Chic aromas for day wear
Whether crisp and fruity or a traditional soft floral, this is the moment to find your new, refined fragrance.
Try: Chanel No 5 200ml, $371.
Fresh and crisp for night time
So easy to wear and so adaptable, fragrances with crisp aquatic notes or dose of green will have you breezing through the evening.
Floral & Feminine
Blooming notes with a hint of fruit are your go-to for an effortless summer.
From far left, Maison Margiela Springtime In A Park EDT 100ml, $170; Issey Miyake L’eau d’Issey Rose & Rose Intense EDP 50ml, $146; Burberry Her EDP 100ml, $180; Dior Joy EDP Intense 90ml, $254; BVLGARI Rose Goldea EDP 90ml, $220.
How to Find the Perfect Fragrance For You
Know your notes. When selecting a new scent, work out the types you already love and they'll probably fall into the same family, "If you as for three or four fragrances a person loves, two will fall into the same fragrance family, whether that's florals, oriental, woody or fresh," says Michael Edwards, founding editor of Fragrances of the World. Need help? Go in store and talk to a consultant, who will guide you to the types of scents you love. Try Libertine Parfumerie and Mecca. Or go to Fragrances of the World and use the online finder.
"Find out the perfume your partner loves, then seek out a variation of that fragrance, such as the body lotion or wash, which they wouldn't buy for themselves" says Michael Edwards.
Before you walk in store, know what you want. It pays to have a good idea about where you might wear a new scent. "What we try to find out is why the person wants to wear perfume and when," says Thomas Vilbert, global manager for Editions de Parfums at Frédéric Malle. "Whether it's for work, for a special night or for a wedding, it really helps to find a signature scent." Also, understand your personality. Whether you're a bubbly, fun girl, or someone who prefers to take life a bit more seriously, who you are can also come into play when choosing your fragrance. "It's important to understand your personality, because each perfume will fit to a personality," says Vilbert. "If you like tuberose, it may define you as a person. If you like citrus, it may be that your are a leader".
This article originally appeared in the December 2019 issue of marie claire.