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How to test perfumes

1. ASK THE BEAUTY ADVISERS
You want a new fragrance. First step? Walk into your local essenza store and talk to one of our beauty experts. ‘Ask about what type of fragrance you should look for and we’ll be able to advise you on where to begin. ‘This will narrow down your search and save you spending hours trying different ones, which may not be what you actually want.’ Plus, your nose can only handle a certain amount of smells at one time – just FYI. We’d totally think that the new YSL Y Le Parfum for him or Lancome Idole for her are good starting points if you want to find out which smells you like.

2. KNOW HOW TO SPRITZ IT
Once you’ve chosen your perfume to test, it’s time to spray the blotter. ‘You should only need one spritz of the fragrance – hold it about 10-15 cm away from the blotter. This way, you’ll get an accurate representation of what the scent will actually smell like on you, when you wear it 24/7. Trust us, this is a very exciting moment, especially if you choose to smell and incredible scent like Franck Olivier Oud Vanille for her or MIGUEL MARA Black Legend for him.

3. SMELL IT MORE THAN ONCE
Yeah yeah, you heard us. One sniff won’t do, we’re afraid. we always recommend smelling the blotter a number of times as the top, middle and base notes will come out at different times, First, you’ll get the lighter top notes, then the deeper middle notes and lastly the bold base notes, so don’t rush! Top tip: wait 20-30 minutes and smell it again. Can you imagine wearing this throughout the day? If the answer is yes, you’ve met your match. If you need some inspo, our digital marketer, Best, could wear Afnan Supremacy Not only Intense all day long.

4. TEST IT ON YOUR SKIN, TOO
‘Your skin has different oil levels, so after you have tested the blotter, apply it to your skin. So see how it smells on your skin, we recommend spraying your wrists (but don’t rub them together as this bruises the scent). You’re practically on your way to finding the most perfect scent for you.
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