How to Choose the Right Perfume for You

When we use the right perfume, it becomes part of us, even staying in the memory of the people closest to us. Therefore, it can be used to mark your presence in an authentic way with something beyond your appearance and as an additional seduction tool. But how can you choose the right perfume for you? The one that represents you best?

No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory.

Coco Chanel

The importance of perfume

That your perfume is part of people’s perception of you is no longer a novelty. As Coco Chanel already said many decades ago, perfume is an indispensable accessory for elegant people. Besides, research points out that scents remit to different memories and are able to direct human behavior, awakening good or bad feelings.

We can’t forget that each one of us has a characteristic natural scent — allegedly one of the key elements behind the most irresistible, irrational attraction that might happen between two people. This means that the same perfume will smell different when used by different people since it combines with one’s natural scent.

For this reason, it is important not to choose a perfume based on fashion trends or a perfume’s reputation alone. It must match your style, personality and the occasion.

How to choose the right perfume for you?

Know your preferences

Try to remember the perfumes and fragrances that marked you the most, like of body creams, shampoos and flowers. It can also be of kind of cigar, leather, air freshener, wood. This way, you can figure out the kinds of perfume notes you like most.

Do a quick research on the Internet to understand which are the notes (aromas) of these perfumes that you like most. It could be something like coffee, tobacco, leather, pine, musk, vanilla, chocolate, etc.

Online tools to help you choose the right perfume

These are the best tools to find the right perfume our team has found:

  • Fragrantica is a very interesting site where you can find perfumes based on the notes you like and dislike.
  • FragranceX has a quiz to help you find a perfume that suits your taste for music, travel and clothes as well as how you want to be perceived.

Knowing your favorite notes, it is much easier to shop for perfumes.

The right perfume for the right occasion

Knowing exactly on what occasions you intend to use the perfume is also something important when picking a fragrance. After all, a sexy musk goes better with a night out than with a day in the office. A light floral or citric is much more welcome in a professional environment than something woody or sweet.

Another point to take into consideration is intensity. Do you want other people to smell it or is it something more for you? Be careful with excesses, after all, when it comes to perfumes, the preferences are very individual and we all run the risk of sitting next to someone who dislikes the notes we love. Besides, to some people, certain (stong) smells can trigger migraines.

Trying perfumes in stores

This is the most important part of the process. Spray the perfume somewhere your skin is naturally warm, like wrist or the internal part of the elbow. This way, the fragrance will warm up and reveal itself with time. Never rub the spot you sprayed because it warms up the perfume, breaking apart its molecules more quickly.

Time is a determining factor in the choice of the right perfume. Perfumes have entrance notes, which are the ones that you can sense most intensely in the first 15 to 30 minutes.

The essence of the perfume will be revealed only after it blends with the chemistry of your skin, and this takes time. Experts suggest testing the same perfume for two days; after all, diet, light, heat, everything in the environment can affect the perfume. That’s why perfume stores provide free samples.

Where should I apply perfume?

person applying the right perfume

The strategic places to use the perfume are the warm places of the body, such as behind the ears, internal part of the arms and even behind the knees. This will make it last longer, but the duration depends mostly on the quality of the perfume. A good perfume lasts all day long with only 2 sprays.

A woman should apply perfume where she wants to be kissed.

Coco Chanel

Perfume is personality

Now that you already know how to choose the right perfume for you, dedicate more time to this choice, it’s definitely worth it.

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By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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