Choose Your Own Smell-venture?
September 13, 2012 11:43 AM Subscribe
Need the archetypal examples of various fragrance families, as well as a place to sample 'em on the cheap.
posted by julthumbscrew to clothing, beauty, & fashion (19 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Now that I'm a grown-ass woman, I've decided that it's time to find my own signature fragrance. However, I am daunted by the vast (and pricey) array of options out there. I know that I can order decanted samples of various fragrances on Lucky Scent, The Perfumed Court, eBay, etc. - however, that only reduces the amount of cash I'll hemorrhage, NOT the number of potential perfumes to try.
What I'd like to know is this:
- What is/are THE classic examples of various genres of perfume? I know that there are various fragrance "families" (woody, floral, etc.) and I know that there are less-formal families ("stuff my grandma would've worn", "stuff teenyboppers wear", etc). To put it in SAT terms... "Bitches Brew" : Jazz :: [Particular Fragrance] : [Particular Perfume Family]
- I'm looking to smell nice for a man - namely, my man. I've already tried a lot of scents from BPAL, and while I adore them, his response to each 'n every one of 'em has been "hmmmn... smells like... Goth girl. But, um, not in a BAD way, honey!..." Ergo: scents that guys tend to enjoy a plus, heavy/incense-y/Gothy scents apparently NOT a plus.
- Any tips on how I should conduct my perfume hunt? Thus far, I've been utilizing the "select BPAL imp at random, smear on body, wait to see if boyfriend is unable to resist freaking me nasty" method, but this seems... unscientific. Should I be narrowing things down by fragrance note? Should I be doing something else I am totally unaware of?