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How to Choose Women's Perfume

If you're searching for the perfect gift for that special someone, you can find all the top names in women's perfume at Kohl's. Peruse our selection of well-known brands like Versace perfume, Ariana Grande perfume, and Jimmy Choo perfume. Explore the latest scents and trending perfumes from names like Michael Kors, Juicy Couture, and Coach. If you know the women in your life love a particular brand of perfume, surprise them with the newest scent, or shop bath and body gift sets so they can soak in their favorite fragrances from head to toe. From classics made by Estée Lauder and Burberry to fresh new fragrances from Vera Wang and Gucci, Kohl's has all the perfume you and your loved ones could want.

1. Find Your Scent Family

When shopping for the perfect gift, search Kohl's selection of women's fragrances or skincare products, and make her wishes come true. Whether you're searching for floral, musk, citrus or some other "je ne sais quoi" kind of scent, Kohl's has the perfume for you. But sometimes picking your ideal scent can be overwhelming. With so many options to choose from, you might not know where to start. Fortunately, we're here to help.

One of the easiest places to begin is with your (or her) favorite foods. This may sound unusual, but there's a reason for this. Scent and taste are closely aligned and can be just the spark you need to search for your signature fragrance in a scent family. For example, if you like the smell of baked goods, you might like perfume infused with vanilla. Certain smells can invoke nostalgic feelings and memories. Knowing your favorite smells can lead you to pick a scent family.

2. Learn Common Fragrance Notes

Each perfume consists of three different notes (e.g. top, middle, and bottom). These notes determine the overall scent and all work in synergy to create a specific smell. The top note is the strongest scent and when sprayed, the smell typically fades within 15 minutes. The middle note, also known as the heart note, is the body of the perfume. This means that the smell stays prominent and bold for at least a few hours. Finally, the bottom note consists of those rich, heavy scents that linger for long periods of time. Generally, this scent can last until the end of the day.

3. Choose a Concentration

When you're shopping for a new fragrance you may notice a bunch of French words at the bottom of your bottle: eau de toilette, Eau de Parfum, Parfum, Eau Fraiche—the list goes on. You might have wondered what these mean. Well, colognes and perfumes consist of perfume essence (essential oils, extracts, etc.), alcohol and water. The difference between the types of fragrance depends on the concentration of perfume used in the scent. The names of each perfume type can give you clues to the concentration of perfume in the fragrance. Here's a quick way to distinguish the different kinds of perfume:

ParfumeEau de ParfumEau de ToiletteEau de CologneEau Fraiche
Fragrance Essence 20-30%Fragrance Essence 15-20%Fragrance Essence 5-15%Fragrance Essence 2-4%Fragrance Essence 1-3%
Lasts 8+ HoursLasts 5-8 HoursLasts 3 HoursLasts 2 HoursLasts 1 Hour

4. Test a Few Perfumes Out

Finding your signature scent is like building a wardrobe. You should have a scent that expresses your unique style for the season or occasion. This gives you a canvas of fragrances to choose from. You can do a few simple tests to make sure that it's a scent you will enjoy. You can do a simple sniff test of the bottle or try a sample of the fragrance on your skin. It's going to take some time to find your signature fragrance(s). Take the time to get to know the scent and how it wears on your body and mixes with your natural scent. We suggest starting with at least three scents to rotate during a designated period. This allows you to narrow down your favorite and switch out your least favorite with a new scent until you can find your ideal perfume.