How to Choose the Perfect Cologne or Perfume


Wearing the perfect scent can go a long way in making good impressions with others. Therefore, it’s important to choose your fragrance wisely, because it ultimately reflects your personality. Here are some tips that can help you choose the right fragrance.

Tips For Picking The Right Scent:
When it comes to picking the right scent you should visit a local fragrance store to test different perfumes or cologne.  Make sure that you don’t wear perfumed body oil or heavy lotions as you don’t want to alter the scent before testing. Also, it would be good if you avoid the tester strips offered at the counter because the way the fragrance smells on paper is completely different than the way it will smell on your body.  You should spray the perfume directly on your skin to get a fair idea of how it would smell on you.

When choosing a scent, you should also keep in mind the time of the day you would be wearing it. Different scents are designed for different times of the day. So, you will have to decide whether you intend to buy a fragrance for day, evening or simply for fun. Generally, light perfumes should be worn during the day while, the concentrated ones ought to be reserved for the night. However, irrespective of whether you opt to wear light or heavy fragrances, you will find no shortage of scents to choose from. Even though the selection process can be daunting, you should be able to identify and pick scents that suit your own personal tastes. The most commonly favored daytime scents are aquatics, citruses, green scents, light floral ones and some soft oriental fragrances. Animalistic base fragrances such as ambergris or musk scented fragrances tend to be a little heavier and are conventionally more suitable for evening.

You can also choose you scent based on the season.  For instance, bright, light fragrances in cologne or eau de toilette are perfect for the summer while, eau de parfum concentrations and the heavier perfumes are more preferred during the colder months. You can also choose to smell different each day by picking a scent that goes with your mood.  The more you visit the fragrance store, the more you will become aware of the different layers that go into a fragrance allowing you to find the ultimate fragrances to match your lifestyle.

Personality plays a vital role in choosing perfume, and you have to be aware of the kind of person  you are, or the persona you are trying to convey.  The kind of clothes you wear, the kind of vehicle you drive, the kind of food you eat, your profession, etc, are a few basic things that can help in making a decision. People normally associate a specific scent with a person. So, you should be very cautious about the type of message you give out to others by choosing your fragrances to match your occasion. If you take personality into consideration then uplifting citrus and fresh floral scents would be ideal for someone who is considered laid back, relaxed, happy, and calm.  Whereas a strong musk scent will help to represent the personality of independent, strong, confident persona.

Buy Variations Of The Same Base Smells:
Many perfume brands sell the same base smell in different variations and in different forms.  Besides colognes or perfumes, there are: after shaves, body lotions, body soaps and scrubs, deodorants, etc)  All the variations originate from the same family of fragrance notes, but are subdued or heightened depending upon the time of the day they are designed to be worn, as well as layering the scents from the same family.  The morning and the day time versions tend to be more invigorating and crisper, while the evening versions would be more soothing and heavier.

Overall, a scent reflects your lifestyle and a new fragrance will be the representative that first impression when meeting new people.  Your life changes and evolves constantly and the new fragrance that you wear should be able to express that change and provoke the image that you are trying to portray.

Additionally, it is a known fact that fragrances and memories are tied to each other. You can easily relate a certain scent to your family members, your childhood, school days, office, etc. As a matter of fact, the perfume or cologne that you tend to wear becomes your signature scent to those around you.  Therefore, it is important that you pick the right scent that leaves a good lasting impression.

Remember it’s important to test the scent on your skin. Spray it on your wrist or arm, then walk around the store for a few minutes. Your body’s natural chemistry will slightly alter the scent on your skin. Before you smell the fragrance on your body, you should first clear your palette. This can be done by smelling coffee beans.  Coffee beans will help clear out your nose so when you smell the fragrance on your body you will get the authentic scent of how it works with your body.