Just like your clothes and mannerism, your perfume also plays an important role in making or marring your impression. There may have been numerous times you must have complimented your friends' perfume or must have yourself gotten compliments. Secondly, it is a well-known fact that perfumes and memories are related to each other. You can relate to your family members, school days, your childhood, etc., with a certain scent. The perfume that you wear becomes your signature perfume and people relate to you based on the scent. Therefore, it is essential to choose the right perfume.
Selecting a proper perfume is no less than a fine art. With thousands of different perfumes available in the market, it is really difficult to single out one from them. However, if you follow certain tips, you can get your own unique perfume. For that purpose, it is essential to know your fragrance profile. Let us take a look at it in detail.
Before looking into the guide on perfume selection, let us first know more on the classification of perfumes according to their scents. You must be aware that perfumes are broadly classified as fruity, floral, woody, etc. However, there are several categories or families. The following is a list of perfume families that you should look for, when choosing a perfume.
- Floral ~ bouquet, green floral, aldehyde
- Fruity ~ sweet, nutty, aromatic
- Citrus ~ zesty, aromatic, tangy
- Woody ~ earthy, dry woody, moss
- Aquatic ~ sea breeze, marine notes
- Fougère ~ woody, oakmoss, lavender
- Chypre ~ woody and moss
- Leather ~ floral or smoky
- Gourmand ~ sweet, edible, chocolate flavor
- Oriental ~ musk and spicy
- The "top note" is the scent that you will feel immediately on applying the perfume.
- The "heart note" is the scent that appears after some time and lasts longer.
- The "base notes" are the strongest and long-lasting ingredients of the perfume.
Personality and Perfume
Following the advertisements or popular brands is not the proper way of buying a perfume. It is essential to try the perfume on yourself before buying it. You must have observed that the perfume that smells good on your friend does not smell the same on you. This is because, the scent of every perfume differs from one person to the other. Secondly, your perfume should be such that it goes with your personality and attitude.
|Personality Type||Perfume Families||Popular Picks|
|Romantic and Natural||Floral perfumes are the best for women for a romantic evening. Fruity and floral scents are even good for women who are utterly feminine, who love to pamper themselves and wish to feel and smell like a fresh flower. Woody and oriental scents are best suited for men for a romantic and natural appeal.||You can try some of these: Sex appeal by Jovan, Burberry Weekend, Armani Code Pour Femme, L'Eau D'Issey by Issey Miyake, Givenchy Amarige, etc.|
|Easygoing and Playful||If you are vivacious, exuberant, free-spirited or outdoor types, then scents belonging to the families citrus and aquatic will suit you the best. If you love jazz music or traveling to exotic locations, then you may also love scents belonging to the oriental family.||Ralph Lauren Polo Sport, Davidoff Cool Water, CK One by Calvin Klein, Alfred Dunhill, etc., are some of the best picks for you.|
|Confident and Extrovert||If you are classy, self-made, confident and sophisticated, then you can choose perfumes that are oriental, woody and natural. These perfumes are also meant for those who are stylish and elegant.||Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, Gucci by Gucci, Calvin Klein Escape, Carolina Herrera 212 H2O Men, Dunhill Desire Blue, and Ferrari perfumes, etc., are for you.|
|Sexy and Adventurous||Sensual scents are meant for sexy, sensual and adventurous as well as optimistic personalities. Using sensual perfumes from woody and floral families can have a long-lasting effect on the opposite sex.||You can try Sex Appeal by Jovan, Calvin Klein Obsession, Giorgio Armani Sensi, Angel by Thierry Mugler, Dior Midnight Poison, Dior Fahrenheit, etc.|
Zodiac and Perfume
The information given above will be helpful to you to choose a perfume according to your fragrance profile. On the other hand, did you know that your zodiac sign will also help in choosing the perfect perfume according to your personality type? We know that zodiac signs are categorized into four groups (Air signs, Fire signs, Earth signs and Water signs). The perfumes used by people belonging to a single group are more or less similar. The following is a list of scents according to the zodiac signs.
|Zodiac Sign Group||Traits||Perfume Families|
|Air Signs||Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are air signs and fresh scents are considered simply perfect for them.||If you belong to any of these signs, then you can consider using perfumes from floral or citrus families.|
|Fire Signs||Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are the zodiac signs categorized as fire signs.||Oriental or spicy perfumes are meant for them. Strong floral scents like rose and jasmine may even appeal to women of these signs.|
|Water Signs||Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are the three water signs.||People belonging to these signs can try using aquatic or mild floral perfumes, or any delicate ones that have a calming effect.|
|Earth Signs||Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn signs are known as Earth signs.||Earthy perfumes like woody, musk and floral are best for men and women belonging to these signs.|
Similar to personalities and zodiac signs, it is also essential to use a perfume suitable to the season and situation, and change it accordingly. It is a misconception that stronger and heavier scents like musk are meant for summers. These perfumes, although heavy, do not tend to last long in summer. It is wise to go for citrus and floral scents in summer and spring. You can wear them more than once for a long-lasting effect. Similarly, floral scents and milder perfumes are meant for day and office wear. On the other hand, heavier scents like musk, other woody scents and oriental scents are meant for winter and autumn. You can even use these perfumes for an evening or night outings.
It is essential to look for detailed information about the perfume (like its notes, perfume family, etc.) before buying one. Lastly, as one of the most effective tips, note that it is always wise to try the perfume first before buying, and go by your instincts, rather than reviews.