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Tips for testing a fragrance - is it right for me?

Finding a fragrance that is right for you can only be achieved by testing it on your skin. Each person’s skin has its own smell, influenced by their body chemistry and diet, so a fragrance that is appealing on someone else may not smell the same on you.

Test a fragrance by applying it to your wrist or the bend of your arm. Wear it for a few hours to see how it will change over time. The initial odor when you apply a fragrance is referred to as the top note. This is the most obvious part of a fragrance and consists of the most volatile components. Citrus and green accords along with lighter fruits and herbs are usually present in the top notes.

Within a few minutes of application, the middle notes will unfold to reveal the body or what is referred to as the “heart” of the fragrance. The middle notes are usually heavier fruits, florals and spices.

The bottom notes are the foundation of a fragrance, the clinging impression that is left behind after the lighter notes fade. The bottom notes are responsible for a fragrance’s longevity. They can include woods, mosses, amber, vanilla and musk.

Ideally, you should not try more than 2 to 3 fragrances at the same time since your nose will become tired and have difficulty distinguishing between the different scents.

You may find that you prefer lighter, fresher fragrances for daytime use or when you are more active, and warmer, sensual, spicy or musk blends for evening wear. Whatever your preferences, you can develop a wardrobe of fragrances, a small indulgence which will allow you to express your unique personality!