How to build your fragrance wardrobe

Monday, 20 May 2013

In this day and age, most of us have a few fragrances to choose from, and we end up saving certain scents for certain occasions. But how do you know which scent matches which event? Here, our simple guide to building a fragrance wardrobe:

Fragrance wardrobe

The date night scent:

Every woman needs one of these. It can either be the fragrance you wore when you got married (Estée Lauder’s Beautiful, anyone?) or something new to attract a new mate. Try the sexy Chanel Allure Sensuelle EDP (R1380 for 100ml).

The work-wear favourite:

This needs to be appealing but not over-the-top. Subtly is key – choose something you love and ask for the EDT version, or go the cologne route; traditional cologne is a blend of citrus, florals, herbs and woods, explains Turin and Sanchez. We love the fresh Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint Cologne (R1, 050 for 100ml).

The weekend essential:

Weekends are more relaxed and this should be evident in your perfume. Opt for a light scent that you can wear everywhere you go. Think brunch with your girlfriends, to a braai with his folks to date-night at the cinema. We recommend the lovely Bobbi Brown Beach EDP (R730 for 50ml).

The holiday must-have:

If the budget allows, make your holiday more memorable with a special scent of something that’ll be an instant reminder of your time away. Think of where it is you’re traveling, and choose accordingly – if you’re holidaying at the beach, spritz on a fresh, marine-inspired fragrance. We’re wearing Armani Acqua Di Gioia Femme EDP (R819 for 50ml) on our next summer trip.

Other articles you may be interested in:

How to wear perfume
Fragrance for different ages
Shop for perfume
The story of perfume
Your perfume personality

Written by

Julia Hunter is a freelance lifestyle writer, editor and stylist with a special interest in beauty. She’s written for Marie Claire, Women’s Health, and Fresh Living magazines. When not writing about lipstick, she can be found tweeting about other very important topics such as which nail polishes really live up to their long-wear claims! She lives in Cape Town with her husband and far too many beauty products.

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  1. Thirusha Govender

    Great tips. I will definitely start using them.

    3 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Armani’s marine-inspired fragrance. Yes!

    4 years ago •

  1. Jara

    Wow great and useful tips, thank you, I will start my fragrance collection…

    4 years ago •

  1. Khensani

    Very nice. I think it’s important to have perfumes and colognes for different occasions.

    4 years ago •

  1. Candibabes

    Your message here is interesting article and stunning fragrance selection. It’s always nice to have a variety to choose from for each occasion.

    4 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Nice selection and all definitie must tries!

    4 years ago •

  1. Tundee

    This is a really nice article lol its got me blushing just thinking of those memories! *thumbs up*

    4 years ago •

  1. Noma

    I had Chanel Allure Sensuelle…..smells so sexy!!!

    4 years ago •

  1. Talia

    I simply love the Chanel Allure! Sexy without a doubt

    4 years ago •

  1. Lynne123

    I Looooooove perfume! I have a really good collection to! I never thought of them as in the article above, I tend to select a weekly favorite! I think i will definitely put this in practice.

    4 years ago •

  1. ProMakeupMe

    “Fragrance Wardrobe” love that fraze! I also use different fragrances for different occasions. I think the mood that I’m in often plays a deciding role ;)

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    This seem like perfect combination.

    5 years ago •

  1. diamond

    II would really love to have them all

    5 years ago •

  1. Leana

    Is it true that perfume expires after 6 months? If so I’m in trouble.

    5 years ago •

  1. me

    Yes, please subtle for work. Very unpleasant to work with someone who perfume is giving you a headache.

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I Love Chanel perfumes, they are my best perfumes ever. but I don’t like no 5 that much, I haven’t tried Allure Sensuelle though.

    5 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    i haven’t tested the Jo Malone and Bobbi Brown Beach EDP.

    5 years ago •

  1. CindyBotha

    I love perfume!
    Sadly…it is very expensive, but thats what makes it so “cruel to be kind” to wear.
    Perfume and different scents should be spritsed on according to mood also xxx
    SPLURGE ON THIS DECADENCE!

    5 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Vey true!

    Perfume is my greatest weakness – I splurge in ‘times of plenty’ (of which there aren’t that many) and try not to hoard in ‘times of not so plenty’. The only problem is SO many gorgeous perfumes, SO little time (and usually money). I have suffered ‘brain freeze’ whilst standing in front of a huge selection of perfume and only being able to pick one – painful, LOL!

    5 years ago •

  1. JADE

    Its so true that we have different perfumes for different occasions, I know i do – and sometimes its good changing up your perfume and smelling different at times and even trying out fragrances that you never have before.

    5 years ago •

  1. Ladyconfused

    By the time I can afford all the perfumes, the first one bought will be empty :D

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I have smelt that Beach fragrance from Bobbi Brown and it is lovely but still love my DKNY!

    5 years ago •

  1. Cat

    I would love to try Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint Cologne, sounds so amazing

    5 years ago •

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