Frankly, there is not an absolute answer to this. Owning fragrances is a skill. Never go haywire while buying fragrances. There is a method to building a fragrance collection that is versatile enough for every situation.
So, let’s assume you plan to have just one fragrance. So, what kind of fragrance do you need?
All-season All-Occasion Fragrance
Fragrances can be very specific to seasons. There are hot weather fragrances and there are cold weather fragrances. There are work fragrances and there are club fragrances. You need to be sure that if you have one fragrance, then you can use it in all of these situations. Now, you might be thinking why even build a fragrance collection if there can be one fragrance for all occasions. I will give you 2 reasons.
- Though an all season all occasion fragrance works in all situations, it doesn’t mean it’s the absolute best you can have for all these situations. If you are going on a date and wearing a fragrance specific to the occasion, it will most likely be better than a fragrance that is meant to work in all situations.
- You don’t want to be recognized by only one fragrance. There should be mystery around your smell. The nose gets pretty used to one particular scent in case of prolonged exposure and then it’s not so special anymore.
Now let’s assume that you have 2 fragrances. What can be the difference between these two?
Cold Weather fragrance
If you come from a place where there is either perennial winter or summer, then you can forget this and move to the third criteria that I have stated below. But if you live in an area that experiences both summers and winters, it’s important to have seasonal fragrances in your fragrance collection. A summer fragrance needs to be a fresh aqua based fragrance. Can be citrus, soapy etc. Cold weather fragrances tend to be woody and spicy. A cold weather fragrance doesn’t perform well in high heat as the heat can change the smell of the perfume and it can get really annoying sometimes.
Now, if you have only summer or only winter where you live, I will give you another criterion.
Day time fragrance
Night time fragrance
So, there are 2 ways I can distinguish a day time and a night time fragrance.
- Day-time can be associated with work. A work fragrance should not be overpowering or provocative. You need to go with fresh, clean and refreshing fragrances. Night time is meant for dinners, social gatherings or romantic adventures and hence, a heavier, spicy and woody fragrance is better for that situation
- Also, night time is generally a little cooler than day time. Hence, we can, loosely apply the same principle of summer and cold weather fragrance here. But it’s not the exact same thing since that criteria distinguishes say, a Tamil Nadu from a Kashmir.
Now, let’s widen our horizons. What other criteria can be considered be to select a fragrance?
Ocassion based fragrances
Work/Formal – We talked about this when we discussed day-time fragrances. Should not be overpowering. Clean fragrances should be preferred depending on where you work – office or field.
Casual – You can go a little bold with these. All work fragrances can be casual fragrances too but not all casual fragrances can be work fragrances
Club – A club fragrance should be sweet seductive with super strong performance. A lot of dancing and sweating can weaken the effect of normal fragrances but not these. Versace Eros and Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb are great examples of an ideal club fragrance. However, I feel these can be a little too much in normal day to day situations.
I see a lot of guys just picking up fragrances without much thought and in the end, they have a collection skewed towards only one kind of fragrance type, say all club fragrances or work fragrances. You know where I am going with this. You need to pick up a criteria that works best for you and build a fragrance collection based on that. Keep watching this space for fragrance recommendations and more.