18 November 2013

How to Choose the Right Perfume

Wearing the right perfume can make you happy or beautiful. We've moved on from Great-Grandma's favourite Apple Blossom or Lavender. Today our perfumes become our Romance, our Passion or even our Obsession. Your perfume gives you confidence or glamour or sophistication. It reflects your personality or your mood: sporty or romantic or lighthearted.

Good perfumes are expensive but they shouldn't be a luxury and they don't have to be expensive either. So how do we find the right perfume for us without going bankrupt? But how do you choose which fragrance is the right one for you? With thousands and thousands of perfumes available selecting the perfect scent is a challenge.

There are some simple guidelines that will ensure you get the perfect fragrance for you.

1. Test. That's what those testers are for.
2. Start with clean skin – no other perfumes, scented lotions etc
3. Don't try more than 4 or 5 at a time.
4. Wait about 30 minutes before evaluating it. Let is warm on your skin.
5. Give your nose a chance to develop the scent. Let the fragrance develop before you make your decision.

Once you've found your favourite perfume, wear it. It won't last forever and it's meant to be enjoyed. If you don't wear it and love it is really is expensive.

Tips for using the fragrance of your choice:

·Wear lighter scents during the days especially if the weather is hot or humid. Bolder fragrances should be saved for evening wear.
·Be consistent with the scent of your perfume, body wash and lotion.
·Apply perfume to pulse points such as wrists, behind ears, crook of elbow, ears, base of throat, behind knees and inside ankles. Try putting on perfume before getting dressed to avoid perfume stains on clothing.
·Keep fragrances out of direct sunlight and discard unused perfumes after one year.
·Remember, the key to smelling incredible is finding a fragrance you enjoy.

If you are buying a perfume for someone else find out what they like. Do a “scent profile”. Find out what flowers they love, are they sporty or romantic? Do they like light, floral scents or the heavier woody or musk perfumes? Find out when they will be wearing the fragrance – mornings are generally lighter, evening into night can be a heavier scent.

Perfumes don't have to be expensive. Look around for sales and bonus offers. Here in Melbourne, David Jones, Myer and Harris Scarfe often have great perfumes at fabulous prices. You can pick up bonus offers from their catalogue sales, so keep an eye out. Or try chemistwarehouse.com.au or your local pharmacy for great bargains.  I've just picked up my mother's favourite perfume, Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden, and it was only $14.99 (RRP $39.99, I usually manage to find it for around $30). She'll love it for her birthday in a couple of weeks.

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  1. I love perfume, however nearly all perfumes on the market are tested on animals and contain ingredients that are not natural. They contain artificially created chemical scent compounds. Not the way traditional perfumes were once made. There is a website called Choose cruelty free that have a list of companies that sell natural cruelty free scents such as Perfume by Nature. It is worth checking out.


  2. I nearly always wear Lavender -- my son is soon to marry a Mother and I'm a Senior now -- not only do I like it but the main reason is it helps keep mozzies from biting. I wear a Medic Alert bracelet as I'm allergic to insect stings. I wear one that uses Lavender oil.
    from SereneBee in East Vic Park, WA


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