These are the basics you should know before buying a perfume for yourself or as a gift for a sister, mother or friend.
Shop for the occasion and the time of year
There is a fragrance for every occasion, whether it is casual, romantic or for work. Thus, when you get together with your girlfriends, go on a lunch date, are at work, are traveling or simply going out during the day, nothing is better than a perfume that is light and fresh. On the other hand, a romantic date and all other evening events go better with a stronger fragrance.
The time of year should also play a role in your buying decision. It is a fine idea to get floral and fruity fragrances for spring and summer, and higher-concentration perfumes with rich, warm notes for winter.
Types of fragrances for women
Women’s perfumes come in a variety of types, with the most popular four being: floral, wood, oriental, and fresh.
Women often prefer floral fragrances, regardless if the perfume uses scents from one flower only or notes from a variety of different flowers. Floral fragrances often come as eau de toilette and eau de cologne, as these have a lesser concentration of perfume which makes them perfect for regular reapplying in warm weather.
More often found in men’s perfume, woody notes are a great way for both men and women to reconnect with nature via these earthy, musky scents. Woody fragrances often include cedar, pine, and sandalwood, which are sometimes used as the base notes in floral perfumes.
These are exotic and rich scents reminiscent of far-away lands. You will often find sensual cinnamon, pepper, and clove notes in your Oriental fragrance.
Fresh fragrances are characterized by their strong fruity notes, sometimes emphasized by a variety of herbal notes. These perfumes smell like lemon, orange, and bergamot.
Don’t change scents
This is particularly helpful when you go perfume shopping for a friend. Fragrances make excellent gifts as long as you get the same type of perfume your girlfriend is currently wearing, because you can’t go wrong. If you don’t know or for some reason cannot find the exact perfume, then getting one from the same family of fragrances makes perfect sense. If she likes more subtle notes, it would be wrong to get her an overpowering perfume (unless of course she confessed she would like to try on a different fragrance).