How to Buy Fragrances Online?

Let’s state the obvious, you can’t smell through your phone screen.

However, once you get over that, your library of options are endless. There are plenty of choices out there, newly released perfumes, niche perfumes, celebrity perfumes, vegan perfumes (wink) and even discontinued perfumes.. it can be tricky to know where to start, what to look for and which one to buy. Once you get it right, you can reap the benefits of purchasing fragrances online — free shipping, exclusive sample sets, travel kits, member perks and others.

Here are a few tips by IS:

1. Familiarise Yourself with Fragrance Families

Fragrance notes is very much a medium of art forming of a perfume. Typically, a perfume, whether it’s an Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette or Eau de Cologne is made of top, heart and base notes. Fragrance families consists of floral, fruity, oriental, woody, citrus and more. We suggest to do your research and list the accords (a combination of ingredients) of your favourite perfumes to narrow your choices. When you find perfumes that you like, enjoy the freedom of layering different scents by mixing fragrances of different families. Our personal favourite is mixing X with floral fragrances - because of its woody base and rosey heart it adds a layer of richness and depth to floral scents.


2. Play with Colors

More often than not the color used to advertise a perfume plays a role in telling the story behind the scent. For example, in fragrance packaging, yellow is frequently associated with a summertime holiday citrusy fragrance, but yellow should not be confused with gold as the color gold is always used to represent something rich, luxurious and formal. Colors used may give you a hint on the nature of the perfume within. What if the perfume does not indicate a specific color? Probably its best to use tip #1.


3. Get Samples

Getting a sample set is like going for a test drive — you get to experience and feel the emotions evoked by each scent personally on your skin. Fragrances do not smell the same person to person, as the city you’re in, environment and lifestyle you have makes an impact on how a perfume smells. If you are looking to impress someone with a perfume, you can also use the tips in this article. However if you intend to gift fragrances to someone that you are not particularly close to, a travel or discovery set would be just as impressive in fact allowing them to expand their library of scents while giving them the freedom to choose from more than one.

Enjoy a complimentary sample kit with every purchase!