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How to Buy Perfume Online

Who smells so good? Perfume is a unique Christmas gift idea. 

There’s nothing quite like a signature scent to define who you are, which is why perfume is the perfect Christmas gift for the men and women in your life.

When you give the gift of perfume to a loved one, you are saying to them, “this is the person you are to me.” It’s a very unique way to say I love you to a special someone.

The nose knows…or does it?

In the past, the only place to buy perfume was in the department store. After smelling dozens of fragrances, shoppers would dizzyingly reach for the closest bottle and buy it, eager to get out of the store and breathe in fresh air! Most experts agree that the human nose is easily confused after smelling a few similar scents. Even the perfume manufacturers will advise you to stick to smelling one scent only and read the packaging to determine if the perfume is right for you.

These days we can do that online. In fact, buying perfume online is the ideal solution to the mad hustle and bustle of the department store at Christmas. Of course, the right fragrance can be tricky to find, and buying perfume online can be mind boggling if you don’t know where to start. Luckily, we have you covered and this guide will outline just how to buy perfume online.

The four categories

Sexy, Sassy, Sporty, Sweet, or Serious

All fragrances fall into one of four general categories: Woody, Green, Floral, Citrus, Oriental.

Whether you’re buying perfume for yourself or your special someone, the first question to ask before you start shopping is, “What adjective would I use to describe this person?” Are you shopping for a man’s man who loves to hunt and fish and hike? Are you buying a Christmas gift for your mum who loves to bake and shop and fuss over you? What about you? Are you trying to find your signature scent in time to make a splash at Christmas parties? This is the time to take a long hard look at the person you’re shopping for and ask: what’s the best adjective to describe them.

Woody Perfumes & Colognes

Perfumes in this category are the perfect pick for people who prefer sitting in front of the fire over basking in the sun on the beach. Woody perfumes give off a warm, cozy smell with hints of cedar, sandalwood, and oak with just a dash of sweetness for warmth.

Fragrances with this smell include…

For Women

Christian Dior Pure Poison

Katy Perry Purr

Terry Mugler Angel

For Men

Issey Miyake L Eau D’ Issey Pour Homme

Versace Pour Homme Eau de Toilette

Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau de Toilette


Green Perfumes & Colognes

Green Perfumes are fresh, youthful, and light. Choose a perfume from this category for anyone that loves to be outdoors, frolicking on the beach, or doesn’t like their fragrance to be the too strong.

Choices for men and women. Green fragrances are not over powering, but still strong enough to give your special someone a signature scent they’ll love. Who knows, you might just find a perfume that gives the perfect statement about you too!

For Women

Elemis Eau de Parfumj

Chanel Chance

Sarah Jessica Parker Covert Eau de Parfum

For Men

Ralph Lauren Polo Blue

Hugo Boss Green

David Beckham Essence


Oriental Perfumes & Cologne

Oriental perfumes are ideal gifts for the sensual, sexy someones in your life. Made with spices like amber, cardamom, and pepper, Oriental fragrances are lush, noticeable, and head turning. These are the ideal fragrances for the showstoppers in your life. Do you know someone who loves to be the center of attention? Make them purr with gratitude when you give them this gift of their perfect signature scent this Christmas.

For Women

Lady Gaga Fame

Christian Dior J’Adore

Chloe Intense

For Men

Dolce & Gabbana The One

Bvlgari Pour Homme

David Beckham Intimately Yours For Him








Citrus Perfumes & Colognes

Citrus-based fragrances have a very fresh, almost mouth-watering smell to them like a juicy peach or crisp pear. They could be described as a “happy” smell, and would be ideal as a gift for someone with a youthful exuberance and a slightly sassy attitude. For men and women, this smell is the signature scent for the person that brings the light and laughter to any party.

For Women

Gucci by Gucci Ladies

Dolce & Gabbana Rose The One

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Woman

For Men

Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme Sport

Giorgio Armani Code

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio


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Writer and expert