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FIND YOUR SIGNATURE SCENT
FOR JUST FOUR BUCKS

Let’s face it, it’s not easy to shop for a signature scent. There are thousands of blends to select from (including the 75 celebrity fragrances released last year alone), notes to consider ( woody, mossy, aromatic, citrus, water, green, fruity, floral to so-called oriental) and different concentrations to ponder as well (eau de toilette, eau de parfume, eau fraiche and perfume oil, among others.)

On top of  that far-reaching decision tree? Just the fact that it takes a day or three for your hormones and pheromones  to seriously mingle with a fragrance to know if it works well with your chemistry. Those scent-saturated paper slivers that the department stores dole out? A light (or worse, heavy) spray pumped by in-store salespeeps?  They’re pretty much a joke when it comes to finding something you can live in. (How many times have you loved something in the store only to find it leaves you reeking like eau-de-old-lady later in the day? Gnarly.)

So before you pony up a hundo or more on a scent that’s supposed to conjure Taylor Swift at Dusk, or waste a premiere birthday list real estate on a bottle that only looks pretty, get experimental and sample the hell out of any perfume you like before committing to a fragrance. Thanks to big e-tailers like LuckyScent.com and indie perfume makers like Osmia Organics, you can skip the pricey guesswork (and spritz-happy sales chicks) and order .7ml vials of more than 2000 perfumes for about the price of a mocha-choco-latte.

Looking for something by a big name perfumer? Head over to Lucky Scent’s sample page to see how cult classic Le Labo’s Rose 31 settles on your skin. Compelled by that Diptyque scent you read so much about? Three to six dollars and a few clicks will quell your curiosity without having to drop major loot on full sized bottles. Or if you’re vying for a more rarified eau, try the aforementioned Osmia Organics’ perfume sample pack, One Hand Washes The Other or Solstice Scents.

 FEATURED IMAGE: ANDY WARHOL, PERFUME BOTTLES POLAROID PRINT, 1979
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