Overwhelmed by the sheer number of fragrances on the market? Unsure which one will work best with your skin chemistry and come out as your signature scent? We take the confusion and frustration out of navigating your way around the perfume aisle in search of your signature scent. So, whether your preference tends to jasmine, rose, or sandalwood, read on!
HOW TO BUY FRAGRANCE FOR YOURSELF
Start with a series of questions. What type of fragrance are you looking for? Are you seeking an everyday fragrance or something for a special occasion? Or are you after a specific holiday scent? Do you want something lush and floral, refreshing and citrusy, or seductive and musky?
Next, there is no short-cut to trying different alternatives once you know what you are after. Ask for some samples of a few favourites to take home and try them over time.
Wear them out and ask your friends and family for their opinions. Ultimately, a combination of compliments and your own nose will help you decide which scents are keepers.
HOW TO BUY FRAGRANCE FOR ANOTHER WOMAN
Fragrances are extremely personal, but something we love to give as a gift.
Before you make the plunge, ask your family or friend what flowers and scents they love and go with a perfume that brings to life that scent.
Another top tip for buying perfume as a gift is to give a set of three or four miniature fragrances. That way they can try a few different scents and see which they prefer. Plus, they are travel and handbag-friendly options!
FINDING A FRAGRANCE THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Finding a perfume that is just right for you can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. With thousands of fragrances flooding the market, and celebrities debuting their latest perfume line every year, it may seem appealing to just stick with what you know.
Yet, the perfume you wear reflects a very personal choice. People remember what fragrance you wear and associate you with it, that it becomes your signature scent. They will compliment you on your choice and ask you what you are wearing.
So, arm yourself with a little knowledge and follow our perfume selection guidelines and shopping for the right fragrance will cease to be such a daunting task. This will also bring the fun back to shopping for a new perfume for you.
FITTING YOUR FRAGRANCE WITH YOUR PERSONALITY
Are you outdoorsy or sporty? If you are happy to leave your home makeup-free and your idea of a weekend getaway is hiking, you may prefer a fresh, citrus fragrance. Citrus fragrances are invigorating and light, unlike orientals, which tend to dominate a room.
Your personality type doesn’t want the fragrance that doesn’t fit and you’d rather look for a scent that complements your personality. Then, here are a few fragrance types that will help you to choose the right perfume for you.
If formal dinner parties dominate your weekends and your choice of fragrance is much more than an afterthought, then oriental fragrances may be your best option.
Rich and opulent, these fragrances have staying power and will linger bewitchingly for hours. Options include a more floral oriental such as orange flower and vanilla or a more woody oriental featuring sandalwood, patchouli, and spice.
You’re aiming for that understated healthy girl-next-door appeal seamlessly blending shyness with sexy. If you are, overall, the girl to take home to meet Mom, then fresh, clean scents such as woody florals are ideal.
- ATHLETIC AND SPORTY
You’re fit, athletic, and playful. Your fragrance should be able to stand out without challenge overwhelming a room. Fresh water scents together with light woods are great options.
You adore fashion and prefer your designer labels to jeans any day. A touch of classic notes goes a long way in achieving this ambiance. Fresh, crisp fragrances with some sweet florals thrown in are perfect for you.
SIGNATURE SCENT OR FRAGRANCE WARDROBE?
This is where individual choice comes into play. For a memorable occasion, look for a signature scent that may have special meaning and triggers a personal memory. A signature scent should be something you will never tire of or forget.
For day-to-day use, look for a more what-do-I-feel-like-today approach. Many people have a wardrobe of fragrances they dip into to reflect their changing moods and styles.
What you wear on a weekend will be very different to what you wear to a formal event or on a beach holiday, so look to match your fragrance to the occasion.