Perfume is something I’ve really only become interested in the last couple of months or so. I found it quite overwhelming to begin with. I had no idea what I liked and where to begin. Anyway, in the process I’ve come across some amazing online resources that were of great help to me, so I wanted to share them here to hopefully be of help to you too :)
This is an absolutely incredible site. It’s by far the best perfume review/community I’ve come across. They have break downs and member reviews on pretty much any perfume you can think of as well as lots of great articles and information to help you understand everything perfume related. You are given recommendations based on what other members like, the season, time of day, similar scents etc. I’ve already spent so much time on this site and there still seems to be so much good information here I’m yet to discover.
I’m just setting up a profile too.You can me here. :)
The forum on this site is really great too and members are more than happy to help recommend you some new perfumes to try.
Basenotes is another community/review perfume site that looks really good too. I haven’t spent as much time on this one as I don’t find the layout quite a helpful as Fragrantica – but definitely worth a look :)
Perfume expert Katie Puckrick’s Channel on Youtube is both incredibly helpful and really entertaining. She does lots of nice, short and sharp reviews on some of the most famous fragrances and has lots of tip and collection based videos too. I’ve gotten so much out of watching her videos lately. They’ve provided a great introduction for me to a range of different scents.
I highly recommend checking out her web app too – Fume Finder. Here she lists her favourite scents categorised by season, style, ingredient and more. I’ve discovered lots of lovely new perfumes through here too.
And don’t forget to check out her blog!
It’s rather difficult to get mini sample vials here in Australia and I’m someone that really has to try out a perfume a number of times before I get an idea of how much I like it/or will wear it. I’ve come across two websites that look really great for purchasing sample vials.
This site is amazing!!! They actually produce the vials themselves so you can choose from a 1ml up to a 15ml (depending on the scent). My favourite thing about this site is that they produce vial sampler sets of about 8 different scents based on perfumes notes/categories, colour, periods in history, seasons, award winners and popularity for example. There are so many perfumes to choose from it’s actually rather overwhelming. They seem to ship to a lot of countries too, including Australia. Sets start from about $25 for 8 x 1ml vials. Single vials are start from about $3.
Also, at the moment Sephora has the most amazing gift set – Fragrance Sample For Her. It comes with 14 samples of some of their most popular perfumes plus a voucher for a full size bottle of your favourite scent. I really wish this was available here in Australia. It would be such a great gift for someone starting out with perfume.
I really love checking out the mini perfume gift sets that come out around christmas and then are on sale this time of year. As mentioned above, perfume is something I find really difficult to know how much I like it until I actually start wearing it – sure there are perfumes I know I either love or hate straight away – but others are much more dependant on my mood.
This is the same sort of idea as with samples but instead of investing in a large bottle of a new scent, see if it available as a Roller Ball or within a Mini Gift Set first. I love getting these as they really give you a great chance to try out many different scents and also have lots of options on hand for different occasions. Most major perfume brands have them. They usually come with 4-5 little 1oz bottles and retail for around $50 US. I think it’s good to be sure you like at least 2-3 in the set before you buy it. It’s fun to see which perfumes you end up using. They are absolutely perfect for those just starting out with perfume. There are a lot of these sets brought out at Christmas time and are especially great to pick up now as many are on sale.
For US/Europe Sephora is of course a great place for these
These are just a bit of fun. They sort of worked on me as I liked the perfumes they recommended.
Here’s one by Total Beauty
And another by Best Health Magazine
You can find plenty more by googling ‘perfume quiz’ ‘perfume personality’ ‘fragrance quiz’ or something like that.
6. And here’s another really great blog post to check out too on how to choose the perfect scent
Hope these are of some help!
What are currently your favourite perfumes??
How do you discover new scents to try???