to the nose on the opening but dreamy in the drydown
    - I also like spicy fragrances with notes of cumin, cardamon, thyme, anise, ginger, saffron :P
    - My favorite flowers are roses, jasmin and ylang-ylang
    - I can't tolerate too much rubber/platicky notes inherent in a lot of designer fragrances
    - I don't like fruity florals/selected gourmands except coco mademoiselle and angel edp/edt
    - I have no problem reapplying my fragrances throughout the day

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