Finding a fragrance for yourself is like the rich teenager’s shopping spree in a high drama chick flick — spending about 8 hours at the shop, choosing one after several rounds of debates in your head, only to come home and realize that it’s just not the right one for you.
Yes we’ve all been there and we know how confusing an affair it can be.
So here is a definitive guide on how to pick the right fragrance for yourself.
From a broad perspective, there are three main types of fragrances, namely Eau De Parfum, Eau De Toilette and Eau De Cologne. These have varying degrees of concentration and lasting power, with Parfum being the strongest and the longest lasting and Cologne being the lightest and evanescent. For the same reason, Parfum is the most expensive one as it is rich in fragrant oils with almost 15% concentration and other ingredients associated with aroma.
EDT is the most commonly used one and it lasts for up to 4 hours.
In terms of scent variation, fragrances usually consist of different notes, called base, middle and top notes, each of them referring to different layers. All of these notes work in conjunction with one another to create a unique smell.
Tips to pick the right fragrance for yourself
- According to Jane Costner of Fragrance 365, there are 5 basic kinds of scents; sporty, spicy, earthy, fruity and floral. Consider your scent preferences first. Do you like citrusy smell or powerful floral ones?
- Another way to narrow down your choices is to determine your priority in terms of fragrance qualities such as the concentration and the lasting power. Usually Parfum, which has the highest concentration can last you a whole day with just a small dose of application on the wrists or other pulse points. EDP and EDT typically last about 5 or 6 hours and may require re-application throughout the day.
- Once you’ve narrowed down the choices, you can go ahead and test it out on your skin. Depending on its reaction with the natural hormones and pheromones in our body, the smell can be different, which is why it is important to test it. Ideally, you can spray a small amount on your wrist, wait for a few minutes and smell the scent on your skin.
- You might want to ignore the pretty packaging, the label and the model posing in front. Remember that it is all part of obvious marketing, and the decision should be based on the quality of the fragrance.
- The tricky thing here that you might not be able to understand the strength of the smell when you use it on yourself. You might not be able to smell it after a while, and you might end up spraying too much on. But remember that, if you can smell it on yourself even after a while, you have gone a little too far.
Keep in mind these pointers to pick the right scent for yourself and maybe even turn it in to your signature scent.