In this humid weather, it’s important that you don’t just keep looking fresh, but also smelling fresh. Especially if you’re a commuter or you spend a significant time outdoors, the last thing you’d want is to smell stale, sweaty, or downright stinky.
Understandably, many people tend to be conservative when buying their perfumes or colognes, particularly because of the cost. A lot discover their scents simply through gifts, and then they end up sticking with it for the long-haul. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, especially if you really like the scent. But just the same, it also shouldn’t stop you from exploring and discovering more scents of your own.
There’s no need to be intimidated and overwhelmed by all the choices available. Here are some helpful tips you can use to make your perfume-shopping easier.
1) Sniff it out
You’ll be wearing the scent so you need to get out there and actually sniff it out. Don’t just rely on the description attributed to it. No matter how vivid the written description may be, it’s still not going to be the same as actually being able to smell it. Let your nose decide for you, get a feel if it’s something that you’d like to smell like the rest of the day.
2) Don’t buy the marketing
According to Mel Panabi, avid perfume collector, you shouldn’t get too caught up with brands and labels. “Perfumes do not have a gender,” he said. “Perfumes identified as ‘for men’ or ‘for women’ is just a marketing ploy. Don’t be afraid to try women’s scents if you’re a man, and vice versa. You’re going to open up a whole new world of scents beyond the associated manly smells of woods, tobacco, and greens."
3) Be mindful of the weather
More than the “gender” of the perfume, what you really should concern yourself with is how the scent will react with the weather. For cooler climates, heavier scents are best. You wouldn’t want to wear it during hotter days, though, because it can become cloying, as Mel notes.
If you think about it, this is precisely the reason why citrus scents are such a hit during summer. They're light and airy and generally pleasant to the nose.
4) Don’t stick with the brands
If you really want to develop your taste for good quality scents, don’t be afraid to try out local or independent products. It’s actually an advantage because you won't end up smelling like everyone else.
Just like developing a sense of style, it’s a great idea to be adventurous even with your perfumes. As Mel further notes, “Nothing is more satisfying than getting a compliment for wearing a perfume not a lot of people know about.”