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How To Choose The Best Perfume Online When You Can’t Test It

Recently, shopping for everything online is the new normal during these unprecedented times. Spending our days indoors and wanting to try something new is a good way to pass the time. You may be interested in trying a new fragrance, one that suits your mood, personality or season.

Buying a fragrance online could be a tricky task, as we are unable to smell the perfume or aftershave before buying it. But is it a good idea to blind buy a fragrance? How do we test it to find out whether the fragrance is the right fit for you?

I have bought a lot of scents without smelling them first-hand. Sometimes you are spot on and pleasantly surprised and then there are times it is poor. Trying before you buy is always going to be a good idea, but sometimes that is not possible and you might prefer to shop online.

Why Buy Fragrances Online?

There are a few great reasons why we buy fragrances online. These include:

  • They are Cheaper – You can find a lot of superb deals that are often only available online
  • A Wide Selection – Hard to find fragrances are readily available online
  • More Convenient – Shopping from the comfort of your home is awesome

Here are some tips and tricks to buy fragrances online without smelling them.

Research is your friend

The initial step to buying a fragrance online without testing it is doing valuable research. You can research to find quality fragrances by viewing the ratings and comments of them. It is true we all have different noses and taste, so it is a fantastic idea to get an extensive idea from various sources. There are few well-known online fragrance blogs that you can use to do your research.

Communicate with the seller

The best tip to follow when buying a fragrance online is to communicate with the retailer, and you need to ask questions about the fragrances. One of the biggest advantages to purchasing fragrances from Alluring Beauty is that you can ask our team for advice. We provide live chat options for our customers so that you can ask more about any product you are interested in.

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Check out the notes

Fragrances will contain an online description of the scent which you are planning to buy, and it will help you to know which is stronger and which is subtler. Most perfumes and aftershaves have three layers, which are top, middle, and base.

Top notes or headnotes forms a person’s initial impression of the perfume. Top notes are the first scent you smell immediately after spraying on your fragrance, but this usually fades away after several minutes.

The Middle Notes or heart notes are the core scents of the fragrance and emerges after a while as the top note fades away. It can last for the next few hours, before it fades to give way to the base notes.

The Base Notes are the heaviest of the scents that linger and last the longest. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume. The base notes affect the longevity of your perfume and the overall scent of your fragrance. The compounds of the base notes are typically richer and deeper, and the essential oils linger the longest on your skin.

Know about the fragrance families

Before buying a fragrance, we need to know about the fragrance families so that we can buy one that matches our needs. Check out how to choose the perfect scent for you. The most common type of scents used are:

Florals – Keen for something delicate and calming? Choose from the note of a single flower such as jasmine, magnolia, rose or a combination of essences.

Aromatic – Typical examples of fresh green herbs are lemongrass, rosemary, thyme, sage and even lavender. Aromatics are often coupled with citrus and spicy notes for fuller accords. It is very popular for springtime and summery fragrances to feature aromatic notes in their composition as they give a lively and crisp feeling from the first spritz.

Woody – The main aspect of woody scents is sandalwood and cedarwood as well as patchouli and vetiver, this is a family that is mostly adored by men. It has a soft and dry aroma that brings warmth and brightness to a fragrance.

Citrus – Fruity, fresh and ideal for warm weather. The essence of these scents is invigorating and light. The uplifting notes of lemon, lime, orange, mandarin, bergamot, neroli and orange blossom give any perfume a touch of sparkling joy.

Spicy – Most of these exotic fragrances comprise of spicy exotic powders, such as pepper, clove, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger. Warm, opulent and comforting middle note ingredients that add a spicy kick to any scent.

Oriental - This base note family is sweet, powdery and warm. Most of these fragrances comprise of sandalwood, amber, vanilla, Tonka bean and musk. If you want a strong bouquet that lingers for hours, you will warm up to the rich perfumes and exotic notes of the orient.

Fruity – Exhilarating notes with juicy, sweet, sour, and tart aromas like apples, pears, peaches and berries. Fruity notes bring radiance and youthfulness to fragrances.

Fragrances can be more complex, and have more than one note, for example a woody aromatic scent, or a fruity-floral scent. They may sound complicated but it gives a more detailed insight of the scent.

Think about the concentration level

Also, you need to check the concentration of the scent and check in which division it will come. There are some divisions that are most common such as Parfum, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne.

Parfum strength ranges between 20% and 30% and provides up to 10 hours of scent.

Eau de Parfum ranges from 15% to 20% of fragrance concentration which provides around 8 hours of scent.

Eau de Toilette ranges from 5% to 15% of concentration which provides around 3 or 4 hours of scent.

Eau de Cologne concentration will range from 3% to 8% which is subtler. They are usually relatively cheap and the fragrance rarely lasts more than two hours.

Fragrance Concentration Guide

One thing to consider is that the concentration of essential oils has a correlation with a perfume's intensity and longevity. Rationally, an eau de parfum has considerably more scent than an eau de cologne so its fragrance lingers for a lot longer on your skin.

Check your personal needs

These are the things to remember when you are shopping for a fragrance online without doing any kind of test. But apart from all these steps, you need to know about your personal preference when you are buying a fragrance.

It's important to note your personality and lifestyle. Choosing a perfume can be based around your favourite flower or favourite place. Our Alluring Beauty team can help you paint a perfume portrait to find a perfume or aftershave that suits your needs.

Best scents to buy online:

Jimmy Choo Perfume – Blossom – Eau de Parfum 

Jimmy Choo Blossom is a warm weather scent with a fruity medley of berries, that comes along with floral aromas of sweet pea and rose. This is a crowd pleaser with moderate longevity and sillage.
Jimmy Choo Perfume - Blossom - Eau de Parfum (60ml)

Ariana Grande Perfume – Cloud – Eau de Parfum 

Cloud by Ariana Grande is a dreamy and playful scent that is uplifting, it will increase happiness and positivity. This perfume for women is very addictive. This scent comes with a blend of fruity-florals that includes lavender blossom, juicy pear, and mouth-watering bergamot, and adds the cashmere feel to seduce the senses.

Ariana Grande Perfume - Cloud - Eau de Parfum (30ml)

Paco Rabanne – Olympea – Eau de Parfum 

Olympea has intense notes that are fresh like jasmine, salt and vanilla. This scent is dedicated to all modern-day goddesses. It is wrapped in a blend of sandalwood, cashmere, and ambergris that will awaken the senses. It has long-lasting longevity with good sillage. It can also be your signature scent all year long.

Paco Rabanne - Olympea - Eau de Parfum

Guerlain Perfume - Mon Guerlain - Eau de Toilette 

Mon Guerlain is simply exquisite. Feminine, warm and sweet this perfume can be worn throughout the year and it is not too intense while it lingers on your skin. It has notes like Tahitian vanilla, lavender, sandalwood and iris.

Guerlain Perfume - Mon Guerlain - Eau de Toilette (30ml)

Paco Rabanne Aftershave – Ultraviolet Man – Eau de Toilette 

Ultraviolet Man by Paco Rabanne is unique and elegant, and it can be used for everyday wear. This aftershave for men is fresh, boyish, sweet and ideal for men who like to distinguish themselves from the crowd. Lasting power and sillage are great.

Paco Rabanne Aftershave - Ultraviolet Man - Eau De Toilette (50ml)

Hugo Boss Aftershave – Hugo Extreme – Eau de Parfum 

Hugo Extreme by Hugo Boss is modern, fresh, and versatile. It has a crisp blend of green apple, lavender and balsam fir. This fragrance for men has long-lasting longevity and moderate sillage. It can be worn all year long.

Hugo Boss Aftershave - Hugo Extreme - Eau de Parfum


Giorgio Armani Aftershave - Acqua Di Gio - Eau De Toilette

Acqua di Giò by Armani is a timeless classic that continues to impress! It has a fresh, light, clean and crisp style with strong hints of citrus. It is best for spring or summer season whether you are on a night out or need to wear something during the day.

Giorgio Armani Aftershave - Acqua Di Gio - Eau De Toilette

Lacoste Aftershave - Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc - Eau de Toilette

Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc is floral but masculine, light and inviting. It’s clean, fresh and unobtrusive. Lacoste blanc is a warm weather fragrance with strong notes of grapefruit, cedar and ylang-ylang. Mass appealing scent with a good performance.

Lacoste Aftershave - Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc - Eau de Toilette (100ml)


Buying a fragrance online is like entering into the new brave world, sometimes you may end up with a scent that you don’t like or your new signature scent. But following the above-mentioned tips, we are more equipped to find the scent that suits us. But once you master these tips and tricks, you will find endless options.