|Jo Malone counter at Neiman Marcus|
In this sense, celebrity fragrances, or even fragrances from design houses, do a poor job. You can do better by going to the source - a specialty perfumer where you can blend your own fragrance.
- Perfume houses carry a whole line of scents: from subtle to overpowering
- Find your base scent, then layer other fragrances around to add nuance
- Continuous sniffing can confuse your olfactory senses. Whiff coffee beans in-between to cleanse.
- Paper is not the same as your body. Spray on your arm and walk around for a while to see if you like it.
- Tip: purchase a bottle of your favorite base layer, but ask for samples of others so you can play around with layered scents!
If you don't know where to begin, a few of my favorite perfume houses are Creed (making scents in Europe since the Empire Period), Annick Goutal, Bond No. 9 with their New York-centric fragrances, and Jo Malone of London. Happy Mixing!