A perfume could not only represent the image you present to others, but it could also connect a personal memory of yours to the scent, giving significance and meaning to the perfume.
Having the desire to create the scent that defines and emphasizes your personality is fantastic, however, it can be confusing and tedious to find out on where to start when there are such a huge variety to choose from, which makes it difficult to identify which one suits you best!
Hence, the list of pointers below can help give you a head start and prepare you to search for the perfume that best suits you!
Pick 3 Fragrances to Compare
This first test is to find out your inclination and preference towards particular scents.
While selecting, try not to choose more than 3 fragrances to compare at one time as too many fragrances will cause more confusion and we may even forget the previous scents before we even reach the end.
Furthermore, most importantly, it is to not saturate your nose with too many scents and cause nose fatigue, as this will affect the accuracy of your judgement towards the scent.
Begin with the Milder Scents
Do you know that it is a fairly common trait in the human population to either not be able to detect a certain variety of musk or not be able to perceive musk at all?
Therefore, you can start by smelling fragrances containing musk, as they are one of the mildest scents and can be difficult to be identified for some individuals. Citrus scents can be the next on your list, followed by florals, sweet fruity notes, leaving the heavier scents like incense and woody notes last.
Stick to the Fragrances that Fits you
It is actually good news to you if you found a perfume that suit you as it shows that the perfume scents have good interaction with your skin and this may not be true for other perfumes.
Therefore, you don’t have to be swayed by the trends, media or brands of the perfumes and is also a good choice to choose back the perfume with a fragrance profile that fits you. If you have found the right one, its scent could become your trade mark perfume to identify yourself from others. So, do not be afraid of to stay loyal to the perfume you have been using.
Don’t set Trends as your Sole Reference
As mentioned before, trends should not be set as your sole benchmark to the perfume you purchase. This is because not only are trends volatile and keeps changing as seasons pass but it also may not match your style and preference.
Ask questions such as “How does this smell make you feel?” and avoid those fragrances that gives your headache our is too strong or mild for your taste.
Understand What Fragrance Ingredient(s) You Like
It could be the citrus boost that you love in the fragrance. This is a good first find by recognizing your love for the citrus category, but if possible, go on further and find out what ingredients made up this citrus category that you love.
This is to help you to have a future reference on what kind of scents you love and would make it easier for you to point out other perfumes you may like.
Omit the Coffee Beans
You probably would have connected coffee beans to perfume shops as you may have been offered to sniff them after smelling a perfume to refresh your sense of smell.
Conversely, coffee intense aroma may actually not help in recalibrating your sense of smell but instead causing further saturation to your nose, as by itself, is another strong scent. Smelling your own skin is a better option, as your skin is odourless to you. Your own odour is more effective to readjust your sense of smell.
Spray and Wait Patiently
Fragrance profile change over time, therefore to judge if you are going to like this fragrance even as time passes, you will have to try it on yourself and wait to see how it changes.
Usually this can take hours but if you do not have that much time, at least try it on for around the first 30mins to an hour. During this waiting process you can smell it every 15 to 30mins and see how the fragrance profile alters and if you like the transformation it has made over time as a deciding factor to purchasing it.
If you would just want to dive into a crash course to know what perfume suits you best, you could attend a perfume workshop.
The perfume workshop links are provided below. It offers a personality analysis to understand yourself and your perfume inclinations, and providing you with additional fragrance knowledge too. Finally, you can also personalize your own fragrance with the guidance of learned perfumers as well!
Perfume Workshop General links:
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