Buying fragrance or aftershave blind can seem like a good idea for plenty of reasons, but is it good to buy something you haven't smelled?
Because I have a lot of men's fragrances in my possession, I have some experience in buying scents without having smelled them first. There are times when you get a good surprise when the scent lives up to the expectations, and there are times when it does not.
While it's always a good idea to try before you buy, sometimes that's not an option, and on other occasions, you may want to shop online instead. You can learn how to buy fragrances online without smelling them by reading some of the tips below.
Buying fragrances online can be very beneficial for several reasons. These include
There is indeed a downside to the system, which is a significant one. When it comes to almost any other purchase, you can get an excellent idea of what something is from just looking at a picture. But when it comes to perfumes, you cannot do that. In addition to that, once you have opened and tried them, you can also usually not return them.
If you will purchase a fragrance, I would also advise you to read reviews from as many people as possible before you buy it. From the people with first-hand experience in the field, you'll be able to get a sense of what you're going to be buying.
The noses of each individual can be different, so getting a broad idea from multiple people is helpful. Two of the most significant online fragrance communities are Fragrantica and Basenotes, which have built up a large fan following.
It is not uncommon for fragrance houses or brands to give us more than a hint when they choose their bottle names for the aftershaves they sell. You could probably guess that using a word like noir, black, dark, or nuit, those scents will be masculine scents that are likely to be woody and perfect for an evening out.
Usually, when you see names such as fresh, light, and aqua, you'll know they're more delicate scents, possibly citrus or aquatic, and they're a good choice for the day.
One of the critical factors in determining the quality of the product is the bottle color and the branding to accompany it. Take the Bvlgari MAN in black, for example. It comes from Bvlgari's MAN collection. Therefore it is likely to be darker and more woody. Since it has the black moniker, it is expected to be darker and more woody. This is true, and the music has a more woody feel to it when compared to the original.
The color of the juice, which is the stuff in the bottle, can be a big giveaway if the branding and the color of the bottle don't give away enough information. The best way to see the color of the juice would be if you have a clear bottle. Some colors which you will probably see are the following:
There are some notes that I have mentioned above, and there are also a few fragrance families. As for me, I think it is easier to understand and break down these notes when you separate them based on a few factors, such as the occasion, the season, and the time of day. Several scents are universal, which means they can be used in various situations, but some are best for use during the day, while others should only be used in the evening.
You are likely to encounter the following types of notes:
As a rule, fragrances are more complex and have more than one note. For example, an aquatic scent might contain woody notes, while a citrus-floral scent might include citrus-floral notes. Even though this may sound complicated, it is much more likely to give you a better indication of the style of the fragrance.
What are flankers, you may be asking yourself?
Quite simply, it has happened in the past that certain perfume houses and fragrance brands have taken advantage of the popularity of a fragrance and released a bottle of a new fragrance that is supposed to come from the same family. In most cases, you can identify this when the bottle is the same, except for some design variations, or when the name is different.
For example, BOSS Bottled comes with many flankers, as we can see from the picture. The flanker scents might share some DNA with the original fragrance, but they are sometimes unique and different from one another. The bottled version of BOSS and the night version of BOSS Bottled, for example, are vastly different. Dolce and Gabbana The One is available in various versions, including GREY, Gentleman, and the original. Many brands sell a variant of a fragrance that had previously been successful, and this is not uncommon in the fragrance market.
If you are seriously interested in scents, rather than just relying on the brand's reputation, you can also look for who designed the scent. When brands work with different perfumers, sometimes a scent gets reformulated or discontinued.
Similar to anything else, perfumes are like anything else. Some scents can be incredible, and others not so good, or just not to your taste.
The safe scents I refer to do not have to do with the website you are buying from. Instead, I am talking about that safe kind of fragrance that will not offend anyone. As the name suggests, a safe scent smells good and will almost universally be liked but might not necessarily be loved.
The safest scents to use are generally the mass-marketed ones, and this is because they are the most common, and there are a lot of great ones out there. The two scents that immediately come to mind are the Blue de Chanel and Dior Sauvage, which are perfect masculine scents that almost everyone likes.
As far as risky scents are concerned, two factors to consider are the niche and the price. In general, niche scents are produced by dedicated perfume houses instead of fashion brands that sell other products. In general, these tend to be more expensive, and additionally, they are not as widely available, with only a few authorized retailers usually carrying them. The idea behind a niche scent is that it will have something that makes it different from other scents in the market. Even though that can be a good thing, it can also be a bad thing if mishandled. Among the many scents out there, there is a number that you will not enjoy.
That doesn't mean there's anything wrong with it or the scent; it's just not your style of fragrance. There is one problem with this as well: they are usually more expensive, so you can spend a lot of money on a scent that you won't enjoy. Creed, Floris London, and Tom Ford are a few of the more mainstream but niche perfume houses that are very popular. All three of them are featured on this page. I think it's worth mentioning that if you enjoy one scent from a perfume house, it doesn't necessarily mean that you'll like everything they make.
I think Creed does a lot of very diverse scents, as do Tom Ford and Floris London. Floris London makes some products that I adore, and on the other hand, I have a few smaller bottles that I do not enjoy as much.
One of the most important things to consider is that you don't need to be afraid of making a mistake. There is a possibility that you may be unintentionally buying the wrong fragrance when you blind buy them, and this is a common mistake that we've all made at some point.
I have bought blindly bought scents that they did not like, and I have bought those that I love. If you don't take a chance, you won't ever know if you will enjoy the aftershave, and you may end up with an aftershave you like.