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How to Smell Like a Fancy Perfume Person

The rules and recs for ~elevating~ your scent game.

1. Find Your Fragrance Vibe
Figure out which notes—the individual scents, like lemon or rose, that make up a perfume—you do and don’t like. Start a list and jot down what you associate with them. No need to be overly technical about it though. In our  ‘Hell Yes’ column are jasmine and gardenia (they are basically summer in a bottle) and our ‘Just 
No’ column features strawberry (it is too candy-like).

2. Revisit Your 
Old Favourites
This can help you accomplish Step 1, but we would like to add that while discovering a new scent (see: Step 3 is a power move, there’s no shame in keep­ing a former fave in your mix. All ‘perfume people’ have an evergreen like Chanel N°5—it just smells rich, and it is proof of good, lasting taste.

3. Now Search for Something Unique
Mass perfume brands are great...almost too great. Your feed is a good place for finding fresh, indie scents. Check out brands like Forest Essentials, Naso Profumi, and All Good Scents for not-yet-every­where ideas.

4. Or DIY Your
Own Scent
Combining dif­ferent fragrances you already own is an easy way 
to create a coveted signature blend. You can layer a bold eau de parfum over something more subtle, like a scented body lotion, mist, or wash.

5. Oh, Upgrade
Your Space Too
True experts know how to make *everything* smell good—including their home, car, office, etc. It is all about using a variety of different mediums (this is an art, okay?) like diffusers, candles, and room sprays to create a ~moment~ without dousing yourself in perfume, says fragrance influencer Tiff Benson. Just stick to one scent family (like citrus or all white florals) so you get chic hotel lobby vibes, not Grandma’s house vibes  (sorry, Grams).

6. And Choose Your Bottles Wisely
Honestly, finding a perfume that’s just as stimulating for your eyes as it is for your nose = next-level fanciness. So, if you manage to do all of the above and score a lovely little work of art 
for your vanity...well, then our work here is done.

Right This Way For Instant Chicness...

1. Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc Eau de Cologne, `5,800/75ml

Tea, orange blossom, bergamot, pepper, musk, jasmine, amber, and rose are the hero notes of this scent. A complex yet clean floral-woody-musk fragrance, it feels like wearing a warm, snuggly sweater.

2. Chanel N°5 EDP, price on request

It is a classic for a reason, ppl. Ylang-ylang, neroli, rose, and jasmine all come together in a way that is truly iconic.

3. Forest Essentials Solid Perfume in Raat Ki Rani, `3,800

Pop it in your closet for a hint of intoxicating night-blooming jasmine that’ll have people thinking you always smell 10/10.

4. Kama Ayurveda Natural Vetiver & Sisal Loofah, `695

This 100% natural
loofah leaves skin feeling refreshed. All you need is a small amount of body wash to exfoliate intensively
and stimulate microcirculation.

5. Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Shine, `7,100/75ml

This fruity-floral fragrance will whisk you off to the Amalfi Coast with its luscious notes of mango, grapefruit essence, jasmine, and blond woods. 

6. Versace Dylan Turquoise Pour Femme, price on request

A quick PSA that lemon and mandarin are kinda having a moment. Consider this zesty pick the perfect pre-game to any of your summer plans.

7. Naso Profumi Gardenia Marigold, `6,500/50ml

If you’re missing the big Indian wedding season, this scent with pure Indian marigold and gardenia extracts, sandalwood, yellow musk, with a hint of cardamom will help you take a trip down memory lane.

8. Maison Christian Dior Eden-Roc, price on request

One whiff of the saltwater and jasmine blend will transport you from your cramped apartment to a yacht on the French Riviera. 

9. Louis Vuitton On The Beach EDP, price on request
This isn’t your average perfume. A blend of Yuzu (a rare citrus from Japan), neroli, thyme, rosemary, pink pepper, and smells cool as hell.

You didn’t think we’d leave you without even more luxe fragrances to try, did you?