Whether you are looking for a new signature scent or are wishing to treat a special someone in your life, a new fragrance should always be reflective of an individual’s style and personality. But with so many different fragrances to choose from, it’s no surprise that it can often be an overwhelming experience. With everything from fragrance families to scent concentrations to consider, sniffing out your new favourite scent isn’t always a breeze.
In order to make life easier, we’ve created a fragrance finder quiz below, choosing signature scents from our extensive fine fragrance collection, for both ladies’ fragrance and men’s fragrance. Discover which perfume or aftershave is right for you, or would make the ideal gift for someone you treasure.
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3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Fragrance
If you still need some further guidance on choosing a fragrance we’ve included three top tips to consider below.
1. Do You Know Which Fragrance Family You Prefer?
Sometimes reading descriptions of fine fragrances can be a bit of a mystery. You’ll probably notice aftershaves and perfumes described as having ‘notes’ which are necessary when making any perfume. There are three note scales, and when blended together, they create the perfume’s fragrant accord. These are top notes, middle notes and base notes.
Fragrances with similar notes are often characterised as fragrance families.
The most common are –
- Fresh – these may include green notes like freshly cut grass, light citruses and airy notes
- Floral – widely found in lightly feminine perfumes, these scents offer strong elements of blooms
- Oriental – rich, bold and exotic, these scents are likely to be heavier fragrances ideal for an evening or special occasion
- Woody – encompassing wood and moss notes such as sandalwood and cedarwood, these are often the basis of masculine aftershaves
2. Which Fragrance Concentration Are You Looking For?
Your favourite fragrances often come in different concentrations, such as Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum. However, there are often misconceptions around what these really mean.
If you thought that an Eau de Toilette was a weaker version of the Eau de Parfum, you wouldn’t be correct. If a fragrance comes in both levels of concentration, this actually means they are likely to consist of different notes. The names of the different types of fragrances are determined by the concentration of essential oils.
- Eau de cologne has the lowest concentration of essence, containing just 2 – 5% essential oil
- Eau de toilette has a concentration of 5 – 10% essence
- Eau de parfum is typically 10 – 15% essence
- Perfume has the highest volume of essential oil, anything from 15 – 40%
3. Have You Considered Your Fragrance Personality?
The type of fragrance you go for will need to be considerate of your preferences; your likes and dislikes, hobbies and your sense of personal style.
For example if you are sporty, you may find that you are drawn to fresh and citrus based fragrances such as Calvin Klein CKIN2U, Davidoff Cool Water, and the Ralph Lauren Big Pony collection. Those who like to live life elegantly will be drawn to classic fragrances which make an impact and linger for longer such as Dolce and Gabana The One, Dior Dune and Agent Provocateur Maitresse.
Do you have a favourite fragrance? We’d love to know which scents you know and love – Tweet us @RowlandsTweets with your favourites and let us know the results of your quiz.
Don’t forget you can shop our full range of luxury women’s perfumes and men’s colognes in our fine fragrance department. Our special offers page also occasionally offers the big brand fragrances you love at prices you’ll not be able to resist. Don’t miss out!