1. Selecting Siliage
Siliage is a French word that in the perfume world refers to the scent trail that a perfume or cologne leaves behind as it evaporates. Note that when shopping for a fragrance there are different types, including Eau de Parfum and Eau de toilette. These names indicate the levels concentrations of each fragrance. Eau de Parfum has the highest percentage of aromatic essence at 15% to 20%. This higher concentrated scent can last much longer, up to six hours. Eau de Toilette is a lighter fragrance, containing between 5% and 15% of the aromatic essence.
2. Fashion for Fragrance
If you’re unsure where to start, think about aromas that will complement your go-to looks. Partial to light colors and delicate details? Consider a floral perfume. Do deep hues complement your look? Pair them with a spicy, woody scent.
3. Finding Fragrance Family
Perfumes typically fall into four scent categories: fresh, floral, oriental, and woody. When deciding on your next fragrance, look to your current perfume collection—what scents do you gravitate towards? If you’re new to perfume, consider the scents you enjoy daily. Identifying your preferred scent family will help narrow your options without feeling overwhelmed.
4. Home in on Heart Notes
A fragrance description can paint a detailed picture and olfactory memory. If you’re unsure of the overall scent pay attention to heart notes. Heart notes are the longest scent that lingers, offering a rich scent experience.
5. Sample a Scent
Catching a whiff of freshly spritzed perfume is great, but you may find the scent you experience at the store much different after it settles into your skin. Before committing to a new fragrance, consider wearing the perfume for a few days. Travel size perfumes and sample size fragrances are great testers that generally cost less and are great for when you’re on the go.
6. Consider Climate
Seasonal scents aka seasonal fragrances can help you narrow your choices based on the time of year. Consider this, if it’s winter and you are in a colder area then warmer, spicy notes might be the way to go vs Spring when floral scents might work better.
7. Curate a Collection
A signature scent may sound finite, but you don’t have to commit to just one. If you find yourself drawn to more than one scent, consider investing in a perfume collection and wearing them for different occasions.