How to pick the right perfume

Mar 10, 2015, 08:10 IST | Krutika Behrawala

As the mercury rises, it's the right time to revisit your perfume and deodorant collection. Be it for a beach date or game-time with your buds, this checklist from the guide will ensure that body odour is at bay, and your confidence, sky-high

On a beach date
So, you're in the middle of a candle-light dinner date by the sea with a glass of champagne. Suddenly, as a strong breeze blows, you can smell something more than romance in the air and that, dear mate, could be your body odour. 
For him: Try exotic aqua-based fragrances with hints of mint, green pepper and musk that lasts longer.
For her: Opt for breezy fragrances with notes of lavender, pear, peonies, etc.


Dance night with girlies
If you're single and painting the town red with your gal pals, make sure you've sprayed on the right fragrance. With studies proving a strong connection between sexual attraction and scent, your perfume can actually act as your wingman and help you seduce that cute guy at the bar.
For her: Go for warm and earthy oriental-floral fragrances with musk and amber as the base notes.


Footie with friends
Game-time means tons of testosterone, and with it, the bane of body odour. Worse, if you are playing a match, and your partner is cheering from the stands. While many women might find sweaty men sexy, guys need to be aware if it gets out of hand.
For him: Choose scents with strong woody notes like cedar, nutmeg, cypress and musk.


At a family dinner
While you might pay attention to every detail before stepping out with friends, it is equally important to be well-turned out for a family soiree. After all, family is where your rep is at stake. You wouldn't want Sharma aunty telling a distant relative about a rag sitting next to her at the dinner table, would you?
For him: Use a classic masculine scent that is spicy and aromatic like coffee berry, redwood and sage.
For her: Opt for citrusy-floral notes like orange, grapefruit, hyacinth and rose.

How to wear your perfume in summer?

WOMEN: During the day
>> Look out for perfumes that have citrus, lime, peppermint in their top notes. Floral notes like neroli and jasmine also work in summer.


 Wear daytime fragrances lower on the body. As the perfume evaporates, it rises up, so you continue to smell it all day. Spritz perfume behind the knees, on the wrists and a little on the skirt.
For evenings

 Pick long-lasting fragrances that are a combination of citrus and floral top and middle notes with musky, woody or leathery base notes.

 Spray an evening fragrance behind your ears and around your neck, so that it envelopes you right away. A little in your hair wouldn’t hurt too.

MEN: During the day
>> Wear perfume or a deodorant with a strong base note — nothing too spicy or musky — that lasts through that packed morning local train ride until the afternoon meeting.  

For evenings
>> Opt for the classic oceanic scents with notes of peppermint and lavender.

Choose the right perfume
>> Most perfumes have three layers or notes — top, middle and base. Top note is the first scent that hits you; it evaporates quickly. The middle notes are dissipating and make the majority of the scent. Base notes often go undetected until you’ve worn a scent for at least 20 to 30 minutes.

 Make a list of your favourite smells as a starting point, whether it is freshly cut grass, lavender and lilacs or even the peel of an orange. The point is to remember the scents that mean something to you, so that you can choose a perfume with similar notes.

 A perfume often reflects your personality. If you’re a no-makeup person, and love the outdoors, opt for fresh and clean scents instead of spicy and musky ones. If you love being the headturner, get a scent that lingers on.

 Try the fragrance on your skin at the pulse points as the fragrance settles in different ways depending on skin constitution and sebum levels.

 Do not smell more than four to five fragrances when trying new ones as our noses do not sense beyond these number of different fragrances.

Inputs by Majida Ukani (fragrance industry expert) and Rajesh Nair (Marketing Manager, Designer Brands - Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Diesel and YSL at L’Oreal Luxe)

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