How to Choose Your Perfect Perfume
It's been said that scent is the strongest tie to memory. Fragrance has a deep psychological impact on our brains that connects us to certain memories and people in our life. There are so many different perfumes and colognes available; how do you figure out which one smells great on you, not just the way it smells in the store or on a friend?
If there is a scent you like already, whether it's leather or pine or coffee or grass, there are resources online to help you find fragrances that use that particular scent or note in their formulations. This is a great starting point for finding a scent you'll love. Try Fragrantica.com. There are also quizzes you can take online that will head you in the right direction.
Another way to find your perfect perfume is by figuring out your body chemistry and skin type. If you have oily skin, perfumes are going to last longer on you. This makes a citrus or light floral scent best on you because you won’t smell too strong after applying the perfume. If you like the muskier, darker scents, use a small amount.
If you have dry skin, you need a stronger perfume because the scent won’t stick to you very well. A woody, musky fragrance will work well because of fragrance strength. You can even choose fragrances with a more aromatic note or floral head note unless you like lighter scents, which will require you to moisturize your pulse points.
In addition to skin type, body temperature plays a huge role in how well a fragrance lasts or doesn’t last. A person with a higher body temperature (someone who is always hot when everyone else is cold) will usually find that perfume lasts longer on them. Someone with a lower body temperature will need a stronger fragrance.
It’s essential for a scent to make contact with the skin. You need to try perfumes on your skin and wait 15 to 30 minutes because the top notes (the first scent you experience) wear off. The essence of the scent will reveal only after it’s intermingled with the wearer’s chemistry, and it takes time.
And don't forget the cardinal rule of fragrance application and sampling: Don’t rub. Rubbing the scent creates heat that will break up the molecules faster and you will miss out on the true fragrance.
A signature scent completes a person’s personality. Understanding your preferences and body chemistry will help you make an educated choice in finding your perfect perfume.
"Where should I apply perfume?" a young lady asked. "Where you want to be kissed." - Coco Chanel