Like fingerprints, we all have a unique natural scent. This is why it’s so important to try scents yourself when choosing a fragrance—no perfume smells the same on two different people.
Fragrances adapt themselves to the person wearing it. Factors such as skin type and your body’s natural scent influence what perfume smells like when applied. When you take in account things like your skin’s acidity and environmental circumstances, you’re left with a one-of-a-kind fragrance experience that’s completely personal to you.
Steps for selecting your ideal perfume
1. Test perfume on your own skin
As stated above, fragrance is best tested on yourself, preferably when you aren’t wearing any other perfume. This will help you objectively judge the quality.
2. Wait ten minutes
It takes about ten minutes before you can experience a perfume’s true essence, otherwise known as the heart note. This is the scent that will linger with you for the rest of the day. Before you decide to buy a particular perfume, make sure to spray it on yourself in the shop. Go grocery shopping, and then decide whether you like how the perfume smells or not.
3. Go shopping at night
Your sense of smell improves throughout the day, so it’s best to test perfumes just before closing time.
4. Try not to test more than three perfumes at the same time
At some point, our noses find it difficult to distinguish between fragrances, so limit your testing to 3 types of perfume at a time. If you really want to test more, make sure to neutralise your sense of smell with the scent of a coffee bean or go outside to get some fresh air.
You’ve found the perfect fragrance: how do you make it last?
It’s best to spray fragrances on the areas where you can see or feel your heart beat. These pulse points are areas that warm up quickly because the arteries there are close to the skin, allowing the perfume to diffuse more easily. Think of your wrists, the inside of your elbows, the backs of your knees, your neck and your chest.
Fragrance experience is further enhanced after a shower or bath because your pores are open, which disperses the perfume more effectively. Another good tip: hold the perfume bottle about 15 to 20 centimetres away from your skin when spraying so that you cover a larger surface area. Finally, allow the fragrance to absorb into your skin before putting on your clothes.
Now that you know how to choose the perfect perfume and make it last, you’re ready to start shopping. Click to discover our renewed Oriental Essences collection and take an exotic journey to the Far East through the magic of fragrance.