The right fragrance isn’t easy to find. There are many small details you must pay attention to if you want to smell nice and unified. Yes, I said unified. The wrong scent can clash with your personal body odor. A naturally musty odor will be enhanced by woody fragrances, but something too fruity or fresh may give off the wrong vibe. If you don’t want your smell to emulate a Jackson Pollack painting, learn how to pick the right fragrance brands.
If you’re a fragrance newbie, the world of perfumes and colognes might be intimidating. Do you avoid the mall beauty section out of fear? Do you wander around until the options are too overwhelming? Fragrances can be tricky choose, but the process shouldn’t give you a headache! There is no magic to selecting the perfect fragrance, but as in all industries, there are some tried and true labels that won’t steer you wrong. If you don’t want to spend hours experimenting with boutique brands, here are five classic names you can trust.
The Bieb and Marky Mark aside, Mr. Klein has made a name for himself in more than just underwear. Since the 80s, the company has been producing fragrances that evoke sensuality and affection. If you are looking for something sexy, browse the Calvin Klein section. From the newer Obsession line to Eternity, the original scent that started it all off, you are sure to find something alluring and attractive.
Christian Dior debuted his fragrance line in 1947. Dior specializes in diversity. From the simple Dior Homme to higher end Addict and Poison, a walk through with Dior as your focus will teach you a lot about different scents. Whether you’re looking for sexy, masculine, or fresh, Dior will keep your hands full and nose happy. What better way to get familiar with fragrances than experimentation? (It will be a lot safer than those experiments you tried in college…)
This brand is strictly designed for women. I’m not saying men shouldn’t partake in the iconic smell of Chanel, but they should be aware that the scents are created with women as the target demographic. Chanel is playful but sophisticated, like a short French woman with passion and a sparkle in her eye. Yes, Chanel smells like you’d expect Coco to smell. You don’t have to be French or short to enjoy these scents, though! They benefit anyone who wishes to exude class without the stiff undertones.
Wood, leather, trench coats and London are the themes of Burberry scents. If you live in Boston or Seattle, these will fit right into the rainy day atmosphere. A touch of London will work in any city though if given the right occasion. Burberry is for the traditionalists, who like rustic smells. Even their light fragrances are full of garden floral scents. If you like to smell cozy but formal, try out a few scents from this fragrance brand icon.
Mr. Ford is all about aesthetics. He crafts scents to compliment the human figure. Studies show that attraction and smell are closely intertwined. Tom Ford’s fragrances are designed around this idea, featuring strong sensual smells that can impact the way we view each other. It sounds unsettling, but a wander through some Tom Ford options will turn you into a believer. Why turn down a chance to better your appearance merely by applying a scent?
There are plenty more fragrance brands, both monopolies and family-owned lines. Once you’ve got the hang of fragrance shopping, explore some of these more specific options. Don’t overwork yourself the first time round, though. Stick with the classic until you know what you like. Then, go wild!
— Julie Grossman