A Novice’s Handbook To Kickstarting A Fragrance Collection

Deciding to build up your fragrance collection can be both thrilling and daunting, especially for those new to the world of perfume. So many brands, scents, notes, tones and blends are competing for your attention. 

Let us guide you along this incredible journey by providing some insights on how best to go about building a fragrance collection that reflects your style and preferences. 

Understanding The Fragrance Pyramid

The fragrance pyramid offers a visual representation of the basics of scent formulation. See how base notes, middle notes and top notes are combined to create a pleasing fragrance. The top notes are those fleeting scents that add an air of mystery, while the middle notes (also called heart notes) form the essence of the fragrance. The base notes are those underlying scents that will last the longest. 

Exploring Fragrance Families

Fragrances can then be categorised into families according to the predominant base scents. When building your perfume collection, look for diversity across different families such as floral, oriental, woody and citrus. Spend time to discover the subtleties of each family and which ones appeal to you the most.

Sample Your Way To Success

Really, the only way to know if you like a perfume is to try it. How it smells in the air or even on a sampler wand will differ from how it smells on your skin. Your skin’s chemical composition and reaction mean the same perfume you love on your best friend may not be as appealing when you wear it. 

Be sure to take some notes when sampling different perfumes. Jot down information like the brand and variant, along with the predominant scent that you notice. You can also devise a rating system for each sample to help you find your firm favourites.

When In Doubt, Versatility Wins Out

A well-established perfume collection will be able to cater to different occasions and moods. Fresh, citrus notes like bergamot and lemon are great for daytime wear, while deeper notes like vanilla, patchouli or amber are more suited to evening elegance.

When you are starting out, though, you may not have the luxury of such a wide range, so choosing versatile fragrances that can carry you through the day and into the night is preferable. Look for fragrances that pair the light and airy with the heavy base notes that will evolve as the day progresses. 

Evolving Your Signature Scent

Over time, you will find that you migrate to certain scents that feel like they are an extension of your personality. This may take time to happen. Be patient and allow your preferences to evolve gradually; you may just discover that your signature scent will find you.

Let Homage Perfume help you build a fragrance collection to be proud of. We are committed to bringing you world-class quality perfumes at affordable prices. Please browse our range and shop online to expand your fragrance collection today. 

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