To truly test out a fragrance and see if it’s right for you, there are a few tried-and-true tips to follow.
Start with a clean slate. Not only should your skin be fragrance-free, but make sure your nose is not distracted by any other scents. Sniffing coffee beans, which are commonly found at perfume counters, will clear your nose.
Smell the bottle. Before you spray, sniff the nozzle to get a sense of what the top note really smells like.
Spray a strip, then your skin. Too many scents on your wrist can make it difficult to get an idea of what the fragrance smells like on its own.
What a minute or two. Once you’ve sprayed a fragrance, wait a few minutes before taking a whiff so that the top notes can interact with you skin. Smell the test area 20 minutes later for the middle notes, and a few hours later for the base notes.
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