False! Since any perfume you choose will have become part of your olfactive environment in a few days’ time, which means that you will smell it less. That is why many women have a scent wardrobe so as to change their perfume every day, thus avoiding that their sense of smell will get used to this one scent. You would like to have you own scent wardrobe? How do go about putting one together? Consider the following.
First rule, do your shopping for a scent in the morning, since your sense of smell is fresh and has not yet been challenged by a wide range of odors. Of course do not wear a perfume when shopping for one. Shop with a friend or better still with your spouse, since after all even if you need to choose a scent that you like, it matters also that you please the person you love.
What you need to know!
Before beginning your search, prepare adequately. Ask yourself a few key questions. When will I be wearing this perfume: every day, in the evening, at the office, on weekends or when working out? What types of perfume do I prefer? What are the perfumes that I have already worn? Why do I want to change now?
Where to start!
If you have no idea as to which perfume you want, or if you are shopping for your first perfume, determine which scent category turns you on. First smell a fragrance from a variety of categories: For Her: Floral, Oriental, Cyprus or Hesperides. For Him: Wooded, Hesperides, Aromatic or Oriental. The scent sample cards (also called “mouillettes”) will help you eliminate the categories with less appeal. Once a scent category is chosen, you can let yourself be guided within this offer and discover the variety of perfumes that suit you best. Notice that each scent category presents sub-categories, leading to a truly vast selection of fragrances.
How to know!
To make an enlightened choice, it is recommended to not sample more than three perfumes on your skin at a time (apply a scent on each wrist and a third in the elbow fold). If you are at a loss to choose with so many scents to consider, breathe in the odor of coffee beans, or smell a piece of clothing to neutralize the scent. You are torn between two scents? Then purchase both to start your perfume wardrobe.
You have a scent you like, but does it suit you?
If people tell you that they like the scent you are wearing, stop wondering, you made the right choice! However if you are asked with a tentative tone what perfume you are wearing, you should perhaps give your scent a second thought. Am I wearing the right perfume? Am I wearing too much? Do not hesitate to ask why the person is putting forward this question. Has your perfume stopped smelling like it used to? If you have undergone hormonal changes (menopause, pregnancy, illness), it is possible that your perfume smells differently on your skin. Or your perfume may have degraded. How do you determine this? Check your perfumes for any change of color, texture or odor. Perfumes must be kept in a cool, dark and dry place (so outside the bathroom by all means). A perfume can keep for years in a suitable environment. At the purchase of a scent, you will find on its packaging information as to its expiration usually 24 to 36 months after the bottle is first opened.
Redaction: Marie-Lise Bernier