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How to choose a fragrance or perfume 

Every single woman in the world has a unique scent to her – a personal fragrance that comes from her own bodily chemistry and pheromones. So how do you go about selecting that signature scent, the lasting fragrance that leaves an air of glamour when you leave a room? Follow this guide on choosing perfume to find your ultimate aroma.

Signature Scents

When choosing your perfume, it’s important to remember that a scent will smell different on you than it would on anyone else. This has many reasons, including body temperature, your diet, the weather and, of course, your natural scent. Choosing your signature scent is no easy feat. For every unique individual, the perfect scent has to mix well with you. There is nothing better than a woman who has a distinctive fragrance to her, so use these tips when choosing your perfume, which will make sure you leave a lasting impression.

Fragrance Families

Family Sub-categories Scents Description   Example


Fruits Orange, lemon, peach, apple Clean and light Emporio Remix for Her –   Armani
Flowers Rose, carnation, jasmine, violet Natural and fresh Pure Poison – Dior
Aldehyde Powdery notes Pure Chanel No. 5 – Chanel


Woods Bergamot Warm Hypnose – Lancome
Mossy Woods Oakmoss, amber Rich Mitsouko – Guerlain
Dry Woods Leather Rich Eau Parfumee au The Rouge –   Bulgari
Aromatic herbs Sage, lavender Aromatic and fresh Aqua Allegoria Herba   Fresca – Guerlain


Spicy Incense, amber, musk Musky and sensual Opium – Yves Saint Laurent Opium
Woody oriental Sandalwood, patchouli Warm Mediterranean – Elizabeth Arden


Gourmand Caramel, vanilla, chocolate Sweet and rich Blue Agave & Cacao – Jo Malone
Water Sea breeze, mountain air, clean linen Fresh and modern L’Eau d’Issey” – Issey Miyake
Citrus Grapefruit, watermelon Sweet Mitsouko – Guerlain
Green Pine, mint Airy and rejuvenating Envy – Gucci

Perfume Personalities

Depending on your personality type, here are some ideas to accentuate what you’ve got going naturally.

Wild and untamed:

Try the more spicy notes such as Chanel Coco, Sonia Rykiel Belle en Rykiel, Estee Lauder Youth Dew and Yves Saint Laurent Opium.

Refined and elegant:

A soft fruit with a powdery finish is the most elegant fragrance. Try Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Yves Saint Laurent Paris, Dior J’Adore, Bvlgari Pour Femme, Gucci Envy Me, Ralph Lauren Romance, Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger, Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose, Diptyque Do Son, Serge Lutens Datura Noir, Serge Lutens Un Lys, Miller Harris Geranium Bourbon


For more conservative people, soft floral fragrasnces can’t go wrong. Use Vera Wang The Fragrance, Diptyque Do son, Tocca Beauty, Serge Lutens Louve, Miller Harris Coeur de ete, Coco Mademoiselle, Susanne Lang Lotus Blossom, Filles des Iles Sensuel

Sweet and bubbly:

Sweeter notes like floral or citrus are good for sparkling personalities. Try fragrances like Badgley Mischka, Clinique Aromatics Elixir, Givenchy Amariage Mariage, Chanel Chance and Donna Karan DKNY Be Delicious. You can also try the marine notes, including Issey Miyake L’Eau de Issey, Sage Machado Turquoise, Creative Universe Mare

Dark and mysterious:

Sensual wood oriental will be perfect for you, for example Hanae Mori Magical Moon, Givenchy Hot Couture, Serge Lutens Cedre, Hermes Eau des Merveilles, Shalimar

Down to earth:

Use earthy or woody fragrances such as Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Rouge, Lancome Hypnose, Thierry Mugler Alien, Guerlain Samsar and Molinard Habanita.

The World’s Top Selling Fragrances

If you’re looking for an exclusive brand of pristine quality for your fragrance, use these. The world’s most popular fragrances, to name a few, include:

  • Chanel No 5, Chanel
  • Guerlain, Shalimar
  • Poison, Christian Dior
  • L’air Du Temps, Nina Ricci
  • Euphoria, Calvin Klein
  • Opium, YSL
  • Daisy, Mark Jacobs
  • Angel, Thierry Mugler
  • Cashmere Mist, Donna Karen
  • Tommy Girl

When choosing your perfume, it’s important to remember that a scent will smell different on you than it would on anyone else

Lasting Impressions

The general rule of thumb is to use your pulse point when you spray your perfume. These are located at the top of the inside of your wrist, behind your earlobes and at the centre of your neck. Experts suggest that, for making perfume last longer, apply it to clean skin and jab a bit of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on your wrists before spraying, as it will lock the scent into your pores. You can also enhance your smell by having your hair down when you spray as the indirect particles will lock into your hair and give you a fragrant aroma all day long.

Most importantly, when you’re in the perfume store, have a scentsational time picking up your new fragrance!


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