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As I went through purchasing my samples on Luckyscent (for my upcoming birthday), I wondered: why do we like the fragrances we do? Why have I bought a sample of Mure et Musc Extreme and Costume National 21 around 3 times each now, and on the other hand completely despised the vast majority of what I've bought before? The noob who doesn't know much about fragrances may want to buy fragrances that smell exactly like MeM and CN21, I on the other hand wish to understand the reason BEHIND why I enjoy it. Imagine being able to just know why you like a fragrance. At this point I don't think I ever will, because a lot of my best discoveries were just fortuitous guesses. Why do I like Candies for Men (if this was simply a bit less sweet and much less synthetic, ohh man) and not Mitsuoko? Why does it seem I'm indifferent about 99% of the heavy hitters, while 99% of the fragrances I adore are the ones that seem to attract no attention? Everything about me is middle of the road. I don't like the fragrances that are almost too interesting to wear, and I of course don't like the fragrances that are so simple it smells like thousands of others; accessible niche and well made designer. That's about all I've figured out thus far.
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  1. ECaruthers's Avatar
    Do the 'fumes you love have something in common? Perfumes The Guide has brief descriptions of all the 'fumes. The Excel work book has them in col. D Are your favorites mostly in one family (oriental, fougere, ...) or do they have some notes in common?
  2. CanwllCorfe's Avatar
    Double post!
  3. CanwllCorfe's Avatar
    Not really. Well, I can't really make any connections. Someone else might be able to though! For light fragrances I wear Creed's MI/SMW, L'Artisan's MeM, Etat Libre d'Orange's Tilda Swinton Like This, Gucci Pour Homme II, Kenzo Power, and Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil. I've dreamt of having a beautifully realistic aquatic (I ordered a sample of Sel Marin, I'm hopeful) and I don't think I could ever try too many fruity fragrances. The only issue with fruit fragrances is how synthetic they can be and how sweet they usually are.

    When it comes to warm fragrances I adore ones that are rich and smooth: CN21, By Kilian's Back to Black, and Hermes' Ambre Narguile are all fantastic. I don't mind ones that are a bit spicy, like L'instant Extreme, but I don't do ones that are intensely spicy, like Idole de Lubin. They hurt my nose. I also like booziness! I may have liked Pure Malt had it not had the patchouli note, but I can't be sure. I'm a vanilla nut, but haven't found any real loves yet. I would love Spiritueuse Double Vanille (booziness AND vanilla!) had the cedar not been so strong. If the cedar was really quiet, I probably would love it much more.
  4. trex57's Avatar
    I enjoyed reading your entry. Your delivery is freakin hilarious. Liked your blog entry about NYC. It can be overwhelming, Ive never heard BG described as a wormhole, priceless.

    About your entry, you like what you like. I love CN a lot. But I also like Idole too. If you want to try something a little different try things like Odin #4, it has a cassis note and its not overly heavy(IMO), Humaniste from Frapin(boozy) and maybe Ulrich Lang #2(rhubarb no less)

    They are not overly pricey, well maybe the Frapin. Buy a few samples and try them out.

    Each person has different tastes and styles. Thats one of the reasons there are so many frags out there.

    Cheers Rex
  5. CanwllCorfe's Avatar
    Thanks! I have fun posting these. I'll definitely have to try those out!


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