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How to Shop for Perfume

Shop for Perfume

If you’re like me, shopping for perfume can be an exciting, albeit overwhelming experience. There are so many scents to choose from that it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. But don’t worry — there’s a science to this sort of thing! In fact, if you follow these steps and use them as your guide while shopping for perfume, you’ll find yourself surefooted in no time at all. So let’s get started!

The very first thing you want to do when shopping for perfume is make sure that your nose is ready.

The very first thing you want to do when shopping for perfume is make sure that your nose is ready. You don’t want to spray a sample of Chanel No. 5 on at the grocery store and then discover, too late, that it has a strong citrus scent (thanks grapefruit!). Instead, wait until you can take your time and really enjoy the experience.

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This means not spraying it in your car or while walking down the street. You don’t want people around you saying “Oh my god what stinks?” If you don’t have access to an actual perfume counter where they’ll let you spray some scents on a piece of paper blotter and sniff them there. And even if they do. I’d recommend trying this at home before going shopping. It’s not hard. Just put some perfume oil or water on a cotton ball and take it with you wherever else you go!

There’s no wrong way to do this exercise: just relax, close your eyes if that helps focus more clearly on what smells good or bad about each one (or doesn’t happen at all!), then open them again once finished so that feeling lasts longer than just 20 seconds

How to find a signature scent.

To find your signature scent, you need to start by trying new perfumes every month. You can do this by asking for samples at the perfume counter or buying a sample set online. When you get home, experiment with putting different scents on at the same time and seeing how they play off of each other. You may think that one is too strong or too sweet but when you layer it with another scent, it turns into something completely different!

It’s also important not to buy perfume in a hurry. Don’t make an impulsive decision. Because you could end up hating it later on down the road. It’s okay if you have to leave the store empty-handed. Just know that there will be more opportunities coming soon enough!

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If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t worry — it’s out there.

The truth is that perfumes are like snowflakes: no two are the same. That’s why you can find a perfume you love at any time in your life, even if it’s not right away. The only way to find what works for you is to be open-minded and patient about the process. Your signature scent could be around the corner!

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Don’t shop for perfume when it’s busy.

It’s a well-known fact that the best time to shop for perfume is not when it’s busy. You’ll be distracted by the crowds, and you might not be able to focus on what you’re smelling. The salesperson might seem too pushy, making you feel like you need to buy something right away. As a result, you’ll probably make poor buying decisions—and your wallet will suffer as a result.

So unless there’s a sale on or something smells really good, it’s best to go during off hours so that your senses can do their job without being overwhelmed by other people or salespeople trying their hardest to get rid of inventory before they have no more room in the store (or whatever).

There’s a time and place for everything, even perfume shopping.

There’s a time and place for everything, even perfume shopping. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not always the most patient or organized person. When it comes to shopping for perfumes, though, I try my best to remain calm. Because there’s no point in rushing into a situation that requires you to spend time with your nose pressed up against someone else’s neck (or anywhere else on their body). If you can’t tell yet: it takes time and effort to really get a feel for what scents work well with each other.

When is it best? Anytime you’re feeling relaxed. Maybe after work or on weekends when there aren’t any pressing deadlines hanging overhead. Is ideal. You want your mind at ease so that all of your senses are primed and ready to take in what they can from each perfume bottle before moving on to another one!

When should you avoid it? When stress levels are high or when stressors are looming large over your head like an angry cloud ready to rain down thunderbolts at any moment! You don’t want anything distracting from this experience; every ounce of energy needs focused squarely on smelling as many different fragrances as possible until something clicks inside your brain and says “Yep, this one.”

Consider your personality, style, and lifestyle before shopping for a scent.

Before you can begin shopping for a scent, it’s important to consider your personality, style and lifestyle. What sort of person are you? Do you like to go out dancing or stay home and read a good book? Are you a fashionista who loves style magazines, or are you more down-to-earth and prefer to wear jeans and sweaters? How does this affect the scents that excite your senses?

Consider what people might say about how well your perfume matches their own style. If they’re into “high-class” things like fine wines, fancy cars, or expensive jewelry. And if those things turn out to be important enough in their eyes that they’d judge someone based on them. Then perhaps an expensive perfume is worth considering; but if the opposite holds true (e.g., “I don’t care about designer clothes,”) then maybe not so much (though there is always an exception).

What type of bottle do you like?

  • What type of bottle do you like?
  • What color is your favorite?
  • Is it perfume or eau de toilette?

Know which notes you gravitate toward.

Notes are the ingredients that make up a fragrance. The top note is the first to evaporate, and it’s what you smell when you open your bottle. The middle note is called that because it’s in the “middle” of the perfume and last to evaporate, while the bottom note is also known as an undertone or drydown.

In addition to knowing which notes are most important to you (more on this below), knowing how long they last can help you decide if it’s worth splurging on a certain fragrance. If a perfume has just one or two notes that appeal to you but last for only hours, then there’s not much point in spending more money than necessary on it—especially since there are many cheaper options out there with longer-lasting scents!

Think about the type of scent you’re looking for.

If you aren’t sure what you want to smell like, the first thing to do is consider the scents that appeal to you. Do you prefer floral or fruity scents? Do musky scents make your heart go pitter-patter? Are light and airy scents more up your alley, or do deep and sensuous aromas seem more appealing?

For example:

  • If a fruity scent is what tickles your fancy (or even if it doesn’t), consider trying an eau de toilette by Viktor & Rolf called Flowerbomb. This fragrance has notes of jasmine, cherry blossom, and freesia blended with notes of vanilla, orange blossom, and patchouli oil. It will leave every passerby wondering why they can’t get enough of these amazing smells!
  • For someone who prefers something lighter but still wants something distinctive in their perfume collection, try Kate Moss’s signature scent “KM22.” This perfume includes notes of white flowers such as rose petals along with mandarin orange mixed together with jasmine sambac oil before being finished off with cedar wood from Peru mixed into musk.
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Write down what you loved (and didn’t).

If you’re going to spend money on something, the goal is always to buy something you love. The only way that will happen is if you know what it is about a perfume that makes it stand out from all the others. If you can take note of these things now, then when your nose gets overwhelmed by all those scents at Sephora or wherever else, it won’t be such a wild goose chase!

You can find your desirous odor at the right store!

Once you’ve figured out what your perfect perfume smells like, it’s time to find it. If you don’t have a favorite store that carries your go-to scent, now is the time to start looking!

Don’t be afraid to try new things—you never know if there’s something out there that will change your life. Don’t be afraid also not to try new things: when in doubt, stick with what works. And finally: don’t be afraid to ask for help from someone who knows more about this than you do (your local salesperson).

If there are any perfumes on display at the store and they have names like “I Hate Myself” or “Mushroom Cloud,” ask yourself if these are really scents you want wafting around your nostrils all day long—and then say no! But if one catches your eye because of its refreshing mintiness and cleanliness (and has no unappealing name), then by all means say yes!


We hope this guide has helped you find your scent. If it hasn’t, don’t worry — there are plenty of other perfumes out there that will give you the same feeling. Keep in mind that not all perfumes are created equal and what smells great on one person may not work for another. But if you keep these tips in mind while shopping, then finding something perfect for your nose shouldn’t be too difficult!

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