How to Choose the Right Perfume for You

With so many different fragrances on the market today, it can be difficult to decide which one to get. It is a truly personal choice, and given the strength of the effect which smell has on you and people around you, a very important choice.

Shelves of perfumes: a closed cabinet, to keep...
Shelves of perfumes: a closed cabinet, to keep out note-destroying sunlight, would be more appropriate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The olfactory sense has an extremely large unconscious effect on people around you – even if they are not aware of smelling it, it is affecting them subconsciously and influencing what they think about you. For these reasons, choosing a fragrance is an important task, and doing it properly involves taking several things into account.

The following is a list of tips which should help you choose the right fragrance for you.

1. Everyone is different

Firstly, remember that even a fragrance which smells great on someone else isn’t necessarily going to smell great on you. Every human being has his or her own personal scent, and the job of a fragrance is to complement that scent and not clash with it. How nice a perfume smells can be influenced by a variety of factors, so don’t just buy a scent because it smelled nice on someone else; try it yourself first and make sure it suits you.

2. Fragrance families

There are many different perfumes “families”. This means that there are several ways to classify a particular fragrance, and that each fragrance falls into a certain category along with many others. There are a finite number of groups, and some of them will naturally suit you, others will not. Often, when buying a fragrance, the fragrance family will be indicated on the shelf so you can begin to build up a picture of which of the families suits your particular body chemistry.

3. It’s just about smell

The fragrance industry spends a lot on advertising, marketing, and often, attaching big names to their fragrance in the hope of attracting more sales. Try not to be influenced by these factors; the neither people who are going to smell the fragrance on you will not know the brand, nor will they know which famous person’s face is on the packaging. By the same token, don’t let a picture of a disliked celebrity put you off buying the fragrance; it may be that the scent suits you very well, so keep an open mind.

4. When are you going to wear it?

It’s a good idea to own a couple of different Perfumes Importados; a light one for daytime, when the increased temperature could lead to a heavier one becoming overbearing, and a richer, more musky one for evening and night-time activities. You can generally rely on your sense of smell to tell you when a fragrance should be worn.

5. Consider your budget

Before you go, make sure to set a budget and stick to it. Your budget should inform your choice just as much as the smell of the product; bear in mind that, due to the fact that fragrances fall into the aforementioned groups, there will be many perfumes at different price points with similar smells. Remember, however, that a fragrance is used very sparingly and will last a long time.

6. Match it with your cleansing products

Finally, consider that you are unlikely to be wearing a fragrance and nothing else. You will probably also smell faintly of your shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and so on. Try to match your cleansing products’ smells with your fragrance, so that they do not clash and produce an unwanted mixture of smells.