Fragrances are a touchy subject nowadays. Many public areas, such as workplaces, gyms and even some restaurants, are going "scent-free" due to customer allergies. But don't fret – if you're a perfume junkie, there are still plenty of places where you can wear your fragrances, and there are more fragrances than ever to choose from.
Women's fragrances run across the spectrum, from fruity and floral to sultry and spicy. Common ingredients include sandalwood, rosehip and citrus, as well as flowers like tuberose, amyris and narcissus.
While it's fun to experiment with different scents, many women opt for a lighter, more fresh fragrance for daytime, and wait for evening to try out heavier, deeper fragrances. The trick with even light fragrances is that a little goes a long way.
Men's fragrances tend to be on the musky side, with heavier scents such as sage, clove and even cedar. Like women's perfumes, many men's fragrances also incorporate citrus and floral tones, but they again tend to be heavier notes such as lemon, lime and grapefruit and lavender and patchouli.
With men it's even more important to note that a little goes a long way to keep scents from becoming overpowering. While it may be instinctual to spray more, many men's colognes just take a little time and body heat to increase the fragrance.
While designer fragrances have a certain allure – who hasn't heard of Chanel No.5? – they aren't always in everyone's budget. You could be looking at hundreds of dollars for a bottle of designer perfume.
If your budget runs a little lower, you'll be happy to know that many designer brands make affordable lines of perfume. Even celebrities who have tossed their hat in the perfume ring have recognized the importance of affordability. Sarah Jessica Parker, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez market their discount fragrances well under $100, and big names in the perfume industry such as Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Clinique and Dior do the same.
If you're looking for something even more affordable, be wary – often incredibly low-priced perfume have a less-refined scent and may expire more quickly than others. A good piece of advice is to invest in one signature scent, so you can buy a brand of better reputation.