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7 Tips in Choosing the Best Perfume for a Date

On a date, the primary goal is to make an excellent impression. Besides dressing appropriately, practicing chivalry, among other things, you also need to create a great first impression and leave a lasting memory.

To do this, you need to use the right scent. This is a science-supported fact.

According to experts, olfactory memory is the strongest in the human brain. This is why fragrances are considered one of the most potent tools in achieving a specific goal.

For a date, these seven tips could help you make a mark with your Tuxedo perfume or whatever scent you wear:

1.Study up on fragrance families

Different fragrance families are suited for various occasions. For dates and other romantic endeavors, oriental fragrances with hints of amber, incense, and patchouli, as well as woody scents like leather, oakmoss, and vetiver notes work best. When buying perfume, read the label, and look for these fragrance families.

2.Consider perfumes with heavy base notes

Perfumes have three layers of notes that affect how they smell. The top notes are the most short-lived of all three, while the middle notes harmonize the scents.

However, what you must pay attention to in fragrances are the base notes because these are the smells that stay the longest. And, if you want it to last longer, you should pick out perfumes with heavier base notes.

Some fragrance families that last longer than most are oriental, musk, and wood-based smells like patchouli and sandalwood. On the other hand, lighter citrus notes evaporate the quickest.

3.Look into the concentration

Before you spray on your everyday cologne or body spray, you must first ask yourself this: “How long will this scent last?”

Besides the base notes, you can also determine the time fragrances can stay on your skin or clothing based on their concentration.

Different products have various fragrance oil concentrations. For instance, eau de parfum (EDP) and eau de toilette (EDT) contain as much as 15 percent and 10 percent perfume oils, respectively. So, when you want your spritz to last as long as possible, go with EDP.

4.Think about your outfit

While you don’t need to go all “matchy-matchy” on your outfits, you must make sure that the fragrance you choose complements what you’re going to wear on your date. From the fit, shape, and color of your clothes, the scent you pick should match your attire.

For example, exotic scents go well with clothes that come in rich colors, while leathery and woody odors complement more formal tuxedo attire.

5.Let your personality shine

Besides your date look, the fragrance you choose for your date should also reflect who you are.

Like your clothes and the way you carry yourself, scents also say something about your personality. To make sure your date doesn’t get any wrong ideas about you, make sure that you carefully select your perfume.

Are you a sweet person and wish to show it on your first date? Go with perfumes that have fruity notes. Are you looking to express a more feminine side of you? Pick delicate scents of lily. If you want to give off a mysterious vibe, go with spicier fragrances featuring aromatic herbs.

6.Consider your date venue

You won’t wear a gown to a pizza parlor, so make sure you also match your perfume to your date venue. If the location is exotic, wear a scent that is exotic (like musk), too.

7.Be considerate

If this isn’t your first date, odds are you already know the scent that your significant other likes. In this case, you have to be considerate and go with what your date prefers. Part of wearing perfume on a date is to make yourself more appealing to the other person, after all.

If you’re new to dating, you can always ask. The key is to observe carefully. For instance, if your date doesn’t like how lemon or orange scented candles smell, don’t spray on anything citrusy.

More importantly, take note of any scent or perfume allergies. If you’re not entirely familiar with the other person, it would be best to ask than risk your date turning into a disaster.

Remember: That luxurious bottle of Bottega Veneta would be perfect for the occasion only if your date would be able to enjoy it, too.

Aim for that second date

Scents play a critical role in how people perceive you, so you must make sure you wear one that’s suitable for the situation. For a date, consider the tips listed in this article to choose the perfect fragrance.


Mohammed Ali is the Owner and Managing Director at France Gallery Co., a well-established retail supplier of high-end gift items and accessories in Kuwait. Its multi-product range runs from original French perfumes, bags, and fashion accessories to original leather purses and wallets for both men and women — all quality products and international labels at the most affordable prices.

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