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How to choose a fragrance for a loved one

Almira Armstrong

Is there any gift more personal than perfume, which is quite literally worn close to the heart? Selecting the right fragrance as a gift demonstrates care and insight into the tastes of your recipient, but it can also be fraught with worry – even for those with an intimate knowledge of what’s involved. 

“To be totally honest, I have to work really hard to buy gifts that are actually for my giftee and not just what I personally love,” admits Anna Lavdaras, a stylist and the founder of lifestyle company Philé

“It’s definitely tricky,” agrees Carly Rogers, the Communications & Media Manager at skincare brands Dermalogica and Murad. “Last time I bought a fragrance for my partner I spent almost an hour in the store trying to decide (the paradox of choice is real).”

To help refine the process in time for Valentine’s Day, we consulted some of our stylish friends, whose homes have featured on the LUMIRA Journal, for their best insights into how to buy the right fragrance for someone else.

It’s not uncommon today to first hear about a fragrance online or on social media, and people are far more likely to try a perfume they’ve discovered this way.
— LUMIRA founder and creative director, Almira Armstrong.

Step 1: Do your research

To channel the olfactory taste of her recipient, Lavdaras picks up on subtle cues by paying attention to broad fragrance families. “I think a good starting point is working off what they already wear – whether it’s citrus, gourmand or oud – and finding something in that family of notes that is perhaps a little different or new.” 

Jerico Tracy, curator and founder of Jerico Contemporary, offers similar advice: “Fragrances are so incredibly personal, so I think first and foremost you need to think about who you are buying for. Consider their tastes and preferences and select a scent accordingly.”

Rogers takes a more methodical approach. “I always try to make notes on my phone throughout the year if I hear someone mention a scent that they love. That, or I try to raid their current collection for a trend… It’s always so special when someone goes to the effort of making a selection for you.”

Step 2: Look for – and leave – clues

If subtle hints aren’t your forte, try asking direct questions or paying attention to more explicit requests. This tactic serves equally well in reverse, particularly if a certain fragrance has caught your eye.  

I’m very lucky in that my partner knows my taste and is incredibly thoughtful so I don’t need to drop hints so much, however leaving an open tab on a shared computer isn’t the worst way to let someone know what you’re interested in,
— counsels Tracy.

And if the special someone in your life prefers their scent in candle form, our guide to choosing the the perfect candle as a gift may also be a useful place to start.

Step 3: Browse their Likes

When searching URL fails to yield any meaningful clues, consider consulting your giftee’s Instagram preferences. “It’s not uncommon today to first hear about a fragrance online or on social media, and people are far more likely to try a perfume they’ve discovered this way,” notes LUMIRA founder and creative director, Almira Armstrong. Knowing which accounts they follow can provide a useful entree to how to choose a perfume for someone else. 

“The Tuscan Fig Perfume Oil has become my signature scent after an extended love affair with its candle counterpart for years,” says Lavdaras. “While I’m usually not a fan of sweet perfumes, this unique composition always gets noticed by strangers, and takes me back to summers spent in Tuscany. For bonus points: it comes without the usual nasty ingredients found in most perfumes so I don’t feel guilty reapplying it in copious amounts throughout the day.”

Tracy nominates the Paradisium signature EDP as her go-to scent for summer – “it’s so fresh and light” – while Rogers favours Arabian Oud Perfume Oil. “I’m obsessed with ouds, and they can be pretty difficult to find in Australia. This one is heaven – it’s super moody and instantly makes me feel like a better version of myself.” 

Who wouldn’t want that come February 14 – or any other day of the year?

Written by Michelle Bateman

How to find the right scent for your personality

Almira Armstrong

With literally thousands of individual fragrance notes to choose from, the process of selecting a new scent can sometimes seem daunting. There are various ways to approach this olfactory challenge: you might choose a fragrance that matches the season or one that enhances the atmosphere you hope to create. Or, you could look for a scent that speaks to your very personality, one that reflects your hobbies and interests. 

Intrigued? Lumira founder Almira Armstrong shares the best way to find a home fragrance that’s utterly, perfectly you...

You’re a natural born leader

“Studies have shown that ambitious people, the so-called type-A personalities, gravitate towards citrus scents, which are themselves naturally strong and uplifting,” says Armstrong. Sicilian Citrus is ideal for this type of person, as it’s made with both orange and tangerine for a zesty effect, as well as beautiful orange blossom, another feel good scent.   

You cultivate an air of mystery

Used in the Middle East for centuries, oud oil is derived from precious agarwood, and is distinguished by a rich, almost animalistic scent. Although now widely found in the west, oud still has a heady, exotic air that lends a slightly mysterious quality to those who surround themselves with it. Armstrong calls Arabian Oud “an exquisite, rare scent, perfect for those who keep their cards close to their chests”. 

You don’t rush into things

If you believe in taking a slow and steady path, and hate rushing into things without proper reflection, a rose-based scent is right for you. “Research tells us that people who love rose are more considered and less likely to throw caution to the wind,” Armstrong explains. “If this sounds like you, Persian Rose – with its delicate notes of rose absolute and rose water – could be your perfect match.”

You enjoy the outdoors 

Inhale, and allow the notes of rich conifers and fir balsam to transport you immediately to the magnificent forests of Tasmania, home to some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. “This awe-inspiring destination was the inspiration for my new scent Dubh by LUC,” says Armstrong, “which instantly brings a slice of the Australian outdoors to wherever in the world you may find yourself.” 

Written by Michelle Bateman

Lumira Interiors | Perianth Hotel

Almira Armstrong

The most famous buildings in Greece might be thousands of years old, but the one currently getting the most buzz has only been open for a handful of months. Perianth Hotel opened its doors over the European summer, and has already established its position as one of the most chic places to stay in the nation’s capital. 

Housed in a striking 1930s modernist-style building, the boutique hotel (it has just 38 guest rooms), is the work of Greek architectural firm K-Studio. In a nod to the building’s past, the designers have worked with a minimal but deeply glamorous aesthetic: terrazzo floors; sleek, metal-framed furniture custom-made by K-Studio; generous slabs of marble. The pastel palette – blush pink sage green, dove grey – is as calming as one might hope to return to, after a day spent jostling against the crowds at the nearby tourist attractions. Should extra relaxation be required, guests have the choice of an in-house Zen Centre, offering meditation, yoga and martial arts, or a cocktail at the fabulous marble-lined bar. 

Complementing the cool, Euro-modern style are flashes of contemporary Greek art and design. Renowned local fashion designer Sophia Kokosalaki has designed all the staff uniforms, while works by artists Yiannis Varelas, Maria Papadimitriou and Margarita Myrogianni are on display. There’s certainly no shortage of features to capture and hold the gaze but perhaps the most stunning of all can be seen from the terrace of the sixth-floor penthouse. It’s here that the buzzy new Perianth comes eye-to-eye with its ancient neighbours, with sweeping, uninterrupted views across Athens and all the way to the Acropolis.

Written by Michelle Bateman