Editorial: How to pick the right perfume or fragrance

Picking the right perfume for you is a bit tricky because the scents can change depending on the chemical reaction to you and your skin. Sometimes a perfume smells great on other people but when you try it on it doesn’t give you the same effect. The best way to figure out which perfume or fragrance is good for you is trial and error combined with a basic understanding of how fragrances work.

Good perfumes cost a significant amount of cash so don’t feel awkward if you spend time browsing through the scents in department stores like Rustan’s. As much as possible sample no more than 3 perfumes per day and always ask for coffee beans from store clerks to clean your smelling senses. If you go beyond 3 perfumes your nose will probably get confused already and you’ll have a hard time differentiating scents.

Also never ever make a decision just right after trying a perfume on. When you sample a perfume that you think you want to purchase, try it on your skin first then go around the mall and see the effect. This is important because perfume usually has 3 scents and this is what you should be looking out for:

Top Notes – are the first scent/s that you smell upon spraying
Heart Notes – basically the “essence” of your perfume. This is the strongest scent the perfume should emit.
Base Notes – this is the scent/s that linger on you after hours of application.

Most perfumes (particularly for men) fall under the following category:

Cool/Refreshing, Citrus, Spicy/Woody, Musky, and Sweet. If you’re not sure which perfume suits you, experiment and ask your lady for their opinon. If you don’t have a girlfriend/wife yet, just ask a good lady friend to accompany you or your sister.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.


  1. right now my perfume is fujiyama… but i still have my burberry and curve i like that scents! it suits me! but my favorite is moschino… it’s sweet! smells like candy! πŸ™‚

  2. Nice! πŸ™‚ I’m also more inclined towards sweet scents (Vanilla/Caramel). Ultimate fave (which I’m having a hard time sourcing) is still Thierry Mugler A-Men. But I also like Burberry Weekend (just needs a little getting used to since it has a more floral heart note. The light pineapple top note is brilliant, though! πŸ˜€ )

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