How to Choose the Right Perfume for You

It’s important to remember that the pH of the skin varies from person to person, so each scent can also smell different depending on the person who wears it.
How to Choose the Right Perfume for You

Last update: 19 December, 2018

Choosing the right perfume for you is a very personal experience.

No doubt on more than one occasion someone has handed you a specific fragrance or a particular brand, but when you try it out on your own skin it smells more annoying than captivating.

Few things are as intimate as choosing a perfume.

They say that it should match your personality, but in reality, it’s your brain that decides which scents are acceptable and which ones to reject.

Sometimes, an ingredient like wood or citrus doesn’t match your body well and you may have a reaction.

We’re sure that you’ll find the simple guidelines in today’s article useful and interesting for helping you choose the right perfume.


Classification of perfumes according to their intensity

No doubt you already know this piece of information. The intensity of a perfume determines not only its price but also the concentration of the smell.

That doesn’t mean that the strongest ones are the best. Definitely not.

Some people tolerate a medium to low concentration for day to day use, leaving the more intense scents “for special occasions.”

Although this is common, it’s worth remembering the following classifications:

Body sprays

These usually have a concentration of around 1%. Although they don’t last very long they provide a nice feeling of freshness.

They’re handy for after sports or physical activity.

Eau de cologne

These are between 3% and 6% concentration and are the most common scents produced by perfumeries.

Their fragrance is almost always citrus-based and light. They’re great for daily wear.

Eau de toilette

These are a little more concentrated than the previous type, between 7% and 15%. They’re also very comfortable for all-day wear.

Eau de parfum

These are the most intense, ranging between 15% and 40% concentration.

Choosing the right perfume for you


There are some important aspects that you need to consider. The same perfume will never smell the same on two different people.

It all depends on your skin type, whether it’s dry or oily, for example.

But something you should remember is that you’re the only one who should choose the perfume for you.

Why? It’s a part of your personality and it’s also something that you want others to notice about you.

It’s not uncommon to remember someone by the way that they smell.

So you need to be looking for a scent that not only defines you, that smells good on your skin, that doesn’t bother you, and that leaves a nice memory with those who interact with you.

Are you an active and fun person?

This type of person usually likes a nice, fresh citrus fragrance. The smell of orange, lemon, verbena…they’re usually very invigorating and pleasant.

In these types of scents, you find very nice unisex perfumes.

Do you want to convey an air of elegance?

Everyone has those occasions from time to time when you want to convey an element of mystery, elegance, and charm.

That’s when you should look for a more exotic fragrance with a higher concentration.

They last for many hours and leave traces of flowers, tropical fruits, and woods on the skin.

A sexy, youthful personality

It doesn’t matter how old you are.  At some point, everybody wants to give off a riskier, sassy, and sexy personality. Why not?

On these occasions, you should look for perfumes that smell sweet or of candy, oriental flowers, apple, rose…

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Perfumes that almost never fail

There are two kinds of fragrances that almost always succeed. They’re very nice and smell great with all types of skin:

  • Fresh scents: These are known as “green” scents. The smell of freshly cut grass, citrus fruits…
  • Floral scents: Who doesn’t like the smell of flowers? It’s heavenly and something that you never tire of: roses, jasmine, gardenia, orange blossom, lily of the valley…

All according to your skin type

If your skin is on the oily side, sweat can alter the scent of the perfume itself. This is especially important in the summertime.

So…what should you do?

  • Choose a softer perfume or one with a citrus base.
  • In the winter, or if you have drier skin, oriental flowers have a very pleasant fragrance that’s a little more intense.

As you can see, the act of choosing the perfume for you isn’t as easy as you might think.

That’s why it’s a good idea to spend time in the store while you make your choice.

You’ll avoid buying a brand that later when you use it on a daily basis, makes you feel more uncomfortable than anything else.

Has that ever happened to you?

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