When you’re spending thousands of pesos on a bottle of perfume, you want to make sure that you really like the scent. The main concern when searching for the right fragrance for you is overwhelming your senses and confusing one fragrance for another. Here, we teach you the ways to shop wisely for the one:

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1. Don’t smell the bottle.

It’s better to get a whiff of the fragrance on a paper strip than bringing your nose close to the bottle. When you smell the perfume directly, it may come off stronger than its actual scent.

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2. Mind the occasion.

It’s best to stick to clean, subtle scents to avoid overpowering the whole workplace with your perfume. Save the musky fragrances for weddings, dates, GNO, and weekends.

3. Wait before you smell it.

Let a few seconds pass before you sniff the perfume to let the alcohol in the fragrance evaporate first. This way, you can smell the real scent.

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4. Spritz on the right places.

When you’ve narrowed down what you want, spray it on your wrists and back of the ears to allow the notes to mesh with your body’s natural chemistry.

5. Clear your senses.

When choosing between different perfumes, sniff coffee beans to neutralize and reboot your senses. It helps to drink water, too!

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This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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