How to Choose Perfume that Suits You

By Ellie Child -
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OK, so you’ve decided to commit to a new fragrance. For commitment-phobes like us, this can be really quite daunting. Having said that, finding a signature scent can also be pretty damn rewarding; the perfect aroma can bring a sense of comfort, confidence – and most importantly – it can turn the head of the attractive man who is always on your morning commute.

It’s time to nail finding 'the one' (no, we’re not talking about your ‘train crush’ anymore). We’re here to find the best perfume for women with a few easy considerations...

Know your fragrance notes

Getting to know your fragrance notes is fundamental. If you’re a lover of all things girly then you might not want an intense smoky scent. When you know what each ‘type’ represents, it's much easier to match it to a situation or personality trait. Luckily, perfume for women is usually very diverse and covers all zones – meaning no character type is left out.

So without further ado, here is the breakdown:

Musk: Ah, the classic musky aroma. Musk’s warm, earthy and sensual tones make up the base notes of a lot fragrances. We advise wearing this to give off a strong air of seduction.

Versace Woman Eau de Parfum Spray

Versace Woman Eau de Parfum Spray

Try out Versace Woman Eau de Parfum Spray for an intoxicating musky base.

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Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau De Parfum

Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau De Parfum

This iconic musky Calvin Klein scent is seductive with an unforgettable aroma.

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Floral: Bursting with romantic undertones, floral notes are ideal for the women who own their sensuality and femininity (and we’re right there with you on that one!).

GUERLAIN Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale

GUERLAIN Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale

GUERLAIN Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale is the perfect sweet smelling perfume. It is a day-to-night fragrance with a feminine touch to keep those boys blushin’ and crushin’.

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Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau De Parfum

Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau De Parfum

Uncover the intoxicating bouquet of Bulgarian rose blended with orris and jasmine sambac accords. It's a bold, sensual fragrance that adds a luxe note to your collection.

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Citrus: You guessed it – citrus-based fragrances wear really well as an invigorating, zingy scent.

Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette Spray

Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette Spray

If you’re looking for a spritz of energy, we suggest the Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette Spray.

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Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Mirto Di Panarea Eau De Toilette Spray

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Mirto Di Panarea Eau De Toilette Spray

Sweet and tangy, this Eau De Toilette Spray evokes that dreamy island hopping vibe. Sadly, the holiday doesn't come with.

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Woody: These comforting tones tend to work well in winter and can range from sweeter to spicier notes.

Ralph Lauren Romance Eau de Parfum

Ralph Lauren Romance Eau de Parfum

The Ralph Lauren Romance Eau de Parfum Spray is ideal for that anticipated date night.

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Fresh: Ideal for those of you wanting to start afresh, literally. Think clean cotton, fields and airy tones for this one.

Caudalie Eau des Vignes Fresh Fragrance

Caudalie Eau des Vignes Fresh Fragrance

With the word ‘fresh’ already in its title, the Caudalie Eau des Vignes Fresh Fragrance sends out clean, renewed vibes to kickstart your day.

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Jo Malone London Basil & Neroli Cologne

Jo Malone London Basil & Neroli Cologne

You can't go wrong with Jo Malone. This unique scent brings a freshness matched with warm top notes of basil.

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Oriental: Two words: incense sticks.

Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette

Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette

Gucci Guilty Eau De Toilette nails the floral oriental scent in this cult favourite.

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Eau de what?

You know exactly what scent category you fall into, but seriously, what even is an EDP and EDT? With perfume counters throwing all sorts of concentration types at you, you can be left walking out with a formula that you’re not actually that sure about.

Let’s break it down into the main categories:

  • Parfum
  • Eau de parfum
  • Eau de toilette
  • Eau de cologne

It ranks from strongest to weakest – parfum being the strongest and eau de cologne being the weakest due to its concentration level. So really, it depends on how long you want your scent to last. For an aroma that stands the test of time (six to eight hours, to be precise) you’ll be snapping up the parfum, but be wary of the higher price tag that this can come with.

Take it for a test drive

Start by sniffing the bottle to test that the fragrance is even worthy of gracing your skin, and then move onto a simple spritz on your pulse points. The key now is to wait: sure, it might smell nice on your skin right now, but what about once it has sunk in and mixed with your natural pheromones? Leave it a couple of hours to see what the fragrance develops into and if it can stand the test of time.

And there we have it! See, it wasn’t that strenuous was it? Now all you need to decide is whether you need a different one for every season, every major occasion or every different day of the week…

If searching for the best fragrances are your jam, learn the 7 Things You Might Not Know About Your Perfume.

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