How to pick the per­fect per­fume for your Valen­tine

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The per­fect scent.

Fra­grance comes down to per­sonal pref­er­ence, which makes buy­ing it for a sig­nif­i­cant other – whether it’s Fe­bru­ary 14 or not – es­pe­cially chal­leng­ing. Will they like it and, just as im­por­tantly, will you like it? “Choos­ing C a fra­grance for your partn part­ner in­volves an un­der­stand­ing of th their per­son­al­ity, taste, cul­ture an and per­fume ex­pec­ta­tions,” ex­plains p per­fumer Marie Sala­m­agne, who helped craft Aura by Thierry Mu­gler. There are no rules, given each re­la­tion­ship is too unique for blan­ket sug­ges­tions. How­ever, says S Sala­m­agne, “If you are con­cerned by the ef­fect it will have on you, first in­vite your part­ner to test sev­eral notes that you per­son­ally find at­trac­tive.” You can also search for spe­cific fra fra­grance notes that help in­spire cer­tain sen­ti­ments, such as well­be­ing (fresh flo­rals or zesty cit­rus) or se­duc­tion (warm spices or creamy musks). If you’re still stuck, try one of the many uni­sex scents that have resurged in pop­u­lar­ity over the past few years. “[They] widen per­cep­tions about fra­grance and help en­cour­age free­dom and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion,” says Sala­m­agne. “Men now wear rose notes and women are try­ing darker, wood­ier scents.” Which­ever fra­grance you land on, a lit­tle luck is also re­quired be­cause scents cre­ate emo­tions and, as Sala­m­agne ob­serves, “No-one can fore­see how these feel­ings will be per­ceived.”

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