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TOP 4 Must Have Perfumes for Beginners
Finding the right scent can be overwhelming with so many options out there. Fortunately, perfume exploration is about the journey as much as the destination, and finding out your dislikes is just as important as discovering what you love.
Whether you're a beginner or have a big collection, Scentbird is a perfect way to get to know perfumes before committing to a full bottle. Scentbird travels sprays are ideal for trying a lot of things while still enjoying the luxurious ritual of applying perfume. It's also way easier than going to a department store or perfume boutique, with no risk of buying an entire expensive bottle that ends up sitting around unloved.
When starting out, perfume lovers are often looking for a perfect "happy medium" type scent. Something wearable but not boring, not too warm or cool, sweet but not cloying, sophisticated but not too mature, floral but not stuffy, and fresh but not sharp. Sound familiar?
Perfume is about balances, and everyone has an individual preference as to what smells balanced even if they don't have the words to describe it. With that in mind, I've selected five perfumes that strike great balances. Hopefully one of them will be what you've been searching for without even knowing it.

CARTIER Baiser Vole
First up is Cartier's Baiser Vole. This lily soliflore (single flower) is uplifting, green and fresh - nothing like the somber lilies associated with funerals. Smooth and elegant, Baiser Vole has a reserved character, but also a hint of energizing sweetness, like buds about to pop open. Its optimistic dappled sunlight character makes it ideal for spring, though it would also be refreshing and cooling in summer. A powdery facet rounds out the green points with a soft young pollen effect. It can be either casual or super chic with ease.
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COMPTOIR SUD PACIFIQUE Vanille Coco
The next choice is squarely in gourmand (edible smelling) territory: Comptoir Sud Pacifique's Vanille Coco. This one perfectly captures a banana cream pie with a hint of toasted coconut – but retains surprising versatility. Featuring milkshake-like richness with a tropical accord, it works well in either snow or sand. A realistic whipped cream note sends the whole composition into decadent territory.
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BURBERRY Burberry Brit EDT
Tension between sharp and soft, cold and warm, etc. is what gives the next perfume, Burberry's Burberry Brit edt, its special head-turning quality. Bright and cozy at the same time, the fruits are set against a woody amber-vanilla backbone so the contrast between fresh and rich strikes a nearly unisex (but still feminine) balance. Brit is an upbeat, easygoing scent. Like your go-to pair of jeans, it's a solid option that'll never be the wrong choice no matter what your day has in store.
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DOLCE & GABBANA 3 L'Imperatrice
Finally, the (in)famous L'Imperatrice 3 by Dolce & Gabbana. This is a head turning, track-it-to-its-source type of scent. It opens with a burst of energizing juicy watermelon freshness, which instead of falling flat as it wears, evolves elegantly into a sensual floral heart, backed by a clean, enduring musk. It's summery and fruity, but you'll notice the difference between L'Imperatrice and everything else. Its heft and dimension set it worlds apart from the imitators.
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