How to Find Your Fragrance Soulmate
Finding the one is tricky, it can take years of week- or monthlong flings. Of course, you have to play the field to know what you like, but there comes a time when you’ll want to settle down with your fragrance soulmate (what did you think we were talking about?).
A fragrance soulmate is a little like your real-life human soulmate, you don’t always know straight away that they are the one. You might try them on, break up, and then get back together. Often you think you have a type, but the scent you end up with won’t necessarily include any of the ingredients you thought it would.
To help you find your perfect perfume partner, we called on perfumer Tom Daxon to help you find the one—think of him as your very own fragrant Cupid. Keep scrolling for his top tips for finding your scent soulmate, plus the perfumes we're loving right now.
Apart from the obvious Do I love the way this smells? and Can I picture myself wearing this? do bear in mind that some fragrances are now all about the initial impression: They might smell great at first only to fade to an unpleasant hum. Make sure you try before you buy.
Perfumers probably don’t have a better sense of smell than you per se, they’re just simply more skilled at recognising the ingredients used. You don’t need to worry about how well you can smell a perfume, all you need to consider is whether you like the scent or not. The simplicity of the purpose of fragrances—to smell good—is their biggest appeal to me.
On days I’m trying fragrances, I tend not to use strongly scented shower gel, lotion or deodorant as these can make it hard to smell the fragrance properly. As a customer though, if you’re wedded to another fragranced product already I wouldn’t avoid wearing it, you’re going to want to find a fragrance that complements it.
People say coffee beans can help reset your nose between smelling fragrances, but then I can just smell coffee! Take a little bit of time between fragrances, perhaps head outside and get some fresh air every so often; manically wafting different blotters in front of your nose is just going to confuse you.