CHOOSING A NATURAL FRAGRANCE THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
Know what you like
Asking yourself a few questions before you shop will save you and your nose hours at the fragrance counter. If you're looking for an everyday fragrance,
Annette Green of the Fragrance Foundation suggests green or citrus-based fragrances for their refreshing qualities.
If you're shopping for a special occasion, look for fragrances with more intense floral or woody notes.
Also identify your skin type. Believe it or not, your skin affects your scent. If you have dry or mature skin, stronger fragrances—like those with heady floral or Oriental notes—can become even more intense on you, so you may want to stick to something lighter.
Those with oily skin can handle strong scents, whereas something lighter may dissipate too quickly.
Shop in the afternoon
"Our sense of smell starts out weak, and accelerates as the day goes on," says Green.
Hit the fragrance counter after work for the most accurate sniff tests. Smell no more than three fragrances in one trip. After that "smell fatigue" sets in, according to Green. To make it easier to judge scents you test, spray one on the inside of each wrist and one at the elbow bend.