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Find The Right Perfume For You


Today we want to share insightful tips on how to find the right perfume.  Finding the right perfume for yourself is not always an easy task. Sometimes, you have to go through a cross-section of different fragrances until you find the right choice. Don’t think of this as a task, but rather as an enjoyable and fun exploration. You are sampling pleasant-smelling perfumes, not disgusting unknown substances. Well, to make the ride easier, you can follow the guide below on how to find the right perfume for you.

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Play A Quiz

Many fashion websites and online stores will let you play a quiz to try to identify which fragrances work best for you. Most of them are actually useful for helping you get closer to finding an ideal fragrance. These quizzes consider different elements such as your favorite smells and even your personality. Using the results, you get, you can compile a list of prospective fragrances you want to try out. Try out a couple. A single quiz shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes.


Understand The Perfume Language

As a newbie, you will be thrown at with a bunch of words that don’t make sense when you are finding the right perfume. Try to understand lingo such as the perfume types and the notes.

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Perfume type

This is sometimes referred to as the concentration. It simply means the fragrance oil concentration of the perfume. you will come across five main perfume types. This includes parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne, and eau de fraiche.

Parfum holds the most fragrance oil concentration of up to 30%. Keep in mind that because of its higher concentration. It tends to be the most expensive of all. Its concentration, based on the notes allows it to stay longer for up to 24 hours. Eau de parfum on the other end has a 15 to 20% concentration whilst eau de toilette has a 10 to 15% concentration.

Eau de parfum can last up to 8 hours whilst eau de toilette will stay for a couple of hours. Eau de cologne is mostly made for men. It offers a lighter variation of the fragrances and boasts a concentration of up to 5%. Eau de fraiche is sometimes known as fragrance water, body mist or aftershave. It’s great for refreshing and typically holds a concentration of 1 to 3%.

Perfume Notes

After identifying which perfume type, you may go for, you should then learn the notes. Perfume notes come in three distinct types, i.e. top notes, middle notes, and base notes. Top note is the strongest cheap perfume scent. It is normally the scent you smell when you first apply the perfume. it then fades within 15 minutes of application.

The middle note is what you smell next. It is sometimes referred to as the heart note because it is the body of the perfume. it stays intact for a couple of hours and when it dissipates, you will begin to smell the base note. The base note is the scent that lingers for the rest of the day until the perfume fully evaporates.

So think of it this way when you are choosing your favorite perfume. you have a top note of citrus, middle notes of raspberry and base note of jasmine. Let’s pretend you hate citrus smells and love floral scents. So you will begin with a scent you don’t like but after a few hours, you will enjoy the wonderful jasmine bliss.

However, many perfume makers focus their craft on the top notes because this is where they want to attract you. So always read through the perfume description and try it out, of course, to know what you are getting yourself into.

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Learn the Different Scent Types

There are different signature scent types. You will notice the perfume sales lady asking you if you prefer woody or floral signature perfume. this is what they are referring to.

Aquatic notes

These notes are clean, crisp and fresh. A good example is the Davidoff Cool Water Fragrance.


Musk notes are characterized a clean and fresh just like aqua. However, with musk it like you are smelling clean laundry.


Citrus represents invigorating and energizing scents of lime, lemon, and oranges. Bergamot is also citrusy.


Green gives you a spring feeling. It’s wet but comfortable wet.


Fruity notes represent fruity characteristics sharp, fresh and tantalizing. Think of strawberries and pomegranate.


These notes incorporate floral scents such as lilies, roses, violets, and peonies.


Smoky notes feature earthy and burning notes of cedar chips and tobacco, just to name a few.


Woody scents are earthy, creamy and nutty. Think of scents of cedarwood, sandalwood, and patchouli.


Oriental notes integrate both spicy and sweet. Think incense sticks for example.

Start With Lighter Scents

When you are testing your fragrances begin with lighter scents first.  If you are trying out multiple scents start with light ones like aqua and musky scents then work your way up towards fruity, floral than woody scents. This is to ensure that the stronger scents don’t overpower the lighter ones. When you begin with the stronger ones you will have overworked your nose, making it difficult to truly pick up the lighter scents.

Try It Out

It is important to try the fragrance at the end of the day. This doesn’t mean simply smelling it and leaving the store but rather wearing it. It’s like you are test driving a car you want to buy. Remember, because of its three notes design, you cannot experience the whole perfume in 2 minutes or even 10 minutes. Thus, it is important to spray it on and experience it throughout the day.

If you are in a store, spray it on your inner wrist and elbow and keep smelling it throughout the day to really experience it. To make it more efficient if you want to test several fragrance options, spray them on different tester sticks and leave with them.  And if you shop online, order a sample, or if the notes appeal to you then just buy the whole perfume and test drive it. You can opt to go for the eau de toilette option rather than the eau de parfum option to save you a buck.  We h ope you enjoyed our tips on how to find the right perfume.

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Scentbird Designer Fragrances


All of us have a bit of a perfume connoisseur within us. The amount of scents out there are literally endless. Now if only the amount of dollar signs in our bank accounts was too! I’m the first to say that some perfumes out there aren’t always the most affordable. The higher quality of a perfume bottle the more expensive its pricing is — this goes for whatever brand it was created by as well. When collecting new perfumes we aren’t only met with the high prices, but the decreasing of space to store them. It is no lie that we love to display those gorgeous perfume bottles, but we all don’t have the space. A Sephora-sized wall display would definitely do the job! So what do you do when these two negative spaces walk into your perfume loving life? Well, you turn over to Scentbird, a designer perfume subscription service made with your perfume wishes in mind. Scentbird offers a 30-day supply of perfume at your choosing for an affordable $14.95 a month — way less than what you would spend on one full designer perfume alone. You’ll be able to still choose from your favorite designer brands though from the 350 luxury scents available, including Chloe, Dior, Viktor&Rolf, Hermes, Gucci, and more. Each one is sent to you in a modern to-go packaging that you can easily store in your purse/luggage and take wherever you go.
Need help choosing a perfume? Scentbird has got you covered for that, too! The site provides a detailed, quick and easy questionnaire to help design your own personal perfume selection. You’ll have your very own scent profile created from the questions and a queue of fragrances you can pick from during the months you are subscribed. Each month the perfume you choose is delivered to you with the price of $14.95 including shipping. The subscription process provided on Scentbird allows you to cancel at anytime or set up a 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription to acquire more savings.
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If you’re looking to try out more perfumes or widen your range, Scentbird is just for you. It also makes a fabulous gift for this upcoming Valentine’s Day for your best friend or loved one.
For 25% off your first month from Scentbird, enter the code Scent25. A big thank you to Scentbird for this offer! Are you ready to purchase your Scentbird subscription? I know I already am!
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Raymond Matts Aura De Parfum: The Fragrance Collection


If you’re looking for a gift that will last way past the holidays and will always remind your loved ones of you, then we’ve found just that! Introducing Raymond Matts Aura De Parfum: The Fragrance Collection, a set of seven artisanal fragrances each made into unique blends to create an “aura” of a perfume. Raymond Matts is a fragrance designer who has made history in the fragrance industry for his way of creating scents. His touch on creating the perfect blend of rich and soft elements is captivating, and you’re swept away with just one spray from any of his perfumes. Each fragrance in the collection is made to fit certain moods and hit particular notes. Spritz a bit on the inner wrists, throat, behind the ears, inner elbows, or even cleavage, and these wonderful smelling essences are ready to spread wherever you go. To give you an idea how these scents smell, we’ve described two below.

Tulile presents a soft side to masculinity by including scents to make it simple and subtle. The addition of a citrus twist helps create this effect in between the earthy and woodsy scents.
Sunah encapsulates the scent of floral fragrance with hints of mimosa and apple. Together, they create a sweet, rich fragrance that lasts softly on the skin throughout the day.

Interested in purchasing these exquisite perfumes? Head on over to www.raymondmatts.com to browse the collection more and purchase any, if not all! Also, be on the lookout for this collection hitting Nordstrom in stores this month.
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The Wassail Collection


Nothing says the holidays like stepping out of the cold and into a warm and decorated home. Complete the ambience and mood with fragrances from the Wassail Collection by Lady Primrose. Our two favorites pieces from the collection are the Scented Pine Cones and the Pedestal Candle. Both the pine cones and candle are the same scent; a blend of warm vanilla, fruit nectar, and mulled mead. The aromatic pine cones make a great centerpiece and can be displayed inside a bowl to have the fragrance travel throughout a room. The burgundy candle has a festive gold wreath emblem on the front. Not only do they smell like the festive winter season, the warm fragrances make a great gift!
The Scented Pine Cones retail at $20 and the Pedestal Candle retails at $36. To learn more, check out Ladyprimrose.com.
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Floral Fragrances


The gradual flush of blossoming flower buds and blissful sunshine calls for the scent of spring to linger in the air—and in our perfume! Winter wrapped us up in warm amber and spicy bergamot, but with a new season comes new, fresher notes that smell just as sweet in bouquets as they do in our floral fragrances.s1029941-main-Lhero

Marc Jacobs hit the nail on the head when they released their signature sunny fragrance, Daisy. Gardenia, vanilla, and a touch of musk linger throughout the essence of this lighthearted, breezy perfume. Daisy evokes a feeling of breathing in the fresh, spring air and 10830spinning through a field of bright, white daisies. It’s the perfect fragrance to ring in the new season.

Bodycology has made a science out of perfecting a three-step system that will envelope you in a whirlwind of sweet floral bliss with their Floral Rush fragrance. With top notes of crush greens, sweet lemon, and peony petals and mid-notes of wild rose, gardenia, and jasmine, the fresh botanical blend radiates the warmth and simplicity of spring. The combination of their fresh Foaming Body Wash, lush Moisturizing Body Cream with Rich Butter Complex, and airy Fragrance Mist makes for an exuberant aromatic experience.s1580448-main-Lhero

Roses De Chloé is a delicate fragrance from the ever-classic Chloé that gives you the sweet scent that lingers from an arrangement of roses without the hassle of tangled thorns and fallen petals. The notes of freshly cut roses, rose essence, and magnolia accord mingle to create a soft, luminous sensation that offers a graceful take on the signature rose scent.

pBBW1-15992272enh-z8Bath & Body Works has perfected the blend of crisp warmth in their Japanese Cherry Blossom fragrance mist. The combination of Asian pear, Japanese cherry blossom, and vanilla rice swirl together in a cozy medium that makes this scent the ideal fragrance for the transition period between seasons. This fragrant mist can be layered with their matching body wash and body lotion to amp up the intensity of the intoxicating fragrance.s1480243-main-Lhero

Balenciaga has taken the same passion they have for the runway and infused that liveliness in their Florabotanica fragrance. This exciting, daring fragrance combines carnation, Turkish rose essence, white amber, and vetiver roots to create a flirty scent that is dangerously beautiful. Furthermore, the packaging of this enticing perfume reflects the trendy, unique nature of Balenciaga.

– by Amanda Curran

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White Sand Rollerball Review


Nothing says relaxation like the beach. The warm sun on our skin, the sound of the ocean, sand between our toes, and the blissful atmosphere. Well, now you can bring the beach with you at all times with the White Sand rollerball fragrance oil from Finn & Co.

It’s difficult to find the time to have a beach day with our busy schedules, but now we can have them 365 days a year with the White Sand rollerball. Infused with natural ingredients such as jasmine, mandarin, honeysuckle, and jojoba and apricot seed oils, this little tube holds the essence of the shore. Not only is it made from pure ingredients, it’s also paraben, sulfate, phthalate, phosphate formaldehyde, and cruelty free. Glide it onto your neck or wrists for a perfect and invigorating beach scent. Your nose will be on permanent vacation as you pick up whiffs of the beach right from your skin.

This signature Finn & Co. fragrance is also available as a soy candle. Imagine having a beach scented room? We can already taste the cool and salty air. The White Sand candle retails for $36 and the White Sand fragrance oil retails for $42. To learn more about Finn & Co. visit TheFaceOfFinn.com.

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