My username on Basenotes.net and Fragrantica.com is Bigsly (chosen because it popped into my head when I signed up at BN and I thought it would be good for searching purposes). I became interested in personal fragrance (“perfumes”) in late 2007. Before that, I rarely wore any fragrance and still had some old bottles of Aramis and Stetson lying around in the back of a drawer. I’ve come to conclude that our olfactory sense is like an “alternate universe,” in that it is quite unlike hearing and seeing. With smell, it’s not uncommon (for me) to like a fragrance one day while the next it is irritating, or I can hardly detect much at all. This is one major reason for my sustained interest in this “hobby.” What I hope to do on this blog is to provide some insights into my olfactory experiences, particularly those with personal fragrance. If you’d like to share some of your experiences, feel free to leave a comment.
Most of my commentary will involve “men’s” fragrances (being a “guy”), but I do own and wear some “women’s” and unisex ones as well. However, I don’t consider such gender distinctions to be of any importance, other than what be of concern in the context of social conventions, which are not an interest of mine on this blog. I should also mention that “top notes” are of very little interest to me, though apparently many are either misled by them or feel that they are important to the fragrance experience. This is the case within one book, “Perfumes: The Guide,” by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. Turin really likes Coromandel by Chanel whereas Sanchez is at best lukewarm towards Prada (the original women’s EdP), yet within a couple of hours or so, they smell quite similar to me. Instead, I seek fragrances that I still find myself enjoying several hours later. Thus, please keep this in mind when you read my posts.
Another issue is how you experience a fragrance. I often sit for several hours at a time, which means that there is constant exposure, whereas when I walk around more than usual, I notice that I just get hints of the scent now and then. Moreover, one might really enjoy how a fragrance smells on someone else (perhaps experiencing it as the person walks by a few times a day, at most), but never wears it because it is too feminine or masculine (depending on the person’s gender), and so a review of it by that person may be quite misleading to someone who wants to wear it and enjoy it for hours.
DISCLAIMER: I have no affiliations of any kind with any company involved with fragrances, nor have I ever been paid or given free samples in exchange for a review, favorable or otherwise. If I am ever offered something free in order to review it I will mention that in the review itself, in the first sentence. I do sell some samples once in a while to offset the costs of buying bottles, though every year since 2008 I’ve spent a lot more than I have sold. Mostly, I swap bottles in order to sample new scents, and it’s common to include some free samples with a bottle in a swap.