When my brother was looking to get into fragrances, I recommended three web sites. The first is the fragrance forum at B&B. Read through them, including the fragrance of the day thread. Most days, you will see at least a few fragrances reviewed and many comments on fragrance notes. I also just enjoy seeing what everyone is wearing. Also, the members here are friendlier and more eager to help than anywhere else I've seen. The second place to look is at Basenotes. There are reviews of almost every fragrance out there, and decent beginner forums. I find the members there to be knowledgeable but more likely to negative and snooty than they are here. Finally, I learned a lot just browsing around on The Perfumed Court. Although they are a site that sells decants, the categories that they break them up into are very informative. You can find fragrances by notes, houses, historical significance (i.e. John Lennon wore Dior's Eau Sauvage) and more others than you can imagine. Finally, go out and smell things, get samples and ask questions. Remember that although there are some great scents that are incredibly expensive, there are plenty of "five star" fragrances that can be had at bargain prices. For example, while I love Amouage Jubilation XXV at $250 a bottle, I also found Azzaro pour Homme ($19 at T.J. Maxx) to be a great fragrance. In the end, the important thing is that you enjoy it. When I was in college, I was looking for what I thought the ladies would love. Since then, I've found that I prefer wearing the scents that I enjoy. While women enjoy it when you smell nice, they are attracted to confidence even more! Good luck on your journey.
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