How To Buy Fragrance For Someone Else

How To Buy Fragrance For Someone Else

How To Buy Fragrance For Someone Else

Buying fragrance for your partner or loved one can be a daunting experience. Perfume is very personal to every individual so the concept of choosing for someone else may feel rather presumptuous and overwhelming, especially with such a vast variety of scents.

However, whilst fragrance can be challenging to get right for someone else, it is well worth the extra effort. Wearing perfume is an incredibly personal experience that the wearer needs to enjoy, but it is also extremely intimate on the senses of those in close proximity, with many people finding themselves wearing perfume for others to enjoy – especially their partner. This reason makes fragrance the perfect meaningful gift that can be truly enjoyed together.

But how do you approach buying a fragrance for someone else as a gift? Whether you are buying for your husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, a family member or long-time friend, we’ve put together a guide on how to best avoid disappointment, whatever the occasion.


It is important that you spend time discovering what he or she enjoys wearing. The best clue is to look at what fragrance they are currently wearing. If you know what they have previously worn and enjoyed wearing in the past, this is a bonus and will help you build up a bigger picture of their scent preferences.

Research into what you know they like and understand what type of fragrance this is. Is it an Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette or an Eau de Cologne? Which fragrance family does their existing fragrance sit in? Is it fruity, woody, floral, oriental, citrus etc? Having a better grasp on the world of perfumery, and the different fragrance types and families, will help you to narrow down your selection tremendously.

Another great way to understand what your loved one may like is through their food tastes. It’s important to consider if there are any foods they particularly like or dislike. Someone who is not into herbs and spices is probably not going to enjoy a spicy scent inspired by India, for example. Equally, someone who’s not keen on sweets and desserts is less likely to sway towards sweeter scented perfumes.


A fragrance should always suit one's personality. If your loved one is not comfortable with what their new fragrance is saying about them, they will feel less inclined to wear it, regardless of whether they like the scent or not. Consider if they like to stand out from the crowd or if they prefer to be more subtle. Are they fun, flirty, daring, reserved, passionate or more aloof? Spend a little time considering the personality traits that define them in your eyes and find a perfume to match this.

Consider where they are going to wear their new fragrance. Do they work in an office space in close proximity to others? Perhaps a more discreet scent is going to suit better and not too overpowering for their colleagues. Are they into sports and fitness? A fresh and invigorating citrus scent like Aventus Cologne will likely be a hit. Are they very sociable? Something bold like Aventus or Aventus for Her that will help them command the room may be more up their street. Or are they a jet-setter? A Fruity and exotic scent like Virgin Island Water, may be the perfect match for their next holiday. Whatever your loved one is into, it may have more merit than you think when guiding you in your fragrance gift of choice.


It is always advised that you test the fragrance before purchasing it. Our perfume expert, Eva Carlo, explains “allow yourself time to really experience the whole fragrance, from the top notes that you immediately smell, right through to the deeper, longer lasting base notes”. This can take some time so if you are in a store, we recommend you spray the scent on a blotter card and get a coffee whilst you allow it to develop, smelling it at different intervals over the next 24 hours to truly experience the full scent.

If you are purchasing a fragrance online follow Eva’s tip to testing perfumes purchased online to get around its challenges.
“I’d recommend purchasing a sample set before buying the full-sized bottle. Creed sample sets come with a selection of 5 samples which allows you to explore several different fragrances before purchasing your chosen gift”. Alternatively, our Discovery Gift Sets for Men & Women are the perfect luxury gift that will allow you to test a selection of three cult classics from the House of Creed before you settle on their next signature scent. When buying for a partner, it is particularly essential that you also enjoy the fragrance you choose, so take your time in the selection process.

It’s even better if you can get your loved one to try the fragrance on themselves. If it’s a secret, you may need to find a more subtle way, like guiding them through the fragrance section next time you are shopping and subtly spritz a few different scents to get their opinion.


Steer away from buying your loved one something just because it is new or trending: It doesn’t mean it is going to be suitable for their tastes. It’s easy to get lured in by a big campaign, attractive perfume bottles and PR surrounding a new launch, however, you are going to have far more success if you stick to doing your own research instead.

If you are struggling to find out what your loved one likes with regards to scents, you are better to opt for a long-standing classic rather than something new. This classic fragrance has likely stood the test of time and has been enjoyed by many, so you know that you are going to be investing in something that is far more likely to resonate with the recipient.

Creed’s Cult Classics such as Aventus or Green Irish Tweed are firm favorites in our male fragrance collection, whilst Aventus for Her and Love in White are sure winners in our women’s assortment. If you know that your partner prefers something rather discreet and subtly masculine, Silver Mountain Water is hugely successful with both Creed ladies and gentlemen.


Remember you are not alone in the process. The world of perfumery can feel daunting, however at Creed we have a team of experts on hand to help guide you through the process.

Whether it is our on-counter consultants found in our official stockists’ stores, our perfume experts in our Boutiques or our dedicated customer service team (available Monday – Saturday over the phone or via live chat on, they are each there to take the hassle out of choosing the right scent for that someone special.

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