Beginner’s Guide to Buying the Perfect Perfume


First and foremost, there is nothing like the perfect universal perfume. A perfume can be good for one person but terrible to another. The difference may be something as subtle as olfactory preferences or as normal as hormonal imbalances. Either way, buying a fragrance should be something to look forward to and enjoy. You could stumble on a treasure scent that might define you for a long time. 

Every time you read a fashion magazine, there will be some advice on which steps to follow to get the right fragrance for you. Some of these tips may come in handy and others are just meant to keep your eyes moving. Either way, you’ve come to the right place as this article has condensed the most primary factors to consider when buying perfume. 

Know the Concentrations

This is perhaps the most important thing to consider. Perfumes come in various concentrations and understanding the concentration will make things easier for you. Basically, concentration means the amount of perfume oil in the volume of perfume. It ranges from 2% to as much as 20% with 2% being subtler perfumes for women such as colognes, and 20% being the more concentrated parfum.

The others like Eau de parfum are also a bit heavy at around 15% and slightly more expensive than the Eau de toilette with a concentration of just above 5%. There are occasions where you require heavier concentrations of parfums and others where you need the subtleties of colognes. Understanding when and where each one fits will go a long way in getting you the right fragrance for any occasion.

Always Test First

There is no better way to state this other than that testing is for those who know exactly what they want in a fragrance. You should never rely on what the fragrance smells on someone else. Instead, it makes better sense to get a small sample or tester, and try it out for at least a week or something. If it seems like something you’ll take on for a longer time, then consider making the purchase, but only after you’ve tested it in sunlight, at night, outside and indoors. This basically brings us to the last important point which is;

Be Patient

Finding the right fragrance is an aspect that many people never get to achieve. In fact, celebrities have to rely on experts to help them settle on any fragrance and therefore, before rushing to find yours, make sure you understand all the necessary information. Is the concentration right and does it have a good reach?

These factors will help you settle for the right fragrance, but only after you have meticulously gone through several options and found something worth writing home about. Remember, a perfume should last you a couple of weeks, and therefore you don’t want other people cringing their noses every time you walk by simply because you couldn’t wait a couple extra days to get the right fragrance. 

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