Tired of wearing that same old fragrance you've been wearing for years? Would you like to find something new to wear that better reflects your personality or mood(s)? Luxist Awards Expert Panelist Harry Slatkin, who is regarded as one of the country's leading fragrance experts and who is the founder and creative force behind Slatkin & Co., the premier home fragrance brand celebrated for its scent experience and design (now a division of Bath & Body Works), offers a few of his best tips.
BROWSE AND EXPLORE
Look for fragrances in different places, such as a tiny boutique, an open market or even on a trip abroad. You'll be in a relaxed state of mind when you try it on, and every time you wear it, you'll be reminded of your experience.
REFLECT YOUR PERSONALITY
When trying on fragrances, remember to engage the person behind the perfume counter and share details! What kind of car you drive? What kind of dog do you own? What are your interests? The more you reveal, the more luck you'll have finding a scent that suits you. If you're the life of the party, try choosing a fragrance with a bold note, such as cassia. If you would describe yourself as sexy, opt for jasmine, tuberose and orange flower, which all offer seductive scents. If you're more feminine, notes like bergamot, lavender, and rose will leave you with a light, sweet scent.
DON'T SNIFF MORE THAN THREE
Be sure not to sniff more than three scents in a row during a shopping trip, and always spray the leading contender in the crook of your arm. Live with it for awhile. And remember samples are a girl's best friend. You'll know you've found the magic formula when you like both the way it smells right away and over time. The final clue is getting the seal of approval from loved ones and even strangers. Compliments are key! When people like how I smell, I know I've chosen the right one.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN BY LAYERING AND MIXING SCENTS
For a truly unique scent, consider layering two fragrances. The trick is to blend notes that complement each other. Jasmine, vanilla, rose and citrus work well with most scents, while stronger notes such as patchouli and vetiver don't. I love using a classic fragrance as a base, such as Chanel No. 5, and adding something on top. Be daring and take it in a different direction -- you'll end up with something that's truly unique and memorable.