What Makes a Good Perfume?

For those who are new to the world of perfume, you may be inclined to think that the best perfumes are those that are associated with high end fashion houses i.e. Chanel, Armani, Burberry etc. While you are not necessarily wrong, the reasoning behind your choice may be slightly misguided. Each of the above mentioned companies produce fabulous fragrances, but these are not your only options for excellence. If you are basing your scent selection on brand name alone, it may be time to talk about what actually makes a good fragrance. By learning what makes a particular fragrance better than the competition, you will become an expert at recognizing a high quality fragrance. In addition, you will be able to widen your fragrance palette and experience amazing scents from up and coming brands.

Wear Time

One of the key characteristics shared by superior scents is their wear time. When a fragrance is made with premium ingredients, it will, by default last longer on the skin. Judging a fragrance’s wear time can be difficult to judge, but we do have one trick to help make that distinction. If you are deciding between a couple different fragrances, we would recommend testing them in person. Most any fragrance store will let you test a scent on your skin so that you can see how it mixes with your natural oils, and body chemistry.

Once you have sprayed the fragrance on your skin, wear it around for the rest of the day. Don’t be alarmed if, after several hours, you can no longer smell it, your nose has just gotten used to the scent. Wear it around friends and family, see how many compliments you get. If all else fails, ask someone you trust whether or not your fragrance is still noticeable. Once you find a fragrance that suits you, remember that all the best prices are at the Fragrance Market. Pick out your favorites online, and we will ship them right to your door.


Typically, the more complex fragrances will be of a higher quality than those that are single note. Keep in mind, this is not always true. For example, Chanel No. 5 is a single note, but remains one of the most highly sought after fragrances in the industry. When we relate complexity to the topic of fragrance quality, we are mainly referring to the difference between a luxury brand and a so called “knock off.”

Over the years, many people have asked what the differences is between “fake” and “real” fragrances. Although they tend to smell extremely similar, if not identical, the difference is that a “knock off” fragrance is only copying the top notes of its luxury counterpart. The initial spray may smell the same, but once those top notes dry, the mid a base notes will be missed.

When looking for a high quality fragrance, make sure to check out the Fragrance Market for an awesome variety of awesome perfumes!


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