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How To Pick A Perfume As A Gift

By Amy Derungs

March 30, 2021


Perfume remains a modern symbol of femininity. For many women, a fragrance is more than just a glass bottle; it becomes their signature trait and marks their presence and unique personality.

Charged with strong, evocative olfactory power, perfume can change your demeanor. Therefore, this second skin shouldn’t be chosen on a whim but rather as something that is individualized and able to withstand the bounds of time.

While perfume is a popular gift, the choice between a floral Chanel and an airy Dior can be a tricky one, especially when you’re buying it with the thought of someone else in mind.

That’s where we come to the rescue. We’re here to guide you in narrowing down the vast variety of fragrances so that you can avoid the headache of doing so yourself. This article should give you a good idea how to select a gift perfume for Valentine's day or a men’s fragrance for Valentine’s day. The selection of a well-thought out gift starts here.

Which Type Of Perfume Is Best For A Woman, According To Her Age?

An essential question to ask when gifting a perfume to someone is of what age are they? This is not done to evoke discomfort but rather to find the appropriate fragrance.

You would not choose the same fragrance for a young girl as you would for a woman in her sixties. This has to do with how age brings about maturity, and the scents that once appealed to you in adolescence have changed through time to become more refined.

The following headings aim to give insight into which fragrance suits each age group best.

A teenage girl / young adult

This time period is considered an olfactory initiation. It is often during this time in life that we are introduced to our first perfume. Generally, the scents that are suitable a fresh, light and sweet rather than tarty and heady. These fragrances would complement a girl’s youth and vibrant energy.

The 20s

The 20s mark an era of self-discovery and an exploration of one’s personalities. Adolescence and childhood may seem far away but adulthood hasn’t seemed to really settle in yet. An ideal perfume must therefore reveal this paradox through preserving a care free attitude while affirming the new confidence and sensuality that comes with this age group. Fragrances with floral notes are popular due to their lightness and pleasing qualities.

The 30s

Women in their 30s are most likely to be looking for something that accentuates their sex appeal yet remains elegant. Mystery and sensuality are often craved and should be highlighted by a perfume that matches these traits. For this reason, perfumes with deep amber and creamy vanilla should be your go to choices. Spicy fragrances can also complement the dynamism of this age group.


The 40s

The 40s mark an era of seeking out change and looking for ways to reinvent yourself. This extends to switching up one’s perfume. The key here is to drop all the fragrances that make it onto the top 10 list. Instead, opt for atypical and niche fragrances that will bring something new into your daily life.

The 50s

50 is the age at which you reach the peak of your life. At this point in time, you understand and know yourself and what best complements your personality. This benchmark should be celebrated with a suitable fragrance. The scents worn at this time should highlight one’s elegance and charisma without neglecting a feeling of sensuality. Perfumes that include leather accords are strongly recommended.

The 60s

When approaching the grand 60s, it is not uncommon to turn back to the great classics of perfumery. These fragrances, which can be seen as old-fashioned by some, remain a timeless token for others. Here, older fragrances are fully appreciated and one can finally understand their full meaning. Find something that includes woody and earthy notes.

The 70s

This decade often marks a time of reflection and contentment. One may have children who have now had grandchildren and life is filled with family and sharing. Go for something that captures the memories and the joy behind living life up to this point and something that carries emotional value. Remember that this scent will be etched into the memories of those around you forever.

The 80s

The 80s are often a time of nostalgia. Here, moments of the past are recalled and can be remembered with a gentle smile. Opt for a fragrance with encompasses this. Something that evokes a sensation, a person or a specific moment that exudes happiness and comfort. This perfume can then become something that is intimate and meaningful in your life.
Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior

What Fragrance Should You Wear For Your Man?

Let us not forget one of the main goals of perfume: to seduce. How fun and charming it is to see those around us who are bewitched by the beauty of a sensual fragrance.

Ladies, listen up. The following describes different types of men and what you should be wearing in order to capsize their hearts.

The manly man 

This man is strong in personality and confident in everything he does. He may find a fragrance attractive if it complements his own charisma. That being said, he may be drawn to perfumes that are spicy and seductive. Or, if you’re feeling attracted to more discreet tones, go for a softer, contemporary scent that guaranteed to impress.

The attentive man

A fragrance that is natural and elegant is a stunner when it comes to the attentive man. He may enjoy something more refined and modern in contrast to other perfumes. Your perfume should thus be something of a classic or embody the beauty of femininity.

The sporty man 

Athletes may appreciate a more dynamic and playful scent on a woman. A lively and vibrant perfume would be ideal when trying to get this type of man’s attention. In this case, fragrances which are citrus based and bring out your spontaneous and sparkling side are ideal.

The funny man

The funny man may appreciate spontaneity and light-heartedness. As a result of this, go in search of a fragrance that gives off a fresh, eccentric aura. This can be a floral perfume embellished with hints of fiery spice. Here, there should be a balance in the scent between authenticity and playfulness.

The romantic man

A romantic companion is certainly going to be drawn towards a fragrance which is tender and gentle. Essentially, something that embodies a gesture of love. There are no shortages of fragrances that do just that. You can never go wrong with a perfume that includes whimsical notes of jasmine, rose or lilac.

The intelligent man

Here, there may be an emphasized focus on being unique yet comfortable. This type of man may appreciate you not falling into the banality of choosing generic perfumes. Instead, opt for something that is interesting in a niche and unconventional way.
ChaneI Coco Mademoiselle

The Perfect Perfume According To A Woman’s Character

It is essential for a perfume to exist in harmony with a woman’s personality. The fragrance must become a real olfactory signature and work well with her body chemistry. The fragrance should be indicative of the character of the woman wearing it. Here are some key characters to help you in deciding which fragrance works best.

Natural all the way

This type of woman may highlight her spontaneity through a light, airy fragrance. Transparent, almost lucid fragrances will bring her the most pleasure and authenticity. Nature is right up her ally! We’d advise looking into scents that lean towards floral, spicy or fruity components.

Exuding intelligence

Why not evoke a sense of inquisitiveness and mystery through perfume? After all, a scent that conveys engaging in thought provoking discussions are what you’re looking for. Niche and unusual notes in perfumes will work in this woman’s favor.

The mysterious woman

To complement and emphasize one’s mysteriousness and seductiveness, play around with fragrances that are deep and uncommon. Perfumes that include amber, powdery and vanilla accords are bound to be your allies. These will bring the people around you closer in an attempt to find out who you are.

The dreamer

Feet on the ground, head in the clouds. This can be used to describe this type of woman. Here, favor perfumes that work with a dreamlike character. It should reflect the desire to be elsewhere and the use of a vivid imagination. Choose a fragrance that holds a poetic, magical feel.

Business takes priority

If one’s career and status as a businesswoman are of paramount importance, this is the right category to be looking into. A fragrance that highlights this woman’s natural charisma and deep set determination is essential. Work to find a perfume that remains feminine and sensual while making a statement and retaining professional refinement. Try out something with a leather accord.

Funny bone

Does this woman always manage to make the people around her laugh? Can you describe her personality as a little bit goofy and spontaneous? If so, then seek out a perfume that matches this playful and cheerful nature. Enjoy life to the fullest and try out a fragrance that includes mischievous gourmand notes. You won’t be disappointed!
Thierry Mugler Angel Eau De Parfum

The Perfect Perfume For Each Sign Of The Zodiac

We can all agree that everything is connected to nature and the wide universe around us. In saying so, astrology contains many personal symbols, much like perfume. It may be of interest to you to link the two worlds of astrology and perfumery together to find the most desirable scent.

Aries

Aries radiates a fiery, incandescent light. Find a fragrance that encompasses this as well as an air of seduction. A spicy oriental scent will do the job. 

Taurus

A Taurus woman is discreet yet captivating. She may find the most enjoyment from perfumes that have sweet and subtly greedy notes.

Gemini

Geminis are curious in nature and live in a state of eternal adolescence. A fragrance that contains warm, inviting notes should highlight their ardor and inquisitiveness.

Cancer

A cancer woman may be attracted to aquatic elements that match the aura of this water sign. Marine notes with a somewhat romantic and emotional feel will complement this star sign best. 

Leo

Generally, women belonging to this fire sign exude light and energy. They display determination to get things right. Opt for a perfume which is charismatic and vibrant

Virgo

Virgos may tend to be more down to earth. They are drawn to nature and its beauty. Go for perfumes that are flowery, woody, fruity and aromatic.

Libra

Libra women may like the finer things in life while wanting to maintain a balance between opulence and nature. The perfume chosen here should be sweet while having a certain airy approach.

Scorpio

Scorpios are usually sensual and romantic. Their scent should be able to immerse them in something that complements this. Favor round, voluptuous and exotic fragrances.

Sagittarius

This star sign encompasses lively women full of passion and a desire to thrive in her own way. The ideal perfume here would be one that hints at an adventure.

Capricorn

Capricorn women can be very nature-orientated. For this star sign, the invigorating scent of mountain air, minerals and rocky components are enjoyed.

Aquarius

This describes the modern, connected woman. Women who fall under this star sign may always be on the lookout for the newest scent. Go for something that reflects the current perfume trends.

Pisces

This water sign generally finds pleasure with scents associated with the ocean. They may also often express the desire to escape. The ideal perfume here may include marine and aromatic accords.
Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum

The Four Olfactory Families Specific To Women’s Perfume

Perfumes on the market exist in a broad variety, much to our pleasure as consumers. Because of this diversity, perfumes have been established into different olfactory families making them easier to classify. The first form of perfume classification came about in the 1900s and has adapted to fit modern day perfumery. Overall, there are eight main families, four of which are specific to women’s fragrances.

1. Chypre

The chypre family is based on woody, fruity and floral accords. This category was first introduced in 1917 and is known for its generally rich and persistent compositions. Chypre perfumes perfectly embody the fiery and determined temperament of the woman wearing it. This category also includes classes such as:

Floral chypre

Floral chypres are known for their spicy and balmy qualities. These are usually accompanied by floral components such as rose, jasmine or lily of the valley.

Fruity chypre

For the most part, this type of fragrance is sweeter than its counterparts. Fruity chypre perfumes are enriched with an intoxicating gluttony. They are derived from warm, fruity flavors including peaches and plums.

2. Hesperids

This olfactory family is mainly composed from feminine citrusy scents, derived from the likes of bergamot, lemon, orange, grapefruit and tangerine. They can remind one of the calm Mediterranean and all its fresh, lively aromas. Hesperids fragrances have become synonymous with freshness and lightness.  This family includes the following:

Aromatic citrus

A combination of citrus and aromatic essences makes an indisputably fresh duo. These fragrances are usually enriched by aromatics such as thyme, rosemary and tarragon.

3. Floral

The floral family is the most popular category when speaking about more feminine fragrances. These perfumes often include a blend of green, poetic and romantic notes which complement its fruity or spicy foundation. This olfactory group is ideal in conveying feelings of charm, romance and femininity. This family includes the following:

Floral aldehyde

This fragrance encompasses all floral notes that are associated with animalic and powdery scents. They are often linked to seduction and a reveal of sensuality.

Aquatic floral

These perfumes focus on a combination of fresh aquatic and delicate flower notes. Aquatic floral fragrances tend to mimic a traditional bouquet in the presence of marine notes.

Carnation floral

Carnation is wonderfully aromatic and is known for its slight pepper quality. Thus, when incorporated into floral perfumery, it creates a unique element of dynamism and excitement. The resulting perfume is known to be deep and rich in scent.

Fruity floral

These sweet compositions have been a delighting crowd pleaser since the beginning of the 20th century. As the name of the fragrance suggests, its combines the heady scent of a bunch of flowers with fruit notes such as apricot, raspberry, litchi and blackberries.

Green floral

These fragrances place emphasis on vegetative notes. They exude a remarkable freshness and give off a distinct spring sensation. You may find that these perfumes remind you of the smell of freshly cut grass.

Jasmine floral

The striking scent of jasmine in women’s perfume can steal the show. It radiates an aura of nobility and refined opulence. These perfumes are often complex but elegant in structure.

Lily-of-the-valley floral

The gorgeous bells of lily of the valley appear in the springtime. These renowned flowers make compelling and timeless fragrances that radiate the freshness of the seasons changing.

Orange tuberose floral

This category of the floral family was introduced in the mid-twentieth century. The essence of this fragrance is one that stands out with its unique and intriguing scent. Orange tuberose floral reinforces a sense of originality and sensuality in perfumery.

Violet rose floral

This duo is known for its romantic and powdery blend. Violet rose floral remains a top choice for many revered perfume houses for its pleasant and versatile nature.

4. Oriental

Oriental fragrances are synonymous with amber perfumes. They tend to radiate warmth and sensuality and are perfect in cooler weather. Oriental perfumes may make use of components such as vanilla, wood and flowers. This emphasizes the fragrances exotic and seductive undertones. The following fall under the oriental olfactory family:

Oriental floral

These fragrances effortlessly maintain the balance between sensuality and elegance. Floral and spicy notes allow for a subtle feeling of seduction.

Spicy oriental

These striking combinations of notes are for women who lack nothing in terms of character. These bold fragrances usually include elements such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. All these notes blend together to make a stellar oriental perfume.

Oriental vanilla

The vanilla component of the oriental family is known to be one of the star ingredients in women’s perfumery. It uncovers a sweet, syrupy layer to perfume and incorporates addictive notes such as amber.

Oriental woody

Oriental woody fragrances are undoubtedly the warmest. They exude a sensual blend of rich and complex notes including, but not limited to, amber, sandalwood and cedar.
Miss Dior Eau De Parfum

5 Of The Most Common Notes Specific To Women’s Perfume

It must be said that certain notes, whether perceived individually or surrounded by other notes, appear more feminine than others. Notes that are perceived as more feminine are often used as staples in women’s fragrances. The following list aims to give you insight into the 5 most common ingredients used in women’s perfume.

Rose 

The art of perfumery can agree that the scent of a rose is a fundamental ingredient in women’s perfume. This note presents an immense variety of fragrances and can range in sensations from seductive and spicy to lighthearted and romantic.

Patchouli

If you’re looking for an ingredient that encapsulates a feeling of nostalgia with a slight woody feel, then this is right up your alley. Patchouli defines a fragrance that is generous and authentic.

Sage 

Sage is an ingredient that tends to remind one of the fragrant Mediterranean. Sage can be referred to as round and shapely when used in the composition of a perfume. It is aromatic and widely used in women’s fragrances.

White musk

White musk is a synthetic ingredient that exudes an aura of cleanliness. This component can also be comforting, enveloping and inviting in nature. It accounts for most of the soothing sensations found in women’s perfumes.

Jasmine 

Jasmine is the second most popular ingredient used in perfume. This enrapturing scent is originally from Egypt and India and is seen to be the rival of rose based ingredients. Jasmine is the seal of prestige and opulence, often resulting in a perfume which is powdery, floral and fruity.

How To Match A Perfume With A Woman’s Sense Of Style

The two elements of style and personality go hand in hand. Therefore, it is important that a new scent matches the style and personality of the woman wearing it.

Here’s how to harmonize a fragrance with the sense of style you have in mind.  

Classic style

If the sense of style you’re trying to match is understated yet feminine, choose a fragrance with green, fresh and tangy notes. These notes in a perfume generally go well with a fashion sense that is subtle, elegant and devoid of much eccentricity.

Trend setter

Does the person you have in mind always seem to keep up with the latest trends? In that case, you’ll need to keep yourself updated with what’s in and what’s out. Try out a variety of vibrant contemporary notes before making a final decision.

Outgoing and flashy

For someone who is fearless in their fashion choices and not afraid to draw attention to themselves through their sense of style, go for a fragrance that matches this flamboyance. You may want to opt for spicy and floral perfumes that radiate an aura of couture.

The sportswoman

If the sense of style you have in mind consists of tracksuits and the latest sports gear, let your perfume complement this. Go in search of fragrances that are dynamic, fresh and work well with your body chemistry.

Elegance and poise

If the person you have in mind tends to flee from eccentricities and places a great deal of importance in remaining refined, then this is the one. Instead of opting into modern perfumes, they may find more enjoyment from the classics. A perfume that remains chic and poised is ideal.

Romantic and care-free

Find a fragrance that is able to immerse you into a real life fairy tale. Try a perfume with airy floral notes and magical aquatic elements. No matter where you are, you’ll always be surrounded by a charm and wonder of a romantic perfume.

Casual is best

For something more suitable for an everyday casual look, try a muted, earthy fragrance. Don’t hesitate to contrast deep rich woody notes with something fresh and lively. This will perk up an outfit and make it more refined.

Significant Houses In The Perfume Industry

Perfumery, as stated in the introduction, is a vast field which collaborates with a variety of different industries. Most brands that manufacture perfumes are specialized in that they cater to the luxury and comfort of people. When navigating the world of scents for a gift, it is important to know which perfume house you’re buying from as the person you’re gifting may be inclined to a specific brand.

Houses that make perfume exclusively

These so called confidential brands place all their attention on the creation of fragrances. They are known for their selective distribution and perfectionism. An example of this would be Serge Lutens. This exclusive perfume house reigns supreme when it comes to atypical, dreamlike fragrances. This is also the case for the groundbreaking house of Guerlain who have spent decades in the top ranks of the top perfumes.

Houses that specialize in couture fragrances

Many perfumers aim to bring something innovative and unique to the table. This is typical when speaking of couture perfume. The sheer number of brands that make up this category are innumerable but a few of them include big names such as Yves Saint-Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler.

Houses that cater to luxury and opulence

In seeking out an exceptional luxury perfume, you can’t go wrong when looking into perfume houses such as Cartier, Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpel. These houses may have started their businesses through precious gems and jewelry but have now extended their brilliance into the perfume industry.

Houses that focus on leather-like perfumes

When speaking about perfume houses who incorporate the irresistible scent of leather into their brand, we must mention the house of Hermes. This house initially started out by selling personalized luggage and gradually entered the world of perfumery, with much success. The impact of leather incorporated into a well-made fragrance can’t be ignored.

Houses who specialize in both perfume and cosmetics

Skincare and perfumery often go hand in hand. It is not an uncommon occurrence to see well-known cosmetic brands become invested in the perfume industry. Aromatic Elixir by Clinique! is an excellent example of this.
Shalimar By Guerlain Eau De Parfum

Perfume Bottles: The Harmony Between Form And Smell

We can’t deny the effect of the appearance of a perfume. This is why it is essential that the outer glass matches the contents of the fragrance you’re going for. A successful bottle will often complement and accentuate the personality of the perfume inside.

24k magic

Certain perfumes undoubtedly belong to the world of opulence. DKNY’s Golden Delicious is crafted in while and yellow gold and is adorned in no less than 3000 gemstones. These prestigious and exuberant bottles definitely make a statement.

The classic bow

Many perfume bottles are decorated by a small bow. This gives the fragrance a couture element through a feminine spirit. Bonbon by Viktor & Rolf and Ricci Ricci by Nina Ricci are excellent examples of perfumes that use bows in a tasteful way.

The round look

Some perfume bottles are rounded and are likened to a snow globe in shape. This gives the bottle a voluptuous aura and reflects a fragrance which is generous and soft.

The rectangular prism

This is a common shape for a perfume bottle as it alludes to elegance and charisma with its straight cut corners. This immediately reveals the stature and image the perfume wants to convey.

Stained glass

Perfumes that come in bottles that are tinted or colorful hints at the sparkling, jovial side of perfume. These types of bottles may allude to gourmand or sweet scents.

The Best Perfume Brands For Women

The following gives insight into some of the most reputable and influential perfume brands for women.

Guerlain

The house of Guerlain made its debut back in 1828, making it one of the oldest French perfumers. This family orientated brand enforces only one motto: “glory is fleeting; only fame lasts.”

Hermes

Before 1974, this household name was known for making saddles and harnesses. Hermes then moved on to stake its claim in the booming perfume industry

Chanel

This French luxury brand is an acclaimed producer of haute couture that had diversified into more pieces that appeal to the everyday person. Today, Chanel is the most prestigious brand in that it holds onto a foundation of expressing one’s femininity with strength and confidence.

Dior

This luxury empire brings several fields of fashion together. Dior focuses of a traditional take on perfumery with interesting contemporary twists. For decades, this brand has stood its ground and maintained relevance in the world of perfumery.

Yves Saint-Laurent

The contribution of this brand to the overall beauty industry has been impressive to say the least. Saint-Laurent aims to capture sensuality and self-expression through their popular fragrances.

Issey Miyake

This Japanese perfumer has conquered Europe with their overflowing ambition and creativity. Miyake has given a small yet significant aesthetic revolution to the world of modern perfumery.

Valentino

Valentino perfumes are the perfect choice for a gift as they are the ideal combination of quality and affordability.

In Conclusion

Having to pick out a perfume for somebody else can be stressful and time consuming. With a little bit of research and some understanding of what the other person wants, you’re sure to find a fragrance that they will enjoy and cherish for time to come. We hope this guide cleared up a few things and set you in the right direction.