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Giving Perfume Or Cologne As A Gift: How To Choose The Perfect Scent


Christmas is around the corner, so if you haven’t already, it’s time to start getting your gifts sorted. One present that a lot of us avoid buying is cologne or perfume. This is because it seems like a gift that’s hard to get right. The thing about perfume and cologne is that it’s an incredibly personal gift, and so, it can be hard to select the perfect scent.

However, get it right, and your gift will be one of the receiver’s favorite gifts this year. It’s a gift that’s thoughtful, incredibly indulgent, and can be used on a daily basis. If you’re still in need of convincing to take the risk, you’ll be pleased to know that perfume and cologne are one of the top five things on most wishlists.

To help point you in the right direction when buying perfume or cologne, here are some useful tips to take note of:

Find out what scents they normally wear

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Be a detective and attempt to work out what scents they normally wear. Although you probably don’t want to get them a scent they already have, it’s good to get an idea of the perfumes or colognes that they tend to wear. This should help to give you an idea of whether they prefer floral scents, woody scents, or fruity scents. A lot of people stick to one brand of perfume or cologne, so knowing what this is can also be helpful. As that way, you can look for scents by that brand, or you can ask for scents that are similar to those that the recipients favorite brand offers.

Read reviews of each scent that you’re considering

Once you’ve got an idea of the types of perfume or cologne that the recipient likes, the next step is to research the options. A good place to start is by going into a perfume store and smelling some of the scents that you think would be a good fit for them. Say, for instance; you’re looking for a cologne for your brother. Have a read of a mens cologne review to see which scents are the most popular at the moment.

You can’t go wrong with a designer scent

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If all else fails and you’re really struggling, pick a designer scent. This is because cologne or perfume that’s made by someone famous is sure to be a hit. If they’ve got a favorite designer or a celebrity that they follow, then getting them cologne or perfume created by them could be ideal.

Don’t forget to test

Before you buy, take the time to test out the scent that you’ve chosen. Spritz it on a perfume tester, not your skin, as scents smell different on everyone. Smell it once when it’s first sprayed and then leave it for half an hour. This is important as it can take some scents up to half an hour to develop. So, it’s a good idea to smell the scent again, to ensure that it’s not too strong and still smells good.

See, buying perfume or cologne as a gift doesn’t have to be a nightmare. It’s just a case of going about it in the right way.


Samantha hails from Virginia and is a proud wife to a retired Deputy Sheriff and mother to two amazing little boys named Jack & William. A veteran product reviewer; Samantha has been reviewing products for 8 years and offers high quality product reviews with original photography.

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