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New to the world of perfumery? That’s great to hear, and I would like to congratulate you for stepping into the best smelling hobby in the world. We all had to start somewhere, and what’s better than checking out the best designer fragrances every beginner should sample.

If I could turn back time fifteen years ago, and wondered where to start with so many fragrances on the market, and even more fragrant choices to be made, this is the kind of article I would love it existed back then.

In a way, this is my gift to you, fragrance beginners that want to start your perfume collection the right way, and all of those fragrance enthusiasts that still haven’t checked out everything from this list.

Besides the best designer fragrances you should try, you will also learn about the difference between niche and designer fragrances, perfume shopping tips, and how to wear perfume.

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Let’s dive into the world of fragrance together, and smell even better.

Best Designer Fragrances: The List

I have been thinking about what kind of style of fragrances should make the list, and on which decades to focus on, and came up with a solid diversity of old and new styles mashed up into one great list for the new generations to enjoy.

Each fragrance on this list feels fresh, wearable, modern, and is or will be historically important in the years to come.

What’s even better, you don’t have to worry about any of these scents being unavailable or discontinued, as they are still being produced or sold at the time of writing this article.

1. Dior Fahrenheit

A note from the brand: A unique and contrasting signature, with a powerful enchanting trail. Fresh Sicilian Mandarin notes, and the surprising combination of masculine Wood and Leather with an unprecedented Violet accord.

Creativity, distinction, and character: the Fahrenheit signature is unique—manly yet subtle—for men with a love of freedom.

Why is Dior Fahrenheit one of the best designer fragrances every beginner should try: A legend within the fragrance community, and the best black leather fragrance of all time.

Violet leaf, leather, and nutmeg dominate the scent composition giving it an ozonic and fresh aroma. Not only does it smell like a modern release, but it also garners more compliments some would imagine a fragrance from the ’80s does.

To my nose, Fahrenheit is the best Dior’s men’s release and it will be still worn in hundred years from now.

Read the full review here.

  • Perfumer: Jean-Louis Sieuzac and Michel Almairac
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Toilette
  • Fragrance Type: Floral Leather
  • Release Date: 1988
  • Most dominant notes: Violet, Leather, and Musk
  • Target Audience: Men
  • Age Group: 30+
  • Seasons: Any season
  • Occasions: Business and leisure
  • Longevity and Sillage: 8+ hours with moderate projection
  • Compliments: Medium
  • Likeability: Medium
  • Uniqueness: 4/5
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Perfume Color Palette: Leather, Floral, Ozonic

2. Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum

A note from the brand: To create Sauvage Eau de Parfum, François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator, drew inspiration from the desert at the magical twilight hour: mixed with the coolness of the night, the burning desert air exudes profound scents.

The Sauvage Eau de Parfum is thus the olfactory interpretation of a moment tinted with a thick blue that unleashes the wildest instincts. In the hour when the wolves come out and the sky is set ablaze, a new magic unfolds.

Sauvage Eau de Parfum teams the freshness of a juicy, spicy Calabrian Bergamot note with the sensuality of a mysterious and enveloping Papua New Guinean Vanilla absolute accord. The fragrance unfurls a powerful and noble trail.

Why is Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum one of the best designer fragrances every beginner should try: Want just one “blue” fragrance in your collection and smell great. Fantastic.

The Eau de Parfum version of Sauvage is the king of the blue fragrance genre and one of the most popular fragrances of our times.

Citrusy, peppery, and amber-musky Sauvage DNA will go with you throughout the whole day and leave a powerful seductive scent bubble unresistible to others around you.

I cannot possibly find a situation where Sauvage wouldn’t fit. A modern classic.

  • Perfumer: François Demachy
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Parfum
  • Fragrance Type: Fresh Spicy
  • Release Date: 2018
  • Most dominant notes: Ambroxan, Bergamot, and Sichuan Pepper
  • Target Audience: Men
  • Age Group: 20+
  • Seasons: Any season
  • Occasions: Any occasion
  • Longevity and Sillage: 8 – 10 hours with very good projection
  • Compliments: Medium
  • Likeability: High
  • Uniqueness: 3/5
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Accords: Fresh, Spicy, Musky

3. Dior Homme 2020

A note from the brand: Dior Homme redefines a new, masculine sensuality with its composition of smooth and raw wood. In the heart notes of tender wood lies the virility of Atlas Cedar embracing the enveloping warmth of Haitian Vetiver tinged with spices. The wood is chiseled in-house at Dior.

Dior Homme conveys all the facets of modern masculinity. A man, yes, but a man of many nuances: confident in both his strength and his tenderness. Dior Homme Eau de Toilette’s bold scented trail leaves a sensual imprint.

Why is Dior Homme 2020 one of the best designer fragrances every beginner should try: Of everything that came in the Dior Homme line, I would recommend you to start with the latest edition and the new trendsetter named simply Dior Homme 2020, and that’s coming from someone who owned them all.

Citruses, spices, and a heavy dose of woods in a vein of Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 will blow you away as soon as you see how DH 2020 grabs so much positive attention. Please, do try to get it while the first formulation is still available on the market, and grab yourself one of the best designer releases of the 2020s.

Read the full review here.

  • Perfumer: François Demachy
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Toilette
  • Fragrance Type: Woody Spicy
  • Release Date: 2020
  • Most dominant notes: Cashmere Wood, Cedar, Pink Pepper
  • Target Audience: Men
  • Age Group: 20+
  • Seasons: Any season
  • Occasions: Business and Leisure
  • Longevity and Sillage: 8 – 10 hours with moderate projection
  • Compliments: High
  • Likeability: High
  • Uniqueness: 3/5
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Accords: Woody, Spicy, Musky

4. Tom Ford Ombre Leather

A note from the brand: The tactile sensuality of rich black leather, textured with addictive patchouli and vetiver, envelops like second skin. The perfume’s floral tones of jasmine sambac conjure wild desert beauty, while layers of amber and moss mimic the heat of rock and sand.

“Ombré Leather is a deeply textural scent that imprints you with a tactile sensuality. It makes one feel different, beautiful and desired.” – Tom Ford

Why is Tom Ford Ombre Leather one of the best designer fragrances every beginner should try: If I had to choose only one fragrance to wear during the colder months of the year for the rest of my life, it would be Tom Ford’s Ombre Leather.

Absolutely gorgeous spicy oriental suede leather fragrance that is in my opinion the best designer release of the 2010s.

Everything here feels smooth and placed in the right place. Cardamom, suede, amber, raspberry, and a touch of oakmoss make Ombre Leather probably the best clubbing leather scent for the slightly more mature audience on the market.

With this more affordable variation of Tuscan Leather, I believe you should skip all the clones on the market. Each time I wore this perfume, someone commented on how good it smelled.

Read the full review here.

  • Perfumer: Sonia Constant
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Parfum
  • Fragrance Type: Leather Spicy
  • Release Date: 2018
  • Most dominant notes: Leather, Cardamom, and Amber 
  • Target Audience: Unisex
  • Age Group: 20+
  • Seasons: Fall and Winter
  • Occasions: Business and Night Outs
  • Longevity and Sillage: 24+ hours with great projection
  • Compliments: High
  • Likeability: High
  • Uniqueness: 5/5
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Accords: Leather, Amber, Spicy

5. Giorgio Armani Aqua di Giò Profumo

A note from the brand: Acqua Di Giò Profumo is a sophisticated fragrance born from volcanic rock and deep ocean waters

Fresh bergamot and marine accords are paired with the deep, captivating radiance of incense – an inspiring and seductive rich material, creating a profoundly intense and adventurous aromatic fragrance.

Why is Aqua di Giò Profumo one of the best designer fragrances every beginner should try: Can’t get better with marine fragrances than with Aqua di Giò Profumo, and that is a fact.

I had an opportunity to sample both the initial release of Profumo and the new non-magnetic cap versions, and I’m glad to confirm that it still rocks just like it did back in 2015.

What I always liked about Profumo is the feeling of being a confident booster that comes from the additional notes of clary sage and incense with the combination of the classic sea notes from the original Aqua di Giò.

If you are sensitive to incense, I also recommend checking out Chanel Allure Homme Sport which is another masterful marine type of fragrance.

  • Perfumer: Alberto Morillas
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Parfum
  • Fragrance Type: Aromatic Aquatic
  • Release Date: 2015
  • Most dominant notes: Incense, Sea Notes, and Bergamot
  • Target Audience: Men
  • Age Group: 20+
  • Seasons: Spring and Summer
  • Occasions: Leisure, Romantic, and Business
  • Longevity and Sillage: 8 – 10 hours with moderate projection
  • Compliments: High
  • Likeability: High
  • Uniqueness: 3/5
  • Value for money: 9/10
  • Accords: Marine, Spicy, Aromatic

6. Montblanc Explorer

A note from the brand: From South Africa to Haiti, Italy, Germany or Indonesia; Montblanc EXPLORER invites explorers on a fantastic journey, giving them the opportunity to discover the rarest ingredients and manufacturing methods that combine craftsmanship with the latest technology.

Why is Montblanc Explorer one of the best designer fragrances every beginner should try: In short, Montblanc Explorer is a designer version of the most popular niche fragrance of all time – Creed Aventus.

More wearable without the harsh birch accord, and more wearable due to containing a higher dose of sparkly ambroxan note than Aventus.

Although I get a similarity to other heavy ambrox fragrance Dior Sauvage, Explorer firmly holds its ground as its own creation and gives you a chance to “explore” what would Aventus smell like if it was released by a designer brand. Surprisingly, Explorer contains a couple of natural ingredients and smells higher quality than one would expect for such a low price.

Read the full review here.

  • Perfumer: Jordi Fernandez, Antoine Maisondieu and Olivier Pescheux
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Parfum
  • Fragrance Type: Fruity Aromatic
  • Release Date: 2019
  • Most dominant notes: Bergamot, Pink Pepper, and Ambroxan
  • Target Audience: Men
  • Age Group: 18+
  • Seasons: Any season
  • Occasions: Any occasion
  • Longevity and Sillage: 20 – 24 hours of longevity with moderate sillage
  • Compliments: Medium
  • Likeability: High
  • Uniqueness: 3/5
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Accords: Citrus, Musk, Woody

7. Chanel Antaeus

A note from the brand: The myth of a hero, both virile and vulnerable, told in an intense and subtle leather-aromatic fragrance. A singular fragrance housed in a rounded square black bottle. A symbol of powerful and sensitive masculinity.

ANTAEUS celebrates the fleeting virility of a Greek hero who was only strong as long as his feet remained grounded. A nuanced masculinity, equally powerful and sensitive. A fragrance that contrasts the power of a myth with the sensitivity of a man.

Why is Chanel Antaeus one of the best designer fragrances every beginner should try: I would take Antaeus over any other Chanel’s release easily and without too much thinking about it.

I would also recommend you ignore the fact this fragrance is over 40 years old now, and let it tell you a fragrance story on your skin.

An educational story of how fragrances used to be made in the 20th century confirms the old saying that not everything that’s new is great.

Also, it will serve you as a great entry point to the chypre genre, not seen anymore today. Let Antaeus take for a perfume ride, and show you how something so floral and slightly dirty can work so well even in the 2020s. A masterpiece.

  • Perfumer: Jacques Polge
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Toilette
  • Fragrance Type: Woody Chypre
  • Release Date: 1981
  • Most dominant notes: Castoreum, Rose, and Oakmoss
  • Target Audience: Men
  • Age Group: 30+
  • Seasons: Spring, Fall, and Winter
  • Occasions: Business and Leisure
  • Longevity and Sillage: 6 – 8 hours with moderate projection
  • Compliments: Low
  • Likeability: Medium
  • Uniqueness: 5/5
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Accords: Aromatic, Leather, Floral

8. Hermes Terre d’Hermes

A note from the brand: Terre d’Hermès is a symbolic narrative exploring raw material and its metamorphosis. A novel that expresses the alchemical power of the elements. An eau between earth and sky. A journey imbued with strength and poetry. Woody, vegetal and mineral.

Why is Terre d’Hermes one of the best designer fragrances every beginner should try: Of everything on this list Terre d’Hermes is the first one I would recommend to sample.

Not because it necessarily smells better than everything on this list, and certainly, not because it is a complex rollercoaster you cannot get anywhere else. It is because of the art.

The art captured in a bottle. The orange, the spices, the mineral smell of rocks, and the smell of the earth. All perfectly blended to create something that is easily the best work-friendly fragrance of all time.

Many men have found their signature fragrance in Terre d’Hermes, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you did as well.

Read the full review here.

  • Perfumer: Jean-Claude Ellena
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Toilette
  • Fragrance Type: Citrus Woody
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Most dominant notes: Orange, Mineral Notes and Vetiver
  • Target Audience: Men
  • Age Group: 30+
  • Seasons: Spring and Fall
  • Occasions: Business and Leisure
  • Longevity and Sillage: 6 – 8 hours with moderate projection
  • Compliments: Low
  • Likeability: Medium
  • Uniqueness: 5/5
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Accords: Citrus, Woody, Earthy

9. Viktor and Rolf Spicebomb Extreme

A note from the brand: Spicebomb Extreme is an explosion of heat! A longer lasting, deeper and more extreme fragrance based on the original Spicebomb. The spicy notes are enhanced and more intense in this Eau de Parfum for Men.

Why is Spicebomb Extreme one of the best designer fragrances every beginner should try: Who doesn’t like a warm and oriental fragrance with sensual notes of Vanilla and Tobacco? I certainly don’t know anyone.

What makes Spicebomb Extreme better than any other fragrance in this genre on the designer side is the pure quality of ingredients, the fact that fragrance doesn’t cost that much, and how could it have been easily sold by some popular niche fragrance brand for two or three times more.

Sometimes we want the best from life, from products, and experiences. When I want the best clubbing fragrance on the market, I almost always choose Spicebomb Extreme. In my opinion, it works better on the younger crowd than earlier mentioned Ombre Leather.

  • Perfumer: n/a
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Parfum
  • Fragrance Type: Oriental Spicy
  • Release Date: 2015
  • Most dominant notes: Tobacco, Vanilla, and Black Pepper
  • Target Audience: Men
  • Age Group: 18+
  • Seasons: Fall and Winter
  • Occasions: Dating and Clubbing
  • Longevity and Sillage: 8 – 10 hours with great projection
  • Compliments: High
  • Likeability: High
  • Uniqueness: 4/5
  • Value for money: 9/10
  • Accords: Warm, Spicy, Oriental

10. Narciso Rodriguez for Him

A note from the brand: The male fragrance from Narciso Rodriguez and Beauté Prestige International: Narciso Rodriguez for Him, joined the first fragrance of the designer Narciso Rodriguez for Her. The creator is Francis Kurkdjian from Takasago, who made the female version together with Christian Nagel. This perfume was inspired by “the great masculine fougere fragrances from 1980’s”.

Why is For Him one of the best designer fragrances every beginner should try: The wild card of the bunch that is unfortunately discontinued now, but still available via occasional perfume stores or via fragrance discounters.

In a perfect world, this perfume would be one of the most talked-about ones and a top seller. In reality, I urge you to try one of the best designer fragrances of all time while you still can.

If you can imagine how a combination of Dior’s Fahrenheit and the original Givenchy’s Gentleman would smell like, you can get the idea of what does Narciso Rodriguez For Him is.

This ozonic masterpiece will change the way you think what designer fragrances are, and how much niche perfumery is overpriced. I don’t remember the last time when I was so spellbound by a fragrance scent trail and in a positive way.

  • Perfumer:Francis Kurkdjian
  • Perfume Oil Concentration: Eau de Toilette
  • Fragrance Type: Woody Fougere
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Most dominant notes: Musk, Violet, Patchouli
  • Target Audience: Men
  • Age Group: 25+
  • Seasons: Spring and Fall
  • Occasions: Business and Night Outs
  • Longevity and Sillage: 6 -8 hours with good projection
  • Compliments: Medium
  • Likeability: Medium
  • Uniqueness: 5/5
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Accords: Floral, Musky, Ozonic

Perfume Basics

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Starting a particular hobby doesn’t always have to be hard. This is why I have provided you with general guidelines about how, and where fragrance-wise.

As a beginner, it is highly recommended to digest the following chapters so that you can get the best out of your fragrance experience, and spend your hard-earned money where it should be while minimizing the risk of not liking a certain perfume.

Designer Vs Niche Fragrances

Big-name fashion houses such as Dior and Chanel are considered designers in the fragrance world. These mainstream brands are often shopped in the major boutiques and stores.

These fashion houses(car brands, cosmetics, etc.) make other products alongside fragrances such as:

  1. watches
  2. cosmetics
  3. clothes
  4. shoes
  5. Accessories

These products are produced on a much bigger scale and are more well-known to the general population. Even though designers lack so to speak, the “luxury“, they excel on availability, price, and popularity which shouldn’t be ignored.

Mainstream fragrances are produced in the biggest fragrance factories which guarantee control quality which sometimes, may be absent in a niche world.

In the fragrance community, designers are often named “gateway drug” which hooks you into this hobby.

On the other hand, companies that sell fragrances exclusively are niche brands. These companies sell their products to a specialized sub-market that satisfies specific needs, often with bigger price tags.

Unlike the designers, which attract a much bigger population, a niche audience is smaller and more demanding.

Brands such as Amouage and Frederic Malle are great examples of what a niche fragrance company is. They are commonly not present in most retail stores, their price is often higher and offers exclusivity.

In plain English, niche perfumery is an alternative to mainstream designer perfumery, just like Punk music is an alternative to Rock.

One of the things which are still present in a niche world is artistic expression and creativity. Which means they are in danger of being not accepted by their target population.

But sometimes, these fragrances change the perfume world and come with huge financial payback. We have seen this numerous times which fragrances such as Baccarat Rouge 540.

Before we continue to the next chapter, let’s talk briefly about the fragrance reformulations. As soon as you join any fragrance community you’ll hear about the perfume reformulations and how they “destroy” once great compositions.

In the end, no matter what kind of fragrances you like, being the designer or niche, reformulations happen all time.

Some are publicly known, such as with Dior and the update they make on all of their products every couple of years, and others keep it a secret, and will unlikely admit their products have been updated.

Why do fragrances get reformulated? Don’t fall into the trap that all reformulations are bad and that the sole reason for this is because the fragrance companies are greedy and all they want is your money.

Fragrance reformulations usually happen because of certain natural ingredients get rare, or more expensive, and have to be replaced by chemical equivalent.

Other times fragrances get reformulated is because of rules and regulations set by the IFRA. A fragrance association that is responsible for keeping our fragrances allergen-free, and keeping the fragrances still on our shelves for us to enjoy.

Yes, sometimes, it is because of a fragrance company being sold out to a big conglomerate such as Acqua di Parma to LVMH, and getting all of their perfumes reformulated by the standards of the new owner.

Read more about designer vs. niche fragrances here.

Fragrance Shopping Tips

Here’s the best perfume buying advice you’ll ever get from me: “Always trust your nose, do your research, and don’t blind buy!”

If you just follow that advice, trust me, you are already more than halfway there. The guides you’ll find on Scent Grail tend to have a more personal touch and stray away from cutting the corners.

The scents we discover and buy, if approached correctly, don’t require hundreds of hours of research, and turn into a fun game that perfumes are.

As someone who is experienced in this hobby, I would recommend to all those who are just starting out to learn the basics of how fragrance families work, and how they make your life much easier when deciding which perfume should you buy for a particular season and occasion.

Notes and accords are separated into three different classes known as perfume pyramid:

  • Top Notes
  • Middle Notes
  • Base Notes

Each of the separate note stages is carefully created by perfumes to evaporate accordingly.

There are four fragrance families, each divided into their respective subgroups that help you identify fragrance families easily.

  1. Floral Family – floral perfumes smell like a bouquet of flowers that feature many facets of blooming aromas. Floral scents can be either made from single flower notes(soliflore) or many flowers(bouquets).
  2. Oriental Family – one of the most popular fragrance family which is known to have a warm and spicy scent profile. Oriental perfumes are long-lasting perfumes ideally used in romantic and clubbing scenarios during the Fall and Winter when they mix with skin and cold air perfectly.
  3. Woody Family – as the name suggests, woody fragrances composed of warm, and rich compositions dominated by woody and foresty notes. They can smell like a forest, sawdust, earth, and dry.
  4. Fresh Family – adored by many, and accepted by everyone. Freshies and aquatics are easy to wear, often fresh and airy uncomplicated scents, often smelling like the sea with beachy vibes.

DO YOUR RESEARCH
Thankfully, we are living in a digital age where almost everything and anything is just a few clicks away. Besides Scent Grail, there are many fantastic websites about perfume to do proper research before ever stepping into a perfume shop.

These ones I recommend:

  1. Fragrantica – best for checking out new perfume releases.
  2. Basenotes – knowledgeable perfume community
  3. Parfumo – the best mix of both

Those who like are more into watching videos, there is a huge fragrance community on YouTube that provides great information about perfume reviews, tips & tricks, and interviews with perfumers.

Read more about which Fragrance Reviewers that I still watch.

The third great option about doing perfume research is by joining some of the many fragrance groups found on Facebook such as:

  1. The Fragrance Guru Nation
  2. Fragcomm Bangladesh
  3. Gents Scents Fragrance Family

SAMPLE RETAIL, BUY ONLINE
Perfumes are not cheap. Especially, if you are buying more than one perfume per month. Personally, I shop retail only in cases when I cannot get a hold of perfume online, or the price is similar to those found via fragrance discounters.

Sampling a perfume at least five times before a purchase is a golden rule, and that’s where retailers are your best friends.

I have created a whole article based on the best fragrance discounters so that you can get safe and affordable perfume deals.

ONLY TEST THREE DIFFERENT PERFUMES AT ONCE
While it may get tempting to test everything in the sight, now that you came to the perfume shop(hopefully unscented), pick three, spray one on the neck and the wrists, and let it rest for about 15 seconds before smelling them.

Olfactory fatigue is a real thing, especially if you are sampling stronger stuff like 1 Million, or Mugler Angel.

Spraying the perfume on the skin is a must, even though I suspect you already know that by testing the perfume via paper blotter, it’s not the same deal since the fragrance doesn’t get to develop as it would be on your skin.

I understand if some of you may be a little shy to talk to sales associates or know more from them which is much more common than you may think, but it’s nice to talk about perfume with someone knowledgeable, and hey, you may even learn something new.

Since you are going to do this the right way, there’s no need to “reset” your olfactive palette and smell the coffee beans.

Before your rush and purchase the fragrance straight away, step outside the shop.

Read more about fragrance shopping tips here.

How To Wear Perfume

At the first glance, perfume may seem like scented alcohol-water you spray onto yourself and that’s it. Still, it takes a little finesse to learn how to wear perfume correctly.

If you have ever wondered why your perfume may only last about an hour or two, the reason may be that you are not wearing your perfume the best way.

FIND YOUR FAVORITE PERFUME
This may seem like an obvious choice, but not wearing something you really like, will make everything else in vain.

That’s why it’s important to test potential perfume many times before purchasing. Always spray the perfume on the skin when testing.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT CONCENTRATION
One of the most important things to do when you find your favorite perfume is to choose the right perfume concentrations and learn more about fragrance strengths.

These two terms refer to raw material oil concentration. By knowing that, these concentrations vary from perfume to perfume and affect sillage and projection, along with some other subtle things.

All fragrant products fall into some of these main categories:

  • Eau Fraiche 1-3%
  • After Shave/Mist/Splash 1-3%
  • Eau de Cologne 2-4%
  • Eau de Toilette 5-15%
  • Eau de Parfum 15-20%
  • Pure Parfum/Extrait de Parfum 20-40%

Thus, you’ll be pleased to know that most of your perfumes come either in Eau de Toilette or Eau de Parfum concentrations.

SPRAY PERFUME ON THE SKIN
The ideal way of wearing the perfume is by applying it directly to the skin. Perfume products are made to best interact with our skin and our body heat.

That’s why I don’t recommend testing fragrances on test strips that don’t show the real picture. The warmest parts of your body will produce the best results and here are six recommended places to spray your perfume:

  1. Spray on top of your ears
  2. Spray behind the ears
  3. Spray on the neck and around the neck area
  4. Spray down your back
  5. Spray down your chest
  6. Spray inside your elbows

SPRAYING LESS IS OFTEN MORE
You have found your favorite perfume, and you are enjoying it to the fullest. Spraying liberally surrounds you with the most beautiful scented cloud. You are happy.

But one day, you notice that the scent bubble has shrunk so much that you barely smell your perfume and now you wonder has your perfume has gone bad or what could be the issue.

If this has happened to you, don’t worry you are alone. Many people overspray their perfume, and block their scent receptors. The solution is to not spray more than 2 to 4 sprays maximum.

Read more about how to wear perfume here.

Conclusion

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These were my top 10 best designer fragrances every beginner should sample. While there are many more you’ll encounter along the way, I believe that what’s here will give you the best possible start in your fragrance journey.

Although the main focus in this article was the fragrance list, I wanted to give more than just a top 10 fragrances and provide a valuable and whole package with an additional perfume basics section I hope you’ll enjoy as well.

Have you tried any of the fragrances mentioned on the list? Let me know in the comment section at the end of the article.

In case you are in doubt whether you should consider buying a particular fragrance, it’s always good to take a look at Scent Grail’s S.P.A. Signature Factor Guide.

It is easy to use and the most relevant perfume buying guide on the web. This way, you can check out if a particular fragrance is worth checking out, and potentially find your signature perfume.

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