You’ve decided to treat yourself to some new perfume, but before you go out and buy the first scent that catches your eye, there are several things you should know about buying perfumes so that you can find the one that best suits your preferences and personality. After all, it’s worth it to invest in high-quality perfumes from established companies that have been producing fragrances for years, so finding your signature scent will require some research before making your purchase.

Tips For Buying The Perfect Perfume

  • Find The Scent That Works For You
  • Choose A Brand
  • Consider Price
  • Consider Ingredients
  • Base Your Choice On Your Skin Type
  • Watch Out For Scents That Are Too Overpowering
  • Try Before You Buy

1) Find The Scent That Works For You

Although we all have different olfactory preferences, it’s important to find scents that work for you. If you’re thinking about trying a new scent, give it a spray on your skin before you buy it. It might smell differently on your wrist than it did in its bottle; try to think of scents like people—there are no guarantees when it comes to compatibility. Also, make sure that what you’re smelling is perfume; many department stores sell faux perfumes that contain alcohol instead of actual fragrance oil, and those are often inexpensive or even given away as tester bottles. If you’re looking for a new scent, skip those and head straight to one of your favorite retailers. They’ll be able to help you pick out something that works for you.

2) Choose A Brand

With such a wide selection of scents available, you may feel a bit overwhelmed when trying to pick out your new favorite perfume. To make it easy on yourself, start by narrowing down your scent preferences. Think about what scents you like, what kind of occasion calls for a perfume purchase, and which season you’ll be using it in (the scent will change depending on temperature). This is one time where understanding some basic perfumery terms can help: there are plenty of guides online that go into depth about how each note works in creating a scent. Try reading up if you want to learn more. Once you have an idea of what notes work best with your body chemistry and personality, head over to Sephora or Macy’s and check out all the brands they carry.

3) Consider Price

Ask any perfume expert, and they’ll tell you that choosing a scent is personal. That being said, some perfumes are considered signature scents or power scents. These have a variety of ingredients that can make them an ideal perfume for work or an everyday scent. You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for these designer perfumes—sometimes all it takes is changing your location. Prices can vary significantly from store to store, as well as depending on location in both brick-and-mortar locations and online stores. Browse prices first before settling on one particular brand and consider shopping in different locations to save money where you can.

4) Consider Ingredients

Some companies hide behind their brand name and will put their names on a bottle without thinking about what’s inside. Look for perfumes with natural, high-quality ingredients—specifically essential oils. Oils like bergamot, rose, jasmine, lavender, and sandalwood are typically derived from plants and are all highly aromatic; they’re also often associated with specific moods or feelings when used in perfume. Synthetic scents can be cheaper to produce but aren’t as good at making you smell great over time because they quickly break down when exposed to oxygen in the air.

5) Base Your Choice On Your Skin Type

The first tip for buying perfumes is to consider your skin type. People with oily or acne-prone skin should stick to lighter scents that are water-based, which are typically less heavy than oil-based perfume oils. If you have dry or normal skin, a range of both oil and water-based products is available. Your best bet is usually a mixture of both. It’s easier to apply more scents where you need them rather than being stuck with one strong fragrance. When applying perfume, use three quick sprays: one on each wrist and one on either side of your neck, directly under your ears.

6) Watch Out For Scents That Are Too Overpowering

We all want to smell great, but you don’t want your perfume or cologne to be so strong that it clashes with your scent and gives off a sickly-sweet smell. The smell is very subjective, so find someone whose taste you trust and get their opinion before purchasing a new scent. If you’re still having trouble finding something that smells good on you, consider trying a body lotion scented with a different fragrance than what you put on your pulse points (your wrists, behind your ears, and your neck). This will leave a milder trace of your chosen perfume and will likely give it an extra boost. In addition to not being too overpowering, also make sure that any new fragrance doesn’t clash with anything else in your wardrobe either.

7) Try Before You Buy

If you’re like most people, perfume shopping can feel a little bit like gambling. Will you love how it smells? Will it clash with your daily routine? Will it make you smell even better than before? Unfortunately, there’s no surefire way to know if something is right for you—but there are ways to increase your chances of success. First, try and find someone who has similar body chemistry as yours (hint: they probably smell great).