How to Shop for Perfume


Perfume is a very personal thing. It needs to suit one’s style and personality but with so many types of fragrance on the market to choose from, shopping for a perfume can be an overwhelming experience!

Sometimes we may be tempted to buy a perfume because the price is low, the bottle pretty or because we simply love how it smells on a friend or colleague, but by doing so we may end up buying a fragrance that doesn’t smell nice on us at all.

But choosing the right fragrance doesn’t need to be so hard and by following these simple tips you’ll be able to find a scent you won’t regret purchasing:

Test it on your skin

It is very important to test perfumes on your skin and not on a card or on clothes. That’s because perfume reacts with everyone’s body chemistry and therefore smells slightly different on each person. A perfume may smells divine on a card but if you don’t try it on your skin you can end up buying a fragrance that smells awful on you. In addition, spraying perfume on your skin is the only way to find out if a certain fragrance will irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction.

Don’t decide straight away

When you first spray a fragrance on your skin, it will smell strongly of alcohol. Give the fragrance at least 10 minutes to settle down and react with your body chemistry before deciding if you like it or not. It is also best to try it on for a whole day before making a purchase. That way you’ll have time to smell all of its notes, know how the scent changes throughout the day and find out how long it lasts on you.

Don’t wear perfume when shopping

If you are going shopping for a perfume, make sure you don’t wear any fragrances or even scented creams on your body. This way, your nose won’t be overwhelmed with too many smells and will be able to detect what a fragrance really smells like before you buy it.

Don’t test too many fragrances at a time

For the same reason mentioned above, you should never try more than two or three fragrances at a time. If you try a lot of fragrances at a shop, you won’t be able to distinguish them properly and may end up buying a fragrance that you don’t like at all. If you want to try more than a couple of fragrances, ask for samples so that you can test each one properly at home.

Have you got any more perfume shopping tips? Let me know in the comments :)

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  1. beautifulwithbrains says

    Dao, it’s a shame they don’t always have samples to give out. If they sell a perfume, they should have testers too imo as they help a lot in deciding whether to buy the full size or not. After all, perfumes aren’t cheap and you wanna make sure you’re making the right choice and buy something you’re gonna use and enjoy.

  2. beautifulwithbrains says

    Tavia, I do the same. If I like a fragrance a lot, I ask for a sample to take home and test it properly. I don’t like testing scents on a piece of paper though cos that may be deceiving as it could smell a bit different on the skin. But testing both on paper and skin is ok :)

  3. beautifulwithbrains says

    Anastacia, you’re welcome. yeah, 5 fragrances are too much, the scents get all mixed up so your nose can’t distinguish them properly and you may end up with a scent that smells differently from what you initially thought.

  4. beautifulwithbrains says

    Paris B, you’re welcome and thanks for the tip. I didn’t know that but I’ll make sure I’ll bring coffee beans with me next time I go shopping for perfume. They sounds very handy :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Angela, I’m afraid I don’t know the name of that perfume. But I hope someone else will be able to help you.

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