While we take time to build wardrobes that include styles and designs catering to our specific needs, we often forget the importance of building a perfume collection. Imagine having a wardrobe with all kinds of clothes but being clueless about which shirt goes better with which jeans or trousers—it sounds a bit perplexing, right?
Now, imagine not having a perfume collection based on your needs, occasion, and style. The significance of scents is often overlooked by people, but you tend to realise it when you're out and about and encounter people who smell wonderful. You might wonder why people don't take you seriously or pay attention to you.
Relying solely on your words to impress someone is as inadequate as showing up to an exam having only covered fifty percent of the syllabus and expecting to score a hundred. When you venture out into the world, the way you present yourself becomes a personal expression of who you are. It happens even before you open your mouth to speak. So to make sure that you can leave a lasting impression on everyone you encounter, you should arm yourself with the right scents for the right occasion.
Using the opportunity to smell a certain way allows you to convey something that words can't. While showing someone that you care about how you smell may seem like a small detail in the grand scheme of things, it is still imperative to communicate through more than just words and disarm the people around you with your scent.
Here's a list of things you must take into account when building your perfume collection:
1) Understanding your preferences
Do you always go to the ice cream shop and stare at the menu while your friends or loved ones have already ordered and are holding onto their ice creams? If you're one of those people, then you should educate yourself about all the fragrance families. Four prominent fragrance families exist: fresh, floral, woody, spicy, and citrus.
After you've gone through the fragrance families, make sure you identify your preferred scent profile. Some people tend to discard anything that smells sweet, so they're left with options that don't include floral and fruity combinations. Likewise, you need to identify the kinds of smells you'd enjoy wearing and the ones you'd steer clear of, as this will narrow down your options. If you're a fan of
You would also want to take into account the season and occasion. Summer scents are usually layered with citrusy, fresh, and aquatic perfume ingredients; meanwhile, winter scents have a warmer undertone with woody and spicy ingredients.
2. Start with the essentials
Having a foundation for a perfume collection based on versatile perfumes will ensure you're not missing out on the opportunity to try more niche perfumes later. You can experiment once you've checked off all the essential perfume categories. According to fragrance experts at Perfume Lounge, the three perfumes with which one must start their perfume collection include a scent suitable for the day, one for the night, and then something that goes with both day and night.
You can visit perfume shops both online and offline, armed with your preferred scent profile, and start building the perfume collection you've always wanted. Alternatively, if you're someone who doesn't like being restricted to one kind of scent, you can rely on your personality to dictate the perfumes you'll be picking for your perfume collection. Try out different perfumes and see what complements your personality the most.
3. Proper storage and care of your perfume collection
Well, you didn't think that we would just let you have a cursory glance at how to store perfumes? You cannot undermine the importance of storing perfumes the right way. There are three tips that you should always remember. Firstly, if you're not going to use perfume, make sure you keep the bottle closed until you're sure. Once the bottle is opened, the scent starts to oxidise. With more exposure to oxygen and less scent in the bottle, the fragrance becomes more diluted.
When light comes into contact with a perfume bottle, it triggers a series of intricate chemical reactions. Exposure to sunlight can cause damage to the chemical makeup of a fragrance. To prevent any damage, it is advisable to store your perfume bottles in locations that are only exposed to artificial or natural light. Similarly, water can also damage the effectiveness of the perfume.
4. Documenting and organising your collection
And here comes the fun part! If you want to build a perfume collection that is a force to be reckoned with, it will be great to spend time recording your collection. You can either start a visual journal or a database that will keep track of the perfumes you own and their ingredients and record your impressions and preferences for each perfume in your collection. Use that knowledge to build a perfume collection that is organised for easy access and enjoyment.
Everyone has their own set of hobbies, and for you, it can be related to collecting perfumes. The joy of building a perfume collection is inspired by the art of fragrance exploration! By understanding your preferences, exploring a variety of scents, and considering the occasion and season, you can curate a collection that truly reflects your taste and style.