New year, new you, new fragrance. A heady mix of hundreds of scents can leave you feeling a little lost in the mist. Unlock the secrets to finding that perfect personal scent that really offsets your style. Whether you're looking for the latest perfume to excite the senses or ready to discover a vintage classic, check out our five best shopping tips for finding a new fragrance
This season sees a balance of opposites, with fresh Eau de toilettes lifting the mood and rich musks splitting the beauty pack into two distinctive camps for 2018. Opt for an optimistic spritz with accents of vanilla, wildflowers, and blossoms, or play with classic scents and inviting tones of iris, amber and bergamot.
STAY TRUE TO YOU
Looking back to favorites of year's past, single out particular perfumes that you still hold dear.
Like most of us, we will return to certain bouquets that we identify with; most fragrances fall into certain categories that are easy to spot and can help you find that next fragrance with similar top notes that zing!
FEEL LIKE A PRO
You've got to try before you buy. A rookie mistake we're all guilty of, a fragrance shouldn't be applied to the skin whilst your still browsing. Use a fragrance blotter instead of your wrist, as the skin on your arm will give you a different fragrance to behind the ears or neck. When sampling multiple scents, try no more than four at a time to avoid overloading your senses.
WHAT's THE OCCASION
Are you looking for that WOW factor for life on the red carpet? Something subtle for everyday wear, or a signature scent for those special occasions? Deciding on the function of your perfume can help you narrow down your choices. Think light and bright for days at the office and day to day wear, but don't be scared to try something new. For a truly unique scent, look for limited editions or boutique perfumers.
Before you invest in your next signature scent, take home samples. Depending on the PH of your skin, certain perfumes can react differently. Taking up to 20 minutes to really harness the top notes and base of a fragrance, try out your new scent on different parts of the skin to unlock sultry overtones.