Tips for choosing perfume

Posted on: 25 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

It is better to shop for fragrances later in the day because your sense of smell is much better. You cannot tell if a perfume will suit you just by sniffing the bottle.

  • It is better to shop for fragrances later in the day because your sense of smell is much better 
  • You cannot tell if a perfume will suit you just by sniffing the bottle.  Chemicals in the skins natural oils alter the smell of perfume making each one purely individual to whomever is wearing it.  The fragrance is also marred by the smell of alcohol so the real essences of the scent are hard to detect.
  • Never judge a perfume by how it smells on someone else.  Your own natural oils won't alter the scent in the same way.
  • When you test a perfume spray it onto your wrists and leave to dry naturally.  Don't rub the perfume into the skin because this alters the fragrance, stunting some of the aromas.  
  • Leave the perfume for half an hour before you evaluate the scent.  The aroma that remains after this period of time is the one which remains for the rest of the day.  This time allows the alcohol to evaporate and your skin's natural chemicals to get to work.  
  • Never test more than three perfumes at a time otherwise the scents will combine making it hard to differentiate between them.
  • Be aware of different moods various fragrances create by identifying the dominating influences in the aroma.  A fragrant floral or citrus scent that can be light and refreshing for daytime wear, whereas a heavier exotic scent with sensuous undertones may make a better evening fragrance.

 

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