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Choosing the Right Fragrance for a Night Out in London




Prior to having kids, most women have a range of perfumes to wear for a variety of different occasions. However, as time goes on (and raising children becomes a priority), mothers often rely on one favourite fragrance for all occasions. If they bother wearing one at all!

If you’ve got out of the habit of wearing perfume, now’s the time to embrace it again – especially if you live in a vibrant city like London. Here’s a quick guide to help you select the right fragrance for you.

Selecting a fragrance for a night on the tiles

First, ask yourself the following:

Where will you be going? Your destination may well influence what sort of perfume you wear. For example, if you’re having a dinner in a restaurant with a friend, you might want something more casual than if you’re going out for cocktails.

What will you be wearing? If you’re getting dressed up in a sexy skirt and towering heels, you’ll want a perfume that’s sensual and exotic. If you’re slinging on a pair of jeans and an elegant blouse, something more casual might be better.

What do you like? Fragrances can have a powerful effect on our mood. Work out what sort of scents make you feel happiest (or most desirable, or however you want to feel!). For example, citrus ingredients lift the spirits, whereas oud oil and sandalwood are good for making you feel sultry and attractive.

Putting them to the test
Whatever you do, don’t buy blind. Do your research first, and find out what’s in some of the most popular designer fragrances out there. Usually, they’ll fall into one of the following categories:

  • Fruity – dominated by scents like lemon, bergamot, apple or mandari
  • Floral – with notes of rose, jasmine, ylang ylang or lavender
  • Sultry – featuring ingredients like oud oil, amber, sandalwood and ambergris
  • Unexpected – with unusual aromas like mint, pink pepper or pineapple

The best thing to do is to test them all out. Department stores will usually spray some on your wrist – but this is a bit limiting, as you can only try one at a time. Some online stores, like the designer-inspired Copycat Fragrances, have 5ml tester bottles, and each contain a few applications. This is useful for road-testing the scents in a range of different situations.

Ask your friends and family
It’s always useful to get opinions from others. You can always trust your friends to be honest about whether the fragrance suits you or not (sometimes brutally so), and family members are usually happy to share their thoughts too. Your children will also chip in their opinions, though how seriously you want to take them is up to you.Then, when you’ve identified some great fragrances that you like, purchase a smaller bottle (it’s better to start small, then buy a larger size when you’re confident it’s for you). Now, all that remains is to hit Soho and gau
ge everyone’s reactions.

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