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Perfume Newbie? 5 Things To Keep In Mind While Buying Your Next Fragrance

Perfume Newbie? 5 Things To Keep In Mind While Buying Your Next Fragrance

Perfumes are not just another purchase, they are an investment. And while we usually shell out a lot of money to buy the fragrance of our choice, it is imperative to keep certain things in mind before opening the money bags. No, I am not just talking about how long-lasting the scent is here. From picking the right scent to testing it the correct way–there is so much to consider. Here’s a list of five things you must note before you buy your next perfume.

Also Read: Long Lasting Perfumes

Avoid Smelling More Than 3 Fragrances At A Time

Make sure that you do not smell more than three fragrances at a time. This is primarily because no matter how many coffee beans you sniff in between, the ability to smell becomes weaker after you’ve consecutively smelled three perfumes. The best option is to take a 10-minute break and then try again.

Understand The Different Notes Of The Fragrance


It is extremely crucial to evaluate a fragrance before you purchase it. And, in order to do so, you must understand its three different notes. 

1. The Top Note: the first whiff of the scent that you take once you spray it on the testing strip is the top note. It is expected to last for about 10 minutes, depending on how strong it is. P.S. you don’t want to indulge in an impulse buy based on the top note alone. There’s more to it so read on.

2. The Heart: this is the core of the fragrance, which you’d smell immediately after the top note is gone. It lasts for about 45 minutes and gives an idea of what the perfume will smell like in the long run. Therefore, you must consider the heart of the fragrance before purchasing it. 

3. The Base Note: this is the drying down of the essence of the fragrance.

Differentiate Between EDP & EDT

In most cases, buyers do not know what Eau De Parfum (EDP) and Eau De Toilette (EDT) are and face problems understanding the difference between the two. Well, EDP is the one that lasts longer. If you apply an EDP at nine in the morning, you would still have 50% of it on you by the evening. 

EDT, on the other hand, smells quite strong at first since it primarily consists of top notes but disappears quickly. If you apply an EDT in the morning, you’d hardly have 20% of it left on you by noon. Therefore, it is highly advisable that you invest in an EDP (Eau De Parfum) since the higher fragrance concentration will make it last longer. Since you are shelling out so much money on a bottle of 50ml, might as well get your worth out of it, am I right!

Pay Attention To The Description


The text-y descriptions of perfumes on websites are there for a reason. Especially if you are making an online purchase–descriptions are all you have. In most cases, they are explained as something that the buyer can relate to. Mostly emotions and personality traits, besides the various notes. While some fragrances are described as floral, others are referred to as sensual. So, pay attention to the detailed descriptions of perfumes on the website.

Pick The Scent That Suits Your Lifestyle

How do you decide if you like a perfume? You smell it and you like it? Well, that’s not enough. Given the hustle-bustle of our daily lives, this one is an extremely crucial point that often gets ignored but should be seriously considered while making a perfume purchase. If you are someone who works 9-12 hours a day, then you might want to avoid soft fragrances as they might make you sleepy. Instead, you can go for something that lasts longer, is more stimulating, and keeps you up for the most part of the day. Similarly, if you are looking for a fragrance to wear on a casual lazy day, you can, by all means, go for rosy and floral scents.


Ready to shop for your next perfume? 

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12 Jul 2020

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