Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Back In Business

Hello everyone, it's been a long time!

My "sabbatical" turned out to be a lot longer than I'd expected.  I really needed a long break from all this perfume stuff.  Essentially, I'd lost the urge to read or write any more about perfume.  With the sheer number of niche fragrance releases, as well as reading too much of the "vintage vs. reformulation" debates on the perfume websites, I simply got burned out.  I'm not someone who seeks out niche fragrances, and, as you all know, I don't give a damn if what I'm smelling is a reformulation or an old version of a perfume, so I got sick of reading about perfumes.

Well, I'm getting the urge to write again, finally.  While I've been away, I've been wearing the same kinds of colognes I've always worn, Quorum's still my favorite fragrance, and I've discovered some scents that, though they've been in the marketplace for awhile, are new and exciting to me.  I want to write about them and share my enthusiasm for them.  My wife has been encouraging me for the past few years to start up the blog again, and I think I'm finally ready to give it a go.

If any of you read the reviews on Fragrantica.com, you may have noticed that I've already written a whole bunch of reviews there over the past week or two.  If you want to check them out, look for "shamus1" and click on my icon, then click "My Reviews".  Unfortunately I'm not enjoying reading the reviews there all that much - the reviews have become nothing more than a forum for whining about how this fragrance has been ruined by reformulation, and childish one-upsmanship about "I have the vintage version, and you guys don't!", raining on everyone else's parade.  I was hoping things had changed since 2013, but they haven't, at least on Fragrantica.

I'm hoping my blog will serve as an alternative - like before, I plan to continue reviewing mainly current formulations of the fragrances out there.  If I review an older version of a scent, it's probably because it happens to be the one I have on hand.  I do not collect "vintage" fragrances.  Most of the fragrances I own were not "vintage" when I first bought them, but they may be now, simply because I've held onto them for so long.  Hell, I've had three or four bottles of Ho Hang lying around the house since the mid-1990s!

Anyway, it's nice to be back.

38 comments:

  1. I'm so happy!

    I'm a catalonian guy and I've been reading your blog since 2013 or so... Now I have a collection... much of the bottles have been bought following your advices. I've never stopped reading your blog, looking for info about the "macho-frags" I like to wear.

    I will read your new entries with a big smile!

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  2. Welcome back, Monsieur Shamu1!

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  3. WELCOME BACK! Hope you are happy and well my friend - you've been greatly missed. I think all the old 'powerhouse crowd' are sick of all the 'vintage-v-new' and 'reformulation sucks' discussions on Fragrantica & Basenotes. Another of my favourite blogs has recently become a platform for a personal war of words and I'm really looking forward to getting back to just reading about what smells good and what doesn't! Anyway - great to have you back - looking forward to reading something positive and honest for a change!

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  5. Great news, there have been some good releases while you were gone...& yes, taking the time to search for a "good" bottle of this & a "better" bottle of that is a losing battle, lol.

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  6. Out-damn-standing! You're back!

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  7. Yes, welcome back. I look forward to your exceptional contributions on this blog and Fragrantica.

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  8. Welcome back! I've been reading your blog/reviews since 2012. Looking forward to your reviews.

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  10. Thank you for all the welcoming encouragement! It's nice to be back with a group of people who, at least I think, are of the same mind set and tastes as mine. It's about discovering scents that smell good, not looking for things to criticize when a fragrance is re-released.

    Looking at my collection last night, I realized that there are still a TON of fragrances that I haven't even reviewed yet, including some Demeters, Chanels, even some knockoff fragrances. So expect a bunch of new reviews coming soon.

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  11. Hi
    Shamu1
    Welcome back, suddenly while looking for perfume blog I read your blog from that day onwards I think Jan 2014 I bought almost all your favourites I mean top 25 and specially Quorum 6 full Bottles Polo, Azzaro, Paco etc all of them.

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  12. Shamu1
    I am so happy that you are back during your absence I used to read your blog daily and a connection was devolped automatically with you through your writings being from same age group and liking I stocked up almost 100 bottles during last two years and also Alrehab oils and specially I would like to mention Auric Blend Patouchli which I really like very much today also I was thinking to buy Taxi Cologne all because of your recommendation .tour die hard fan and follower

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  13. Shamu1
    I am so happy that you are back during your absence I used to read your blog daily and a connection was devolped automatically with you through your writings being from same age group and liking I stocked up almost 100 bottles during last two years and also Alrehab oils and specially I would like to mention Auric Blend Patouchli which I really like very much today also I was thinking to buy Taxi Cologne all because of your recommendation .tour die hard fan and follower

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  14. Looking forward to the reviews - there's been a few notable ones in your 'absence': A*Men Pure Zest, the Bentley fragrances, Guerlain Ideal and, dare I mention it....Dior Sauvage! I'd be very interested to hear your take on these at some point...!

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  15. Welcome back! I've seen your Fragrantica reviews and figured you were reviving the blog. Looking forward to reading more.

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  16. Awesome news!!!! Very happy to see you back and look forward to your posts!

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  17. Awesome news!!!! Very happy to see you back and look forward to your posts!

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  18. Great to see that you are back. It was more or less your blog that got me started in the world of perfume 3 years ago (when Old Spice and Brut was all I had). In the meantime I've aquired abour 3 dozen more, most of them after checking out your recommendations.

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  19. Great to see you back. I came across your blog a little while ago and thought it was a shame you didnt continue it.
    I'm really looking forward to seeing your thoughts on Ungaro III and Versace L'homme one of these days

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  20. Like I'd said in my review on Fragrantica, Versace L'Homme is one I need to give another chance. I never really liked it much, but what all the other reviews describe is totally different from what I was smelling. I have to wonder if I got a bad bottle, because I smelled almost no leather note in it. As for Ungaro III, I thought I had written a review on that already, but I guess I didn't. I think it's a great fragrance, and I'm talking about the reformulated version. That's a frag I'll put on my "To Review" list.

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  21. I don't get much leather out of L'homme either, tbh. The citrus and herbal opening reminds me of the top from classic, old school French chypres, and the drydown is spicy with some sandalwood. At least to my nose.
    I do get some florals in there as well, perhaps a little bit of tobacco too. There is a subtle animalic quality to it, which might be what some people are calling the leather. Though it's more sour, a bit like piss.

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  22. Shamu,

    Glad to have you back, selfishly, to read some cool reviews aimed at men. Only From Pyrgos was worth reading, frankly, in your absence. Hope all is well and I look forward to more Sean Connery swagger scents.

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    1. Good to hear from you again too. I'll keep reviewing the swagger frags, don't worry. However, you'll keep seeing reviews of other stuff too. This would be a pretty short blog if I just talked about old school frags.

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  23. Welcome back and hello from Firenze, Italy. Actually I found your blog last night for the first time, took a quick look thru all your entries and I'm lovin' it. Keep up the great work!

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  25. So you're back. Great news for us, people who enjoy your honest reviews. Welcome!!!

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  26. Great to have you back! You're my favourite blogger/reviewer and have awesome taste. Would love to know what you think of Dunhill Icon

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  27. Wow! My favorite frag blogger is finally back. This calls for a spritz or two of Quorum. Can't wait to start reading your new stuff here and those reviews you speak of on Fragrantica. Glad you're back, bro.

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  28. Wow ! What a surprise ! Shamu is back, looking forward for great reviews !

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  29. Cool. Never thought I'd see this blog updated again. Welcome back!

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  30. Cool. Never thought I'd see this blog updated again. Welcome back!

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  32. Fantastic! Your blog is a terrific resource and enjoyable to read. Thanks for all the hard work. I would love to see some reviews of the Joop fragrances in the future.

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  33. You are quite responsible for my acquiring dozens of fragrances :) Great blog, glad you are back.

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  34. Welcome back mate & thankyou for tipping me into qourum (it's my fav frag ) now & good to hear its still your no1 fragrance .

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