How To Select The Right Perfume Scent

Once you find the perfect perfume, you rarely sway and try anything else. But getting to the point where you select the right perfume scent is the tricky part. Different perfumes will smell different on different people, so just because it smells good on your friend, does not mean it will work well with your own natural scent. Here are some tips for selecting the right perfume scent for you.

Perfume Terminology

It first helps to learn more about perfume technology before you start looking for different perfume scents. Every perfume or cologne bottle will have these labels listed, giving you a little more insight into them. If it is listed just as “perfume,” this means it has 15-30 percent of perfume oil combined with some percentage of alcohol. This is the most potent scent among all the perfumes. There is also “Eau de Parfum,” which has slightly less perfume oil than traditional perfume. The next lower concentration is “Eau de Toilette” which is a bit lighter than Eau de Parfum, but is mixed with water instead of alcohol. This makes it more fragrant. Finally, there is “Eau de Cologne” that has just five percent perfume oil combined with water and alcohol.

Selecting the Right Scent

When you begin looking for the right perfume scent, you should always go with a blank canvas. This means you are not wearing any type of scent, including perfume or cologne, scented lotion or body wash, or even the smell of scented hand soap. Use the dullest soap you can that morning. This lets you fully experience the perfume without the distraction of other scents. Also, keep in mind the perfume will mix with your skin’s natural scents, so it smells a little different on your skin than it will in the bottle. If you have dry skin, the scent will be absorbed more quickly, which makes you a good candidate for stronger scents, like perfume, as opposed to another variety. Lastly, don’t try all perfumes on the same day. Take several visits so the scents don’t get mixed up.

Seasonal Influences

When choosing a perfume scent, you should also take the current season into consideration. In the summer, you can go for more citrus and grass undertones, but in the fall or winter, you might want to go a bit bolder with seasonal fruits or cinnamon.

Types of Perfume Scents

Here is an example of the main scent categories and what each of them includes:

  • Citrus and Fruity

This category is great for lighter scents, especially in the spring and summer months. Most daytime perfumes are in this category. With citrus and fruity scents, you will find a lot of light scents, including peach, orange, lemon, lime, apricot, and grapefruit.

  • Floral 

Floral scents are exactly what you imagine: the smell of freshly-cut flowers. Common floral scents include violets, rose, lavender, orange blossom, and carnation. This is the sweetest category of scents.

  • Oriental 

Some people enjoy the oriental or spicy scents, which include amber and musky scents like spices and vanilla.

  • Woody 

Finally, there are the bold and woody scents. This may include patchouli, bergamot, labdanum, chypre, and oakmoss. They are earth-smelling perfume scents.

If you are having trouble finding a good scent, visit a department store and ask the perfume attendant. They often have suggestions based on your likes and dislikes, and other details. To look at perfume reviews and guidance on selection, online information is your best bet.