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    Default If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    What would be your one fragrance recommendation for a beginner to start with for a quality fragrance and gateway into the fragrance world?

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    Chanel Allure Homme - a very nice fragrance that is super versatile I always find enjoyment from wearing it.
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    Default Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    For a beginner - perhaps Bleu De Chanel
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    I’ll recommend a few drops of aged Mysore sandalwood oil to show what a single high quality ingredient is capable of.
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    Dang it's a hard question!
    My first thoughts go to Polo Green. Loved and hated, yet undeniably important and classic in perfumery.
    Takes you on a journey so it does.
    Also thinking back, I would've liked to have spent time earlier with 'traditional' cologne type frags. Chanel Pour Monsieur, I had all but written off, but am now seeing its beauty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    For a beginner - perhaps Bleu De Chanel
    Yep. An instant classic.
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    Default Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    I'll choose the one that sucked me into this world: Terre d'Hermes. It's mainstream and friendly, but it also has hints of more adventurous notes - if you like this, try Encre Noire for a bolder take on vetiver/Iso E Super. It works well in any weather/climate. It may be a bit mature for particularly young enthusiasts, but I started wearing it in my mid-20s and I'm 32 now.

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    "I drank what?" -Socrates
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    For a beginner - perhaps Bleu De Chanel
    Totally agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    For a beginner - perhaps Bleu De Chanel
    I think this is a better suggestion than anything I was about to come up with myself.
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    Either TDH Eau Fraiche, Best of Chevignon or Azzaro pour Homme l'Eau (or possibly also a summer version/flanker of Azzaro pour Homme),

    as all of these manage to smell both tasteful even elegant enough to be enjoyed by an advance fragrance fan and yet also versatile and fresh enough for a more beginner one (while also allowing the second category to be complimented or at least positively perceived by the first one).

    All of these being quite readily and widely available and not very pricey even on a limited budget, becoming thus fairly wise choices including for beginner with unlimited budget, when price may not be an issue, yet venturing at first into extremely complicated, less versatile, darker, too formal etc. fragrances might be.

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    Acqua di Gio

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    Interesting. For me, Chanel Pour Monsieur is also what came to mind. When I got back into the hobby, I would have loved getting back into it by starting off with a vintage bottle of Chanel Pour Monsieur. That would set the standard high and also demonstrate the richness and depth that's possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ifti View Post
    Also thinking back, I would've liked to have spent time earlier with 'traditional' cologne type frags. Chanel Pour Monsieur, I had all but written off, but am now seeing its beauty.
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    +1 Bleu de Chanel , more specifically:

    Bleu de Chanel Parfum

    I’m over the moon for this stuff, and might as well let the beginner have the best version of a Bleu right off the bat.
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    Would strongly recommend them to read this article -

    http://www.basenotes.net/features/32...-should-sample
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    Default Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    Dior Homme
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    Maybe AdG Profumo. Accessable, easy, and palletable by the masses.
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    Dior Homme for sure. It’s a designer with a recognisable brand name, but with a challenging floral note, and completely different to all the older traditional frags which they might dismiss as dated and all the current mass market generics. Even if they don’t like it, it’ll open their eyes to the world of fragrance.
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    Default Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    It would be more interesting to see those we would urge beginners to avoid. But, for recommendations: Terre d'Hermes (EDT) is one I started with and stuck with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Hound View Post
    It would be more interesting to see those we would urge beginners to avoid. But, for recommendations: Terre d'Hermes (EDT) is one I started with and stuck with.
    This would be my second choice. It was the one I started with as well and it had everything that made me want to find and learn about more. It’s also very original smelling to a beginner, whose only experiences tend to involve the average “mall scent.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    This would be my second choice. It was the one I started with as well and it had everything that made me want to find and learn about more. It’s also very original smelling to a beginner, whose only experiences tend to involve the average “mall scent.”
    Definitely. Before I bought a bottle of TdH I had owned Fierce, The One, La Nuit de l'Homme and Issey Miyake Pour Homme. All mall purchases or gifts. I got a big tax return about 3-4 years ago and decided to treat myself to something at Sephora, and TdH was the standout of my smelling session. It spurred me to start looking into different notes and ingredients, which led me to discover that I loved vetiver. All that research also brought me here. TdH definitely seems like a nice bridge between Sephora and the obsessive Basenotes abyss I have now fallen into

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    YSL L'Homme Ultime is what got me hooked on the hobby. It showed me how compelling fragrance can be. Plus, I think it's broadly likable.


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    Default Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    For a beginner - perhaps Bleu De Chanel
    Came in to post this.

    This really is a "swiss army knife" type of fragrance, and I cannot imagine a scenario where it would be out of place. IMO, it's one of the safest, most pleasant fragrances I have tried. The performance is good, it smells high quality, and it's easy to source.

    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    Maybe AdG Profumo. Accessable, easy, and palletable by the masses.
    This would be my choice if they could not fit BdC into their budget. All the same qualities still apply, and I personally like the scent a bit more than BdC.

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    I'd recommend to first explore the Guerlain masculines and start with Héritage
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    Default Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    2Man would be my choice. It's something a beginner probably wouldn't come across at the next counter by himself, yet it's easy to like, a tad bit unconventional, it's catchy, not too fancy, not too expensive and it is quality stuff that makes you want to explore, maybe....
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    I would recommend something currently available that I wear routinely: Dior Homme edt.

    And I would have them try Rogue Perfumery, classic perfume styles being made today for reasonable prices.

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    Quality frag and gateway into the fragrance world?

    Maybe Something in the Malle Line:
    Cologne Indelible or Geranium pour Monsieur
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    Default Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    Mancera Lemon Line. It's somewhat unique while still being very mass appealing, it's niche, and it has good performance. However, what matters most is that it smells good.

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    Default Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    I actually asked a similar idea a few weeks ago - you can find it here: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/466...uld-you-choose.

    I like the idea of packs, but in terms of 'just one' - it's got to be between Aventus for someone wealthy, Bleu de Chanel for someone with a decent income, I'd opt for either YSL EDP or for a youngster, and maybe Mont Blanc Explorer for someone on more of a budget.

    Personally I prefer the pack idea though!




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