Choosing a perfume or cologne is an arduous task. The market is oversaturated with options. When picking one out you become oversaturated with notes, layers, musks, and citruses to name a few. Innately we know what we like. That is half the battle, but here are some tips to picking out the best perfume for you.
1. If you like a friend’s, coworker’s, or even stranger’s perfume, ask them what it is. While perfume smells differently on everyone, it is a great way to understand what you like.
2. Head to your local Sephora or any fragrance counter. The sales associates are excited to help you out. Tell them that you are looking for a new perfume. Tell them what scents you like and what you do not like. After you have come up with a few options together, ask the sales associate to make a few samples of the ones you like best. Make sure that they are labeled so you know what you like best when it is time to buy.
3. With those samples, wear them for a couple of days. See which ones do not give you a head ache. See which ones you get the most compliments on. See which ones you feel best in. After testing them out in real life, go ahead and invest in a new perfume of cologne.
Companies are beginning to recognize this conundrum of picking out a fragrance. They have created sampler packs that serve the purpose of helping you to pick out the best option. Sephora has a Deluxe Fragrance Sampler ($50) which has 10 designer fragrance samples. It is the perfect way to figure out which scent suits you best. Additionally, it comes with a voucher for a roller ball version of your favorite fragrance to redeem at a later point. Picking a fragrance can be hard, but these simple steps will help to make the process of finding your signature scent simple.