Perfume shopping is often relegated to the perfume counter on a whim as you are browsing a department store for other items. After sniffing a few test strips, you take home a bottle and then realize a few days later that it is totally not your scent. How can this be? Well, even the best perfumes don't smell great on everyone. The trick is to search for fragrances by type and using your own skin as a test strip. This means, of course, that you won't be able to sample all of your fragrances in one day. Try several over time to get a feel for the notes that set your senses tingling. Read perfume reviews to find out what different blends make up each fragrance. Then, start your search based on what you know.
Many celebrities and designers now offer lines of specially handpicked scents. While it may seem silly, many a woman will start the perfume search based on an ad she saw on television or in a magazine. This isn't a bad place to start, especially since many celebrities and designers offer scents from all corners. With introductory pricing and beautifully designed packaging, these scents can be the whole deal. Likewise, many favorite beauty companies such as Clinique, Revlon and Mary Kay offer special fragrance lines as well. Starting with a name you know can be a great way to test some samples.
When testing samples of perfumes for women, make sure to take a break between sniffing. After a few scents, your nose will be overloaded and will stop registering the scents correctly. You can come back another day, or you can take a whiff of some coffee beans to help cleanse the palate. Make sure to apply scents to your skin and then wait a minute for the alcohol to evaporate. Then you will be able to smell how the fragrance is reacting with your skin. Once you find a few scents you like, find out what type of fragrances are working for you. Once you know this, you will be able to approach your perfume counter with confidence knowing which fragrance categories work best for you.