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    Quote Originally Posted by davido22 View Post
    I always spray some on the back of my hand to see how it evolves. Scents evolve from the top note, which is what you smell right after applying to the middle note which comes on as the top note dissipates to the basenote which comes on after thirty minutes or more and is the solid underpinning of the scent. There are so many different types of scents so you would have to tell me which you generally like to wear. Here is a guide taken from wikipedia of basic fragrances. It's sort of long reading but really puts things in perspective. I can make recommendations based on which styles appeal to you and also recommend some things to check out to expand your awareness. Most perfumes can be bought in small quantities from perfume decanters so you can play with scents without making the plunge. Its also a good way to experiment with layering scents you like with other possibilities. Here is a run down:
    Single Floral: Fragrances that are dominated by a scent from one particular flower; in French called a soliflore.
    Floral Bouquet:Is a combination of fragrance of several flowers in a perfume compound. Examples include Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant and Joy by Jean Patou.
    Ambered, or "Oriental": A large fragrance class featuring the sweet slightly animalic scents of ambergris or labdanum, often combined with vanilla, tonka bean, flowers and woods. Can be enhanced by camphorous oils and incense resins, which bring to mind Victorian era imagery of the Middle East and Far East. Traditional examples include Guerlain's Shalimar and Yves Saint Laurent's Opium.
    Wood: Fragrances that are dominated by woody scents, typically of agarwood, sandalwood and cedarwood. Patchouli, with its camphoraceous smell, is commonly found in these perfumes. A traditional example here would be Myrurgia's Maderas De Oriente or Chanel Bois-des-Îles. A modern example would be Balenciaga Rumba.
    Leather: A family of fragrances which features the scents of honey, tobacco, wood and wood tars in its middle or base notes and a scent that alludes to leather. Traditional examples include Robert Piguet's Bandit and Balmain's Jolie Madame.
    Chypre (IPA: [ʃipʁ]): Meaning Cyprus in French, this includes fragrances built on a similar accord consisting of bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli, and labdanum. This family of fragrances is named after a perfume by François Coty, and one of the most famous examples is Guerlain's Mitsouko.
    Fougère: Meaning Fern in French, built on a base of lavender, coumarin and oakmoss. Houbigant's Fougère Royale pioneered the use of this base. Many men's fragrances belong to this family of fragrances, which is characterized by its sharp herbaceous and woody scent. Some well-known modern fougères are Fabergé Brut and Guy Laroche Drakkar Noir.
    Green: a lighter and more modern interpretation of the Chypre type, with pronounced cut grass, crushed green leaf and cucumber-like scents. Two examples would be Estée Lauder's Aliage or Sisley's Eau de Campagne.
    Aquatic, Oceanic, or Ozonic: the newest category in perfume history, appearing in 1991 with Christian Dior's Dune. A very clean, modern smell leading to many of the modern androgynous perfumes. Generally contains calone, a synthetic scent discovered in 1966. Also used to accent floral, oriental, and woody fragrances.
    Citrus: An old fragrance family that until recently consisted mainly of "freshening" eau de colognes, due to the low tenacity of citrus scents. Development of newer fragrance compounds has allowed for the creation of primarily citrus fragrances. A good example here would be Brut.
    Fruity: featuring the aromas of fruits other than citrus, such as peach, cassis (black currant), mango, passion fruit, and others. A modern example here would be Ginestet Botrytis.
    Gourmand (IPA: [guʁmɑ̃]): scents with "edible" or "dessert"-like qualities. These often contain notes like vanilla, tonka bean and coumarin, as well as synthetic components designed to resemble food flavors. A sweet example is Thierry Mugler's Angel. A savory example would be Dinner by BoBo, which has cumin and curry hints.
    A lot of these examples are traditionally womens' scents but nowadays most modern perfumeurs are making either unisex or male and female versions of specific scents.

    i can't say i normally come onto this site to learn, but davido thank you for being very informative. i have a newfound appreciation for the tom ford, and other colognes, i have at home.

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    Thanks op487062 and thanks for all the pms i have received about perfume. I am happy to share everything but the secret ingredients of my upcoming scents with all. Here's an affordable combo I love...Diptyque Phylokolos layered with Diptyque Tam Dao - its summer figs mixed with smoky wood. Think Barneys has them both or you can buy straight from the company online. If anyone wants small decants of any scent please visit Perfume Samples, Perfume Decants and Vintage Perfumes - The Perfumed Court. You can buy small decants of just about any scent under the sun for $3-15 depending on the size of the decant and cost of the scent. Great way to test drive before buying.

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