How To Pick a Fragrance

Woman choosing perfume

Wearing the right fragrance can inspire love, help one appear more confident or even aid in securing a job or job interview.  It is also the fastest and simplest way to let your personality speak without saying a word.  Choosing the right fragrance, however, has the capacity to bring even the most seasoned connoisseur of all things feminine to her knees.  The following guidelines will help.

  1. The Personality Factor.  This is the most important factor to consider in choosing the right fragrance.  Truly contemplate your personality traits and characteristics.  Are you sweet and bubbly?  Causally confident?  Dangerously seductive?  The graceful dancer?   Keep these traits in mind when choosing a fragrance and you will begin to realize how powerful the link is between scent and personality.
  2. Know the Notes.  No one is graceful all the time, and by that same note (no pun intended!), fragrances do not emit only one note or characteristic at a time.  Learn the fragrance categories, and find that perfect fit.
    • Fresh:  These scents contain ingredients such as lemon, lime, and grapefruit and are reminiscent of the vibrancy and joyfulness of life.  Examples of fresh scents are ck One Summer by Calvin Klein, Be Delicious by Donna Karan and Sport by Jil Sander.
    • Florals:  These scents tend to be very feminine, passionate scents.  For the true romantic, they inspire visions of picnics a deux and long strolls in the park.  Some examples are Light Blue by Dolce&Gabbana, the perennial favorite, Eternity by Calvin Klein and the relatively recent Glow by J. Lo.
    • Oriental:  Dior Addict by Christian Dior, Burberry Brit Eau de Parfum and In Control Curious by Britney Spears all showcase the best in this passionate category.  These scents are imbued with sophistication and are ideal for the woman who loves being the center of every party.
    • Woody:  The woody scents round out the last of our categories.  Woody scents are as warm and inviting as a cup of hot chocolate, but remain balanced by the sensual and the mysterious.  Fragrances that reflect this warm and seductive element are or Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan, Lolita Lempicka by Lolita Lempicka and Music for Her by Narciso Rodriguez.


  3. Factors when Shopping.  Armed with your knowledge of the scent categories, approach the fragrance counter with confidence and keep these final tips in mind:

    • The Chemistry Factor:  Everyone has their own personal body chemistry and that chemistry will interact with whatever fragrance you choose.  After spritzing the fragrance on the inside of the wrist, let it wear for a while.  Keep smelling your wrist to see if the fragrance still appeals to you.
    • The Age Factor:  Some scents are geared towards a certain age group and with good reason.  Light and bubbly scents are age-appropriate for teenagers and college students just starting out in life.  A 30-something has the confidence of life experience behind her and her scent should reflect that experience.  Do not get trapped in a nasty little affair with a fragrance that does not fully represent all the facets of your personality!  Doing this misrepresents your personality and cheats those around you from truly understanding who you are.
    • How do you Feel?  And finally, ask yourself how you feel wearing the fragrance.  Does it make you feel good?  Does a smile light your lips when you smell the scent?  Are you happy?  These are the questions to ask yourself regardless of the fragrance you choose.  If the fragrance makes you happy, wear it with confidence; a scent like that always wears well.

 

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