Scents are powerful. They don’t just draw us in by engaging our sense of smell. They also make us remember experiences, places, and persons. For example, the aroma of a certain food may take us back to our childhood. A perfume might also remind us of a friend, a relative, a coworker, or a partner. Knowing these, many will try to find a suitable signature scent to wear as part of their profile. Choosing this can be tricky if it’s your first time. In this article, we look into the different scent categories and the factors that can influence your decision.
You don’t have to try on thousands of scents just to find a good option. That would be inefficient and impractical. Fortunately, everything can be divided into categories to simplify the search. Get familiar with each category’s characteristics so that you can quickly narrow down your options.
Most perfumes fall into this group. Companies use flower extracts to come up with tantalizing scents. If you have a few favorite blooms, then you can look for products that contain them. It is also possible to get soft florals which are combinations of flowers and aldehydes. They can add complexity to the fragrance and prevent the smell of flowers from going overboard. Lastly, there are floral orientals which have the same base with hints of fruits and spices.
The oriental scents offer a rich mixture of aromas for those who are not afraid to go heavy. It is common to find these products with vanilla, resins, musks, and a bit of florals. The layered notes make them perennial favorites. There are also floral orientals which have more flowers than the typical oriental perfumes. You can opt for soft orientals if you like the scent but prefer them in a lighter package. Finally, there are woody orientals with hints of natural ingredients that make them stand out.
A lot of people are partial to the smell of woods from their outdoor adventures. Some perfumes get the essences of cedar, pine, sandalwood, and other popular trees. The results can be surprisingly brilliant. If you like a hint of moss tones, then go for mossy woods. If you like the complexity of burnt wood or tobacco, then you can check out dry woods. There are fragrances that combine different categories into one if you prefer a balanced option.
Many cannot resist the smell of fresh citrus. Companies extract their oils for fruity blends in the citrus scent family. The sharpness of lemons, oranges, and grapefruits is evident with each spray. You can also check out the water family of scents if you are nostalgic for the smell of sea breeze. Consider the green family if you like the smell of flower and grass cuttings. There is also a separate fruity family for those who like the wonderful aroma of apples, peaches, plums, grapes, and other tropical favorites.
Factors to Consider
Now you know the scents which are available. It’s time to look inwards and figure out which of these might work well for you. Consider the following factors while making your decision:
1. Personality Type
Everyone is different so it is impossible to say which one is the best scent or best category to choose from. It could boil down to your personality type and what you are drawn to. Most tend to pick a floral fragrance which is why there are so many of them on the market. However, you might find these a little too much for your own use. Maybe you prefer something from the woody category as this reminds you of summers spent in a lakeside cabin with the smell of pine greeting you every morning. It really depends on each individual.
Another thing to consider is when and where you are going to use the fragrances. Are you the type who works at home and only goes out to meet friends or attend events? Then you have the freedom to wear whatever you want. However, those who are going to the office every day need to be more careful about what they put on. Anything that comes on too strong in one way or another might raise eyebrows in the boardroom.
3. Body Chemistry
How a fragrance smells in the air is different from how it will smell on the body. Every person has a distinct body chemistry that affects the scent. This means that a perfume that smells great on a friend might not work as well for you and vice versa. You might have to test a few options before you find the best match.
Many will reach for different bottles in the summer and in the winter. They might want a fresh scent to counter the sun and sweat, for example, while they could go for an oriental or woody scent when it’s cold outside. Others don’t really care what weather it is. They just grab whatever feels right on the day from among a few favorites.
5. Perfume Cost
Lastly, you would need to consider the cost of these fragrances. There are plenty of affordable options if you are not too conscious about the brand. However, you need to prepare a significant amount if you plan to buy a luxury perfume.
What scent would you like people to associate with you? Check out a few samples from various categories and see how you like them. Make sure to pick something that fits your budget, lifestyle, personality, and body chemistry.