I love perfumes and colognes, and I wear them almost 24/7 – I don’t leave house without a few spritzs, and maybe 1 simple dap when I’m at home.
I was on a lookout for a new fragrance recently because the current bottle was almost empty, and I have to admit I was really overwhelmed by the cheer amount of choices out there. I’ve finally decided on a Dolce & Gabbana “The One” released in 2008.
Having purchased only 5 perfumes so far (didn’t keep the bottles of the first two), I’m far from a perfume fanatic, and I certainly have not been following all the super detailed commandments as told by the perfume experts or perfumers (e.g. test a perfume thoroughly from the top note to the base note, which will take almost a day for just one perfume. I’m impatient I know.).
Having said that, I’ve been getting perfumes that I really like, as well as compliments from people around me on my choices.
If you’re having problem deciding on which perfume, here’s how I’ve learned to maneuver through the sea of perfumes and colognes:
Jean-Claude Ellena, a “nose” or perfumer who used to work for Hermès said so, and I believe so. Prints and ads don’t speak much for the smell of a perfume. The actual smell might be the complete opposite of what you expect from seeing the advertisement.
A young man who’s sporty and athletic is different from a man who’s older, matured and sophisticated, and so they smell differently. For example, I’m not at all sporty and so I rarely consider sporty fragrance. (Take note on the word “Sports” on the naming. It may not speaks for the perfume, but still.)
Know Your Fragrance Family
Fragrances are typically categorised into 4 families, and it is very helpful once you’ve identified the family that you like. Having a favourite family helps narrow down the scope of your options, and it’ll be a lot easier for when you’re getting recommendations from the staff.
If you’re new to fragrances, visit fragrantica.com for some lights. It’s a great site to do top-down research as well as checking the ingredients of the perfumes.
Personally I’ve been loving Fresh (Versace Pour Homme), and it was only recently that I started trying Woody (“The One”)
A perfume can smell differently on different medium: on the test paper, on your own skin, and on others’ skin. Some men have oily skin and some have dry skin, and that affects the smell and the longevity of the perfumes.
Ok this might not be relevant at all, but I actually do take this into consideration. Haha!
So, how do you choose the one (pun intended)? What fragrance are you wearing? I’m interested. 🙂
Image: Fragrance Wheel from 1