How do you select the right perfume? There are lots of articles out there on this topic, including Bois de Jasmin’s perfume wardrobe series and The Art of Seducing Yourself. In February, French Elle published an interview with perfumer Jean-Christophe Hérault, who shared a few tips. Hérault is the author of Balenciaga Rosabotanica, Comme des Garçons Amazingreen and Chopard Enchanted, and I liked the sensible comments he shared with the magazine. I selected and translated a few excerpts below.
Can you please give us advice on how to select perfume?
The only advice I can give is to take your time. Do not hesitate to try several perfumes to make the right choice. I also suggest you test it on your skin in order to follow the perfume’s progress throughout the day. A perfume should surprise you and develop in a pleasing manner.
How do you explain why one perfume doesn’t smell the same on two different people?
Everyone’s skin reacts in a different manner, and there must be chemistry between the perfume and the person who wears it.
Would you recommend having only one perfume?
In my opinion, there is no rule. If you are happy with your forty perfumes, I encourage you to keep them. Other people have the same perfume for years and cannot imagine changing. This is something very personal. I find it quite interesting to vary fragrances depending on the occasion, and this requires making the right choice at the right time. I like this idea. Some people even combine perfumes, which is a delicate exercise, but why not!
Is it possible to determine, based on someone’s personality, what perfumes will suit them?
Yes , I think a perfume is worn like a garment: we pay attention to our figure, our personality, we will make sure that it fits. Apart from the purely practical aspects, a garment that suits one person may not suit another. It is the same for perfumes. A femme fatale will instinctively select a perfume with a scent trail and powerful notes. But a shy person may make a strategic choice in expressing themselves by putting on a perfume with a rich olfactory aura.
To read the full article in French, please see Bien choisir son parfum : les conseils d’un nez.
Do you have your own tips on selecting perfume?
Photography by Bois de Jasmin