For a while now, I have been experimenting with making my own fragrances. It's harder than I thought it would be. My initial experiments were all failures. Either the stuff smelled bad, or it didn't last, or it started out smelling good, and then began to smell bad or clash as it dried down, or as it dried down it became a boring mono-scent, or various combinations of the above. After a fair amount of reading (purchased several perfume chemistry treatises and other materials, and did lots of internet research) my efforts became more successful, but still not very good. I could never make anything that was as appealing to me as commercially available fragrances I like. I suppose that this is not really surprising, as good commercial fragrances are created by highly skilled experts with collective experience orders of magnitude beyond mine. However, after a great deal of trial and error, and incorporating things I have learned from my reading, I have finally created my first fragrance that I actually like. It's not likely something that would become a popular cologne loved my millions, and I don't love it as much as I love some of my favorite commercial fragrances, but I do enjoy it. Most importantly, it seems to hang together over time, and doesn't devolve into something nasty or boring, or just disappear altogether as so many of my other experiments have. It's got basenotes of bay and various woods, with top and middle notes of leather and citrus. I'm wearing it today. Most importantly, I think I have learned some lessons with this particular recipe that will likely be applicable across some of my future attempts at fragrance alchemy. Currently, I'm working on trying to create a masculine floral scent. Having a difficult time with it, but also having a lot of fun trying.