This post was most recently updated on August 6th, 2022
When it comes to buying perfume, most people have a love-hate relationship with the department store fragrance aisle. You’ll either love it or hate it because of its dizzying variety and abundance of options which can make choosing the perfect fragrance tricky. If you’re not careful, you could end up with a bottle of perfume that doesn’t suit you at all. The trick is knowing how to pick the right one. So, here are some quick tips on buying the perfect perfume.
Know your body chemistry and smell preferences
The first step to finding your perfect perfume is understanding your own body chemistry and smell preferences. You might prefer androgynous scents or prefer a floral or fruity fragrance. You might also be sensitive to certain ingredients that could cause reactions like skin irritation or headaches. Some people also have allergies or sensitivities to certain scents. Knowing your preferences will help you narrow your search and will also help you avoid buying a perfume that clashes with your body chemistry.
Try before you buy
If possible, try before you buy so you can check if it has the right amount of longevity and projection for your body. You can also check to see if it complements your body chemistry and if it smells as strong as you’d like it to be. Some department stores and fragrance counters offer free samples. And even if they don’t, you can always ask for a sample. You can also try out fragrance apps like Scentbird, which offers fragrance samples and subscription boxes.
Look for quality, not quantity
If you’re going to drop some serious cash on a bottle of fragrance, make sure it’s a quality fragrance that will last you a long time. Don’t opt for a cheap scent just because it has a higher volume. A high-quality fragrance will last longer and will be worth the investment. You’ll also want to check the ingredients in the perfume to make sure they don’t contain allergens or irritants.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample
If you’re not sure which fragrance to go for, don’t be afraid to ask for a sample. Fragrance samples come in all shapes and sizes. You can also purchase full-sized perfume samples online. If you’re shopping for a gift, you might also want to purchase a sample perfume gift set. This way, the recipient can try out a few fragrances before deciding on the perfect scent.
Choose the right scent for the right occasion
As you’re shopping for perfumes, you’ll notice that many of them are classified by their scents. The most common categories are florals, woodsy, citrus, oriental, and gourmand scents. Floral scents are best for daytime wear, while woodsy scents are best for evening wear. Citrus scents work best in summer, while oriental scents are best for winter. Gourmand scents are best for everyday wear. You can also shop by occasion. For example, you can shop by holidays or by seasons.
Find the best place to buy perfume
Fragrances are best bought either online or in a store that offers a wide selection and allows you to sample scents before you buy. Department stores and large cosmetics stores can offer a wide selection of scents, but you might have to settle for a tester or a mini bottle before you can try the fragrance before you buy. Online shops like Amazon also have a wide selection of fragrances from different brands. You may have to do some research to find the best places to buy your perfumes.
Now that you have the quick guide to buying the perfect perfume, you’re ready to explore the dizzying array of scents at the perfume counter. The trick to finding the perfect perfume is knowing what to look for and how to narrow down your choices to one perfect fragrance.