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We all like to smell good – it gives us more confidence, boosts our mood and helps to show others a bit more of our personality. When it comes to scent picking however, it is essential to try each and every scent on your wrist before you buy it; the reason for this? Well scents smell different on every person; it’s all to do with the way the fragrance mixes with the chemicals in your skin and your natural scent. So unless you’re buying a perfume or aftershave that you’ve bought for years, it’s a good idea to test it out first. If you are thinking of trying something new, you’ll need to be in the know about which scents smell the best. Here is a guide to the best smells of them all.
The four fragrance types
When it comes to women’s scents, they fall into four main categories: floral, citrus, oriental and woody (also known as chypre). In order to best determine your fragrance type, you can either choose to spray fragrances from each of these categories and decide which is the most pleasing to your nose, or you can choose your perfume based on your personality.
Can floral be masculine?
Many men may be put off if they were told that their favourite scent falls into the floral category. However, it is no reflection on personality or manliness; rather, the floral scents may just work better with your body’s natural chemistry. Floral scents can provide one strong scent of a flower, or combine many different subtle smells – either way, you’re unlikely to be unappealing if you decide that this fragrance works best for you. A popular men’s floral scent is Agua Lavanda by Puig, and it’s great for smart evening events. However, if you’re looking for something a bit sportier for casual occasions, why not try joop home available at the fragrance shop, to give you a burst of freshness.
Testing your favourite scents
Many stores provide paper testing strips for you to spritz a small amount of scent on to test it. However, the best way to really determine whether or not a fragrance is right for you is to spray some on your wrist. Avoid rubbing your wrists together as this can break up the chemicals. Wait a few minutes for the scent to properly settle and develop before sniffing to see whether or not it appeals. When testing several scents in the same sitting, give your nose a break after every few scents, otherwise your brain will just confuse the scents.
Masculine scents for women?
Okay so we talked about how floral scents can work great on men, but what about masculine scents on women? Much of choosing a scent is about your personality and your mood, as well as the way it works with your skin. So if you’re in need of a powerful pick-me-up to boost your confidence before an all-important work meeting, you may wish to try Chanel Jersey. This iconic women’s scent contains lavender, which is often used in masculine fragrances to add a fresh yet calming effect. Combined with sweet vanilla and heady musk, this scent offers many powerful layers to leave you feeling strong and in control.