Finding a signature fragrance that smells like you and that you can wear time and time again without getting tired of it is extremely hard. You spend years and maybe a lot of money to find the perfect one for you and in the end, you find. But then one day your worst fears become true: your signature scent has been discounted or reformulated and doesn’t smell like the original anymore!
That sucks doesn’t it? At first, you feel really disappointed and sad, and then you realise it’s time to search for a new scent all over again. You have now two options: trying to track down one or two bottles of your fave discounted scent somewhere and stock up or find another perfume that smells really similar to it. Here are a few tips to help you:
If your fragrance has been discounted and you can’t find any leftovers in shops, it’s time to search online. I would suggest looking for them on sites like Ebay or Amazon, where items are sold by private people that may still have the scent you love but decided to give it away cos they don’t like it or need it anymore. You could also put up a request for your fave scents on forums like Makeup Alley, which have sections where beauty addicts can swap products, and hope someone will respond and start trade negotiations.
If you decide to go down this route though, a word of advice. Even though you may find someone willing to swap or sell the scent you’re so desperately seeking, they might have had it for years or maybe they didn’t store it properly and the fragrance has now gone bad so when you’ll get it, it won’t smell like it is supposed to. So, before buying or swapping, ask them how long they had the scent for and how they stored it. Also, remember to read the fine printing and return policy well and see if you can get a refund (not everyone offers it) should something go bad.
Find the fragrance family and the notes
If you haven’t been able to track down a bottle of your discounted signature scent anywhere, your only other option is to find something very similar to it. There are thousands of scents on the market so you’re bound to find something almost, if not completely, identical to the one you lost. To make your search easier, find the fragrance family. Is it floral? Woody? Fruity? Oriental?
All these families have very different smells so once you have identified the one you like, you have a very good starting point for your search. Next, identify the notes of your fave discounted scent (if you don’t know them, a quick search online will you give you the answers) and compare them to those of other scents in the same fragrance family until you find something that’s almost a dupe.
Perfume is a very individual thing. We all have different body chemistry and we all react to the same scent differently. What smells gorgeous on me may smell awful on someone else and vice versa. However, when a few people adore the same scent, chances are they don’t only have similar tastes, but that they also react to the same fragrance in a very similar way. So ask around to your friends, colleagues and perfume addicts online until you find someone that loved the same discounted scent as you. And when you do, ask them what other scents they tried that are almost identical or at least similar to the one you’re looking for.
Shop in store
You have tracked down the fragrance family and the notes, asked around to your friends and came up with a list of possible dupes to check out. Now, it’s time to hit the stores to test these dupes and see if they can actually be a good replacement for your lost scent. Remember, though, that you should never try more than 2 or 3 scents at the same time cos otherwise your nose may get confused and you might end up buying something that smells differently from you what you thought. If you want to try more than 3 fragrances, ask for samples at the counter. That way, you can try all the scents you want at home, smell how they start and develop and find something you are truly pleased with.
Has your favourite fragrance ever been discounted? If so, what did you do?
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