Find out how to discover the ‘true you’ with perfume…

How do discover the ‘true you’ and know if a perfume fits you? This is among the most incessantly requested questions we get at PSHQ, and to be trustworthy, it’s one of many causes we launched (extremely, 9 years in the past, now!)

One of many the very best methods to essentially faucet into that ‘true you’ and uncover what you want from a perfume on any given day is the way it resonates with you – the way it makes you really feel, not simply what it smells like.

Private Preferences:

From childhood, we’re all conditioned to have particular person scent preferences, and our response relies partly on our particular person genetic make-up (our DNA), and partly on our life experiences. So: that crushed tomato leaf notice that reminds you of a beloved grandmother and her greenhouse – or the jasmine that was rising spherical a door once you have been poorly on vacation, and which you’ll hardly abdomen. Technically, all of us have an ‘olfactory fingerprint’, which is exclusive to us: it’s our life’s experiences all locked away in our scent reminiscence. In the identical approach that we every reply in a different way to completely different smells, we don’t all like the identical photos, or the identical music. (And wouldn’t life be boring, if we did…?)



Your DNA:

Your bodily make-up can have an effect, however there are various, many exceptions… Please keep in mind this can be a very broad rule-of-thumb, and also can change with hormone ranges…

  • Blondes with honest pores and skin might discover they’re happiest with wealthy florals, as their pores and skin might tend to dryness, and delicate/citrus fragrances will evaporate rapidly.
  • Brunettes / black hair typically have medium/darkish pores and skin which tends to include increased ranges of pure oils, permitting scents to last more; they might discover Ambreés (deeper, extra resinous) notes work nicely.
  • Redheads are inclined to have honest and delicate pores and skin, and typically this seems to be incompatible with perfumes dominated by inexperienced notes.

Find out how to Discover a Perfume You Like:

We’ve beforehand revealed a chunk on tips on how to discover a perfume, the place you can see all the information and methods you must get your fingers (and nostril) on a number of scents



However… Does it Swimsuit Me?

Ask your self this query, solely, at first: Do you actually prefer it? If that’s the case, then sure! We will by no means hope to please everybody with our scent decisions, so our recommendation is, don’t even strive.

Generally, although, when individuals ask this query it’s as a result of the perfume is out of their consolation zone. It’s utterly true that some fragrances – notably the bolder or extra complicated and strange ones – can take longer to fall in love with. Crucial factor is to present fragrances TIME in your pores and skin – not only one spray on someday, then strolling away if it doesn’t instantly seize you.




When you’ve smelled the scent in your pores and skin on a couple of event and also you’re nonetheless undecided, ensure you test our tricks to strive earlier than you write it off as a particular ‘no’.

Different occasions, individuals ask this query in the event that they merely can’t scent a perfume on themselves very strongly. This could be since you’re ‘anosmic’ (unable to scent) a number of the notes. This may occur with massive molecule notes (like musk), and amazingly, scientists at the moment nonetheless don’t know why we are able to scent some issues however not others. Or, it could be since you’re so used to smelling the identical ‘signature’ scent that your nostril has ‘switched off’, and doesn’t register it anymore.


One of the simplest ways to seek out the ‘true you’ with perfume…

…is to strive a number of – strive scents you’d by no means usually contemplate carrying, even people who really feel so completely different they could be slightly difficult at first. That’s why we began doing our Discovery Containers 9 years in the past, and so love curating them to this present day!

Actually get to know the brand new perfume samples – and your self – by contemplating what it’s you do or don’t like about them. It’s simply as helpful to be taught what we dislike, at occasions, somewhat than sticking with one thing secure however uninteresting. Do you want they have been brighter, lasted longer, have been bolder, smoother, softer…? Now you recognize slightly of what you want, what the ‘true you’ requires, and you’ll ask an assistant in retailer, or seek for these key phrases on-line.

It’s a place to begin, and the start of a beautiful journey. Subsequent, you may need discovered of a model you’d prefer to discover extra of. And then you definately’re already within the midst of a beautiful journey…

Written by Suzy Nightingale