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    Default How have your tastes changed over time?

    I am new to fragrances and in my various bumblings around with samples and stuff it has been interesting to me to see how my "style" (for what it's worth) has emerged -- my pattern of likes and don't likes. This is the beginning and I expect my tastes will evolve as I gain experience.

    I would be interested in hearing how you folks who have been at this stuff for a while have evolved in terms of your tastes. Where did you start and where have you wound up? How have your preferences changed over time?

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    I don't quite know if my tastes change but it certainly drifts like an appetite. A year ago I could not stop wearing GIT and Aventus. Now I find myself obsessed with Grand Soir and Tuscan Leather (again). I'm sure the former two will preoccupy again as well. I've learned that I rarely ever abandon a frag I've enjoyed in the past. That insight has saved me money (finally haha :-/).
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    I started with Clive Christian X for Women and quickly fell in love with fragrances like Intoxicated, Shalimar, Coromandel, Mitsouko, a lot of the Amouage scents.

    I was afraid to buy anything too sweet or gourmand and thought I didn't like notes like honey (one of my favorites!!!) or white florals and roses (also some of my favorites now). My wardrobe was very fixated on orientals or non sweet coffee scents and classics, all with great sillage and longevity.

    I still prefer great sillage and longevity but will occasionally buy a lighter scent and enjoy it for what it is. Fragrance wise, my wardrobe is much more diverse. Scents that I didn't like back then like Galop d'Hermes I now own a full bottle off.

    I've still yet to find an oud that smells good on my skin (though I love them on paper) and most leather scents outside of the soft ones like Galop don't wear too well on me. I still am not a huge fan of certain fragrance groups like aquatics. But I've fully embraced my love for florals and sweet (yet not sugary) gourmands.

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    I prefer to smell of masculine class for work a freshie ever so often but serious male fragrances for work! I no longer care how many fragrances I have but how many of quality I have less is more when you have the good stuff imo.

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    Default Re: How have your tastes changed over time?

    Started with Polo, tried a whole bunch of stuff, forward and backward on the timeline, circled back to the 90s and love Oriental/Woody Fougeres like Heritage, Carven Homme, Ettore Bugatti, Bois du Portugal, Lalique Pour Homme etc.

    It was a big span of time, but I'm a 90s kid at heart.
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    Default Re: How have your tastes changed over time?

    Quote Originally Posted by MegaMav View Post
    Started with Polo, tried a whole bunch of stuff, forward and backward on the timeline, circled back to the 90s and love Oriental/Woody Fougeres like Heritage, Carven Homme, Ettore Bugatti, Bois du Portugal, Lalique Pour Homme etc.

    It was a big span of time, but I'm a 90s kid at heart.
    Things were done right then, all those listed stand out and none resemble them they do their own thing. Those were the days thankfully most are still easily found today and imo smell excellent!

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    I started really liking the idea of all-naturals but then changed and now I enjoy many sorts including vintage designer and artisanal and some niche, plus attars.
    FYI: I spray all fragrances on clothing, never on skin.

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    Default Re: How have your tastes changed over time?

    My taste in fragrances and fragrance houses hasn't really changed from the early 60s. It has just expanded within the same parameters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    I prefer to smell of masculine class for work a freshie ever so often but serious male fragrances for work! I no longer care how many fragrances I have but how many of quality I have less is more when you have the good stuff imo.
    I used to care more about keeping a smaller wardrobe. My wardrobe is still on the smaller side for collectors and I never want to have so many fragrances they aren't being worn, but I realize I can do that with a lot more fragrances than I originally thought.

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    My tastes have expanded more broadly over the years expanding to specific notes to houses both niche and designers.
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    Experimented with gourmands, vanilla, sweet scents, (non-leather) feminines, GIT/CW type scents and aquatics, then left most of them behind. My favourites seem to pop up in threads about dark, gothic and mean grandma fragrance threads quite often but I enjoy them anyway.

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    I don't think my taste has changed that much in the last years. I can have periods where my taste is drawn in a certain direction or there can be some scents that really attracts me. I can even change opinion on scents in both ways, but that is more to learn the fragrance than changing taste. I still find some too old and mossy, some too new and chemical and the nice ones in between. I do know that I grow tired of scents very quick so I can't rotate too few. But that is nothing new either

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    I started out wanting to get the ultimate crowd pleaser that wasn't common or well-known. Doesn't exist.
    Then for the longest time I was really into classics of the 70s and 80s for nostalgia reasons. Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro Pour Homme, Santos de Cartier, Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, Jaguar for Men, etc. As much as I like those, even I get overwhelmed wearing these scents.

    Then I was into ultra masculines like John Varvatos Vintage, Fahrenheit, Gucci Guilty Absolute, and TF Ombre Leather. Still love them but they're way too bold and loud for my look and personality.

    So I'm back to wearing the most common crowd pleaser: Acqua di Gio. I personally think the dry down is perfect and the scent overall fits my personality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schnozmos View Post
    I am new to fragrances and in my various bumblings around with samples and stuff it has been interesting to me to see how my "style" (for what it's worth) has emerged -- my pattern of likes and don't likes. This is the beginning and I expect my tastes will evolve as I gain experience.

    I would be interested in hearing how you folks who have been at this stuff for a while have evolved in terms of your tastes. Where did you start and where have you wound up? How have your preferences changed over time?
    Mine have a little. Some perfumes started to get old, and some others grew on me.

    The stuff I got tired of was current market, so I have limited interest in new releases, although I would like to like some line of new releases, or some hot house. I don't think it's going to happen. Things I got rid of included YSL La Nuit de L'Homme and D&G The One for Men.

    The fragrances that grew on me are older ones with moss and vanilla, such as vintage Chanel Pour Monsieur edt concentree and Habit Rouge edc.

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    I dont feel like my tastes have changed, really. Honed is a better word. As ive smell more and more i spot shoddy clumsy construction easier. That can make some things I used to like a bit less impressive. Wearability is more important than i think it used to be to me. Otherwise its not FBW, just a really fun sample.
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    My taste hasn't changed as I like quite a wide range of frags, so there's no need for any "change". What does change from time to time is my perception of certain fragrances over time, for example when I first sniffed Nio I dismissed it as "cheap" smelling or something like that(reminded me of some bath products), but now it's in my top 10.

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    I am not solely driven about getting laid anymore, so I basically wear more sophisticated and nuanced fragrances that please me on a more cerebral level

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    I'm surprised most people aren't commenting about how much they have changed.
    Mine have and it's hard to believe anyone's tastes haven't changed over the course of a decade. Or two. or three, etc.
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    As a teenager, I wore things I still like today and some things that I almost can't stand.

    Brut = still good
    Polo Sport = still good
    Cool Water = still good
    Tommy = still good
    A&F Fierce = ok
    Hollister SoCal = nooooooo!


    My tastes have changed and matured, but I still like a few of those old bottles from my youth. I really don't wear them anymore, outside of an occasional Polo Sport. I either grew tired of them or I feel like I grew out of them.
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    Was all about niche, but surprising to myself, my nose is preferring more department store fragrances.
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    No, not really!

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    They pretty much followed the same larger scale directions and outlines, yet with more variations, expansions and/or twits in the process.

    For examples a higher proportion of niche but also of cheapies, more vintages without however completely rejecting the reformulated versions of classic, more gourmands, chypres, even unisex florals and especially lavenders did not expect liking that much, an even higher proportion of leathers and tobaccos-to name only the more striking changes.
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    Well for one I did not like leathers and some of the grass your vet Avers I did not like. But now I like 1725 Marquis de Sade and I find myself liking vetiver fragrances more.

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    Up to a level yes.

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    Default Re: How have your tastes changed over time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    I am not solely driven about getting laid anymore, so I basically wear more sophisticated and nuanced fragrances that please me on a more cerebral level
    Sounds like that could be as much a function of aging and maturing as of developing a more sophisticated perfume palate.

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    Default Re: How have your tastes changed over time?

    Great question, mine keeps evolving after decades of fragrance use, now leaning more towards niche specific scents.

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    Buying easily accessible and available to wanting/buying ones that aren't.

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    Thank you all for the replies -- very interesting to read.

    BTW, I realized shortly after starting the thread that this question comes up every few years (please forgive the repeat!). Here's the previous thread with 50 replies:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/461...ve-changed-how

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    While the great 80's decade will always be my heart, with all the great scents from back then, I find I hardly reach for them. They're just an occasional nostalgic time machine that I treasure.

    In the current landscape, I am all over the map. I will say that the sweet gourmand scents are the lowest population in my collection. The freshness of the Creed and Bond ranges are my faves.

    I have picked up more Bonds than anything over the last few months, and I am dipping back into Amouage currently.

    I find I collect in waves.
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