A fragrance counter can be tricky to navigate if you don't know what kind of scents you like. Perfumes usually fall into one of four major families: floral, woody, oriental, and fresh. Many fragrances overlap categories, too. Here's what it all means:
These are meant to be general, overall guidelines. Not every fragrance fits into one distinct category. Most will have elements from two or even three fragrance families. One of my favorite perfumes, L by Gwen Stefani (which is also one of the only celebrity fragrances I really like), has elements of both floral and fresh notes. To see how fragrances blend and fit together, consult the Fragrance Wheel! It's perfume's answer to the color wheel and was developed in 1983 by Michael Edwards. It's extremely helpful to have a visual representation of how this all fits together.
Try a few scents from each category to learn what fragrances most appeal to you. Once you discover a preference for oriental florals or dry woods, selecting a perfume becomes that much easier.
Part 3 of selecting a fragrance is all about how to find the most unique scents, coming soon! You don't want to miss it!