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What's Your Scent

Before you buy, ask yourself which type of fragrance you want.  Lighter scents with fruity or floral tones are best for daytime, and musks are generally considered more evening-wear, but it all depends on what suits you best.

Floral tones evoke scents of lavender, rose, iris, lily and other delicate smells. Some well known floral scents are Amor Amor; Kenzo Flower; and Daisy by Marc Jacobs.

Fruity tones are light like florals, but with an added zing for energy. Think juicy apples, delicious fruits of the forest and tangy orangey-lemon flavours. Big name fruity fragrances are Nina Ricci’s Nina; Cacharel’s Amor Amor and Cool Water by Davidoff.

Musky scents usually have richer, deeper tones. If florals are the white wines of the world, and fruities are the roses, then musks are the full-bodied reds. They usually have hints of vanilla, and often smell slightly woody. They’re also the ones you’re most likely to smell when someone wafts by, leaving only a trail of beguiling scent behind them. Famous examples are Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle, Dior’s Poison and  Guerlain’s hidden gem, Mitsouko.

Sadly, there is no tried-and-tested formula for finding which one works for you - it’s just a case of trying a few different perfumes on, leaving them an hour or so, then having a sniff. And remember that everyone is different - so what smells great on your friend might smell awful on you! Recommendations are always useful, but make sure you try before you buy. Use some of the example fragrances above to get an idea of your main fragrance type, and then you can play around with different brands. And don’t worry about picking the wrong one. You can nearly always tell when a perfume doesn’t suit you - it makes you smell like a balloon - a sure sign to steer well clear.



 



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