3 tips on how to test perfumes
Monday, January 21, 2013 at 06:05AM
Jafeth Rodriguez

I have seen many people visiting the perfume store and spraying different fragrances in different parts of their bodies with the hope of being able to make an informed comparison.  As we have learned in previous posts, scents develop over time and having fragrances splattered all over the body would confuse your olfactory senses, without mentioning the fact that you may not even remember where you put which fragrance in the first place.

Hence my suggestion is for you to follow these steps to make the most out of a testing session:

  1. Use scent tester blotters to sample the different fragrances.  Blotters are typically paper-based or plastic-based and some allow you to make notes.  This way you can organise yourself a lot better.
  2. Give it time to develop the scents.  Remember that the different notes in the perfumes develop over time.  You need to come back to each fragrance after a few minutes to get a better understanding of the fragrance you are testing.  You should get back to the blotters after 15 minutes to feel how the fragrance develops.
  3. Don't try too many fragrances.  Even if you organise yourself very well, after exposing your olfactory sense to many fragrances, it would be hard to be objective.  Try to shortlist two or three fragrances to be able to make your final decision.


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