Don't judge a fragrance by first impressions

When you first smell a fragrance, you are smelling a combination of notes – the top notes, heart notes and base notes.

After only a few minutes, you might perceive the scent differently. The reason for this is that the top notes of a fragrance are the first to dissipate, leaving behind the heart and base notes. When the heart notes begin to fade, you will then experience what is known as the scent's dry-down.

That's why you might love a fragrance at first impression, but later begin to dislike it. Or perhaps you have smelt a new fragrance and had no interest in it, yet some time later you can't stop smelling yourself.

To properly test out a fragrance, apply some to your pulse points, without to rub vigorously, and make a note of your first impression. Then, smell it again after 5, 20 and 60 minutes. Notice whether your thoughts about the fragrance have changed.

Always allow the scent a little time to develop before deciding whether you like it or not. If you don't like a fragance after 20 minutes, chances are you won't like it later.