how to : shop for perfume
Buying perfume is something that you either love or hate. I know people who have used the same perfume since they are 15 but then there's people like me who are always on the hunt for perfume newness. Picking a new perfume can be such a daunting task but also quite simple when you get to grips with how to perfume shop! Today I’ll be talking you through the best practices when buying a new scent and how not to get lumbered with a EDP you’ll used once!
Know what you likeKnowing what scents you like is easy - oriental, woody, floral etc. You will often find you're instantly attracted to perfumes you’ve liked in the past. Most of the time they are linked to memories. Personally I like woody, earthy fragrances that are quite crisp. I also like citrus perfumes but only ones that aren’t overly sweet or synthetic. I stay away from ones that are candy or sweet inspired as it doesn’t do it for me. I adore coconut, sandalwood and tuberose notes.
Like music, scents can evoke memories. Think about your favourite places and scents during that time period. English country garden? Freshly baked cakes? Walking in the woods? Our human connection to scents is intimate, mysterious and difficult to explain. But thinking about the things that make you happy or inspire you and the scents connected to those feelings will help you tap into notes you might enjoy. Refer back to my post on “What are Fragrance Notes?” for more information on decoding perfume jargon!