If the holidays and the gift-giving season is giving you a lot of stress and headache, then consider giving someone a bottle of perfume. This gift is both practical and sentimental. But why stop there? Why not take it one step further and treat yourself as well to a perfume? After working so hard this year, you deserve this treat. Now, before you rush to a perfume bar and buy yourself that first bottle that smells good, you should think carefully before making a perfume purchase.
A lot of factors go into that bottle. Perhaps you had an experience where you bought a perfume that smelled so good at a perfume counter, only to find out that it didn’t smell as good once you’re home and trying it out. Sounds familiar? Well, did you know that that first sniff from a perfume sampler may smell differently once a perfume settles down on your body?
In order to avoid buyer’s remorse, consider these things before making a perfume purchase:
• Notes – You should know that as soon as you place perfume on your skin, it slowly evaporates. And as it evaporates, it will smell differently because of the different notes of the perfume. Each note will reveal itself during the evaporation process. Almost all perfumes have three notes: the top or head note, the middle or the heart note, and the base note.
o Top note – This is what you will immediately smell the moment you sniff a perfume. It has a strong smell that fades away quickly. The top note makes the first impression and creates the most impact; therefore, it is usually the note that is the deciding factor when buying a perfume.
Not only that, the top note also serves to transition you into the heart of the perfume. The common scents used as a top note are citrus (lemon, bergamot) and herbs (lavender).
o Middle note – This is what you will smell one to two hours after you have sprayed on the perfume. Considered as the heart of the perfume, it has a more mellow and well-rounded smell and may serve to mask any unpleasant smell of the base note. The common scents used as a middle note are floral (rose, jasmine, and geranium) and spices (cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon).
o Base note – This is the smell that will linger on in your body long after you have spritzed on the perfume. The base note’s purpose is to create a lasting impression. It has a rich smell that holds both the top and the middle notes together. The common scents used as a base note are earthy (sandalwood, patchouli, musk).
• Environment – Consider the smells in your environment: the curry that’s cooking in the kitchen, the smell of your kids or pet, the smell of fresh or dirty laundry. These will all interact with the smell of your perfume and will cause your perception to smell differently. This will lead you to think that your perfume smells differently – but only because it was combined with the smell of the environment you’re in.
Additionally, a perfume will expand when it’s hot and contract when it’s cold. So it might react differently at a crowded party and during a solitary walk in the snow.
• Body chemistry – Your body reacts differently to diet, medication, and sweat. When you combine all these factors into the smell your perfume, then you might get a different smell each time. Your perfume might smell differently when you’re sick because of the meds you have been taking. It might smell differently after you’ve gone to the gym. It might smell something else if you are taking on a juice cleanse diet.
Because of these factors, you might want to consider testing out perfumes to see how they would settle on your skin. When shopping online, best to check out reviews by other customers before finally deciding on what perfume to purchase.