Discover Your Scent: How to Choose Perfume

Are you looking for the perfect perfume that reflects your personality but leaves a long-lasting impression? Choosing your signature scent can be challenging, but here at The Essence Vault, our fragrance experts have learned a trick or two when picking a signature scent. In today's article, 'Discover Your Scent: How to Choose Perfume', The Essence Vault will delve into the fragrance world and uncover the secrets to finding your signature scent to add to your perfume collection. 


How to Choose Perfume

When choosing a perfume, it is crucial to consider a few fragrant factors like, why you choose to wear perfume, your personal scent preference, occasion, fragrance family, and base notes within the perfume. 

At The Essence Vault, we realise that purchasing a perfume bottle is a commitment; it is an investment, so we strongly recommend testing it before splurging. You can do this by ordering a pack of travel-sized testers with our bundle of 5ml samples.

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Decode the Fragrance Families

Understanding the initial foundation of any perfume requires you to decode its fragrance family. A fragrance family is a fun way of deciphering the characteristics of your perfume. Let's look at some of the most popular fragrance families and help you find the one your perfect perfume belongs to!


Floral Family

Floral fragrances often resemble walking through a park on a hot summer day as the flowers bloom and the sun blazes down. Floral scents are among women's most popular fragrances, with data showing that 31% of female consumers globally would choose a floral aroma. Infused with jasmine, violet and rose notes, floral notes are also associated with joy, romance and nostalgia. These fragrances can also be used as aromatherapy, improving mood and reducing stress.


Woody Family

If you're drawn to the fresh scents of the outdoors or cosy fireplaces, the woody perfumes may be your signature fragrance. The woody fragrance family is infused with earthy and warm undertones utilising base notes of sandalwood, cedar, and patchouli. Fragrances from the woody family are nature-inspired, robust, yet sophisticated.


Citrus Family

The citrus scent is a part of a family of fragrances all about refreshment, similar to a cold shower on a hot summer day or that first sip of ice-cold water after a heavy gym session. These fragrances are fruitful, brimming with zesty, tangy essences of orange bergamot and are regularly light with energising effects on the body.


Aromatic Family

The aromatic family of fragrances is defined by crisp tones of lavender and sage, most reminiscent of a herb garden, with scents that you would associate with green. These scents are often more refreshing and crisp, perfect for those who enjoy less of a sweet smell but something more mature and refined. 


Choosing for the Occasion: Daytime vs. Evening

Have you ever wondered if your perfume strikes the right note for the time of day? Choosing the perfect scent isn't just about sniffing out delightful fragrances; it's also about matching your perfume to the occasion. Are you looking for a light perfume to use on a daily basis or something more sultry and fun for the evening? 

Daytime fragrances are lighter, often featuring a fresher, more subtle scent. They tend to offer a gentle nudge rather than creating a bold statement. Think about the fragrance families we talked about earlier; a daytime fragrance would be a part of the floral, citrus, and refreshing fragrance families. 

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An evening fragrance is often daringly deep and heavier. As the sun sets, more intense fragrances are frequently used as these fragrances are often more potent, with more intense notes that linger. They tend to lean more towards oriental fragrances with more exotic undertones for a long-lasting impression or seductive woody or spicy fragrances.

Remember, choosing the perfect scent for an occasion is no more important than selecting one that resonates with you and your mood. If you're heading out for cocktail fun with the girls, a fun floral scent may tickle your fancy, or a first date with the potential love of your life may require something a little more romantic and enticing; let your fragrance eloquently express your mood.


Embrace Your Personal Preference 

Choosing a perfume can be overwhelming with so many choices on the market. We believe in leading with your heart, whether your chosen scent is floral or aromatic, spicy or refreshing, or even if it’s typically marketed towards another gender. 

You know yourself better than anyone, so when selecting the perfect perfume to add to your fragrance wardrobe, there's no substitute for your intuition. Knowing your personal perfume preferences leads to feeling confident and comfortable in your scent. If you find yourself naturally drawn to specific notes and fragrances, your senses are responding to a scent that resonates with you. 

Explore Your Emotional Connections

The emotional effects of perfume include its ability to evoke memories and create lasting emotions through the psychological sensations it offers. When scouting out the perfect perfume, you should pay attention to the feelings and emotions it offsets in yourself. Does a particular scent uplift your mood and bring a sense of calm? Your inner reactions to a smell can guide you to finding the perfect fragrance.

Remember that wearing perfume is a form of personal expression, so let your nose guide you and choose a scent that feels right for you.


Our Final Thoughts

We hope this blog has helped you understand how to choose a perfume. Remember to consider the occasion and your scent preferences and use finding the perfect perfume as a chance to experiment to find your perfect match! 

With so many scent families and fragrances available, finding your favourite fragrance is thrilling; just remember to wear what makes you feel good and what scents best fit your mood. 

The Essence Vault creates long-lasting perfumes inspired by designer fragrances at an affordable price; see our luxury range of women's perfumes and find your perfect match today. Happy spritzing!

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