Are you looking for a new signature scent?
Perfume is the ultimate accessory, especially when you consider how much power the sense of smell can hold. So, it makes sense that when looking for a new fragrance, you’ll want to do everything you can to make sure you find a scent that perfectly suits your style and personality.
Looking for a new perfume but aren’t sure where to start? We’re here to help. Here are three things everyone should know when buying perfume.
1. Don’t Sniff the Bottle
The best way to decide whether or not a perfume is right for you is by smelling it. That said, there is a right way and a wrong way to test-sniff a potential new scent.
Perfume is a complicated, multi-layer product, and when you sniff the nozzle, you’re only going to smell one part of it: the top notes.
After you spray perfume, it immediately starts to dry, which changes the way it smells. The “top notes,” or what you smell when you sniff the bottle directly, is the first thing to evaporate, which means it’s the scent that will fade away the quickest. So, it’s not a very good way to judge the smell of perfume.
Most perfume boutiques will offer strips of paper you can spray and fan a bit to burn off the top notes, so you can get a better understanding of how the perfume smells.
2. Get Ready to Splurge
The long and short of perfume shopping is this: you get what you pay for, always.
Unlike something like body spray, high-quality perfume can stay on your skin for hours. To do this, it requires the help of some unique and wildly expensive ingredients.
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Fortunately, there’s a simple workaround to this classic perfume problem: travel-sized or test bottles. For a fraction of the cost of a full-sized bottle of your potential new fragrance, you can buy a mini bottle with enough scent inside to last a few days.
By buying a travel-sized or test bottle first, you can make sure you like your new perfume before committing to a $120 bottle.
3. Your Body Will Affect the Smell
Finally, just because a perfume works well on someone else, that doesn’t mean it’s going to work on you.
Your body and where you spray your fragrance can drastically change the way it smells. Your sweat, skin oils, pheromones, and even the bacteria on your skin can all change the way a perfume smells over time. So, keep in mind that the way your potential new fragrance smells fresh out of the bottle may not be how it smells on your body.
Things You Should Know Before Buying Perfume
Buying perfume is an investment and not one that you should take lightly. Now that you know a little bit more about how to pick the perfect fragrance for you, it’s time to get shopping.
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