A fragrance collection (or wardrobe, if you prefer) is a set of fragrances that you own and can wear regularly, whether you’re pairing it with specific outfits, moods, occasions, or times of day.
But a lot of people don’t know where to start when building their collection.
So here are five simple steps to building that fragrance collection, whether you’re a guy or a gal interested in cologne or perfume.
#1 What do you like?
The first, and perhaps most important question you should figure out, is what you like.
The world absolutely, positively, 100%, loves with a passion, to tell you what you should and shouldn’t like.
You should like this. You can’t like that.
The big problem with that?
It doesn’t matter. All that matters is what you like and don’t like.
This applies to fragrance, too. It’s not up to someone else whether you like a scent. Maybe it’s too sweet. Or has got too much citrus. Maybe it’s got too much vanilla in the base. Or frankly, maybe the scent just isn’t really your thing.
Only you can decide what you like. Opinions from friends is great! But don’t forget who’s actually wearing the scent and whose fragrance collection you’re building.
So ignore the fragrance Nazis and fashion dictators.
This is probably the most important first step.
What’s the next?
#2 Try It On
Fragrance is a mish-mash (yes, that’s the correct technical term that perfumers use) of chemicals and materials, which naturally smell differently on you than it would on me.
A scent will react differently on your body due to a variety of factors. Most notably:
- The oils on your skin
- External moisture in the air
- Where you spray it
And just like trying on new clothes, how do you know if you like a new shirt or new dress if you’ve never tried it on?
Fragrance fits you just like a pair of pants does.
Like how a new pair of jeans can be too big on your waist and too skinny on your ankles, a fragrance can fit you in the exact same way. A fragrance just may not sit right for you.
And that’s okay.
But you gotta try it on first, or you’re never gone know.
#3 Pair It With An Outfit
Different outfits give off different vibes.
Different fragrances give off different vibes, too.
Most outfits can’t be used for every occasion…
So why would a fragrance?
Just like your actual wardrobe, you have to mix and match to find what’s the best combination for you in that particular situation.
#4 Have Fun
If you aren’t having fun trying new scents…
Maybe this hobby just isn’t for you!
Or maybe you’re just trying too hard. It’s supposed to be fun!
SO HAVE FUN WITH IT!
Mix up fragrances. Put on a nighttime frag with a day time outfit.
Wear two different scents at once (we technically shouldn’t recommend this – but who cares? There are no rules!)
Find the part about fragrance that you like and focus on that.
No more paralysis by analysis of which scent is better – unless you like analyzing and debating fragrances.
Instead, do what you enjoy.
Simple, but often overlooked.
#5 Keep Looking and Try Something New
If you’re having fun and want to keep expanding your fragrance collection, you need to keep looking and try something new.
But the problem is big bottles of fragrance are expensive. And who has the money to drop hundreds of dollars on a new bottle if you want to keep building your cologne or perfume wardrobe?
But luxury should be affordable.
This is why we started 1000 Scents – because we believe everyone deserves a little luxury in their life, and fragrance is the perfect way to do that.
Rather than committing to huge bottle when you’re not sure if you truly like it and will fit into your collection, you get a monthly supply without breaking the piggy bank and grow your collection with monthly bottles.
If you’re interested in having fun and trying a new fragrance each month, click here if you’re into men’s cologne or click here if you’re into women’s perfume.
Until next time,
Luxury is affordable.