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Why You Should Wait to Buy Your Perfume

Why You Shouldn't Buy a Fragrance at First Sniff

The scenario goes a little something like this: you walk into Sephora searching for a new fragrance and walk out with a scent you adored in the store, only to realize two days later that you actually can't stand the smell. It's a classic case of first-sniff buyer's remorse, and it's exactly why you should never purchase a fragrance based on an initial spritz. To find out why you should wait on fragrance, just keep reading.

Most fragrances are a blend of individual chemicals and/or essential oils, and as such their scents develop over time. Many perfumes put their showiest, juiciest notes up front, though. So when you spritz one on, what you first encounter isn't the scent as it will be 20 minutes or an hour from now. In fact, a lot of early or top notes are totally different from the full scent that eventually develops and stays on your skin.

When you try a perfume on, don't sniff and decide. Take some time. The best thing to do is to go get lunch, or even give the fragrance all afternoon, and sniff it at intervals to see whether you like where it's going. That way, you'll know that you really love it, not just the first few seconds of it, and you won't encounter any surprises down the line.

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lauren lauren 6 years
Yep, I always go to nordstrom and get samples of the ones that I think I like. Some of them just change completely once they react with your skin, some good and some bad! Makes the whole process a LOT easier!
cara-s cara-s 6 years
This totally happened to me and its so true! Coming from someone who is sensitive to smells, I have learned my lesson! Great tip Miriam!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
I agree, Junebrug. I like wearing a scent for a few days if possible.
junebrug junebrug 6 years
Nordstrom and Sephora often give samples, which is always a good way to go. I don't know if you can decide how much you love a perfume trying it once. Sometimes trying it several times gives you a better idea of whether you can live with it on a permanent basis. I've had many perfumes I liked at first and only realized it was too strong/too light/too floral/too dark/ whatever after wearing it several days and had some strong buyer's remorse. I have a couple of shelves in my dresser sadly, devoted to a perfume graveyard.
secondstar secondstar 6 years
So true. Plus the air in the store is so full of other scents, it's hard to tell what you're really smelling.
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