Buying a fragrance for someone might seem like the perfect gift, but it's such a personal preference that if you don't take your time, you could get it wrong - very wrong.
For when you want to veer from their favourite perfume, you're in unknown territory. And while fragrances like Chanel No5 are always bestsellers, it can still be difficult trying to match your mate to a scent.
So we asked perfume designer Azzi Glasser to share her expert advice on finding the perfect fragrance.
Firstly, consider these questions.
Step 1 – How would you describe the person you’re buying for? “Think about their personality traits and how you would describe them. Are they shy, adventurous, wise, flirty, confident?”
Step 2 – Do they want to stand out from the crowd or blend into it?
Step 3 – Think about their style and the clothes they like to wear. Perhaps they’re not bothered by the way they look?
Step 4 – What are their hobbies? “Consider what they like to do – are they into sports, reading books, partying or antiques? This will help you a lot.”
Step 5 – When do they wear fragrance most? “It’s good to determine how they like to wear fragrance. Perhaps they are loyal to one scent throughout the day or like to wear different ones for the day and night.”
Azzi says: “By answering some of these general questions, it will give you a visual reference of their personality. The next step is to match the fragrance style to their personality.”
If they’re indecisive types
Indecisive characters, says Azzi, will want to mix between two fragrances.
“If your loved one is more of an indecisive character and not sure at all about their style, not loyal or likes many fashion styles, they may be more suited to wearing one fragrance for the day and one for the evening.
“Choose one of the lighter, fresher fragrances we've recommended above for the day and a richer, sensual, warmer fragrance for the evening.”
If they're creative
“Ingredient-led or more unique style fragrances generally found in the niche sector may be suited more to the creative, intelligent, fashion creator in style and the wise personality who likes culture and wants to be comfortable and loyal to their fragrance,” Azzi says.
If they're prone to a party
Azzi says: “Heavier, richer fragrances are more suitable for those that want to stand out in a crowd, love going to parties, have a more extrovert personality and enjoy a range of activities such as films, parties and holidays. They are a lover of fragrance and confident with themselves.”
If they love the great outdoors
“Those that are sporty, love travelling, enjoy the outdoors and are happily to blend into a crowd, fresh and light fragrances are most suitable,” recommends Azzi.