Originally Posted by ZepFloyd
where do you recommend going for colognes? I usually go to Elder-Beerman, is there somewhere else to go with a bigger variety?
All of the large department stores carry some variations of the basic line-up, and they're a good place to gain some scent knowledge. Smell everything and try to remember the ones you didn't like, then look up the layering of the ingredients online (see below) and find out what didn't work for you. Try not to spray any on yourself; spray onto a card and smell it that way. It will smell better on your skin than on the card, but you don't want past sprays lingering on your skin to confuse your judgment. Half of the time, you can just smell the atomizer and it will give you enough of an impression to judge whether the bottle is even worth spraying.
Unless you live in a major city, the best way to try new or unique stuff is to purchase inexpensive samples online. Once you have a better idea of what you want, you can narrow down which samples you'd like to order. Basenotes.net
is probably the ultimate site for looking up information. Consider creating an account, since the reviews are disabled for non-members during the holidays in order to save bandwidth. The Perfumed Court
is a great place to purchase authentic decanted samples.
Originally Posted by flamerz
I recently bought Burberry Brit. I'm really liking it so far.
Brit is a solid variation of the classic Burberry tonka bean base. Good bottle, too. I bought Brit Red (for women), a limited variation, for my girlfriend and it turned out to be one of her favorite scents. It's very sweet and Christmas-y: vanilla, patchouli, and gingerbread dominant notes.