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Scent Perfection: Your guide to finding your next favourite scent

Most people will remember you upon first meeting for two things - your first impression and your scent. Aside from how you dress, the fragrance you wear also reveals a little bit about yourself.You already have your signature scent, the one your friends and family can easily associate you with, but now, you’re on a quest to find your next favourite one.In this post, we will give you some guidelines to help you filter your options to discover your next favourite scent.

Familiarise yourself with the fragrance families.

First, you need to identify which fragrance are you aiming for. That way, you can easily filter the scents which saves you lots of time. If you aren’t familiar with the fragrances you can check the guide fragrance family guide below:

• Floral - designed mostly for women but can be suitable for men; distinct due to its floral smell (it comes with subfamilies that vary from being fruity, sweet, and sharp)

• Oriental - they are often a combination of exotic and seductive aromas; suitable for both men and women

• Woods - targeted for men due to their dry and warm fragrance; tend to be long lasting

• Fresh - for a clean scent that gives a hint of citrus, herbs and oceans

With this fragrance family list, it’ll be easy for you to proceed in finding your next scent.

Find the purpose why you need a new scent.

Will you use this scent at work? Or whenever you’re out with friends? Or will this be your trademark scent during blind dates? Be clear with your intention as to why you’re getting yourself a new perfume.

Sometimes, select fragrances don’t fit well on an occasion when you wear them. So, it is recommended that you also identify the ideal setting when you spray a new scent.

Don’t test many perfumes on a single day.

If you have a final list of the perfumes you might want to buy, we highly suggest not trying all of them out on your single store visit. Most experts suggest that you only test at least three perfumes on a single visit. That way, your olfactory nerves and sense of smell won’t be too overwhelmed.

Instead of sniffing the perfume bottle, spray it on a piece o paper. Alternatively, you can leave a spritz on your wrist. Leave it for a few minutes to set the scent so you can have a proper evaluation of it.

Some subscription services like Scentses & Co. provide their clients with an easy way to find their next scent. It’s a perfect alternative if you want to spend some time finding your perfect scent without splurging on the big bottle.

Identify the type of fragrance you’re aiming

Similar to the fragrance families, there are also types of fragrances you must be familiar with. There are five common types of fragrances:

• Perfumes or parfum - is the type of fragrance with the highest oil concentration at more than 20%. They usually last from six to eight hours and it’s expensive.

• Eau de parfum - it’s a bit close to perfumes with a lesser oil concentration ranging from 15% to 20%. This type of fragrance can stay between four to five hours and it’s less expensive than perfumes.

• Eau de toilette - is a cheaper alternative of the two mentioned above due to its much lower oil concentration which ranges from 5% to 15%. The wearer usually reapplies this after two to three hours.

• Eau de Cologne - a type of fragrance with minimal oil concentration mixed with alcohol content. Most of these types last for two hours and are packaged in large bottles.

• Eau Fraiche - is ideal for those with sensitive skin. Unlike the four types mentioned, it comes with the lowest oil concentration between 1% to 3% only and instead of alcohol, it’s mixed with water.

This short refresher gives you newer knowledge about scents and fragrances, right?

Observe how your skin will react

Photo by cottonbro

Lastly, not everyone can stand strong scents. Some people suffer from perfume allergies, and you are no exception. Whenever you spray a new scent, don’t be too complacent that you’re safe.

When trying out a new scent, observe your skin if it’ll go patchy or reddish, and if you begin to get itchy, you’ll probably know that it is not compatible with you.

Keep in mind that this blog is only here to be your guide. We know that choosing your next scent is a personal experience, and there’s no right and wrong answer. We hope you can find your next favourite scent soon!

Resources:

• Manimbo, C. (2018.) The Difference Between Perfume, Cologne, Eau de Toilette and more, https://medium.com/@charlesmanimbo/the-difference-between-perfume-cologne-eau-de-toilette-and-more-34ac21281226

• Lofthouse, T. (2021) What are fragrance families? https://www.ilovecosmetics.co.uk/blog/what-are-fragrance-families/

• Jewell, T. (2020), What to Do About Perfume Allergy. https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/perfume-allergy

• Sinks, T. (2019). How to Choose the Right Perfume or Cologne for You, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/21/smarter-living/how-to-choose-perfume-cologne-fragrance.html

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