Some things work as impulse buys. Saw a neat nail polish shade you can’t wait to try? If it costs less than your lunch did today, chances are it can’t hurt to throw it in with the rest of your purchases. But this is one mode of being that doesn’t always work out for the best, especially for things like perfume and cologne..
On one hand, your sense of smell registers an immediate impact. On the other hand, fragrances are dynamic and evolving, and you can’t be sure that the immediate impression you get from a perfume will be the one you’ll get at the end of a day.
“Perfume changes over the course of a wear, sometimes enormously,” BellaSugar.com reports. “So that eau de toilette you loved at first spray may smell more like eau de toilet bowl cleanser five or six hours on.”
Wondering how you’ll know if you’ve found the one? Give yourself some time to browse the department stores, sampling only one fragrance at a time. Spray it on your wrists and neck and leave the store, making note of how it smells at various points throughout the day.
Once you’ve found a scent that you love in all of its incarnations, you’ll know it’s worth the buy – and it’ll make buying perfume easier in the future, since you’ll know what kind of notes you like.