A Definitive Guide to Finding Your Best Scent
Michela Marra | Wednesday November 8th 2017
A Definitive Guide to Finding Your Best Scent
Choosing a perfume is never easy, particularly if you don’t already know your way around the vast olfactory universe of today’s options. Following your instinct is usually the right thing to do, but sometimes instinct alone is not enough to land you in the right scent. Always here to hold your hand through these decisions, we at ATPB have some practical advice to guide the way, as well as some suggestions for the newest fragrances to the market.
Trust Your Gut
Just the same as when you are shopping for clothes, you should always trust your gut and the feeling you get when you are first exposed to a fragrance. Does it fit your mood? Does it smell good on your skin? Does it reflect your personality? These are the first questions you should ask yourself when selecting a new fragrance – remember that it will likely be with you for an entire season. Do you know where to test a fragrance? On your wrist, the inside of your elbow, and behind your ear are all classic spots, but the nape of your neck and the lowest point of your hairline will also allow the fragrance to release its scent as you move throughout the day. If you’d like a piece of advice from a true expert, do what Coco Chanel suggested and spray some perfume onto the hem of your skirt.
For those seeking something super feminine
Giorgio Armani Sì Eau de parfum combines three notes including Blackcurrant Nectar, Modern Chypre and Blond Wood Musk.
Consider the Season
Taking the current season into account – weather, not runway – is crucial. As a general rule, we recommend cooler, lighter perfumes during the summer, while more intense scents are ideal for the winter. However, you are by no means obliged to follow this rule (we, for example, wear woody perfumes during the hottest season!).
For all year round
Gabrielle Chanel Eau de Parfum Vaporizer is a pure, floral scent fashioned around four white flowers: a heart of erotic, sensual and enveloping Jasmine is paired with sparkling, green, fruity notes of Ylang-Ylang and the fresh, lively, vibrating notes of Orange Blossom. This then gives way to the precious scent of Tuberose from Grasse.
De Toilette or de Parfum?
Before setting out to shop, know the distinction between eau de toilette, eau de parfum, and cologne. The difference lies in their concentration, which will also determine their persistence. Eau de parfum has a concentration of 10-15% (perfume in its purest state oscillates between 20% and 50%), while eau de toilette ranges between 3 and 8%. Finally, cologne has an essence that is equal to 3%, so if you are looking for a lighter, less persistent fragrance, this option allows you to refresh or change your fragrance somewhere along the course of your day. Different days call for different scents, and we recommend purchasing a mix all of these types of perfume so that you have what you need readily available at all times.
The ideal perfume for those who want to change things up midday
English Oak & Hazelnut by Jo Malone, which is spicy and woody. You can wear it on top of another fragrance by the same brand, for example, Basil&Neroli, to give life to a vibrant, citrusy scent that’s slightly alluring.
Choosing For Occasions
When choosing a new scent, consider the time of day you’ll be wearing it. Usually, a lighter perfume is more suitable for everyday life or during office hours, while more intense fragrances do better in the evening, for parties and for social events. We love the option of a midday change, and a change of perfume can be incredibly refreshing when dusting a long day off in advance of a fun night.
A fragrance that goes from day to night
Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de parfum is enveloping, thanks to musk, which makes up the heart of this fragrance’s composition; is it is enhanced by the floral, fruity notes of Rose and Peach pulp, which reflect its true soul.
Help, I Can’t Make Up My Mind
Despite considering all of the points mentioned above, you still haven’t made a decision. Don’t worry, this happens to us all the time. We suggest choosing a base fragrance and then with the help of samples, experiment and test other fragrances that evoke pleasant sensations when they come into contact with your skin. Do you like a fragrance for men? Don’t panic! I use the latest scent by Salvatore Ferragamo (Uomo Casual Life) that I share with my boyfriend. Look past male-female perfume distinctions: it’s a super old criterion!
A fragrance for sharing
Uomo Casual Life by Salvatore Ferragamo is part of the green wood olfactory family. It opens with Violet leaves while the heart of the fragrance derives from Coffee. The end notes include Cashmere and White Cedar wood along with hints of White Musk and give the fragrance its sensual character.