How do you go about searching for a new scent?
Do you stalk the blogs and online stores?
Do you go for scented expeditions at department stores and specialty shops?
Are you inspired by advertisements?
Do you look for particular notes?
Do you always get samples first or are you prone to impulsively buy a bottle?
How do you select what is right for you?
Today we have a very broad question. I’m interested in how you narrow down your choices, how you select among the sea of fragrances we are exposed to these days?
I mostly get interested in a perfume when I see it announced on a blog somewhere or get a press release from the brand. My interest in piqued when I like what I see (i.e. the bottle, and yes, I do judge a book by its cover, I have to, at least at first) and what I read about the notes. The prettiest bottle with notes of handpicked Himalayan berries, spun silver sugar, purple patchouli and angel’s tears extract cannot entice me to go in for a closer encounter.
Mostly I try to avoid spending money on samples these days, primarily for the reason that I have so many and have spent so much money already, that I try to get my nose to a store and smell the scent for free. But if I am absolutely smitten by the idea of a perfume, I pay for a sample. If I’m not only intrigued, but my fantasies go through with me and I am convinced that this is the one and only, the perfect scent I need to make my life complete, I have been known to blind buy a bottle.
Did I find the one and only, the perfect scent yet?
Unfortunately no, but I do have a goodish amount of clinically depressed bottles I shun and never wear, because they had the temerity to disappoint my exalted vision…
How is it with you?