It’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed while shopping for perfume you want to buy. Depending on the size of the store there could be as many as a hundred fragrances to choose from, plus there’s a huge chance that there will be some pushy salespeople who’ll do just about anything to get you to try their product.
Perfumes can be expensive and it would be a shame to end up shopping a big bottle of something that you don’t want to use after all. To get your money’s worth and for a smoother perfume shopping experience, do try these suggestions and see how it goes:
- Avoid shopping shop when you’re hungry, but don’t shop when you’ve just finished eating either. Shopping for anything on a hungry stomach will cause you to hurry and not think thoroughly, and you might just end up regretting your purchase. On the other hand, if you go straight from dinner at a restaurant to testing various scents at the perfume section, the combinations of smells could seriously make you feel like throwing up. Try to go an hour or two after a meal.
- Research online and make a list of the perfumes you want to try and think you’d like. You can narrow it down according to brand, scent type (floral, gourmand, oriental, etc.), season, occasions, or other personal categories. If you have a list, you can prioritize which fragrances you’ll check out first and not get so distracted that you’ll want to try every single scent you’re offered.
- Often, scent strips are given to customers when they are interested in smelling a fragrance, but ask if the perfume could be sprayed on your arm instead. This way you can preview how the perfume will smell on you. Our body chemistry affects how perfumes develop, while on paper strips they can smell flat or harsh.
- Remember to sniff at coffee beans to ‘clear’ your nose between each perfume you try, so you won’t get the scents all mixed up. These really do help to refresh the nose and distinguish one fragrance from another. Jars of coffee beans are usually available at perfume counters.
- Don’t get pressured by aggressive sales associates. I’ve encountered a lot of pushy salespeople at department stores who try very hard to talk me into trying or buying their product, but remember that you can always just politely say no if you don’t want to try it, or tell them directly that you’d prefer to browse by yourself. There’s also the option of shopping online, which is rather convenient, but of course, you won’t be able to try out the scents before buying.
- When you’ve found a fragrance that you like, don’t buy it immediately. You may like the way it smells right after you spray, but wait as its middle and base notes come out too, to determine whether you like it as a whole. Let at least 30 minutes pass to see how it evolves on a patch of your skin. Walk around the store or elsewhere while testing, or you can leave and come back the next day if you’ve decided that you love it and will definitely purchase.
These tips are based from my own personal experiences. I hope they help you make a fulfilling choice when you decide to go shopping for perfume.