We all know shopping for shoes is super-easy, but buying a fragrance can seriously drive a girl batty. There are so many to choose from and there’s no equivalent rush like when you spot a Prada wedge from afar. With time and a few thoughtful sniffs, however, you’ll find your scent and crave it just as much as your new Louboutins. Don’t know where to begin? New York City-based perfume pro Pascal Gaurin of International Flavors & Fragrances—a leading fragrance manufacturing firm—shares his smarts:
• Start your fragrance search in the morning, while your sense of smell is still fresh and before the beauty department gets too heady with different scents. Take your time; you’ll want the fragrance to evolve and react with you over time.
• Avoid fragrance interference and refrain from wearing any scented lotion—unless it’s one you wear 24/7. In that case, be sure to wear it so you can see how it reacts with your new fragrance options.
• While doing your initial walk-through, first smell the bottle. If it interests you, spray some on a paper scent strip. Once you’ve selected your top four, see how they mix with your skin’s chemistry by spraying two samples on each forearm. Try not to overlap!
• Don’t judge the scent in the first 10–15 seconds. Relax and take a break from the fragrance department for an hour. This will let your scents begin to dry down (a fragrance always smells different once it sets) and you’ll get a clearer idea of how the perfumes really smell on you.
• While the search for a signature scent is a personal one, if you’ve got a mate, consider getting his opinion on what scent he thinks smells most delish on you.
• But, remember, in fragrance there are no rules. There is no right or wrong. Trust your instincts. If you think it’s the fragrance, then nobody else can tell you it’s not.
Shopping for your signature scent is easier than you think.
Shopping for your signature scent is easier than you think. Zenya Sirant shows you the way