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    I've always been interested in smells; I distinctly remember certain shampoos (B&B green apple!) and flowers (purple honeysuckle) in the garden from my childhood. Whenever I could get my hands on a miniature or sample I would treasure them, but my family was not a fragrance wearing bunch at all. I started wearing fragrance in my early teens, in the form of body sprays and gifted (partial) bottles from aunts, but got serious after reading a biography of Gabriele Chanel. The whole story (myth, bunch of lies probably, as Gabriele was far from a reliable source) around No. 5 intrigued me and I decided (without ever having smelled it) I wanted to wear that fragrance. My parents gifted me a bottle when I turned 15 and I absolutely loved it and wore it as my signature for decades. I also selected YSL Babydoll as my summer scent and never gave any other scent the time of day.

    Then my husband, who was wearing Acqua di Gio (which I like) and Cool Water (which I hate) for no apparent reason, needed a new perfume (well, I wanted him to get one I loved, and he wasn't against it) and one day while stuck at an airport we sampled the entire men's section of the duty free shop. He selected Terre D'Hermes, and I decided to look it up online to see what notes it had. I came across basenotes and fell down the rabbit hole fast. I started sampling classics and niche scents shortly after and here we are.
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    It was when I was around 15 years old that I was introduced to Brut, and since then I have always wear fragrances.

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    I needed a new form of retail therapy after I ran out of space for shoes.

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    Jeremy Fragrance.
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    My mother's Avon & Chanel
    My dad's Mennen & Shulton
    My brother's Coty & Aqua Velva
    Always been curious about the bottles, drawn to the scent.
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    No, during.
    How many years were you in academia? Did you ever make it to a full professor?
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    How many years were you in academia? Did you ever make it to a full professor?
    20 years. Yes.
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    20 years. Yes.
    Impressive. What made you decide to leave academia?
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    A strict Catholic told me that she liked perfume on men. The battle between me and her wicked Polish priest had begun and I was willing to use chemical weapons (Cool Water, recommended by a friend) to beat him.

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    Getting the Byredo Discovery Set and smelling Bal D'Afrique for the first time. Completely blew away all previous experience i had with department store designers (Armani Code, 1million, Spice Bomb, etc)
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    Getting the Byredo Discovery Set and smelling Bal D'Afrique for the first time. Completely blew away all previous experience i had with department store designers (Armani Code, 1million, Spice Bomb, etc)
    Where'd you get the Byredo tip, and what are the lines you've explored most heavily since then?

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    Nice story Did your husband fall with you?
    Sort of. He got his Terre D'Hermes and though that was that, but then I kept letting him smell all my new finds and every now and again he liked something I got (and then basically confiscated it). Cuir de Russie went his way, as did Azuree and No. 19 (he likes his leathers), and he picked Yatagan, Ormonde Man, Oud Palao, Tam Dao and a few more. He definitely has a type! He's also getting quite good at spotting notes in whatever I'm wearing, especially white flowers are on his radar.
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    Impressive. What made you decide to leave academia?
    Business pursuits which turned out to be infinitely more lucrative.
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    Where'd you get the Byredo tip, and what are the lines you've explored most heavily since then?
    I was on some random forum completely unrelated to fragrance. The people in that forum started a "cologne subthread", and outside of Aventus there were still LOTS of these expensive brands that I had never heard of. Prior to reading that thread I was one of those people that would go to Macy's, buy one bottle, and wear that every day until it was gone (lol can't imagine that now).


    Since the byredo discovery set, luckyscent has made a KILLING off my sample hauls. Chanel, Tom Ford, Parfums de Marlay, Fragrance Du Bois, Creed, Mancera/Montale, are all brands i would say i've explored extensively. From a strictly "aroma" stand point, Tom Ford is probably one of my favorites but outside of Tobacco Vanille, Oud Wood, and one or two others i find TF fragrances to have extremely poor longevity. These days I predominantly wear Roja Dove scents as I love his dna the most. Other than that I wear alot of Areej and Bortnikoff stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowtone View Post
    Sort of. He got his Terre D'Hermes and though that was that, but then I kept letting him smell all my new finds and every now and again he liked something I got (and then basically confiscated it). Cuir de Russie went his way, as did Azuree and No. 19 (he likes his leathers), and he picked Yatagan, Ormonde Man, Oud Palao, Tam Dao and a few more. He definitely has a type! He's also getting quite good at spotting notes in whatever I'm wearing, especially white flowers are on his radar.
    How very nice! Had a big grin on my face when I read that he “confiscates” them It reminds me of someone posting that (I think it was a) he loves to gift unisex fragrances to his partner that he also enjoys ^^
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    Got into fragrances from my pops. R.I.P
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    I’ve always loved smelling a nice fragrance on someone .
    The thing is : that the only fragrances i had were holidays’ gifts , and i always thought (as a kid) that fragrances are so expensive ($130+) due to relatives having expensive fragrances. One holiday there was a sale in a fragrance store and i decided to have a look , and discovered that not all fragrances are that expensive , ever since that day (the same year i graduated high school) I kept going back to that store and trying something new (almost always end up buying something) and that started the journey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    A strict Catholic told me that she liked perfume on men. The battle between me and her wicked Polish priest had begun and I was willing to use chemical weapons (Cool Water, recommended by a friend) to beat him.
    Any revelations?

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    I have always worn fragrance since my teenage years. I remember wearing Brut and receiving a bottle of Halston Z-14 as a Christmas gift from my mother back in the 70's. My journey into niche began in 2007 when my wife introduced me to Etro Messe de Minuit in a Douglas department store. I had never smelled anything like it and soon after bought it. She later mentioned the Serge Lutens line and about the same time discovered Basenotes. I've been in the rabbit hole ever since.

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    I was born with a very strong sense of smell. As a child I couldn't stand stinky smells and gravitated to things that smelled good!

    The first fragrance I remember purchasing was a bottle of Hai Karate in around 1972 when I was 10 years old. I had smelled perfumes on my Mom before but never wanted to wear any of them, they were usually too powdery for my taste.

    My Dad started wearing Elsha in about 1978 or so and my older brother wore Brut starting in around 1976.

    I wore his Brut sometimes, I wore Hai Karate sometimes, tried out my dad's Elsha, but never really landed on one that I could really settle on...until I got my first bottle of Warner Polo in 1981. I fell in love with this fragrance and the clear pine note was one of the main reasons, but of course, original Polo had so much going for it that it wasn't just the pine, but that was my very favorite part of the fragrance. I wore Polo exclusively from 1981 until early 2013.

    Then I finally admitted to the fact that I just didn't enjoy the Polo that was being made in 2013 and decided to start looking for something that amped up the pine note as Polo had lost a lot of it's original appeal for me.

    So, I started investigating fragrances. My first foray brought me to Pino Silvestre, Carlo Corinto Classic, Agua Brava, Quorum and the like. I read over and over how they smelled like pine and I discovered over and over that I couldn't smell any pine with any of these fragrances...well...perhaps just a teeny, tiny hint of a whisper of pine in Quorum, but Pino Silvestre and Aqua Brava smell like straight up herbs to me. So...I kept searching and I discovered Norne by Slumberhouse...and I became completely lost in the fragrance vortex!!! Next was Fille en Aiguilles, then Good Fir 11, then on and on and on!!! I'm still going strong almost 300 bottles later. I've sold quite a few and bought a lot more that's for sure.

    I love fragrances...they make me happy and that's a good thing.
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    Born in a fraghead family I had some designers and already my own taste as a young teenager, I shopped and chose my next perfumes with passion, knew my designers and few notes that I like, but what got me started on collecting:

    One night I told my new roommate's friends that their drug smells heavenly and one of them told me there is this new perfume called Black Afgano that is supposed to smell like this and that was the first perfume that felt "niche" buying it, I ended up getting Comme des Garcons Tar , Garage and Odeur71 alongside it, it felt my best purchase to this date, that day I discovered how much I love this s**t.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    A strict Catholic told me that she liked perfume on men. The battle between me and her wicked Polish priest had begun and I was willing to use chemical weapons (Cool Water, recommended by a friend) to beat him.
    So the priest holly water didn’t make any effect on you? Have they tried with 1 Million? Sauvage? Maybe a cross or a stake filled with them mixed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wood&leather View Post
    Prior to reading that thread I was one of those people that would go to Macy's, buy one bottle, and wear that every day until it was gone (lol can't imagine that now).
    Ha...that was my MO for 10 years or so...
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