Perfume Buying Guide To Choose The Best Cologne

Beginner Perfume Buying Guide

Perfume has an ancient history, dating back to the Egyptians. They even invented the first perfume bottles in 1000 BC. It enjoyed a popularity boom in 16th-century France, and it's been with us ever since. Yet there are so many available fragrances that it can seem daunting to choose a new one. Read on to our beginner's buying guide if you're about to go perfume shopping!

Which Scent Profile Do You Have?

Everyone has their own scent profile. This includes the scents they're drawn to across the course of their life. Think about what kind of scents you liked as a child. Next, think about what scents you enjoy now. Do you prefer floral scents that remind you of your grandmother's flower garden? Or citrus scents that smell like summer holidays in the Mediterranean? Spend some time thinking about the types of scents you enjoy.

Which Type of Fragrances Would You Like?

From your scent profile, you can choose the type of fragrance to try. Perfumes are collected into fragrance families to make it easier to navigate the huge number on offer.

Citrus fragrances are fresh and zesty. Think of lemon, grapefruit, or lime.

Woody scents are much richer and deeper. Pine, cedarwood, sandalwood and patchouli are common bases.

Chypre scents are dry and warm. These fragrances can have a woody base with citrus or floral top notes. Lavender and oakmoss is a good example.

Aromatic fragrances tend to be herbaceous. Rosemary, sage, mint, or lavender are popular aromatic scents.

Think about the mood you want to enjoy while wearing your fragrance. Lavender is a calming scent, while orange will boost your alertness.

What Strength of Fragrance Do You Prefer?

Now you've chosen the type of scent you prefer, you can choose its strength. Perfume comes in a range of strengths or concentrations. This refers to how long it lasts.

As a brief parfum guide:

Eau de Parfum lasts for 6-8 hours.
Eau de Toilette lasts for 4-6 hours.
Eau de Cologne lasts for 3-4 hours.
Eau Fraiche lasts up to 3 hours.

As an example, Chanel No.5 is an Eau de Parfume, while Paco Rabanne Invictus is an Eau de Toilette. Check it out here.

How To Test Fragrances When Buying Perfume?

Hopefully, you've narrowed down the type and strength of fragrance you prefer. Here comes the fun part—testing them! Testing is important because we all carry chemicals in our skin that can alter the way a scent smells. Sniff the bottle to check if you like the general smell of the perfume. Next, spritz the perfume onto your wrist.

Wait a minute or so and then smell it. You can also leave it for a few hours to see how it develops throughout the day. Once you find a scent you like, you know you've found the right one. Though try not to sample too many scents at once or you can become overwhelmed.

Enjoy Your New Scent!

Perfume buying can be a lot of fun when you've narrowed down what you want to look for. Following these steps will lead you towards the right fragrance family for you. Want to spruce up your wardrobe to match your new fragrance? Check out our fashion articles for inspiration.