How can you tell if a fragrance really suits you and ensure that it lasts as long as you want it to?
Always use blotters, or smelling strips, when testing fragrances in store. This method, which is favoured by perfumers, will enable you to smell a large number of fragrances without your sense of smell becoming exhausted.
If you apply fragrance to the skin, the warmth of your body gives the fragrance so much aura that you can only smell a few in one session.
John Oakes, perfume expert and author of The Book of Perfumes, recommends following a minute or so between smelling different scents and points out that you shouldn’t rub a perfume once you have applied it or you will ‘bruise’ the ingredients.
Ideally, decide on two or three fragrances you like, then spray yourself with just one of them from a distance so that only the light vapour touches your skin.
Live with the fragrance for the rest of the day and if possible that night. Most women don’t give themselves enough time when choosing a fragrance. Some perfume experts say that you really only know a fragrance when you have slept in it.
Return to the store and test your second fragrance on another day. Remember that although you may like the smell of a scent on someone else, it may be completely different on you. A fragrance can vary depending on the pH of the skin.
Avoid testing a fragrance for several days if you have eaten spicy foods or garlic, unles these foods are a regular part of your diet.
Stress, medication and hormonal changes, such as menopause, can also affect how a fragrance smells on you.