Has she ever said that she likes floral or soft perfume and you were unsure what that all meant?  The world of perfume can be a maze and you'll end up with a headache if you go to the store and sniff them all wondering which one she might like.

Just to add to the equation . . . the same perfume can smell completely different on different women.

Now, just to save you the grief, whatever you do, don't go out and buy the same perfume that your ex used to like, just because you thought it smelled awesome on her and you know what the bottle looks like.  First . . . she will want to know why you picked that particular one. At which point you'll freeze and not know what to say . . . and then you're caught out because she'll see straight through that hesitant pause.

No way in hell is she going to wear a perfume your ex wore. Not to mention the can of worms that will be opened when she asks why you want her to smell like your ex.  Second . . . even if you make it past that first hurdle unscathed, she may smell like someone dumped candy floss on her instead of the intoxicating scent you remember.  Perfumes can smell quite different on different people!  So . . . if you're thinking about buying your ex's favourite . . . just don't.


  • Ask her what she's wearing next time she smells nice. Then write it down!
  • Next time you are in the store together… suck it up and ask if she wants to look at colognes and perfumes.  Listen to what she says.  Then write it down!
    (special bonus here is that she might tell you what you smell good in . . . women love nice-smelling men . . . this will take out the guess work next time you need to get a top-up bottle of cologne!)
  • When she's not looking, raid her cabinet and see what perfumes she owns.  Find the bottle with the least amount in it . . . it's probably her favourite.  Then write it down!

The main difference between types of fragrance is the concentration of essences.  Highest to lowest concentration of essences:

  1. Perfume – up to 40% concentration (most expensive)
  2. Eau de Parfum – to 15% concentration
  3. Eau de Toilette – to 10% concentration
  4. Eau de Cologne  – to 7% concentration  (least expensive)

Types of scents

Scent typeThink…DescriptionSuggestion
CitrusLively and energetictangy essence of citrus fruitsClinique Happy, Burberry Weekend for Women, Cartier Eau de Cartier for Women, Jo Malone Grapefruit, Calvin Klein CK One, The Gap Close
FloralSweet and romanticcombination of various flower scentsChanel No 5, Karl Lagerfeld Chloe, Lancome Tresor and Anna Sui
FruityFresh and spicysmells of apple, peach, berry, mango etc and often blended with floralsLiz Claiborne by Liz Claiborne, Avon Fire Me Up, Harajuku Lovers Lil' Angel, Ralph Lauren Ralph Wild, Marc Jacobs Splash
GreenNatural and energetictend toward the unisexChanel No. 19, Ralph Lauren Safari, Escada Sport Country Weekend, Sung Alfred Sung, Escada Magnetism, Adidas Adrenaline Woman
OceanicCrisp and freshnatural aromas such as mountain air, ocean spray or clean linenChristian Dior Dune, Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers, Davidoff Cool Water Woman, Giorgio Beverly Hills Ocean Dream
OrientalExotic and sensualearthy base scent like musk combined with something warm like amberElizabeth Taylor Black Pearls, Yves Saint Laurent Opuim, Guerlain Shalimar, Givenchy Organza, Yves Saint Laurent Opium, Versace Crystal Noir
SpicySugar and spicenotes of cloves, cinnamon, ginger in an alluring old fashioned wayChanel Coco, Jo Malone Vetyver, BCBG Girls, Givenchy Ysatis, Estee Lauder Cinnabar
Woodytrees and mossunisex with a classic appeal of no-nonsense femininityEstee Lauder Knowing, Chanel No. 19, Britney Spears Believe, Ralph Lauren Romance, Gucci Envy Me


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