How to Buy Perfume

Posted by Kristin on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 12:00 AM

Just the thought of buying a new perfume can be an anxiety attack waiting to happen and actually going to do it is quite the same overwhelming experience. There are so many options, how do you know what to choose and smell first? Will you even have enough skin space for sampling? Can your nose handle that much?

Don’t let the fear stop you - be prepared for the journey with’s 5 tips for buying perfume and revel in the success of finding a new scent!

1)   Do Your Homework: Prepare yourself before the magical scent adventure even begins! There are plenty of websites to help learn about the various different fragrance families. By being more informed about what you like and don’t like, you can conquer the perfume counter like a pro – and focus on the things you will most certainly like.

2)   A Price Tag ‘Ain’t Nothing But A Number: It’s important to remember that a perfume’s quality should be judged by the way it smells and only the way it smells. Just because a fragrance contains inexpensive ingredients doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad and the same theory goes for expensive scents; a bad perfume is a bad perfume no matter how much it costs. The same philosophy goes for celebrity fragrances – even if you really want to smell like Beyonce, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the best perfume for you

3)   Sample, Sample, Sample: Spray the fragrance on a blotter sheet before testing on your skin to see if it is something worth wearing. It may seem obvious, but only smell one perfume at a time, wait for the alcohol to evaporate before smelling, and give your nose a break in between whiffs (bring a water bottle with you to help “reset” your nose).

4)   Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Although it will be tempting to start grabbing and smelling every scent that comes in a pretty bottle, take it easy. Olfactory fatigue is a real thing and it will seriously hinder your ability to find your perfect perfume! Try to limit yourself to no more than five fragrances per trip.

5)  Try Before You Buy: Ask for samples to take home so you can get a good feel of how your body’s chemistry works with the fragrance’s composition. If a sample isn’t available, wear a spritz from the store for at least a couple of hours. The top notes may be love at first smell, but the base can be a whole different story.

Don’t let the process of finding a new scent deter you from the journey. With a little bit of preparation, patience, and’s 5 tips for buying perfume, you’ll be an olfactory pro in no time!