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14 Expert Pieces of Advice to Help You Find Your Perfect Perfume

The ability to choose a perfume that perfectly reflects your personality requires true skills. Unfortunately, before you find the perfume that suits you best, you'll have to try dozens of other fragrances. Luckily there are some tips and tricks out there that can help minimize the searching process and help you find a perfume you'll never get tired of wearing.

Bright Side compiled some quick instructions that will help you navigate your way around a perfume shop and finally find the scent you've been looking for. There is also a bonus at the end of the article that will reveal several secrets about applying perfume correctly to get that long-lasting effect.

How to get ready to choose a perfume

Though it might sound strange, you should get yourself ready at home before going to a perfume shop. The searching process will go a lot smoother if you already know about the different types of aromas and which ones you prefer. Are you more privy to citrus, fruit or musk? Consider the following before stepping into a perfume shop:

  • Discard all prejudices and throw out all images implemented by advertising from your head. Remember that first of all, you are choosing a fragrance, not a beautiful package or bottle. The aroma you love may be hiding in the simplest bottle in the store.
  • Visit a perfume shop alone. It will help you to not be in a hurry and allow you to choose a perfume that will meet your personal preferences.
  • You shouldn't choose a perfume in a hurry or after a long working day. Remember to visit the shop when you're in a good and positive mood.
  • If you have tried 3-4 fragrances and none of them suit you, it's better to stop the search and continue it the next day. Since your nose has already grown tired, it won't be able to assess every aroma composition fully.

How to correctly smell fragrances in a perfume shop

  • If you want to try an unfamiliar fragrance, apply it to a paper blotter first. There is no point in inhaling the smell from the lid or spraying it in the air trying to understand its aroma.
  • Did you like the perfume? Perfect! Now you need to apply it to your wrist and wait for a while. The aroma composition will open up gradually. It takes more time for it to open up on cold skin and less time on hot skin.
  • Why the wrist? The pulse on a person's wrist helps a fragrance to unfold better. Moreover, it's quite a long distance from your nose and will prevent the aroma composition from getting compromised. Hence, you'll understand it better.
  • By the way, coffee beans that are located in every corner of each perfume shop won't help you fight the tiredness from smelling. It will be more effective to drink cold water or breathe in fresh air.
  • After having worn the selected fragrance, you can finally make a choice. The one that doesn't make you feel uncomfortable or dizzy suits you best. Of course, you should like the smell too.

What does the long-lasting effect of a perfume depend on?

One of the things affecting the long-lasting effect of the perfume composition is the concentration of aromatic compounds. The higher it is, the richer the perfume is and the longer it will stay on your skin.

  • Eau fraîche: concentration - 1%–3%, lasts for less than 2 hours
  • Eau de Cologne: concentration - 2%–4%, lasts up to 2 hours
  • Eau de Toilette: concentration - 5%–15%, lasts up to 4 hours
  • Eau de Parfum: concentration - 15%–20%, lasts up to 5–6 hours
  • Parfum: concentration - 20%–30%, lasts up to 10 hours

The long-lasting effect also depends on the notes that this composition has. Basically, aromas include 3 compounds:

Top notes are the notes we feel when we first smell a perfume. Most often, these are fresh and citrus scents. They usually last for 1 hour or less.

Middle notes (or heart notes) are defined by the way the fragrance unfolds. Fruit, water and flower scents are typical elements of this group.

Base notes determine how long a perfume will last. Moreover, they are considered to be the core of any fragrance that gives the scent its depth. Usually, they are made up of animal and musk scents.

The base for citrus and fresh scents is usually light which makes the perfume not so long-lasting, while musk and animal scents have a heavier base, making this kind of perfume stay on your skin longer.

How to apply perfume correctly

  • Any scent tends to go upward while evaporating. That's why it's better to apply it to the folds of the knees, elbows, wrists, and ankles. If you are used to spraying perfume on your neck, apply it to the area of the carotid artery.
  • To make the scent stay longer, it's better to moisturize your skin before applying the perfume. A lotion from the same product group as your perfume will be a great match. However, any other odorless cream will work too.
  • If you usually apply the perfume to your wrists, it's better not to rub them. Not because it might break the composition, but because the temperature of your skin increases and so does the evaporation of the perfume.
  • And remember: A larger amount of applied perfume doesn't prolong the life of your aroma. All it can do is repel others.

How do you usually choose perfume? Which fragrances do you like most? Please tell us about it in the comments!

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