Congratulations on a decade of being a basenoter. Keep smelling good!
This month is my 10th anniversary of being a full-fledged member of Basenotes. As a result, it's safe to say that I've become an institution here, even with some hiatuses (the longest one shortly after I got my job in advertising).
There have been plenty of moments that are too good not to tell in the past ten years.
- Buying my first post-Basenotes fragrance, Mugler Cologne - a scent that is still in my collection and will remain in it until Thierry Mugler quits making it - and maybe longer.
- Going to college for the first time in a fragrance backwater and learning the joy of fragrance etailers - maybe a bit too much.
- My first niche and the buying experience that went along with it, back in the days when Neiman Marcus didn't accept "all major credit cards" and me not knowing their policy at the time, assuming that everyone but warehouse clubs accepted anything.
- Swapping that one niche with another Basenoter for a megaton of Mugler stuff, then giving the "star" of the show (a giant bottle of Angel) to someone who's worn the legend almost since day one.
- Having the first great fragrance that gave you nightmares - a Guerlain, no less - after a student bathed in it.
- Moving to Fort Wayne, switching colleges, and curbing my fragrance purchases.
- A bunch of new things associated with moving, like waiting five years for a Sephora. And forging friendships with vendor reps and SAs at Macy's before and after Sephora opened. And fruitlessly trying to get one of those jobs as a college job while I was waiting to get my degree in marketing.
- The one-year wait (US vs. Europe) for Gaultier to the Power of Two, further made worse by the fact that one of my father's coworkers was also a vendor rep for Beaute Prestige International USA - the maker of the stuff.
- Discovering the fragrance sections at TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Who cares if you waste $20 on a fragrance if you can swap it with another Basenoter or give it to a friend? One man's trash is another man's treasure.
- Smelling Kouros for the first time. Yecch.
- Smelling Kouros for the second time. Much better.
- Wearing Black XS for a while, discovering how syrupy sweet a fragrance can be.
- My first scrubber: Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men. Yes, that first wearing of Kouros was bad, but this made me run back to the bathroom. Kouros only smelled like a bathroom.
- Almost writing off By Kilian as a house at Bergdorf Goodman. Then, eight months later in the OC, I revisited the line, discovered my all-time favorite scent Straight to Heaven (by Kilian personally, no less - complete with autograph on the case), and then adding two other Kilians in subsequent years. Today, it's my favorite niche house.
- My second fragrance house head meet-up: Geir Ness of Geir fame. What made this different? Meeting him at Epcot while on vacation.
- Diving further into niche by grabbing a bottle of PdN New York while in Paris. Yes, the stuff lives up to the hype - and I only paid the equivalent of $30 USD.
- Continuous improvement in my fragrance collection that would make Edwards Deming proud.
- Getting a job in the advertising business after graduation. A simple thank you note and a spritz of Straight to Heaven when I toured did the trick.
- A tip from a sandwich artist at Subway (that is also a Basenoter) to try Frapin's L'Humaniste. Then a sample. Then a full bottle.
- Going back to college to finish up my marketing degree - and finding that for the dorm, you don't need your full collection.
- Cutting ties with A*Men, my second love, after it became too much for me.
I've never been a megacollector like some here with hundreds or thousands of bottles. I'm at 16 bottles in my collection today with the addition of Flower of Immortality (don't laugh - especially if you love peach like I do). My peak was around 26 bottles. But then, as now, I value quality over quantity. If the juice is in a pretty bottle but smells bad out of it, I won't buy it.
But I have to thank all of you for helping me in my fragrant journey. Without the advice of all of you, I wouldn't smell as good as I do today. And as I celebrate the past ten years here, I look forward to the next ten - and beyond.
Congratulations on a decade of being a basenoter. Keep smelling good!
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Congratulations on your Basenotes milestone and longevity!
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Interesting journey nicely summed up. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to read your sum-up of 20 yrs!
Congrats to you.
You are to be commended for holding the number of fragrances down. I don't know how you can frequent Basenotes and make such a thing possible.
Basenotes sales: By Kilian Straight to Heaven, Heeley Coccobello, Many collectible/discontinued CREEDs (Vintage Tabarome, Citrus Bigarrade, Selection Verte), Bond No. 9 Hamptons, Heeley Oranges & Lemons, L'Essence de Cerruti, Balenciaga Ho Hang Club, Reyane Insurrection, numerous popular SAMPLES! http://www.basenotes.net/threads/340...ciaga-SAMPLES!
Offsite sales: By Kilian Straight to Heaven, Heeley Coccobello, Vintage Tabarome, Selection Verte, Citrus Bigarrade), Tom Ford Noir de Noir, By Kilian Prelude to Love, Bond No. 9 Hamptons, Heeley Oranges & Lemons, L'Essence de Cerruti, Balenciaga Ho Hang Club, Reyane Insurrection, numerous popular SAMPLES! http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=260 and http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=626
Congrat's on the 10 year milestone.
Congratulations...thanks for the recap. Fun read.
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Congratulations! I agree L'Humaniste is fantastic but I can't justify buying it as I have things in my wardrobe that are too similar.
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There is no cure for curiosity."
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Thank you all for the wishes. This is such a great place to be.
I really enjoyed reading your recap of your journey to this point. Congrats on the significant milestone, and I look forward to your next recap when you reach 15...
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
Congrats...Thx for sharing and Godspeed
"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 "
Congratulations and thanks for your presence and contribution on BN. In my personal case, have been on BN since 2006 (though I started to discover this site and occasionally read it as early as 2005 or even 2004) and started to constantly own, purchase, test fragrances but also recurrently/constantly look up fragrance data since the summer of 1997. Being thankful for each one of these two cases/experiences/processes for making the encounter with some of the most beautiful, thrilling and informative aspects of the fragrance world possible.
Thank's for sharing with us and congratulations.
I started dabbling with cologne in middle school, then got my first serious bottle (Acqua di Gio) and started browsing Basenotes every now and then in high school as far back as 2001. After I graduated from high school, I became a Basenotes member a few weeks later and posted my first post on the discussion boards, which led me to buying Mugler Cologne days later.
And here I am today.
Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! Are you going to add another bottle to the collection to mark the occasion? Since tin or aluminium is the traditional gift for 10 years, maybe Acier Aluminium or something packaged in a tin?
I can relate to your Neiman Marcus pain ... It was fairly early in my perfumistahood and I had the chance of going to Denver for a training class. I was so excited to visit Neiman Marcus and sniff a few things I didn't have access to. I picked out a few bottles and was pretty disappointed when the SA said they didn't accept MasterCard. Seriously? Who doesn't accept MasterCard? I applied for a Neiman Marcus credit card, was accepted on the spot, and left with my purchases ... so it ended well. I came home, paid off my purchases and promptly canceled the Neiman Marcus card. Funny, I had forgotten all about that and the fact I had a Neiman Marcus credit card for a few weeks! The things we do for fragrance!
I've trademarked the color bleu
And of course, there's always that missing bottle of Aventus...
Congratulations on your 10th anniversary. Small collection but a good one .
Straight to Heaven, ehh? Nice story. Thanks for the nostalgic trip. I'm at the 5 year milestone and my collection is already out of control, or so my missus says. But she took to my SDV like ducks to water.
OP: I enjoyed reading this. I've only been here for a little over a year, but it's certainly been interesting and very educational. But I'm waiting for the Kouros ending...is "much better" the end of that story, or did you eventually get fully hooked (as I did)?? Congrats.
10 years and just 16 bottles! I could learn a lesson from you and many should. Congratulations!
1. Amouage Epic man
2. Dior Leather Oud
3. Perris Monte Carlo Oud Imperial Black
4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
5. Amouage Opus VII
6. Byredo Bullion
7. Masque Milano Russian Tea
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What a great story -- thanks for sharing your highlights!
And I admire how you've stayed minimal with your number of bottles!
Congratulations on ten years in! I appreciate the sharing of your experiences. Most of us have similar stories punctuated with fragrant highs and lows. I hope to see you here for the next ten!
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How wonderful.. Being a member has deepened my enjoyment of perfume.
"No elegance is possible without it...perfume is a part of you." Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
A great read. Congrats and thank you for sharing. You did have the quintessential Kouros experience, I see. #whatthehellwasthatgivememore
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