Let me share with you a few tips that have helped me understand my perfume tastes, learn about those scents and most importantly to stay within my set budget.
- Smell It First – I always recommend to my friends that they should first test out smelling a new fragrance. The best part is that it is absolutely free. Just walk into any store and spray on the perfume that you want to try out. Some stores will even provide samples that you can take home.
Focus on what the perfume evokes for you before making a decision on whether you like it or not. It’s important that we understand our tastes especially if we move outside of our comfort zone. Spraying perfume on a blotter is a low-commitment of which it can then be thrown away if you don’t like the scent.
- Don’t Rush Into Buying – this is one of the biggest mistakes people make. Give yourself a chance to understand what your tastes are. That impulse purchase of perfume may leave you with a bottle of fragrance that you absolutely hate. If an expensive fragrance is not within your budget, then don’t hesitate to ask for a recommendation to something similar that is more in line with what you can afford to spend.
- Check Out the Classics – this is not to say that you should bust the budget by buying one of these. They can be quite costly, even the reformulated ones. However, just experiencing the impressive quality of a classic perfume is worth checking them out. Not everyone enjoys the classics so don’t feel obligated if the scent isn’t one that you prefer.
Niche perfumes can be very fascinating but can also come with a high price tag. Many niche perfumes are really nothing more than a dressed up classical idea. Smelling the classics will give you a more informed way of making a decision.
- Use Your Nose – don’t limit your smelling just to perfume. Use your nose to smell the aromatic things around us. Such as, coffee, tea, chocolate, spices and herbs, to name a few. Training your nose to pick up on the difference in these scents will ultimately lead to better purchasing selections.
- Buy Samples – most stores carry samples of perfume that are for sale. Nothing is more aggravating than to buy a bottle of perfume only to find out that you really don’t enjoy wearing it and it just sits there unused.
If you are just starting out with your perfume hobby, the most affordable approach is to start off small and build up your collection as your budget permits. Perfume doesn’t last forever so having a few fragrances in your perfume wardrobe goes a long way.