What perfumes would you say are must-tries for any newborn fumie?
What mistakes did you make in the beginning that can be avoided?
What would you do differently if you could start over?
What advice would you give a new Perfumista on her way through Perfumeland?
If you are a new, what would you like to know? What help would you need? Which resources?
First and foremost I would tell any newbie to go slow. Falling through the rabbit hole and landing in this scented wonderland is great, and you are overwhelmed with choices, which either paralyzes you or compels you to try them all at once, none of which is the ideal way to go.
Hoarding samples, wanting to discover entire lines at once, buying bottles left and right, is understandable, but not sensible.
There is so much out there, after a few weeks, you don’t know whether you really want a full bottle of anything.
If I could start over, I would only try samples, as many as I’d like, but not buy anything in a bottle. After you have gained some perspective, and the frenzy has abated somewhat, then you can go about the process of selecting perfumes you really love.
I wish somebody would have told me that in no uncertain terms, although maybe I would have ignored them anyway…
Must-tries for new fumies? I would recommend the classics, you always need to know how they smell for reference. Chanel, Guerlain, Caron, then get your feet wet in Lutens and experience Malle, go from there. Great “starter” niche lines are Ormonde Jayne and Parfum d’Empire, both offer discovery sample sets. Here are a few examples:
Chanel N°5, Chanel N°19, Guerlain Shalimar, Guerlain Aprés l’Ondée, Guerlain L’Heure Bleue, Caron Nuit de Noël, Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan, Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist, Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur, Frederic Malle Le Parfum de Thérèse, Ormonde Jayne Tiare, Parfum d’Empire Equistrius.
Also check out the Perfume Reviews page.
Don’t expect to “get” everything at first try. The greatest discovery I have made over time, was that nothing, nothing at all is set in stone, least of all your tastes. Taste expands and changes, broadens and evolves. Go back to the perfumes you discarded, don’t throw out samples too fast. What you hate today, may end up being your greatest perfumed love tomorrow.
And then – enjoy the ride!