How to Find Perfumes That Are Similar

Written by yvonne van damme
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Perfume is something that is personal and very much individual. What is loved by one person may be hated by another. Perfume will also vary from person to person due to personal body chemistry. It's a great feeling when you find a perfume that you love. Oftentimes, people tend to like specific notes within a perfume. Some are drawn to ocean type of scents, some to grassy scents, while others like sexier, musky scents. If you are growing your perfume collection, you may likely want to locate perfumes that have similar notes and ingredients as other perfumes that you have loved. Other times, your favourite perfume may have been discontinued and you would like to find something similar.

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    Find out the notes that are in perfumes that you like. This will help you locate perfumes that are similar to them. Fragrances include top, middle and bottom notes. For example, if you tend to enjoy perfumes with several notes in the citrus family, search for other perfumes that also contain predominantly citrus notes. They will likely have a similar scent.

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    Identify the perfume family that you are drawn towards. There are seven types of olfactive families: woody, citrus, oriental, fougere, floral, chypre and aldehydic. Every single perfume will fall into one of these categories. Find out which families your favourite perfumes fall into.

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    Use the fragrance-finding feature located at Click on the section titled "Fragrance." On the menu on the left, click on the link that says "Fragrance Finder." You may search by the name of your favourite fragrance or the perfume family of your favourite fragrance. It will then provide a list of other perfumes that are similar to them.

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    Visit a department store that sells perfumes. They have testers available and you can sample scents that are similar to each other or to your favourite scents. Also, ask an employee that works in that department about her recommendations.

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    Order samples of perfumes. This is a great way to test out several different fragrances. Obtain samples of perfumes that fall into your desired perfume family and that contain many of your favourite notes. Samples can be obtained at department stores and also ordered from online perfume retailers.

Tips and warnings

  • Always test a perfume on your skin before buying it.
  • Leave perfume on your skin for a minimum of two hours before you determine whether or not to purchase it.

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