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Because fragrance is such a personal expression, few gifts are as meaningful as the gift of fragrance. Which is why a fresh, new scent is one of the best gifts to give—or receive.
But how do you go about choosing the right fragrance?
Like any thoughtful gift, you will need to think creatively about your intended recipient. Let's use a feminine pronoun here, though these tips also pertain to men, many of whom, of course, also wear fragrance.
If she already has a favorite fragrance, your job just got easier. All you need to do now is visit the Thymes Fragrance Studio, discover which dominant fragrance family it belongs to and then choose one that complements it.
For those who aren't yet sure where to begin, here are some tips to help guide your selection.
1. Think visually. What's her personal style? Is she feminine? Classic? Casual? Outdoorsy? Chic? Apparel can provide a telling clue as to the types of fragrance she might prefer. A feminine or classic style traditionally suggests fragrances that fall within the floral family. Casual dressers might like a fresh, clean citrus scent. Outdoorsy? Perhaps a green or woody option. Someone especially chic and modern might favor an Oriental fragrance, with intriguing undertones of spice and musk. Gracious hostesses or comfort-minded homebodies might find their tastes run toward aromatic or gourmand aromas.
2. Use color as a cue. Which types of hues fill her wardrobe and rooms? Does she opt for clean lines—or complex patterns? Neutrals—or vivid brights? A sophisticated style might favor more traditional, floral fragrances or gourmand scents. Those who prefer bold, vibrant designs might welcome fragrance with a more adventurous attitude, like an Oriental, aromatic or woody choice. People who fill their homes with light might prefer a bright citrus or crisp green scent.
3. Imagine her dream trip. Where would she go? Those likely to plant themselves by the pool might enjoy a bright, sun-splashed citrus . Those who would relish a golfing or camping vacation might prefer a green or woody fragrance, whereas dreams of Marrakesh might reflect a taste for spicy Orientals. Time spent in botanical gardens (hello, floral!), on the seashore or at a family cabin also provide valuable clues. Or does she rhapsodize about farmer's markets, great meals or her favorite recipes? If so, fragrances from herbal aromatic and food-inspired gourmand families might be a perfect fit.
4. Most of all, listen. Is she seeking more balance in her life? Perhaps consider a soothing fragrance, often found in aromatic or woody families. Does she desire a burst of energy? Citrus and green fragrances are positively revitalizing. Does she enjoy seeking out new and interesting experiences? An Oriental fragrance may be just the fragrance adventure she is searching for. Is she looking to invite more romance into her life? A floral or gourmand choice might do the trick.
Clearly, this tip list is intended to raise more questions than it answers. Your next move is to visit the Thymes Fragrance Studio, where you can find out more about our fragrance families, their characteristics and the collections that contain them. You'll soon have an abundance of great options at your fingertips—with the ease of online ordering.
Still feeling unsure? Then choose from a collection that appeals to you and see how you like it. Or pick from our broad selection of wonderful scented candles or home fragrance options; all the pleasure, yet not quite as intimate as bath and body care choices.
Finally, remember that fragrance is one of life's great joys. You know what they say about variety being the spice of life—the more choices, the richer the banquet! And in exploring the world of scents, the thrill is in the search. Plus, any gift that reflects your thoughtfulness, generosity and good taste will surely be well received.
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