How to build your perfume wardrobe

Perfume wardrobe with scents from Sniph


Just like the clothes hanging in your wardrobe, a perfume collection is something that evolves year after year. At its best, it serves as a palette of expressions ready to complement a variety of moods, seasons and occasions. But just like any wardrobe, it’s a good idea to clear out the cobwebs once in awhile, introduce some fresh new elements and make sure your collection still represents you. And the start of a new year is a great opportunity to do just that.

But where to begin? Here are some of our top tips on how to build the ultimate 2019 scent wardrobe, so you can meet the new year scented for fun, love and success!


  1. Imagine your mix…

Does your dream wardrobe have a little bit of everything, or is it precisely curated and colour coded? Do you prefer timeless classics or do you lean more towards the experimental side? Or perhaps you like a combination of both?

Before you start revamping your scent wardrobe, it’s good to have a rough idea of what you’re looking for. We love this advice we received from James Heeley, founder of Heeley Parfums:

“No rules but I would simply encourage people to find scents that give them a feel good factor,”  he says. “If people want to enjoy scent they should aim to have at least one fresh, elegant everyday scent, then perhaps something a little more structured: perhaps an elegant floral or woody scent. Finally they should search for a scent with a wow factor, for occasions when you want to feel special.”

Of course, part of the fun is discovering the unexpected. Whatever your game plan, be sure to leave room for a wildcard or two.

  1. Get inspired by the trends, but don’t let them rule you.

Want something new, but feeling uninspired? Checking out what’s trending is a great way to spur your imagination. There’s a whole exciting world of noses, experts and trendsetters out there dedicated to the art and evolution of scent—leverage that wellspring for your own benefit!

But don’t feel confined by the trends either. If something piques your curiosity, by all means explore! But if it feels a bit off, feel free to leave it on the table. Ultimately, what you wear is a reflection of you. So above all else, focus on filling your wardrobe with the scents you truly love.  

  1. Spray, sniff, evaluateand repeat!

Now we get to the hands on (or "nose on”?) part. Testing is absolutely essential to the scent discovery process. When refreshing your scent wardrobe, besides testing any new perfume samples you may have acquired, you’ll also want to re-test the bottles you already have to assess whether they make the cut this year.   

Our recommended approach is to test perfumes on paper first. Spray a blotting paper and wave it through the air, then take your first sniff. Like what you smell? Proceed to testing it on your skin—which, in combination with your natural scent, will tell a fuller and more authentic story. Try to leave the perfume on your skin for the day, and observe how it evolves. Then assess what you like and dislike about it. We recommend following the “spray and say” principle. Do you like how the citrus or, perhaps, mustier scents make you feel? Remember that, and be sure you explore more perfumes that remind of those elements in the future.

Testing new perfumes can also happen through unexpected encounters. If you meet someone who smells amazing, take the opportunity to find out what kind of perfume they’re wearing. Not only will you make their day, you’ll also learn more about your own tastes in the process.  

We can also highly recommend stepping outside your comfort zone and trying a perfume you never thought you’d wear at first sniff. You just might discover a new side of yourself. Besides, the way you feel about a scent is guaranteed to change over time as you use it and create new memory associations.


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  1. Commit to a new bottle, if you’re ready.

Just like the process of dating, you’ll know when it’s the one. Maybe it was love at first sniff, or perhaps it was a more unconscious unfolding—a realisation that occurred to you only once the sample bottle was empty.

While we aren’t advocates of monogamy when it comes to scents, we do recommend investing in a bottle when you know it’s one you and your wardrobe just can’t live without.  

Some experts say that a full sized bottle lasts around three to five years. Others insist it’s much longer, especially with proper storage. Try to keep your bottles away from heat and direct sunlight, in a place where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much (aka, not in your bathroom!). Then again, if it’s true love, you’ll probably be ready for a refill in a couple of years anyway.   

  1. Or… just keep exploring.

There’s no rule saying you ever have to commit to a full sized bottle at all. If you’re still not sure what you like or you’re someone who’s always seeking the next adventure, by all means, keep exploring!

Speaking of exploration, this is something we at Sniph do best! We want to make it easier for you to explore the world of fragrance and discover scents you can fall in love with. That’s why we spend our days sampling hundreds of artisanal scents from some of the best boutique perfume houses around the world.

If you’re ready to start your journey, a Sniph subscription is a great place to start.

Check out our six distinctive collections here. You select the collection, and we deliver an exclusive scent right to your doorstep. A fun and easy way to begin building a scent wardrobe you love.

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