If you’re considering buying cologne or perfume for someone special this holiday and are stuck on a fragrance, consider this advice from one blogger: “Perfume is an extension and reflection of your personality; it should be worn to seduce oneself. Everything else will follow.”
Her advice includes:
- Find out what scents your “significant other” likes before heading to the fragrance counter. This can be done as a game in the car or in between commercials.
- Read up on fragrances: "what notes do they feature, and to which family of fragrances do they belong." She suggests the Fragrance Foundation Directory and Osmoz as resources for tracking down this information.
- Sample as much as possible and try to focus on the scent, rather than packaging, designer name or brand.
Another blogger suggests offering a sample of scents so your loved one can select the one that's right for him/her (versuses buying an entire bottle.) This can be done through eBay or an online retailer like The Perfumed Court.
Looking for a man? Here's an analysis of some of the newest scents for men.
To quote one of the experts, "Like Barbies, there are no rules in perfume."