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Only few people stick to the same fragrance lifelong. For those who like to try out new ones, the choices are many. However, no one likes to invest in a product that doesn’t seem to fit. In many cases, you have bought a perfume because everyone else though it was wonderful but what if you have a totally different taste? Whether you are buying for yourself or planning to gift a new bottle to a friend or loved one, you must ensure that the fragrance agrees and the user will be able to stick to it. Here’s a comprehensive guide to buy a new fragrance.
1. Don’t commit until you experience the final note
A fragrance is composed of several different notes. After the top note (smell), we have the bouquet or the middle note. After the bouquet fades, we have the base notes, the final and most important element of a perfume. Altogether, they make a symphony and it is highly recommended that you experience it before taking the bottle home.
2. Learn the scent families
There are several terminologies that describe a scent family. Women will generally go for floral, citrus, sweet, oriental, wood, fresh and spicy spritzers. For men, it is more about experiencing mosses, musk, tobacco and leather. With regular use, you begin to get inclined to some specific families. Men who like to smell musky would rather stay away from using leather. Same is for women. Know your scent family and if you are planning for a gift, try to understand what he/she likes.
3. Be seasonal
Many fragrance aficionados love to keep several different scent families in their drawers which can be changed with seasons. Scent families can also change throughout the day, like floral during daytime or spicy during the night. Cooler weathers ask for stronger scents and conversely lighter scents agree with warmer weather.
4. Spray it on a card and wait
Everyone has unique body chemistry and the same perfume might smell different after some minutes. Further, perfume sprayed on a card will smell different than on your skin. The best way to judge is spraying on your skin, breath in the fragrance, wait for five minutes and breathe in again. If you like the fading notes go for it.
5. Skin type
Different fragrances seem to stay harmonious with different skin types. The fading on dry skin will be faster than on an oily skin. While you should be more concerned with the middle and base notes, ask for a perfume that gives the perfect result after being attached to your skin for some time.
6. Shop later in the day
It has been proved that the more it strikes on the clock, the sense of smell gets stronger. It is always advisable to buy fragrances later in the day for making the perfect choice.
7. Try one at a time
Don’t go to a shop and spray different fragrances on your wrist and try to judge them. It will be good if you have a friend who can help you with the second alternative.
The type of storage can also bring about changes in notes. It is always advisable to go store fragrances in nominal temperatures and with enough ventilation. As such, the notes stay with the bottle longer.
Buying perfume can be a very complicated process but once you are aware of the different aspects it can present, it also is quite interesting and fun to get you next bottle.
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