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    Default My Fragrance Journey in a Nutshell

    Drakar...

    Creed...

    Amouage...

    Ensar ...

    ALD...

    Anything that’s made primarily of plants and secretions from animals.

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    Le Male/Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme

    Dior (Dior Homme/Bois d'Argent/Eau Noire)

    CDG

    Le Labo

    -------------------------------- (dividing line represents shift from signature scent/finish a bottle, buy a bottle mindset ---> having "rotations" and more than I can wear)

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    Chanel/Hermes
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    Avon...

    Designer...

    Vintage Avon...

    Vintage Designer...

    Niche...

    Artisanal...

    ...Back to Avon.

    I been around the world aye aye aye
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dothraki View Post
    Anything that’s made primarily of plants and secretions from animals.
    Interesting.
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    Cool Water
    (many years as a teenager pass)
    Chanel Allure & Perry Ellis Reserve
    Terre d’Hermes
    Sauvage

    —— massive shift to too many bottles ——

    too many AdP, Creed, TF, PdM and then some...

    —— dream of one day owning 10 ultimate bottles, no more no less —— (not gonna happen )


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    Anything that was gifted to me...

    Thinking I should probably search for something I'd actually love and buy it for myself, but still just using anything that was gifted to me...

    Ooooh, I love this fragrance I got a sample of while buying make up! Maybe I should just get this one!

    (a year passes)

    Oooh, I realy love this, I want to read everything about it!

    (joins Basenotes)...

    ...Taste and wardrobe expands.

    Along the way I found some loves in modern designer offerings, in classics, and in the less expensive side of niche, even some great celebrity fragrances like Sarah Jessica Parker's scents. I feel there definitely is a theme in what I like, but I think my taste is rather broad. I am reluctant to dive into vintages, expensive/luxury niche/luxury lines or expensive artisanal stuff. I'm not saying these parts of perfumery aren't interesting, but I feel like I do not need that. There are so many beautiful things that are affordable to me, I do not need to go out of my way to enjoy myself.

    As for the actual taste, I always liked sweet/vanillic/intoxicating scents and citrusy scents (I'm talking since childhood), but trying out various fragrances I found out I love spicy, resinous, woody, musky, incensy and boozy scents, too. And even some florals, however much reluctant I'd be to admit that.

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    I'm loving everybody's Cliff Notes versions of their fragrant histories! Haven't thought of mine yet.
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    This really is an interesting exercise!
    I can't say i was AT ALL deliberate about
    fragrance until the last 5 years or so.
    All gifts and blind buys to that point.

    Late teens
    Chanel Pour Homme (lucky start...gift)
    Lancome Programme Home
    Joop
    Drakkar
    Colors by AJ

    20s
    Tiffany for Men
    Carolina Herrera

    30s

    Kenneth Cole Black
    Dirty English
    True Religion

    40s

    Mont Blanc Legend Intense
    Mandarina Duck Black
    Versace Eros
    Azzaro Chrome
    YSL (several)

    Mugler - Amen (most of them)

    Creed - GIT, Av, MI

    DS Durga - (the Hylnds line)

    Houb - Fog Royale

    And now im about to turn
    51 and it takes me 20 min
    to decide what to wear. The
    Frag obsession now has 3 Med
    cabinets full between Full Bottles,
    Minis, and Decants. Madness.
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    Didn't mean to ramble...
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    Pre Basenotes:
    single designer (gifted), worn infrequently
    Completely oblivious to the rabbit hole.


    Obtained a sample of Tobacco oud and was flooded with childhood memories.

    Basenotes:
    Interwoven exploration of Tobacco and Barbershop, which resulted in quite a collection of each genre.

    currently:
    much higher threshold for purchase
    typically indie/unique
    almost exclusively decants

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    - first fragrances ever worn: no name deodorants/body sprays from the likes of Axe, Denim, Fa, 8x4, Cussons and others like these, while the Adidas fragrance cheapies being the most pricey EDTs ever purchased and worn back then

    - fist proper quality fragrance received as gift: Salvador Dali PH

    - first fragrances bought from own money: Drakkar Noir, Chevignon Brand, slightly later Paco Energy, almost around the same time

    - further scent choices between the aforementioned and later on discovering BN: Ungaro III, Horizon by Guy Laroche, Worth PH and a few more along these lines

    - from the discovery of Basenotes till this very day: the bulk (not just in terms of sheer quantity/numbers but also of quality, price, diversity etc.) of scents bought, gifted or swapped in the currently visible BN wardrobe

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    1. Adidas Moves

    2. Wetshaving/Barbershop

    3. Vintage fougeres

    4. Current designer variations of barbershop & fougere

    5. Occasional niche takes on the above, plus patchouli and coniferous notes

    I have souvenirs from all of the above...give me one of each (minus the Adidas) and I'd probably live pretty happily.

    Current Favorites:
    Guerlain Vetiver, Missoni Parfum Pour Homme, Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense, Lalique Pour Homme EDP, Cartier Declaration

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    First fragrances purchased - Drakkar Noir, Boss Elements, Sung Homme, Obsession, Eternity, Tiffany For Men,

    Eventually got around to Creeds, Villoresi, L'Artisan, Maître Parfumeur et Gantier, Annick Goutal. Penhaligon, Geo F Trumper, Etro,

    Last scent I bought two days ago - F French Connection.
    Other more recent purchases - Fiat 500. Fila Men, 3am Sean John, Lacoste Red, A*Men Ultimate

    There was a U-turn somewhere in there.
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    Renato

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renato View Post
    There was a U-turn somewhere in there.
    Regards,
    Renato
    Yeah, for me, too. I like a few niche things, but I find myself buying more designer fragrances lately and enjoying them (and the extra money in my pocket) a lot.

    Current Favorites:
    Guerlain Vetiver, Missoni Parfum Pour Homme, Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense, Lalique Pour Homme EDP, Cartier Declaration

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    1. The bottle of Charlie I received as a birthday gift.

    2. Armani (the original). Everyone else in my family wore No. 5, so I fancied myself quite the maverick.

    3. Years of migraines.

    4. Eau de Cartier. Still love this one.

    5. Joined Basenotes and started having fun with samples: Tam Dao, Bois des Îles, various Comme des Garçons. Looking for something that smells like a well-swept woodworking shop: woody, crisp, the occasional hint of turpentine. Any suggestions?

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    Teens through 20s/30s: What do other people like?
    40s and beyond: What do I like?
    Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.

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    Bois des Isles is a good start, but since you mentioned turpentine definitely try CDG Hinoki if you haven't yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by cdave2 View Post

    5. Joined Basenotes and started having fun with samples: Tam Dao, Bois des Îles, various Comme des Garçons. Looking for something that smells like a well-swept woodworking shop: woody, crisp, the occasional hint of turpentine. Any suggestions?
    "I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."
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    I've always tried everything and anything. Though if there was a trend...

    Florals - Orientals - Chypres - Orientals - ???

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    Pretty similair to you, OP.

    Dior --> A*Men flankers --> MFK --> Tom Ford --> Areej --> TRNP --> plants and animals
    My sale / swap thread. Artisan, TRNP, Di Ser sales and swaps, bottles and samples

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    Around 1980 to 1985, I was wearing Chaps, Stetson, and Brut.

    From around 1985 into the 90s, I wore lots of Old Spice.

    In 1994, I wore Coty Aspen.

    In 1998, I got Opium Pour Homme edp and Fahrenheit.

    During the 2000s, I was wearing lots of Calvin Klein: Eternity for Men, Escape for Men, Euphoria Men.

    In 2014, I got D&G the One for Men and Chanel Platinum Egoiste and started reading Basenotes.

    Around 2015, I started buying older perfume on eBay, including lots of Chanel, Dior, and Guerlain.

    In 2018, I started dating someone into perfume, contributing to her collection, being influenced by what she likes, and, therefore, dialing back on Guerlain (except for Mouchoir de Monsieur).

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    Throughout my 10 years here on BN and another 2 years before that, I went through different phases. Current phase is enjoying semi-retirement.
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    ADG

    CDG and Diptyque

    Creed, Prada, Dior, Guerlain, Tom Ford

    More CDG and scents in that vein.

    Fragrance purchase armistice as I focus on what I have and other hobbies.
    1. No, never blind buy (I do, but do as I say, not as I do. I'm taking no responsibility for your fragrance gambling).
    2. Get them both. You're a Basenoter and you know you're going to end up purchasing them both eventually.
    3. Yes, it has been reformulated.
    4. Looking for a signature scent? You've come to the wrong place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdave2 View Post
    1. The bottle of Charlie I received as a birthday gift.

    2. Armani (the original). Everyone else in my family wore No. 5, so I fancied myself quite the maverick.

    3. Years of migraines.

    4. Eau de Cartier. Still love this one.

    5. Joined Basenotes and started having fun with samples: Tam Dao, Bois des Îles, various Comme des Garçons. Looking for something that smells like a well-swept woodworking shop: woody, crisp, the occasional hint of turpentine. Any suggestions?
    If you sampled CDG, did you try Artek Standard?

    Current Favorites:
    Guerlain Vetiver, Missoni Parfum Pour Homme, Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense, Lalique Pour Homme EDP, Cartier Declaration

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheapimitation;[URL="tel:5179447"
    5179447[/URL]]Bois des Isles is a good start, but since you mentioned turpentine definitely try CDG Hinoki if you haven't yet.
    Thank you - Hinoki has been on my list to try, but it sounds as if I need to bump it up a few notches. I appreciate the suggestion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swoleiosis View Post
    Pretty similair to you, OP.

    Dior --> A*Men flankers --> MFK --> Tom Ford --> Areej --> TRNP --> plants and animals
    Lol. Nice! Never checked out TRNP but just looked. Do they distill their own oils? I see them using some Hindi Ouds...looks interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRBeck;[URL="tel:5179493"
    5179493[/URL]]If you sampled CDG, did you try Artek Standard?
    Not yet, but it’s also on my list. I’ve been job-hunting but am looking forward to celebrating with a massive sample order as soon as I land a position. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bavard View Post
    Around 1980 to 1985, I was wearing Chaps, Stetson, and Brut.

    From around 1985 into the 90s, I wore lots of Old Spice.

    In 1994, I wore Coty Aspen.

    In 1998, I got Opium Pour Homme edp and Fahrenheit.

    During the 2000s, I was wearing lots of Calvin Klein: Eternity for Men, Escape for Men, Euphoria Men.

    In 2014, I got D&G the One for Men and Chanel Platinum Egoiste and started reading Basenotes.

    Around 2015, I started buying older perfume on eBay, including lots of Chanel, Dior, and Guerlain.

    In 2018, I started dating someone into perfume, contributing to her collection, being influenced by what she likes, and, therefore, dialing back on Guerlain (except for Mouchoir de Monsieur).
    What were the old Chanel’s like? Are you talking 50s/60s? I always hear about the old Mitsukos from Guerlain too but never confident enough to buy them on EBay. Too sketchy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dothraki View Post
    What were the old Chanel’s like? Are you talking 50s/60s? I always hear about the old Mitsukos from Guerlain too but never confident enough to buy them on EBay. Too sketchy.
    Old Chanel's are good. "Old," for me, is 1970s or 1980s. I have some Chanel for Men that I believe is from the 70s. I have early bottles of Antaeus from around 1981 to 1985.

    For older Guerlain's, I've tried samples of the edc's from the so-called clock-face bottles, and those would be my top recommendation (Mistsouko and Shalimar). EDC is also a safe bet for older Chanel No. 5. I also like the supposedly stronger concentrations, and that's mostly what I bought for myself (before sampling the old Guerlain edc's from Basenoter LiveJazz), but the edc's are the nicest for my tastes.

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    Dating: Popular designer /’whatever she likes on me’

    Marriage + career: Office-friendly scents

    Mid-life crisis: Zero fragrance /the lost years

    Self-discovery: the Basenotes years

    Self-expression: curating a wardrobe

    Rabbit holes: artisanal, attars, ouds, vintage, FOMO rares, bespoke

    Hmm. That’s quite a lot of nutshells...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRBeck View Post
    Yeah, for me, too. I like a few niche things, but I find myself buying more designer fragrances lately and enjoying them (and the extra money in my pocket) a lot.
    Plus.....generally speaking......,most designer scents last longer than niche scents, and one doesn't get the blank looks from women, that often comes when wearing niche scents.
    Cheers,
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