Perfumes bottles come in various sizes, different shapes and heights. They are made by different fashion houses under the direction of a perfumer; but of all the previously listed features, the scent (notes) and silage (longevity) are of utmost importance. I will be giving a walkthrough of steps to follow that will keep you from regretting a purchase, or being anxious for the next bottle to be empty.
Decide you want to smell nice: Yes! I said decide because smelling good is a personal decision.
Prepare a budget: It is very important when deciding to make a fragrance purchase or change a bottle, to have a budget. A budget ranging from a certain figure to another gives the buyer a clear outlook of their finances.
Make a list: A good list should typically comprise 5-10 perfumes. This list could be out of impulse, fluffy reasons such as¸ ‘the bottle is fine’, ‘my friend said she likes it’, ‘my friend uses it’, ‘I like the name of the fragrance’ ‘it is very feminine’ etc.
Go online: Prior to now, we didn’t have any Nigerian blog that gave perfume reviews but there are a couple of fragrance and fashion websites with great reviews and comments. When deciding on purchasing a perfume, check Fragrantica, Fragrancenet etc. and read comments of fragrances you have in mind. I have had instances where people tell me I purchased; ‘ABC by XYZ’ because the bottle looks nice. Or another where people perceive a perfume on their friend, and ask for the name and make a purchase, only to find out that the top note is terrible or the silage is pretty poor.
Revisit list: After watching and reading reviews and comments, the list should be shortlisted to about just 3 fragrances or in some cases 2.
Go to a physical store: Montaigne Place and Essenza are the biggest perfume stores in Nigeria, especially in Lagos. Walk into the one closest to your home, request for testers/paper strips and perceive your top 3.
Furnace: After perceiving the strips, take them back home to test their longevity. I remember reading reviews about the F by Ferragamo a while back and the review said it had decent silage. But leaving the strip in my bag till the next day and perceiving it, I could hardly perceive the strongest note, vanilla. Different scents for various weathers so this step is important.
Purchase: After going through the above steps, and the silage of one of the perfumes is your preferred choice go ahead and grab a bottle online or at the physical store. However, note most online websites sell replica fragrances especially during this harsh economic times; and scarcity of foreign currencies. Trust a few, most especially fragrances.com.ng
Wait for your friends to complement you by saying “You smell nice” 🙂
Do not break your account all in the name of ‘smelling nice’. Perfumes now count as an accessory and do not mask odours, instead they ameliorate your look.
Thanks for reading!