Perfume shopping is a lot harder than it looks. There’s hundreds of designer scents, and they all have a myriad of complex undertones. You may not even know where to start. Some scents smell different on different people, and some scent families simply won’t work with specific body chemistries. Before you start trying on fragrances, you’ll need to understand the basics.
Your Body Chemistry :
Everyone naturally produces their own unique scent. It’s hard to smell yourself,and it’s often so subtle that most people will miss it. This scent comes from the natural oils we produce in our skin and on our scalp. Though you may not smell them when you aren’t wearing a fragrance, after applying a perfume, these oils can mix. Sometimes, your natural oils won’t mix well with a particular fragrance. This can make choosing a fragrance a seemingly impossible task, but fortunately, you won’t have to try on every scent in the world to see what works for you. If you understand the scent families, it’s easy to narrow down what will and won’t work for you. For example, if a particular fragrance smells less than pleasant on you, it’s probably the scent family that’s to blame. If the scent that went sour was an oriental scent, you may want to consider bypassing fragrances in that family.
Understanding Scent Families :
These days, scents come in a few basic families. There’s floral scents, green scents, amber scents, oriental scents, woody scents, green scents, ocean scents, citrus scents, and gourmand scents. While gourmand sounds like a complicated word, it basically means anything that smells like dessert or candy. These are usu- ally novelty perfumes that are marketed at adolescent girls. You can probably tell just by the names of the families which ones sound most appealing to you. To determine what will work best, try a fragrance from each category you’re interested in. If any of them drastically change on you from the way they smell straight out of the bottle, your chemistry may not agree with that scent family. By narrowing it down, you’ll be able to determine which fragrance families
agree with you.
Layering Scents :
Layering is a fun way to experiment with fragrances. Most perfumers release body washes, powders, oils, or lotions that come in the same fragrance as their perfumes. To make your scent last all day, you can purchase and use these along with your perfume. It’s a great way to help a fragrance stay all day.
Blending Scents :
Blending scents usually works best in the layering process. For example, using a body wash with one fragrance and a perfume with another can create a unique fragrance. Some people who are a little more bold and brash may choose to wear two perfumes at once. It’s a little bit of a science to figure out how creating a custom scent works, and you’re free to go about it however you like.
If you’re not sure where to start, blend scents that are in the same family. For a harmonious blend, you’ll want to select scents that share a few base notes. These base notes create the underlying foundation for your fragrance, and choosing scents that have a similar base note will generally prevent the scents from clashing. It also helps to blend fragrances that only have a few top notes. This will cre- ate a scent that is more complex. If you choose fragrances that have a lot of notes to blend, the end result may smell a little overwhelming. Never be afraid to experiment with your scents. After all, they’re only temporary. Pick up a few samples from your local fragrance counter, and let your imagination run wild.