Shopping for Scents? A Guide to Buying the Right Perfume

“No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory.”

  • Coco Chanel

If we are to take a cue from this fashion icon’s statement, then shopping for a new bottle of perfume in the UAE, therefore, should not be something to take lightly. Aside from completing your outfit, a spray or dab of the right scent can boost your confidence.

Moreover, it can lift your mood and evoke fond memories, both of which will make you feel good all day, regardless of the occasion or situation you are in.

The right scent can also help you give out a great first impression — one that will linger on and enable you to do what you are set on doing.

Choosing the Right Perfume to Add to Your Collection

If you want to expand your scent collection, here are some tips and tricks for buying a new perfume that you will love:

1.     Think about what you want.

If you have an existing scent collection, you already have an idea of what fragrances you like. Keep your preferences in mind when shopping.

When you buy your favorite perfume or choose one with the same fragrant hint, you will enjoy using it and never regret you bought it since you are already fond of it.

But if you want to try something new, you can narrow down your options wisely by thinking about when and where you plan to use your new fragrance.

If you want something for daily use and the workplace, you won’t go wrong with a perfume or cologne with a light note, such as citrus and green leaves. These refreshing fragrances evoke freshness, optimism, and dynamism and will serve you well as you go about your work.

However, if you want to buy a perfume you can use for formal events or gatherings, you may have to be a bit more careful with your choices. Although you may gravitate towards something a bit strong that stands out, you will do well to choose one that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Formal events can be stressful, so wearing a scent that can help you feel calm will be a big help.

2.     Don’t wear perfume when shopping for a new perfume.

If you will be shopping at a mall or in perfume shops, avoid spraying and dabbing on even a tiny amount of your favorite scent before heading out of the house.

If you do, your own perfume will mingle with the fragrances you will try. And this will make it hard for you to identify the actual scent of the product you want to buy.

You should avoid scented lotions or creams too since they will also affect the scents you try on.

3.     Test the fragrance on your skin.

You can’t buy the best perfume for you if you don’t try a few. As such, don’t hesitate to test your top choices on your skin.

After sniffing the test bottles, try a bit of the perfume on your skin. Spray a tiny amount on your wrist, wait for 30 to 60 seconds, then smell it.

Wait for another five to 10 minutes and smell your wrist again.

Doing so ensures you get a whiff of the actual fragrance and how it smells once it is on your body.

Make sure you try only one perfume at a time so that you can get a good idea of how the fragrance works for you.

If you want to sample several other fragrances, use the store’s paper test strips.

Keep in mind that each body has a unique code of hormones and pheromones that can alter the way a fragrance smells. For this reason, you have to take your time when shopping for a new perfume, and don’t be shy to sniff them repeatedly.

If you rush the whole shopping process, you may end up buying something that you don’t like and won’t use.

4.     Ask for a sample.

If you have tried on several fragrances but still can’t decide which one to buy, ask the sales staff if you can get a sample of your top one or two choices.

With this simple tip, you can wear the perfume as you go about your daily activities in your usual environments. And this will allow you to decide whether it is the right fragrance for you.

Keep in mind that some scents may smell magnificently sensual in the department store or shop, but may not be suitable when you need to join a power meeting.

If they don’t have samples of the fragrances you want to buy, ask for something from the same brand. Most of the time, perfumes from the same brand have similar notes.

You might even end up liking this different product, which will allow you to diversify your scent collection and have more options to choose from for daily wear and special occasions.

5.     Be prepared to take extra steps when buying perfume online.

If you want to shop for a new scent online, you have to be a bit more meticulous.

Knowing what fragrance you want to buy beforehand can help speed up the process and, at the same time, ensure you get the product you want.

However, if you want to try a new scent, aside from considering your preferences, aim to get an idea of the different levels of concentration first since the strength and longevity of the fragrance depends on this factor.

Perfumes have the highest concentration and are usually the most expensive. They last for about six hours after application.

Colognes, on the other hand, are more budget-friendly but have the lowest concentration and last only for two hours.

Also, use a fragrance wheel while studying your options. Based on this wheel, scents are grouped into different categories, which are woody, fresh, floral, and oriental.

When you are studying new products, the fragrance wheel will help you understand the relationships between the different scents and narrow down your options.

Finally, take the time to read reviews about your shortlisted perfumes and the online shop where they were purchased by other consumers. Make sure you purchase yours from trusted online fragrance and beauty stores in the UAE.

With these tips, you can be more confident about selecting a new fragrance that truly flatters and suits you, regardless of why, when, and where you wear it.


Nadeen Moubarak is a copywriter and content creator currently with Chalhoub group. She aims to unravel an extraordinary world of experiences for beauty lovers through compelling storytelling and engaging content creation. According to her, any shopping journey begins with an (I Want), hence, content is what makes or breaks the brand, and after all, creating a need sells.