Choose your first fragrance can be an exciting experience, but it can also be disconcerting. When you consider the number of perfumes that have been created, it’s hard to know where to start. Fortunately, this guide is here to help you decide. Whether you’re looking for a “light” fragrance or something more daring, follow these tips to find the perfume that’s right for you.
How to choose your first perfume ?
Do some research
Before you visit a perfumery, take the time to research the different fragrances that may appeal to you online. Understand the differences between floral, gourmand, oriental, woody and chypre scents. Also, familiarise yourself with the top, middle and base notes, as they contribute to the evolution of your future perfume. By taking into account your personal preferences in terms of sillage, you’ll be able to get some answers based on how you feel.
Try various fragrances
The best way to choose a perfume is to try it directly on your skin. Go to a perfumery or shop and ask for samples of different scents.
However, avoid trying them all at the same time, as this could confuse your olfactory sense.
Consider your personality
Your perfume is an extension of your personality and style: a mirror of your soul. If you’re dynamic and full of life, you may be more inclined towards invigorating fragrances. Floral or gourmand scents may be better suited to romantic or delicate people. If you have a strong personality, you may be looking to establish your world with more opulent fragrances. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different perfumes and get out of your comfort zone – you might just be surprised!
Choosing your first perfume: ask for advice
If you’re feeling overwhelmed when it comes to choosing your fragrance, ask the companies concerned for advice. Perfume is subjective, and you can appreciate the olfactory pyramid and still not be inspired by the scent on your skin. In a way, it’s a matter of feeling, the fragrance should evoke a feeling, a memory, an emotion… And all this cannot be explained: you have to feel and smell it!
To help you make your choice, mention the notes you like: your perfumer will point you in the right direction.
From one skin to another…
To choose your first fragrance, it’s essential to know whether it’s right for your skin. Every skin reacts differently to a same perfume, which means that a fragrance can develop differently from one skin to another. Here are a few tips to help you decide if a scent is right for your skin…
Try the first fragrance on your skin!
The best way to find out if a scent is right for you is to try it directly on your skin. Apply a small amount of fragrance to your body and leave it to develop for a few hours. This will allow the top notes to fade away to reveal the middle and base notes.
Let the perfume adapt
Fragrances evolve over time and can develop differently on your skin. Give your perfume enough time to adapt to your skin and blend with your own pheromones. It is essential to wait at least 30 minutes to allow the scent to fully reveal its olfactory composition. Be patient and observe how it changes on your skin and how it makes you feel. This will help you choose your first fragrance.
Take your skin’s reactions into account
In addition, pay attention on how your skin reacts to the perfume. Some fragrances may interact differently with your body chemistry and cause undesirable reactions (irritation, allergies or headaches). If you experience discomfort or a negative reaction, it’s best not to use the juice. Listen to your skin and respect its needs.
Harmony with your natural scent
When choosing a fragrance, it’s important to take your natural scent into account. Some people have a distinctive body odour that can interact with perfume in a pleasant or unpleasant way. Try to choose fragrances that complement your body smell rather than mask or fight it. It is all about creating an olfactory harmony.
Test your first fragrance under different conditions
For example, to assess whether a perfume is right for your skin, try wearing it under different conditions. Wear it during the working day, on a special evening or during physical activity. This will allow you to see how the scent behaves and how it reacts to your physical activity and perspiration. Some fragrances may be more pleasant in certain situations than others. If your fragrance suits you in any situation, it’s made for you!
Choosing your first fragrance can seem like a intimidating task, but it can also be a fun experience. By doing your research, trying different perfumes and taking your personality into account, you’ll find the perfect scent.
Always remember that choosing a fragrance is personal. Take your time, explore different options and listen to your instincts. Once you’ve found the one that makes you feel confident, you won’t be able to live without it. So let your nose be your guide and discover the scent that defines you!
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