Whether you’re in search of a signature scent, treating yourself to some new seasonal cosmetics, or want a showstopper fragrance for a special occasion, selecting the right perfume can be a challenge.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a fragrance, including:
- What types of products work best with your skin type?
- Which occasion and time of day will the fragrance be worn?
- Are you looking for something for seasonal or year-round wear?
- Which aromas resonate with your personality (floral, woody or musky for instance)?
- Which specific notes do you love? Jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood… the list goes on.
After considering these questions, take a look at our further tips for choosing your ideal perfume.
Eau de Toilette vs Eau de Parfum
First thing’s first: for an informed choice, you need to know the basics about perfume, and that means knowing the difference between EDT and EDP. Eau de Toilette is the lighter, often more affordable option that usually lasts for around 4 hours. Eau de Parfum is more luxurious, contains a higher percentage of oils and lasts for upwards of 6 hours. Which one you choose depends on your budget, occasion and personal preference.
Which Family of Scents?
Fragrances are categorised into families of scent. Each family is typified by certain note combinations and the overall mood and sensations these create, although categorisation varies depending on who you ask. Generally, the fragrance families are divided into: floral, floral bouquet, oriental, floriental, woody, fougère (feminine), chypre (cyprus), fresh/green and gourmand (dessert). Choosing your ideal scent family will help narrow your search for the perfect fragrance.
Use Your Nose, Not Your Eyes
It’s easy to get distracted by pretty packaging and branding, but don’t let your eyes be the decider on something that is entirely about smell. When testing out perfumes, close your eyes and explore the many layers of scent with your nose only. For best results, only test up to three fragrances in one session to ensure the aromas remain distinct and unmixed for your interpretation.
Apply and Leave
You cannot get the full effect of a perfume until it has sat for a while on your skin. The varying notes of a quality perfume are expertly layered to evaporate at different rates. In its most simple form, a fragrance contains three main layers: the head, heart and base notes, which you will smell progressively as the different particles are released. To experience a perfume to its fullest, you need to give it time to release all its notes.
Consider Your Body’s Chemistry
A final factor that should be considered when picking your perfume is the impact your body chemistry has on the scent. What may smell sweet and indulgent on one person may seem fresher and more floral on another. The type of skin you have – how dry or oily it naturally is – has a big impact, and there are other factors at play that are hard to identify, partially because smell is a uniquely subjective sense. In short, choosing a fragrance shouldn’t be an impulsive decision; it requires some patience and thought.
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