Secrets to Choosing The Perfect Perfume

Are you having trouble choosing a fresh new fragrance for yourself? Or maybe you’re shopping for someone else and aren’t sure what type of perfume they’d like best. Whatever your conundrum, we’ve put together the ultimate guide that will help you choose the right fragrance the first time!

People choose perfumes for all kinds of different reasons. Perfumes can be used to brighten up one’s mood, to conjure up old memories or to make you smell great! That said, the choice of perfume is a personal one, and with literally thousands of choices available, choosing the right one can be a total nightmare.

But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the right fragrance, from the types of available scent to what the concentration names on the bottles mean and how best to test.

What Are Perfumes Made Up Of?

Each perfume is made up of different notes that define the scent. The notes are divided into three different layers called ‘base’, ‘middle’ and ‘top’ notes which all work together to create a unique fragrance. There are eight basic types of scent:

1. Floral

Inspired by sweet smelling flowers, including carnations, gardenias, orange blossoms, jasmine and roses, floral scents are considered to be classic, romantic and feminine.

Get these floral fragrances:

  • Japanese Cherry Blossom EDT 50ml $36.90, The Body Shop
  • British Rose EDT 100ml $28.90, The Body Shop
  • Calvin Klein ETERNITY Intense for Women EDP 100ml $137, Metro
  • Chloé Love Story Eau Sensuelle EDP 75ml $176, Metro
  • Alaïa Blanche EDP 100ml $199, Metro Centrepoint
  • Narciso Rodriguez for her fleur musc 100ml $204, Metro Centrepoint
  • BVLGARI Rose Goldea 90ml $232, Metro Centrepoint
  • Coach EDT 100ml $139, Metro Centrepoint
  • Anna Sui L’Amour Rose 30ml $68, Metro
  • Elie Saab Resort Collection 100ml $172, Metro Centrepoint
  • Nina Ricci Luna Blossom 80ml $128, Metro Woodlands
  • Montblanc Lady Emblem Elixir 75ml $155, Metro

2. Citrus

Derived from mandarin, tangerine, lemon and lime, citrus scents offer a lively, tangy feel perfect for bubbly women to wear during the daytime.

For those who love a fresh scent:

  • Satsuma EDT 30ml $22.90, The Body Shop

3. Woody

A combination of moss and wood, woody scents (also known as chypre fragrances for women’s or unisex perfumes) primarily use citrus, oak moss, bergamot, patchouli and sweet earthy aromas.

For those nature-lovers:

  • Black Musk EDT 30ml $29.90, The Body Shop
  • White Musk EDT 30ml $29.90, The Body Shop
  • Calvin Klein ETERNITY Intense for Men EDT 100ml $121, Metro
  • Alaïa Blanche EDP 100ml $199, Metro Centrepoint
  • Narciso Rodriguez for her fleur musc 100ml $204, Metro Centrepoint
  • BVLGARI Aqva Atlantiqve 100ml $143, Metro Centrepoint
  • Salvatore Ferragamo Uomo EDT 100ml $150, Metro
  • Montblanc Legend Spirit 100ml $120, Metro

4. Oriental

A mix of musky and earthy fragrances, oriental scents are made from musk, amber and animalistic base scents, creating a seductive impression that makes them perfect for date night.

perfect for date night.

  • Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Misteriosa EDP 100ml $212, Metro
  • Salvatore Ferragamo Uomo EDT 100ml $150, Metro

5. Fruity

Very popular due to their sweetness, fruity scents have a blend of fruity and spicy notes, including ingredients such as peach, mango, berry and apple, which combine to evoke a fresh and romantic sensation.

For that upcoming date night:

  • Strawberry EDT 30ml $22.90, The Body Shop
  • Pink Grapefruit EDT 30ml $22.90, The Body Shop
  • Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Kiss EDT 50ml $115, Metro
  • Anna Sui L’Amour Rose 100ml $139, Metro
  • Elie Saab Resort Collection 100ml $172, Metro Centrepoint
  • Nina Ricci Luna Blossom 80ml $128, Metro Woodlands
  • Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Misteriosa 100ml $212, Metro

6. Green

Usually unisex perfumes, green scents are inspired by the smells of nature, like newly-mowed grass and fresh leaves which blend to create mild sporty perfumes ideal for casual events.

For your everyday scent:

  • Fuji Green Tea Cologne 100ml $28.90, The Body Shop
  • BVLGARI Eau Parfumée Au thé Vert EdC 150ml $227, Metro Centrepoint
  • Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Sky EDT 100ml $160, Metro

7. Oceanic

One of the newest type of scents available, oceanic perfumes contain manmade aromas that resemble open-air environments associated with water and nature, like the smell of clean linen or fresh mountain air.

For your mid-day pick-me-up:

  • Fijian Water Lotus EDT 50ml $36.90, The Body Shop
  • Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale Colonia EDT 100ml $137, Metro
  • BVLGARI Aqva Atlantiqve 100ml $143, Metro Centrepoint

8. Spicy

Loaded with all your favourite spices from the kitchen, including pepper, cloves, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon, spicy scents are luxurious in an old-fashioned way.

For the nostalgic:

  • White Musk Smokey Rose EDT 30ml $29.90, The Body Shop
  • BVLGARI Eau Parfumée Au thé Rouge EdC 150ml $227, Metro Centrepoin


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