Taking a bath and using body splash is often not enough when you want to make the right impression. This is more so when you consider we all have varying body smells, and not all of them are impressive. Adding colognes and eau de parfum will help boost your confidence and exude a better scent. Nonetheless, considering there are so many perfumes and colognes to pick from, it is a tad confusing to pick the one that is right for you. The best news is there are a couple of steps you can take to find the perfect perfume that is perfect for you.
Know your body smell
As aforementioned, we all have unique body scents. A lot of body scents are quite noticeable, while others are mild. To be able to find the fragrance that is perfect for you, you must determine if you have a mild or strong body odor. This information will help pick the right fragrance concentration and help you determine if you need a spicy or sweet scent.
Perfumes are available in four levels of concentration. The price gets higher as the concentration gets higher. Perfumes with a high concentration have a powerful scent and tend to last longer. They are perfect for persons with a strong body odor. The highest concentration is known as perfume (20 to 30%). With this level, the scent will last all day with a single application on pulse points. The second level of concentration, Eau de Parfum (15 to 20%) lasts up to 6 hours. The third level, Eau de Toilette (5 to 15%) can be found easily in local retail stores. The scent dissipates fast, typically within 4 hours, so you will have to apply more than once in a day. The fourth level, Eau de Cologne (2 to 4%) lasts a maximum of two hours.
Your body smell, and the impression you want to make will dictate the perfect perfume you end up picking. However, if you mingle with other people, you should go with a low concentration. High concentration may end up choking the people you share your space with.
Know your skin type
Your skin type plays a significant role when searching for the best perfume. You have to determine if your skin is oily, dry, or somewhere in between. Drier skin causes scents to dissipate faster. In this case, you will need a high concentrated perfume, preferably Eau de Toilette, so that the scent lasts longer.
It is good to remember that how you apply perfume will determine how long it lasts. If your skin is dry, consider rubbing lotion before applying the perfect perfume. The lotion will moisturize the skin and trap the scent, so it lasts longer.
Identify the scents you love
The choice of perfume is all a matter of personal preference. You don’t want to go with a fragrance that chokes you, do you? That is why you need to take note of the scents you love. If you are new to the realm of perfumes, you have to take note of the things you love in life. Take note of the smells of products you use. This could include your shampoo, body wash, the preferred smell of clothes after laundry, or even the type of cigarette you smoke. A list of the scents you love will give you a good starting point.
Ask for expert opinion and sample scents
Often times, the options will be overwhelming if you are afraid of spending money on a perfume you might dislike, seek expert advice. The seller at the fragrance store can give you valuable pieces of advice and even point you to a perfume you might end up falling in love with. All in all, you must refrain from seeking advice from too many people. Finding the perfect perfume is a personal journey, and everyone will have their own recommendations.
Even with a recommendation from a trusted seller or your best friend, it is imperative that you test the recommended scents. Sniffing at available samples will help you know if the product is for you or not. You should, however, not smell too many fragrances at a time. Not even the coffee beans in the store will fight the tiredness from smelling. You need to take breaks, drink cold water, and breathe in the fresh air. It is okay if you don’t find the fragrance you love on the first day.
Non-linear fragrances have different notes. The top note is what you smell immediately after putting it on. Over time, the scent will dissipate, and you will smell the middle note. As this note fades, you get to the basic note. The important thing is to never commit to the perfect perfume until you have smelt the final note.
Although it is okay to stick with the scents, you already know and love, it doesn’t hurt to try on scents you have never used before. The key here is to have an open mind and try a different scent range or a product from a manufacturer you have never used before. You might be amazed by how amazing a new scent smells.
Have several fragrances
The best piece of advice you can get even when you have already found the perfect perfume is to keep a couple of different perfumes for different seasons, occasions, or moods. The fragrance you have come to love all winter will not cut it when summer comes. This is because if you were able to smell it in winter, the scent would be much stronger in summer. This is because warm temperature causes the scents to rise faster, and the wrong one may be choking. Stronger scents are perfect for cooler weather, but they will be overwhelming when the temperatures increase. Lighter scents are ideal for warmer weather.
The preferences of people when it comes to perfume are quite diverse. While you need to be open to new choices, you must not allow your friends to push you into purchasing perfumes you don’t really like. The above tips will help you get started the right way when shopping for the perfect perfume.