Tip #1: Take a Hint From Their Clothing
The best place to discover someone's preference in fragrance wardrobe: their (actual) closet. "Personal style has a lot to do with fragrance preferences," said Levy. "A person who wears feminine, frilly clothing may like light floral or powdery notes (like Gucci Bloom Nettare di Fiori, $107). Someone with a sporty style may gravitate toward citrus, aquatic, or green scents. A minimalist may lean toward clean notes. Conversely, someone with bohemian style may prefer bolder fragrances with spicy or musky notes."