Choosing the Right Perfume for Her

If one object could epitomize the heart and spirit of a woman, it would be a bottle of perfume. Scent can leave a lasting impression in one’s memory. Smells can also trigger a past memory or cause us to visualize something.




However, when faced with the daunting task of choosing the right perfume for the right person, some may fail in their attempt to impress that special lady in their lives. Not only do you have to choose from manifold categories of scents, but you also need to decide which one will suit best your partner’s personality and preferences.
For those in need of a good piece of advice, we have made a list of the most essential points to be taken into consideration when buying a perfume for her.

Take personality into account
A perfume is a very personal choice. What suits one person may not suit another. For instance, some perfumes may be gregarious and go with an outgoing, extrovert nature, while others may be quieter and more suited to reflective, sensitive natures.

Not only must fragrances reflect the personality of the wearer, but they also smell differently on each person on contact with natural oils and acids on the skin. Perfumes are generally classified according to six major categories which reflect different moods and hence go with different personality types.

1. Floral fragrances
This is largest and most popular category of scent and generally goes with almost any personality type among women. From emotive rose to heady jasmine, floral fragrances are effortlessly feminine and are the most widely used scents, due to the diversity of notes. Floral fragrances consist of essential oils extracted from flowers, the most common of which are: orange blossom, rose, jasmine, gardenia, carnation, iris, tuberose, lavender and ylang ylang. While floral perfumes are suitable for almost all women, they are better able to express graceful, feminine and easy-going personalities. Among the best known floral fragrances are Christian Dior J’Adore, Clinique Aromatic Elixir, Gucci Eau de Parfum 2, Ralph Lauren Romance and Yves Saint Laurent Paris.


2. Fruity or Citrusy fragrances
In general, fragrances in this class are composed of essences from citrus fruits such as lime, lemon or mandarin.

Such fragrances give out a sharp, aromatic aura which is refreshing and invigorating. Hence, these fragrances are perfect for women who are outgoing, buoyant and full of the zest for living.

Fruity fragrances were initially predominantly worn by men, but in recent times they have become a favourite of women who wish to feel fresh and energetic throughout the day. Citrusy fragrances blend well with essences of other fruits like peach, plum and green apple. Some of the most popular perfumes in this category are Donna Karan Be Delicious and Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune.


3. Woody fragrances
These fragrances were inspired by French perfumer Francois Coty’s trip to Cyprus and the rich, fragrant forests of the island.

The key elements in these perfumes are citrus, pine with bergamot, patchouli and oak moss, creating an earthy suite of aromas.

Although typically masculine in nature, they are often softened with spices and floral aromas, becoming increasingly popular among women who are adventurous, unpredictable and make their own way in life. Miss Dior Cherie by Dior, Alien by Thierry Mugler and Essence by Narciso Rodriguez are some popular women’s perfumes from this category.


4. Oriental fragrances
This fragrance is a seductive and sensual blend of incense, exotic flowers, vanilla, amber, spices, balsam and resins, and others are changed by the addition of tangy green notes.

It is warm, rich and mysterious.

Perfumes with oriental scents are perfect for exotic and attractive personalities who are confident of their magnetism.

Opium from Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior Pure Poison, Obsession from Calvin Klein and Shalimar by Guerlain are some of the most renowned women’s perfumes with oriental fragrances.



5. Green fragrances
Green fragrances create an aura of freshness and liveliness, with a hint of sharpness reminding one of the freshly cut grass.

They consist of grassy scents blended with pine, juniper, herbs and aromatic leaves to create fresh, invigorating perfumes.

Such fragrances go best with outspoken, sporty personalities, as well as those who love challenges. Popular choices in this category include: Ralph Lauren Safari, Cartier So Pretty.



6. Fougère fragrances
This category is a mixture of aromatic herbs and mossy ferns, which has been named after the first perfume ever to represent it: Fougère Royale by Houbigant.

The result is a fragrance that is fresh, green, but with an earthy overture. Such scents are suited to contemporary users who are urbane, sophisticated and disdainful of following the beaten track.

While men typically wear such fragrances, they also capture women's olfactory attention. Among the most popular perfumes in this category are: Reserve from Perry Ellis, Blue Grass from Elizabeth Arden and Davidoff Cool Water.



What is the season?
When you are choosing a perfume as a gift for your partner, it would be a good idea to take the season into consideration. Summer fragrances like Yves Saint Laurent Eve are generally light and floral, while winter is the ideal time for warm, musky scents such as Valentine V Absolu. Spring marks the onset of a fresh, budding season and thus is perfect for fruity scents like Calvin Klein CK One, while restrained, subtle fragrances like the best-selling L’Heure Blue go best in autumn.


Consider the occasion
Airy, floral or fruity perfumes are best for daywear, at work or when you are out on a casual event. However, if your partner wishes to have something for evening wear or if you want your gift to express your love on Valentine’s Day, consider choices like the ever popular Chanel No. 5.
The strength of the perfume is another important factor when buying a perfume for your partner. The strength of a perfume varies according to the concentration of essential oils in the perfume. The more concentrated the essences, the stronger the perfume and the longer it will last. Depending upon the relative strength, the most important types of perfumes are presented below.

1. Eau de perfume
This is strongest type of fragrance and has a concentration of over 15 per cent of essential oils.
2. Eau de toilette
This has a concentration of 8 to 15 per cent essential oils in the fragrance.
3. Eau de cologne
This type of fragrance has a lower concentration of essential oils from 4 to 8 per cent.
Depending on the percentage of essential oils in a fragrance, a perfume will cost more or less. This is why eau de perfumes cost the most, while eau de colognes are relatively cheaper.


Generally, women perfumes ought to be stored in cool places, since the extreme temperatures are not recommended. In some cases, it is also advised to keep them in a fridge in order to obtain better durability of the fragrance. Whichever place you choose, make sure the bottle of the perfume is standing straight and cap is positioned tightly to protect it from any leakage. The perfumes can be stored for several years.


Don't always upsize
It is not always necessary to reach for the biggest bottle, particularly if you are unsure as to whether she will agree with your choice. Sometimes a smaller size is a wise decision so that she may get to know her new perfume. You can then invest the money you have saved in a matching perfumed body lotion that she can use to accompany her scent. By layering the two products, it will last longer, or she can choose to wear just the lotion on days when the perfume itself is not needed.


Test out the perfume
You might want to test the perfume you are buying for your partner, but remember the compounds in a perfume react differently on each person. Make sure that you spray a little amount on fragrance blotters, keep them aside and the remove yourself from the perfume section of the store. After around ten minutes, smell the blotters and you will get a more accurate idea of the fragrances than you would if you tested them on various parts of the body all at once.