cytherian Perfume Wardrobe and Profile

Prior to 2013, I had a small collection of fragrances and only wore them occasionally, usually nights out and that sort of thing. The bulk of my present collection developed in a relatively short time. I went from a handful to about 100 total bottles in less than 2 years! I never expected that this would happen; even family and friends thought of me "going through a phase." Well, I feel like it's a lifestyle change, not a momentary trend. I find that there's so much enjoyment to be had from wearing and indulging in a fragrance.

My "Haves" list is sorted chronologically, so I can keep track of where I am and how I got there. So, they don't represent my order of appreciation (the best are not at the start!).

Great Experiences with:
Purchases/Sales: epapsiou, rynegne, SumoTigerCat, steve0580
Splits: epapsiou
Swaps: epapsiou, SumoTigerCat, 3starmagnum
Samples: SumoTigerCat, steve0580, ThisVulture, wesleyclark, RkrChk

Swap out list:

Pending Test List:
Masque Russian Tea
Santa Maria Novella Peau d'Espagne
Profumum Roma Patchouly
Ambré Baldessarini for Men

About me:
I grew up in a fragrance-free household, unfortunately. While I've always had a good nose for aromas, I just didn't get much encouragement to explore it. Forget about lighting incense!

When I finally left my parents home to make my way into the world, I did end up buying a couple of fragrances, but only mainstream ones to "smell nice" on occasions. My first was Ralph Lauren Polo (green). I was completely olfactory naive. As chance would have it, girlfriends seemed to enjoy me as I was and never gifted me colognes.

Over time, I did acquire a few fragrances by gifts and luckily they ended up being ones I still like to this day. But then when I found one of them was running low, I sought out to find more and discovered it had been reformulated. Seeking to learn a little more brought me to Fragrantica.

In less than 12 months, I exceeded 80 fragrances and then passed 100 bottles in about 2 years. It still feels like the exploration is far from over. Wow, you mean you can use your nose to smell pleasant things and not just to detect smoke or gas? ;-) Whereas before I would find a fragrance as a yes/no like/dislike experience, I'm now attentive to the notes and absolutely amazed at how rich the realm of smells really is. I'm still trying to find my direction--what notes appeal to me most and others that I'd rather pass on. I have a feeling I will always be "fragrance aware" going forward, no matter how active I am in acquiring new fragrances.

I did end up getting rather lucky in having a fragrance connection, a cologne that I experienced as a small child. My father designed the bottle for a friend who had a very small company, and ended up influencing the final formulation that was chosen. The cologne was called WOTO. It's extremely rare, as it had just a 10 year production run, ending around 1979. My father gifted me a bottle of the cologne and aftershave, from his small cache, and awoke old memories for me. Hands down it is my favorite cologne, but still missing from the Fragrantica database. I've searched high and low, but no sign of any turning up on eBay or other markets. It's too bad--it's such a great fragrance that so many people won't ever get to know.

Dunhill Blend 30, Elsha 1776, Balenciaga Ho Hang Club, YSL M7, YSL Kouros, Hermes Equipage, Hermes Bel Ami, Gucci Pour Homme (I), Gucci Envy, Gucci Nobile, Davidoff Zino, Chanel Egoiste CC, Chanel Antaeus, Chanel Pour Monsieur CC, Gianfranco Ferre Pour Homme, Lancome Sagamore, Charles Revson Braggi, Estee Lauder Metropolis, Jean Marc Sinan VO, Caron Le No 3 Homme, Caron Pour Un Homme, Perry Ellis Cologne For Men (1985), Monsieur Carven, Tuscany Per Uomo, Royall Muske, Royall Spyce, Royall Lyme, Crabtree & Evelyn Mysore, and Deviline Woto.

Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental, Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan, Etro Gomma, Amouage Epic Man, Amouage Jubilation XXV, Guerlain Heritage, Dior Homme (2012), Guerlain L'Homme Intense, Acqua di Parma Essenza, Acqua di Parma Assoluta, Knize Ten, Serge Lutens Santal de Mysore, Olympic Orchids Siam Proun, Diptyque Hesperides, Etro Shaal Nur, Etro Palais Jamais, Etro Vetiver, Jovoy Private Label, Annick Goutal Hadrien Absolu, Annick Goutal Vetiver, VC&A Midnight In Paris EDP, Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense, Horseball Classic, and Boucheron Jaipur Homme EDP.


"Life is funny. We're given this amazing mind that can do so much, and yet, our society does very little to prepare us on how best to use it. Most of us go astray in various ways and degrees... so much time and energy lost in correcting issues, traumas, misunderstandings, and dysfunction. We can do better than this." -- anonymous

My signature fragrance

Muscs Koublai Khan Serge Lutens
My perfume timeline

My favorite fragrances

Antaeus Kouros Fraicheur By Santos de Cartier Royal English Leather

Perfumes I Have - (126)

  • Ralph Lauren Polo
  • Maurer & Wirtz Tabac
  • Maurer & Wirtz 4711 Original Eau de Cologne
  • Royall Lyme Bermuda Royall Lyme
  • Victorinox Swiss Army Swiss Army Altitude
  • Chanel Egoiste Cologne Concentree
  • Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree
  • Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Santal Noble
  • Kenneth Cole Signature
  • Shiseido Basala
  • Davidoff Zino Davidoff
  • Givenchy Monsieur de Givenchy
  • Royall Lyme Bermuda Royall Muske
  • Royall Lyme Bermuda Royall Spyce
  • Chanel Antaeus
  • Elsha 1776
  • Royall Lyme Bermuda Royall Bay Rhum
  • Caron Pour Un Homme de Caron
  • Chanel Pour Monsieur
  • Boucheron Jaipur Homme
  • Perry Ellis Perry Ellis for Men Original (1985)
  • Etro Shaal Nur
  • Jean-Marc Sinan V.O. Version Originale
  • Amouage Amouage Epic Man
  • Lalique Encre Noire
  • Chopard Noble Vetiver
  • Lalique Lalique White
  • Gucci Gucci pour Homme
  • Acqua di Parma Essenza di Colonia
  • Ted Lapidus Lapidus Pour Homme
  • Gianfranco Ferre Gianfranco Ferre  for Man
  • Prada Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense
  • Royall Lyme Bermuda Royall Mandarin
  • Acqua di Parma Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta Edizione Speciale 2011
  • Guerlain Guerlain Homme Intense
  • Guerlain Heritage Eau de Toilette
  • Guerlain Vetiver (Vintage Edition)
  • Charles Revson Braggi
  • Estée Lauder Metropolis
  • Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes Siam Proun
  • Davidoff Silver Shadow
  • Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes Salamanca
  • Shiseido Tactics
  • Hermes Equipage
  • Bill Blass Mr. Blass
  • Caron Le 3` Homme de Caron
  • Annick Goutal Eau du Sud
  • Diptyque L'eau des Hesperides
  • Hermes Bel Ami
  • Versace Versace L'Homme
  • Carven Monsieur Carven
  • Annick Goutal Hadrien Absolu
  • Yves Saint Laurent Kouros
  • Lancome Sagamore Pour Homme
  • Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud Eau de Cologne Concentree
  • Balenciaga Ho Hang Club
  • Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles
  • Mauboussin M Generation
  • Horseball Horseball Classic
  • Jovoy Paris Private Label
  • Etro Palais Jamais
  • Etro Vetiver
  • Annick Goutal Les Nuits d'Hadrien
  • Yves Saint Laurent M7
  • Gucci Envy for Men
  • Gucci Gucci Nobile
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris
  • Dolce&Gabbana By
  • Yves Saint Laurent Kouros Fraicheur
  • Lanvin Monsieur Lanvin
  • Calvin Klein Obsession for Men
  • Alfred Dunhill Blend 30
  • Guerlain L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Eau Extreme
  • Byredo Accord Oud
  • Soivohle Journeyman
  • Ralph Lauren Polo Crest
  • Tiffany Tiffany for Men
  • Etro Gomma
  • Pal Zileri Sartoriale
  • Coach Coach Leatherware No. 03
  • Lattafa Perfumes Ameer Al Oudh
  • Oscar de la Renta Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui
  • Rasasi La Yuqawam Homme
  • Chopard Oud Malaki
  • Montana Montana Black Edition
  • Pal Zileri Collezione Privata Viaggio d`Africa
  • Farina 1709 Original Eau de Cologne
  • Givenchy Insense
  • Amouage Tribute
  • Cacharel Nemo
  • Calvin Klein Calvin
  • Bois 1920 Agrumi Amari di Sicilia
  • Christian Dior Fahrenheit
  • Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental
  • Yves Saint Laurent Jazz Prestige
  • Etro Sandalo
  • Marc de la Morandiere M pour Monsieur
  • Yves Saint Laurent Jazz
  • Chanel Egoiste
  • Guerlain Samsara Eau de Parfum
  • Davidoff Good Life
  • Charles Jourdan Un Homme
  • Dolce&Gabbana Dolce&Gabbana Pour Homme
  • Oliver & Co. Vetiverus
  • Armaf Club de Nuit Intense
  • Pascal Morabito Or Black
  • Puredistance M
  • Roberto Capucci R de Capucci
  • Christian Dior Dior Homme 2005
  • Christian Dior Dior Homme
  • Perry Ellis Black Vanilla Absolute
  • Etro Greene Street
  • Cartier Santos de Cartier
  • Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan
  • Oliver & Co. Resina
  • Ermenegildo Zegna Haitian Vetiver
  • Christian Dior La Collection Couturier Parfumeur Granville
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme
  • Masque Russian Tea
  • Creed Royal Delight
  • Serge Lutens Chene
  • Rochas Lui Rochas
  • Lanvin Arpege Pour Homme
  • Maxim`s de Paris Maxim's pour Homme
  • Donna Karan Fuel for Men
  • L`Artisan Parfumeur Fou d`Absinthe

Perfumes I Want - (3)

  • Rania J Ambre Loup
  • Ajmal Santal Wood
  • Jacques Bogart Furyo

Perfumes I Had - (38)

  • Cartier Pasha de Cartier
  • S.T. Dupont S.T. Dupont pour Homme
  • Giorgio Beverly Hills Red for Men
  • Lanvin Lanvin L`Homme
  • Davidoff Davidoff
  • Aramis Aramis
  • Burberry Burberry Brit for Men
  • Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de l`Homme
  • Revillon R
  • Estée Lauder Azuree Pure
  • Estée Lauder Lauder for Men
  • Gres Cabochard
  • Eddie Bauer Adventurer
  • Paco Rabanne Tenere
  • Gucci Gucci Pour Homme (1976)
  • L`Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu
  • Reminiscence Noir
  • Diptyque Tam Dao
  • Annick Goutal Ambre Fétiche
  • Dolce&Gabbana The One for Men
  • Aramis Tuscany Per Uomo
  • Houbigant Duc de Vervins
  • Pierre Balmain Ambre Gris
  • Amouage Jubilation for Men
  • Alfred Dunhill Dunhill for Men
  • Alain Delon Ad Alain Delon Plus
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Tsar
  • Burberry Burberrys
  • Fragonard Vetyver
  • Valentino Vendetta Uomo
  • Krizia Moods by Krizia Uomo
  • Perris Monte Carlo Oud Imperial
  • Odori Tabacco
  • Odori Cuoio
  • Roger & Gallet Jean Marie Farina Extra Vieille
  • Mona di Orio Vetyver
  • 10 Corso Como 10 Corso Como Uomo
  • Bois 1920 1920 Extreme

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