Choosing the right perfume

Choosing the right perfume is a highly personal endeavour. Perfume is not just a scent; it’s a reflection of our personality and can be deeply connected to our individuality. As mentioned in my previous post on fragrance scents, it’s important to note that perfume can have a different scent on each person due to the uniqueness of our skin.

Factors like using body lotion before applying perfume, having a shower beforehand, or having very dry skin all contribute to the way a fragrance smells on us. All of these elements come together to create a unique olfactory experience for every one of us.

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Choosing the right perfume -Every perfume created will consist of ‘notes’.

  1. Floral
  2. Fresh
  3. Oriental
  4. Woody

Within each of these fragrance families, there will be sub-fragrances.

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Fragrance FM number 21 is a captivating blend of floral, fruity, and citrus notes. It belongs to one of the most popular fragrance families in women’s perfumery. Perfumes within this family often feature fresh, floral, soft floral, and floral Oriental notes, making them a beloved choice among women.

On the other hand, FM 33 perfume boasts a delightful combination of lemon, fruity, orange, and mandarin notes. This fragrance caters to those who appreciate a sweet scent with a refreshing twist, offering a perfect balance of sweetness and freshness.


FM 32 is another beloved fragrance, known for its captivating blend of oriental notes. It’s a harmonious mixture of floral, fruity, wood, spice, ambergris, and vanilla notes. This intricate combination creates a rich and inviting scent profile.

It’s worth noting that some fragrances with a prominent vanilla scent can be quite intense and sweet. If you prefer a more subtle fragrance and aren’t a fan of very sweet perfumes, consider opting for a scent with a softer and milder vanilla note. Finding the right balance in a fragrance is essential to ensure it aligns with your personal preferences.


FM 924, classified in the unisex category, is a highly popular fragrance known for its woody notes. Within these fragrances, you’ll also find subtle hints of floral, fruity, and oriental notes, creating a harmonious and versatile scent profile.

This balance makes FM 924 a delightful choice for both men and women to enjoy. It strikes a perfect middle ground, offering a fragrance that’s neither overly masculine for women nor excessively feminine for men, catering to a wide range of preferences.

Men’s and women’s perfume

The notes used in men’s and women’s fragrances do indeed differ to create distinct scent profiles. Men’s scents often feature musk or woody notes, which contribute to their characteristic masculinity.

However, it’s not uncommon for men’s fragrances to incorporate subtle hints of flowers or other elements, as seen in some of the offerings from brands like Tom Ford, where fruity, floral, citrus and woody notes coalesce into fragrances that maintain a masculine character.

In contrast, women’s fragrances frequently include a blend of floral, fruity, and floral notes, resulting in a sweeter and more feminine scent profile.

Interestingly, many women prefer and can confidently wear men’s fragrances, successfully embracing the versatility and appeal of these scents.


When we choose the right perfume concentration

We’ve all encountered the options when purchasing a fragrance, whether in stores or online, where they come in different concentrations.

  • Parfum: The strongest concentration, often the most expensive due to its high concentration of perfume oils, providing a long-lasting scent.
  • Eau de Parfum: A common choice among designer fragrances, featuring a substantial percentage of perfume oils that balance longevity and intensity.
  • Eau de Toilette: This concentration requires more frequent application throughout the day to maintain a fresh scent, offering a good balance of strength and subtlety.
  • Eau de Cologne: A delicate and light fragrance, typically favoured by men for its refreshing and mild aroma.

Remember the days of walking into a large department store and being immediately sprayed with their latest fragrance? You’d be left with a powerful and lingering scent that accompanied you throughout your entire shopping trip.

Over time, many stores adopted a different approach by using fragrance strips at their perfume counters. This innovation allowed customers to sample and try several scents simultaneously, offering a more controlled and versatile way to explore fragrances.

However, there were a couple of drawbacks to this approach. Firstly, it was easy to forget which fragrance was on which perfume strip, and after trying a few, the scents tended to blend, making it challenging to distinguish between them.

Another issue was that while a fragrance might smell delightful on the test strip, the experience could be quite different when applied to one’s skin at home. This discrepancy often led to disappointment and the realisation that the purchased scent wasn’t what we had hoped for, resulting in money spent on a fragrance that would go unused.

With FM cosmetics fragrances, you have the opportunity to experience any of our perfume samples from the comfort of your own home. If you’re unsure about which one to try, don’t hesitate to contact us; we’re more than happy to assist you.

Visit our online shop for inspiration and explore the wide range of fragrances we offer.

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