If only choosing the right fragrance were as easy as picking it up, smelling it, and having an electric current running up your fingertips to signal that you have found the “One”; the one fragrance you will use for the rest of your life.
For most people, the story of choosing the right perfume is far from perfect. You sample several scents at your local fragrance store, you even go home with miniature bottles of fragrances that you thought you liked, only for you to stop wearing them after a few days.
Vogue already has some ideas on great scents you should buy this year, but that won’t help unless you know how to choose a fragrance. This guide will save you time, and money wasted on buying bottles and bottles of perfume that you don’t even need. Did you know that you should change your scent according to the season and occasion? If you didn’t, read on to learn those tips and more.
The Basics of Choosing Perfumes
There are four main family scents that you can choose from, and these are oriental notes, floral notes, fresh notes and woody notes. Each of the four main fragrances can be combined to form a new scent, for example you could have a woody oriental or a floral oriental. Also understand that we all have a natural scent that should be enhanced by the perfume you choose and not be overwhelmed.
Do Some Research
Are there scents that you love and naturally identify with? Is it certain types of flowers or the smell of freshly cut grass or the smell of the pages of a new book? What tickles your nose? Asking yourself these questions will help give you a basis for the types of scents you are looking for. For instance, if you love the smell of flowers, then it would be natural for you to gravitate towards fragrances whose tones are floral.
Fragrances come in different concentrations which determine how long the scent lasts on your body after you apply it. These are the concentrations in the order from the mildest to the strongest: Eau Fraiche, Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum and Parfum. The least strong concentration lasts on your skin for less than an hour, while the strongest concentration can last up to 24 hours! To test how long a fragrance will last on your skin, apply it and notice how much time has gone by before you need to reapply it again.
You also need to be aware that fragrances are sensitive to light and heat and this may affect how long they stay on your skin.
Scents for Special Occasions
Did you know that it is recommended that you change your scent for special occasions? This study shows that there is a strong link between memory, smell and emotion. If you’re getting married soon, would you really want to wear the same perfume you’ve worn for over the last five years? To make that day a truly memorable one, why not choose a different scent? One that still has the same tone that you like but is different from your everyday perfume. That way, whenever you wear that perfume it will always help you remember that special day or event.
Choose A Brand-name Fragrance
If you still have a hard time settling on any particular scent, then you can choose brand favorites. You will dig this list of the recommended best perfumes for women. Some of the trusted brands mentioned on the list include Michael Kors, Chanel, Bvlgari, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Giorgio Armani, Victoria’s Secret and Valentino.
Wear It Right
So, you’ve finally settled on a scent that you love, congratulations! The last tip from this guide is to know how to wear your perfume correctly. Did you know there are spots on your body that emit more heat than the rest of you? Applying perfume to these spots will ensure that your scents lasts for longer. The best places to apply your fragrances are behind the ears, your neck, on the inside of your wrists, behind your knees, on your belly button, down your back and even on your hair.
Now that you have the right tips on choosing the right perfume, happy shopping!