It’s hard to know what to buy for someone when it comes to fragrances. Unless the person has specifically told you which one they want, it can be a bit of a minefield if you’re as picky with your fragrances as I am. To make it a little easier, Boots has very recently launched their own Fragrance Finder to help you with your Christmas shopping. I caught wind of this from a little birdy and naturally, decided to have a go at it myself. Here’s the review.
In a nutshell, it’s an online quiz that presents you with a series of questions, both demographic and sensory based to help Boots get a better idea of your/the person’s preferences when it comes to fragrances. Not gonna lie, some of my recommendations were pretty good and I’ll definitely be looking out for them when I next go perfume shopping.
Who are you shopping for?
You then get the option of “myself” or “a gift”. The questions for both are slightly different, so I’ll put the questions for both as we go along. Let’s call our lucky recipient XYZ.
We want to make sure you get the right kind of fragrance for you/XYZ. How old are you/XYZ?
This question appears for both “myself” and “a gift”, though it’s preceded by “Enter their name” for the gift version. It presents you with several age ranges – 16-24, 25-34, 35-54, 45-55 and 56+.
What fragrance are you looking for/does XYZ like to wear?
Simply choose between feminine and masculine.
Which pictures below best illustrate you/XYZ’s personality?
You’re presented with six images of different social settings, and you’re allowed to pick as many as you like that you think represent yourself/the person accurately.
What does XYZ like to drink?
This one only features in the gifting version, though I’m not sure why Boots doesn’t want to know what I like to drink when recommending me perfumes. You’re given a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, choose only one.
Which architecture appeals the most to you?
This question only features in the “myself” version. Maybe architecture is a more personal preference than drinks? Who knows. Again, choose only one image.
What kind of scent would you/XYZ like?
Choose three options from floral, fruity, sweet, citrus, musk, woody, spicy & oriental, marine & aquatic. This goes for both “myself” and the gifting option.
Which colour reminds you of your favourite scent?
Only in the “myself” option. You’re given a whole plethora of colours to choose from – pick only one. I have to say, that colour instinct thing is heavily influenced by packaging, which doesn’t always represent the perfume inside and the way you feel when you wear it. Anyone else feel the same way?
Where do you normally apply your fragrance?
Again, only in the “myself” option. Click as many as you like from the list, I personally went for hair, neck, behind the ears, shoulder, wrist and chest. Surely this shouldn’t matter though? I want to smell good no matter where I’ve spritzed the stuff.
And that’s it! Boots then generates a couple of fragrances based on your answers. You know, the selection I got at the end wasn’t bad at all – Versace’s Crystal Noir, lots of Chanels (soft spot for Chanel No. 5 and Coco Mademoiselle here), Flora by Gucci… all good stuff. Here’s my 100% match, according to Boots:
A handy little tool to help you along the way if you’ve made the bold decision to get someone a fragrance. Otherwise, a bit of fun if you fancy treating yourself to something nice this holiday. There’s something about a nice fragrance that really gets my mood up, or even brings back memories that I associate with a particular scent – Kirsty from Unseen Beauty did a lovely post on this. If you’ve had a go at this, let me know what suggestions you got, I’d love to hear them! Click here to head over to the Boots site. You go girl.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. Featured image created on canva, using photography by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash.