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    Default Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    I’m gravitating more towards more masculine fragrances and losing interest in the gender benders, also for awhile now sweet fragrances are a no for me with the exception of LIDGE now EDP.
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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    Thankfully my tastes haven't changed yet.
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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    Great idea for a thread, Speckmann.

    My taste has become a bit more solidified lately. It's narrowed to a degree but I'm more confident in it and certain about not only what I like but what will work for me. I used to enjoy a lot of peculiar niche fragrances. But they don't work so well for me in terms of wearing them (for various reasons), and I'm finally comfortable in admitting that, so I no longer seek them out.

    There was also a point in time where I was really into sweet, modern men's fragrances--stuff like Versace Eros, Invictus, Spicebomb, etc.. While I haven't written this genre off completely, I've definitely pulled away from it and in turn, I've become more interested in traditional-style masculines like Pour Monsieur, Floris 1962, and New York Intense.

    Finally, I've lost my love for gourmands. I used to really enjoy these, and I owned and wore a lot of them, but now there are just a few that I enjoy wearing occasionally.

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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    My tastes haven't changed per se, but I have worn fougeres more lately. I have been enjoying high quality grooming products, like pomades and beard balms, lately and found that fougeres are great with mildly powdery or citrusy scent of these products. I never wear any non-fragrance products with strong scent, but still like it when these products together create a comfortable aura.

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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    Not much, perhaps with the slight exception of having gotten much ;less reluctant/skeptical about the current formulation of Joop Homme, also more willing than ever (even though this craving already existed since time immemorial and immediately after having discovered perfume) to experiment with more heavy, "complicated", heady, high performance, powerhouse and/or formal classic fragrances

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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    Well, my fragrance journey started 37 years ago with Wild Country by Avon and aromatic fougeres are still my favorites, followed by citrus aromatics, then everything else. Perhaps cause of imprinting at a young age? Any time I pull away from aromatic fougeres it's very brief, either just to switch things up a bit or due to specific testing. Today I'm switch hitting (slightly) with an oriental fougere - Creed's Royal Oud.
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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    Interesting to see a lot of replies reflecting my own recent shift, which is toward richer classics and away from niche. I’m spending a lot more time with the likes of Pasha, Antaeus, Kouros, Fahrenheit, and Aramis, and not much interested in the loud-but-less-worked-out stuff from Tom Ford, Le Labo, etc. I have to say, my Amouage fragrances hold their own to these classics. But it’s really nice to find so much satisfaction in vaunted designers, both because they’re less challenging and particular to wear (well, except maybe Kouros), and because they’re so inexpensive, relatively. At the same time I find them that much more satisfying, like there’s more “there” there to live with, live in, and explore.
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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    My tastes were mostly aromatic but since I really began exploring, I've headed towards florals, leathers, citrus, and some modern ambroxan stuff too. I still don't sit well with most gourmands or overly-sweet genres like fruitchouli, as they remind me too much of product spills in the grocery store, but that's okay.
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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    My tastes remain very broad, there's a half a dozen notes that I enjoy a lot with another half dozen that I'm also warmed to.
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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    I wear more niche, than I did three years ago. I still have my favorite designer house fragrances that I enjoy. But, many I used to like, not love, I have since sold them to make room for things I Love. Also, I like wearing more weird or artistic creations more often.

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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    During my pregnancy and after giving birth I found my sense of scent changed and a lot of my old favorites I didn't enjoy anymore. I could also smell notes I wasn't able to previously. Have no way of explaining it, but from talking to other moms, they went through a similar change with each pregnancy.
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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    Started off really wearing amber scents a lot. I don't dislike them, but reach for them much less than I used to.

    Otherwise, I still like most of what I liked years ago.
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    1. House of Matriarch - Blackbird
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    3. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    4. Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Generation Man
    5. Creed - Royal Oud
    6. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    7. Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Mortal Skin
    8. Creed - Royal English Leather
    9. Ormonde Jayne - Black Gold
    10. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions

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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    I still like what I have in my small but diverse collection, and my perception of notes I don't like has not changed much. But recently, I noticed that I am beginning to get tired of scents with heavy or noticeable patchouli note. For some reason, I couldn't stand it now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitty2Shoes View Post
    During my pregnancy and after giving birth I found my sense of scent changed and a lot of my old favorites I didn't enjoy anymore. I could also smell notes I wasn't able to previously. Have no way of explaining it, but from talking to other moms, they went through a similar change with each pregnancy.
    This definitely happened to me, and being a Basenoter prior to having kids, I may have some unique insights. Before pregnancy, my favorites were fruity and oriental. During pregnancy I could pretty much only wear tea scents or iris. After, I wore those tea scents and Iris for several years while my hormones ran the gamut. (Went from pregnancy to nursing, then as soon as I weaned I was pregnant again. Lather, rinse, repeat.) After having children, I leaned towards softer stuff for the longest time. And specific gourmands I’d previously disliked. But I didn’t like loud fruity stuff anymore at all. I gave away several things. The funniest part was being able to smell a broader range of musks. Fragrances I’d previously thought of as bright or weightless or ethereal now had a very real backbone of musk so that I became aware that I could in fact overspray them.
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    To answer the question, lately I’ve been moving into florals and away from gourmands. I’m even enjoying some rose stuff. Wonder of wonders. And I’ve really been digging greens and vintage style chypres.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Great idea for a thread, Speckmann.

    My taste has become a bit more solidified lately. It's narrowed to a degree but I'm more confident in it and certain about not only what I like but what will work for me. I used to enjoy a lot of peculiar niche fragrances. But they don't work so well for me in terms of wearing them (for various reasons), and I'm finally comfortable in admitting that, so I no longer seek them out.

    There was also a point in time where I was really into sweet, modern men's fragrances--stuff like Versace Eros, Invictus, Spicebomb, etc.. While I haven't written this genre off completely, I've definitely pulled away from it and in turn, I've become more interested in traditional-style masculines like Pour Monsieur, Floris 1962, and New York Intense.

    Finally, I've lost my love for gourmands. I used to really enjoy these, and I owned and wore a lot of them, but now there are just a few that I enjoy wearing occasionally.
    Wow, we are on exactly the same page. The sweeties and gourmands were always genres that I forced myself to wear. Why? My wife likes them. But I’m so done with them, and she likes all my others colognes just as well.

    I’m retreating to my old loves, and leaving the sweet stuff for others to enjoy.

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    I suppose I am not sure where I stand, as of yet, but I seem to really like the sweeter smells the most. As far as changing taste goes, I think that starting to look into the hobby more, I have become more open minded about fresher scents.

    I have an old bottle of Kenneth Cole Black that was gifted to me a couple years ago, and I hardly ever wore it. Now that my interest in fragrances has been piqued, I decided to give it another go while lounging last night, and my opinion on it was much more positive. I decided I would let the fragrance speak for itself vs me tying to smell something that just isn't there, or that the fragrance isn't attamping to accomplish.

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    I have noticed some changes or possibly tweaks in my tastes. I went from ok with unisex fragrances but now I have a distaste for them. It's nearly impossible to not own any these days but I still gravitate towards ones I feel lean masculine which probably is all just in my head. Still working on warming up to leather in fragrances

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    I feel like I have gone through a few fragrance groups over the last couple of years. I got gourmands out of my system early and don't love them nearly as much as I used to. Recently, leather accords and big oriental ambers have got a working over. Although still a fan, I feel like I am now looking for a bit more complexity, and sophistication. My 3 infatuations at the moment are Heritage edt, 3e Homme by Caron, and 34 Boulevard Saint Germain by Diptyque.
    Currently wearing: Outlaw by MetaScent

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    The very first fragrance that I actually picked out for myself was CH men in 2010 after smelling everything in a cosmetics store. I didn't know anything about fragrances and barely wore them at the time, but I gravitated towards that unqiue leathery violet sugar scent over the freshies that were available.

    I've learned a lot after really getting into fragrances the last few months and sampling a ton. Most of the unisex scents I've come across are still very women "perfumey" smelling which is a turn off. Also, heavy overly sweet gourmonds are a turn off, but there are some that so it really well without being overly sweet. I've recently been interested in older masculines like Dior Fahrenheit because I cannot believe how masculine this thing is. I mean it smells like straight up gasoline and oil and exhaust of a lawnmower or other gas powered tools like a chainsaw. I can't wait to try to powerhouses of the 80s.

    Anyway, it's been a pleasure honing in on what I actually enjoy and be able to find fragrances that I truly love wearing. This is in contrast to going into Macy's and grabbing the latest super soapy clean drier sheet fragrances that are the rave today. I could not believe how nu-male and just plain lifeless Prada L'homme was for example after hearing so much about it. That was pretty depressing to me if this is what a modern fragrance smells like.

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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    I don't know why, but over the last 8-9 months I've developed a perpetual craving for fresh scents.

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    Good question and post !
    I definitely am changing a little gravitating towards slightly fresher scents .. but looking for a gd one to null the purchasing of loads that don’t quite cut it .
    Always been a hvy oud / amber / tobacco man but yes my tastes are definitely switching

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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    I don't know why, but over the last 8-9 months I've developed a perpetual craving for fresh scents.
    Same here. I still enjoy orientals and gourmands a lot, but I really gravitate towards freshies and vetivers nowadays. I love to absolutely douse myself in a fresh scent - 10 - 12 sprays at the very least - and pretend I'm somewhere sunny.

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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    I don't know why, but over the last 8-9 months I've developed a perpetual craving for fresh scents.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nastka View Post
    Same here. I still enjoy orientals and gourmands a lot, but I really gravitate towards freshies and vetivers nowadays. I love to absolutely douse myself in a fresh scent - 10 - 12 sprays at the very least - and pretend I'm somewhere sunny.
    Must be a trend... I'm doing the same thing. Greens and vetivers, oversprayed big-time -- can't get enough of 'em.

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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    Pretty much the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastka View Post
    Same here. I still enjoy orientals and gourmands a lot, but I really gravitate towards freshies and vetivers nowadays. I love to absolutely douse myself in a fresh scent - 10 - 12 sprays at the very least - and pretend I'm somewhere sunny.
    It's fun to do that! Gotta watch those white musks in the base though, they can come on really strong sometimes. I used about 10 sprays of Allure Homme Sport Cologne last week and everything started out fine, but about an hour or so later, this very strong, almost searing citrusy-musk started popping out and radiating everywhere. It was interfering with my day, to the point that I even ran home to change my undershirt which had caught the majority of my sprays. Think I''ll stick with 5 next time!

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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    Converse to the freshie cravers, I've gone the other way. Always enjoyed bright, citric-fresh, acidic scents but now have a greater tendency towards dark, oudy, rosy things. I'm enjoying the additional (to me) complexity of dark scents. That being said, I doubt I'll completely do-away with fresh stuff. Any photorealistic lemon or orange wins for me.

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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    I've always liked dark, smoky, and sweet fragrances, as well as freshies, but I've become a lot more open to gourmands than I have been in the past. I'm also much more into florals and leathers than I have been.

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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    Excellent question because I have been asking myself this for a few weeks now - lately I have found myself really wanting nothing but cheap "classics", such as Brut, Old Spice, Tabac, Clubman scents etc. and BODY SPAYS!! such as Bod Man stuff and even AXE. I'm sure this will likely pass but I feel GOOD in them and I feel myself if that makes sense. When I actually go somewhere where I dress up a little I still want something a little "moreish" but for everyday wear all I am wanting are in the vein of the aforementioned types of scents. I have no idea what has triggered it. Part of it is I know my current financial situation (several unforeseen expenses in the thousands that took my "play money") but some of it is simply an internal desire to wear that sort of stuff. Oh well, let's see what happens I do still like a few nice things, ones that have stayed constant as well for a while now but I am not driven to seek out much right now unless they are in that " cheap old classics" genre.

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    Default Re: Recently your fragrance tastes have changed how?

    You know, I don't think my basic tastes have changed much, but they've broadened a bit, thanks largely to the reviews and commentary on this site.

    I started off buying a Varvatos Vintage after reading reviews here, because I was feeling nostalgic and missing wearing fragrances and it sounded like it would remind me of my old mainstream-masculine favorites of Chaps and Polo without actually being a clone of them. I loved it and still do, even though I only find myself wanting to wear it in colder weather. And it's just going on from there. I think I tried about 60 different fragrances last year, and I'd never tried more than a few in a year before. So for me that was a big deal.

    A year ago, there is no f-ing way I could have even considered buying a bottle of, say, Ted Lapidus Pour Homme, considering purchasing the "gourmand" fragrance I just ordered, or considered trying one of the Orientals, because my tastes were pretty strictly limited to what I'd smelled on friends and family. Which was nearly always whatever was considered popular, good, and masculine amongst middle-class straight male peeps in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Which I was (and am) totally good with.

    Maybe it's the part of us middle-aged-to-older types wants to believe "things were better back in our day" just because we were young and having more fun.
    But I swear those old mainstream designer fragrances beat the crap out of most of the mainstream designer fragrances I've tried over the past year.
    Most of them are just BORING! And BORING is the cardinal sin in the arts...any art...I've come to realize fragrances really are their own art form.

    "Adventurous" for me in the 90s was walking into a shopping center in San Francisco, where some pretty lady asked me to try Acqua di Gio, I would decide try it for the sole purpose of considering whether or not I wanted to chat her up and get her number, find I actually liked it, bought it, got her number, and that was my fragrance for the year.
    Done experimenting until the year 2000!

    So right now my collection is still small and pretty basic. I am planning to mostly stay within my "wheelhouse" of favorite scents that I know I really like or love (and revisiting a few more of the old classics here and there, both for the nostalgia and as a reference to see how my tastes have changed).

    But I do intend to educated myself better on the various notes (I can't even tell what I'm smelling with some of the Ted Lapidus notes) so I know what I like, what I don't, and just out of curiosity. I want to try a *lot* more new fragrances this year. I just want to be careful I don't *buy* too many more this year coz I don't want to have 60 bottles rattling around in my bathroom. Maybe I'll buy a dozen bottles this year, maybe two, but no more than that, and I'll sell, give away, or toss the junk, and keep the good stuff!
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