Perfumes are one of the most popular gifts for just about every occasion, whether it is a birthday, anniversary, holiday or just because gift. Unfortunately, many bottles of perfumes are left sitting unopened to gather dust because the well intended gift giver had no clue how to go about selecting a good perfume. Whether choosing a perfume for yourself or as a gift, selecting the perfect perfume can be a stressful task, but if you know what you are looking for, it is a breeze.For many people, the method of choosing a good perfume falls into one of three categories. In some cases individuals look at the price and assume that because an expensive price tag is attached it must be a good perfume and in other cases they sniff it and try to decide whether they like it and assume the intended recipient will as well. One of the worst ways to select a perfume is to base the decision on the celebrity whose name is associated with the perfume. Just because you happen to like that person, does not necessarily mean you will like their perfume.While these are traditional ways of selecting perfume, there is a much better way to choose a good perfume that will not only earn the appreciation of the recipient but insure that the bottle you select won't gather dust on a shelf. The most romantic of all perfumes are those with a floral scent. Statistics indicate that blonds and redheads prefer the light scent of most floral perfumes. People with creative, unpredictable personalities also tend to prefer floral scents. Additionally, unlike some types of perfume, floral scents are perfect year round.Outgoing, younger individuals tend to lean more toward the crisp scent of ocean and green scents. These scents are great for summer. Brunettes seem to prefer the stronger scents associated with woodsy or fruit perfumes. These types of perfumes are wonderful for cooler months. According to department store sales statistics, women who fall into the older age bracket prefer the scent of perfumes that are classified as oriental. This type of perfume is also a good selection to be reserved for special occasions and evening wear. Having more than one distinctive smell adds to your character and personality.Regardless of which type of perfume you think you or the recipient may prefer try no more than two perfumes at a time. Trying any more perfume than two perfumes will result in the confusion of your senses and quite usually, a bad decision. At many perfume and department stores, there should be a cup of coffee beans available for you to sniff to rid the smell of previous perfume from your nose. I suggest you wait a good ten to fifteen minutes after you spray the perfume to decide whether you like it or not. The initial scent of the perfume after it is first sprayed is not a good indication of how it will smell later on. It is a good idea to take a walk around the store or in the mall to see if you really like the perfume after a few minutes.Likewise, it's not a good idea to simply sniff the bottle to determine whether you like a scent or not. You should always spray the perfume directly onto your wrist, near the pulse point, in order to make a decision. This is because the perfume must interact with the chemicals in your skin, which may produce a change in the smell. That said, be aware that it is quite often the case that the same perfume will smell differently on one person than on another. This is why it's not a good idea to base a perfume selection simply on how it smells on someone else. If you truly want to make an impression that counts, instead of selecting a perfume.