How Many Perfumes Should A Woman Have? (Never Enough!)

Written By Nazia Haque

Perfumes are an important part of our daily life, but sometimes we may go overboard with the quantity.

As a woman, I wish one perfume were enough because that would save me a lot of money.

Keep reading to decide the number of perfumes you actually need.

How Many Perfumes Should A Woman Have?How Many Perfumes Should A Woman Have?

A woman should have mostly 3 perfumes. For example, for every day, another for the evening, and lastly for very special occasions. In addition to that, the fragrances you buy should not be experimental as you are limiting yourself. But you can always have as many as you want.

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How Many Perfumes Should I Own?

I can never have one fragrance. Firstly, wearing one scent for everything is just boring.

Secondly, you don’t wear the same dress every day. Likewise, you need fragrances appropriate to the occasion.

However, that doesn’t mean you need countless perfumes. For instance, 3 fragrances are enough to get you through. Here’s how it works:

1. You will need a perfume for every occasion which should be a daytime fragrance
A daytime scent should be subtle, crowd-pleasing, and easy to the nose. Therefore, you should go for safe options like vanilla since it’s for daily use, like in an office. Here are the notes that you should look for:

  • Fresh
  • Floral
  • Vanilla
  • Musky
  • Rose and Patchouli

Moreover, I have also got some fragrances for you to check out:

  1. Shisheido Zen (New) by Shiseido Women /
  2. Escentric Molecules Eau De Toilette Molecule 01
  3. Nasomatto Extrait de parfum Spray
  4. Maison Lancôme Jasmins Marzipane
  6. Athalia
  7. Narciso Rodriguez by Narciso Rodriguez for Women
  8. Chance by Chanel for Women Eau De Pafum

As important as the perfume type is, the number of sprays is also essential. Here are the number of spritzes you should follow for work setting:

Follow 3 spray routines: It is for closed encounters like in an office. So, you have to spray like this:

  • Step-1# Behind each ear.
  • Step-2# Back of your neck.

2. You should have a fragrance for the evening

You should have a scent suitable for clubbing, date night, or just somewhere loud. You’d want a sweet, seductive, and strong fragrance.

Here are some notes you should look for:

  • Sweet Fruity
  • Caramelized Fruity
  • Honey
  • Sweetened Almond

Here are 8 best date fragrances for you:

  1. Guerlain Mon Eau De Parfum
  2. Hugo Boss The Scent Private Accord
  3. Viva La Juicy Gold Couture
  4. Dior Poison Girl
  5. Aquafina Pink Sugar
  6. Ellie Saab Girl of Now
  7. Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal
  8. Carolina Herrera Good Girl

Even though you opt for strong fragrances for evening perfumes, you should still follow the correct spray routine. Here’s what you should do:

Do 5 sprays: For five sprays, aim for pulse points and intimate areas that will give better performance of your fragrance.

  • Step-1# Spray behind each of your ears
  • Step-2# Spray in your cleavage
  • Step-3# Spray at the back of your neck
  • Step-4# Spray in your hair

3. Perfumes For special occasions

You should always have perfume tucked away for special events—for instance, a wedding, party, or any special occasion. You’d want to stand out, and make a statement so go for perfumes with character.

Therefore, go all in and have an expensive niche perfume, mainly because you will rarely use it.

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Here are 10 expensive niche perfumes picked out for you:

  1. Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger
  2. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge
  3. DedCool Fragrance 01 Taunt
  4. Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose
  5. Byredo 1996
  6. Diptyque Fleur de Peau
  7. D.S. & Durga Rose Atlantic
  8. Henry Rose Windows Down
  9. Krigler Lovely Patchouli 55 Classic
  10. Le Labo Thé Noir 29

On the other hand, if you are a perfume enthusiast- definitely a few bottles won’t do for you. But you can always make it with just scents.

That is to say, a handful number of perfumes can be enough if you understand the notes of the scent and effectively use them.

How Many Perfumes Are Too Many?

If you are a fragrance collector, you can have as many perfumes as you want- that still wouldn’t be enough.

On the other hand, a few good bottles of perfumes are also enough to cover specific events of your life. Although, there is no limit to enjoying scents.

In other words, you can just have some perfumes that will get you through. Here are some examples:

  • You can have a good office perfume.
  • You can have a strong winter fragrance.

Therefore, you can try strong, fresh, and clean scents. And you can actually enjoy such type of perfume on most occasions.

Here are 5 fragrances for you:

  1. Prada – La Femme
  2. Chanel – Chance Eau Tendre
  3. Hermes – Twilly D’hermes
  4. Chanel – Coco Madamoiselle
  5. Dolce & Gabbana – Light Blue Intense

Moreover, you should be extra conscious of the scent’s characteristics when you limit yourself from buying too many perfumes. Here are some things you should look for:

  • If it’s long-lasting enough to survive in the winter
  • If it’s strong enough to stay fresh in the summer

In addition to that, you can go a tad bit extra and have 10 fragrances. Firstly, when you want a great scent, especially for winter, date, date, and so on.

Secondly, when you want to play around and don’t want a consistent aroma.

In conclusion, as a woman, you can have 2, 3, or 5 fragrances at the top. More than ten perfumes are too many.

Here are 5 keepers for you:


Most importantly, you should know how to use your fragrance to enjoy it thoroughly.

What Is The Best Way To Use Perfume?

You cannot simply just buy a good perfume. You should also know how to use it correctly.

So you should know how to use your fragrances to increase their longevity and overall performance.

First of all, you should check out the concentration before you get a perfume. Here’s how it goes:

  • Parfum is the strongest.
  • Eau de parfum is 2nd strongest.
  • Eau de toilette is way subtler compared to others.

Consequently, high concentrated fragrances last longer because they are more potent. As a result, very few sprays are enough for the scent to linger on you.

Meanwhile, less concentrated perfumes are not strong enough. So you need extra help. Here’s how you can increase longevity:

#1: Apply perfume with unscented deodorant

If your deodorant already has its scent, then it’s wise not to mix it with your perfume because the results can be unpleasant. So, to avoid any weird mix of smell, stick with unscented deodorant.

#2: Layer your perfumes

Create your unique fragrance by pairing a perfume with scented oil or another scent. But in the first test, which ones go well together.

#3: Apply perfume using an unscented body oil

Dry skin cannot hold fragrances for an extended period. Whereas moist skin can lock the scent well and so you don’t need to keep reapplying often.

#4: Apply fragrance to your clothes

Clothes hold perfumes better than your skin. Even after you wash it, the scent doesn’t go away quickly.

#5: Use perfume directly on your skin

Walking through a perfume cloud is fine, but you aim for longevity then drop it. Instead, directly apply on your bare skin to keep the scent longer on you.

#6: Spray perfume behind the top of your ears

Since oil helps to make the fragrance last longer, the top of our ears is said to be a bit oilier, so that can help in your scents’ longevity.

#7: Do not store perfume in the bathroom

It is essential where you store your perfume. The heat, light, and humidity break your fragrance and eventually lessen its quality and intensity.

Instead, store your perfumes in cold, dark, and dry areas, ideally closet, to keep them away from windows.

#8: Use Vaseline beforehand

Use it on your pulse points, and that keeps the fragrance on your skin longer.

#9: Use an unscented Lotion

The lotion will moist your skin and hold the scent longer. Plus, being unscented will ensure that no weird mixed smell will be produced.

#10: Apply perfume right after taking the shower

After a shower, your body will get extra moisture from water that will help to keep the fragrance last longer.

#11: Don’t rub your wrists after applying perfume

When you rub after applying perfume, this breaks its molecules and destroys the top notes. So, you will not smell the top notes at all.

#12: Apply perfume on your pulse points

The pulse points generate extra body heat, which can help perfumes last longer. The pulse points are:

  • Behind your ear
  • At the bottom of your throat
  • On your wrist
  • Inside your elbow
  • Behind your knee
  • Cleavage
  • Back of your neck

#13: Apply perfume in your hairbrush

Instead of directly applying to your hair, you can spray on your hairbrush for a subtle smell on your hair. Also, there are hair perfumes as well.

#14: Carry your scent with you

You can use atomizers, or spray perfume on wet tissue, or spray on cotton swabs to carry them with you.

How Many Perfumes Should A Woman Have? (Never Enough!)

Meanwhile, the number of sprays is also essential because you don’t want to suffocate others with your scent. And you don’t want your perfume to be invisible. Here’s what you should do:

Strong fragrances

You can go for 3 to 5 sprays maximum for strong perfume because the scent is very heavy.

For 3 sprays:

Since it’s just three sprays, you need to make the most of it, so always aim for pulse points because they give off heat that locks the scent best.

  • Behind your ears
  • In your cleavage

For 5 sprays:

For five sprays, aim for pulse points and intimate areas that will give better performance of your fragrance.

  • Spray behind each of your ears
  • Spray in your cleavage
  • Spray at the back of your neck
  • Spray in your hair

Light Fragrances

You can spray from 5 to 11 times max for light fragrances because they don’t last long.

For 11 sprays:

If you use a light fragrance, you can go a bit over the top with 11 sprays to make the scent last longer.

  • Spray behind each of your ears
  • Spray in your cleavage
  • Spray at the back of your neck.
  • Spray in your hair
  • Spray in your wrists
  • Spray in each of your elbow crevices
  • Spray in the back of your knees

Above all, you should store your perfumes properly. Here’s how you should store perfumes:

  • Keep the Bottle Closed
  • Store Your Perfume in a Dark Place
  • Store Your Fragrance in a Dry Place
  • Avoid Storing Your Perfume in the Bathroom
  • Keep Your Perfume in the Original Box
  • Store on a Low-Level Shelf
  • Keep the Bottle Sealed When Not in Use

What Is The Most Popular Women’s Perfume?

The best perfume is all it takes to complete your look. It can be subtle and understated or bold and fearless; you have endless choices.

As a woman, a good perfume can seal the deal for us. Just like that, a pleasant scent can set the mood or an occasion for you.

Here are the 10 best perfumes for women:

  1. Armani Si BLACK
  2. Lancome Midnight Rose
  3. Rihanna Reb Fleur
  4. Diesel Loverdose Red
  6. Lancome LA NUIT Tresor

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What Women Want

As a woman, I know how conscious we can be about fragrance. But finding the perfect perfume doesn’t have to be a challenge.

Certainly, it is difficult to have that one perfume for all occasions.

However, few bottles are enough when you understand the scent’s notes and overall structure. For instance, the concentration of perfume and the base notes will help you judge the fragrance.

Therefore, you can have 2 or 3 fragrances that are sufficient for work or special events.

In addition to that, you can go a bit extra and have 5 perfumes. But more than 5 is too much.

In conclusion, there is no limit to the amount of scent you can have, but that doesn’t mean you need them all.

I hope the article has helped you out in clearing your confusion.

Nonetheless, do share your thoughts in the comment section below.

About The Author
Nazia is passionate about perfumes. Her love for perfumes started with her father whom she lost in 2017. She’d often reminisce his memories with the help of his fragrances’. Writing about fragrances makes her happy as she can share its wonders with the world. She also loves reading sci-fi novels and traveling.

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