I know that there’s the unwritten law that beauty and pain go hand-in-hand but nowhere in that statement does it say frustration is OK, too. Perfume shopping can bring about frustation because it’s such a tedious process.

Here are some tips to make the most of your fall perfume:

To really gain an understanding of how to find your perfect fragrance there are some classification basic that can help you narrow down your search. Fragrances also come in three notes. There are top notes, which evaporates first, so it’s best to go for sheer top notes, middle notes which evaporate a little after top and the true scent, which is the most dominating of the three, base. These notes are all a part of different fragrance “families” or “groupings.” Here’s a quick overview of some of the most frequently used groupings:

  • Bright Florals are usually dominated by the smell of one particular flower.
  • Gourmand scents smell good enough to eat containing ingredients like vanilla.
  • Green is a more delicate, fresh scent with green ingredients such as leafy grasses or green vegetables such as cucumbers.
  • Citrus scents look to fruits such as oranges and tangerines to exude freshness.
  • Aquatic/ Oceanic/ Ozonic fragrances have more of a clean smell that complements oriental, floral and woody scents.
  • Fruity fragrances are sweet-smelling and draw from fruits such as mango, passion fruit, strawberries and more.
  • Each fragrance can be put into a fragrance family, grouping it with many other similar fragrances.

Once you have a general understanding of the terms used to describe the composition of the scent, the shopping process becomes more fun and engaging. The more knowledgeable you are, the easier fragrance shopping becomes.

If you still need a little extra help with picking the right scent for you there are phone apps such as iPerfumer and Ascent, both of which play the role of personal assistant using images, sound and video to provide information about perfumes that could work best for you.

What scents do you love, Clutchettes?

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