A signature fragrance, even if only worn for a period, is something that sticks with you. Merely thinking of that certain scent can bring to mind vivid memories, transporting you to a particular place and time. Fragrances are both emotionally powerful and personal—just two reasons that gifting one can be a challenge. Done right, however, it’s a deeply rewarding endeavor.
So sure, it can be tempting to walk into a Sephora and choose the best-looking bottle on the display, but while aesthetics are certainly worth consideration, you’re not just buying an expensive ornament for their shelf. To present them with a scent that they’ll not only use, but make part of their daily routine, let their personality, hobbies, aspirations, and life milestones lead the way to the most fitting fragrance profile. Did they just plan or come back from a trip abroad that they can’t stop talking about? Look for notes sourced from that part of the world. Do they have a strong sense of personal style and a penchant for finding the most unique pieces? Seek out an intimate skin scent. Or maybe you’re shopping for a person who’s settling into an exciting new relationship (or manifesting one). Find a perfume that’s a romantic blend of dreamy florals, sweet gourmand, and warm amber notes.
Of course, even when you have a clear direction in mind, the abundance of options can add another layer of complexity to your gift-buying journey. That’s why we took our fragrance-shopping knowledge and created a tool to help you discover the perfect match for the personalities on your list. Just drag and drop the anecdote that best describes them to discover a suitable pairing from Sephora’s current best-selling offerings.
For even more inspiration, visit Cosmo x Sephora’s virtual gifting suite here: