In a perfect world, the characteristic fragrance serves as a personal memory for beloved friends and loved ones. The smell can remain on clothes, in rooms and in the air, causing thoughts like: Santal 33! Chelsea is here! or Oh no, Santal 33. Chelsea is here. However, getting to this point is difficult due to the complications in finding characteristic perfumes. The short answer to the question of how to find your elusive, characteristic scent is simply: Find the one that you like. That sounds easy. But as they say in life, it’s not about the goal, it’s about travel. And the journey to find the fragrance may resemble the fragrance version of Bran Stark’s understanding of the journey behind the wall.
Perfume descriptions are useless to determine if you smell good. “Our inspiration was a boudoir, in which unicorns copulate, and their sweat creates a chypre musk,” we read in the description of the fancy fragrance. Meanwhile, you are wondering what chypre is and why this unicorn smells like smoky fruit punch?
If you don’t know what chypre is or you can’t tell the difference between Curious and Chanel No. 5, you’re not alone. But here are nine simple tips on how to learn to trust your nose, follow your instincts and indulge in a characteristic smell.
- Try only three fragrances at a time.
Initially, especially if you have no idea what you like, smell everything. But limit your search to smelling only three scents per visit, suggest Erika Shumate and Christine Luby, founders of the Stanford MBA MBA perfume, Pinrose. “Your olfactory bulb starts exercising longer than usual. Give every fragrance the right shot. “
- First, start with lighter scents.
Luby suggests: “It’s better to start with more watery or musky fragrances; 50 percent of the population cannot even sense musk. “Musk fragrances are more washable fragrances; the waters are fresher (think Acqua di Gio). Go from musky, citrus, fruit flowers to heavier forests.
- It’s good to smell.
Unlike bouncing off an evil boy, if you keep coming back to the sample and like it, something draws you in. Ask for a sample of this fragrance and spray it on yourself, because body chemistry can affect how the fragrance smells. Shumate explains: “When I try the fragrance, I put it on my hands, wrists, or elbow bend. These are areas that are not constantly washed. I will check every 20 minutes or hour to see if I like it. “
- Don’t fight if you don’t like oud or other unknown smells.
Everyone talks about their love for oud as they do for kale, but don’t worry if you don’t like it. “Aroma preferences are often rooted in familiarity. If you smell the oud and have never worn it before, it doesn’t mean that you don’t like it, it’s because your nose learns, “explains Luby. Shumate adds: “Do you feel a headache when you smell?” Does it make you feel the mood you want to feel? “. These are the questions you should ask yourself when trying out scents.
- Try to understand what you are smelling.
It will help you ask for more of the same or express what you don’t like. Shumate and Luby try to break down the categories of fragrances into basic categories.
Musk: It may sound like an unmatched armpit of a college wrestler, but musk is a clean laundry smell.
Smoky: It may smell like a burning fire, fragrant cedar chips or blown matches.
Citruses: lime, lemon, oranges. It often resembles a spa with a nice yoga studio.
Woody: These scents may include a creamy nutty flavor (like praline-ice cream), sandalwood, spicy and moist like an old musk wardrobe (patchouli), as well as an old pencil No. 2 (cedar wood).
Green: Contains a chalky aftertaste of wheatgrass and dewy moss on a spring morning.
Floral: Floral covers everything from white flowers (gardenia, lilies, ylang etc.), to roses, violets, peonies.
Water: where 7 Up meets a bubble bath.
Oriental: incense sticks. It can be slightly powdery with a hint of spice or sweets.
- Skip the coffee beans.
Coffee beans are generally not too far away in any perfume store. If you ask an official, they say it is because sniffing it “resets” odor indicators. But Shumate and Luby suggest that this is the story of an old perfumer. “It’s another strong smell,” they explain. Instead, they smell like themselves. “Hide your nose in your own elbow, which has no smell. It really works. Something about your smell and pH recalibrates your nose. “
- See how the fragrance evolves after four hours.
In the fragrance nomenclature, people often talk about the “upper note” and “drying” the perfume the way people talk about the legs of wine. Luby and Shumate explain: “Fragrances are living organisms and evolve over time. The head note lasts about 20 minutes and is the first impression of the smell. The heart lasts for the most part