Actually, I stopped wearing perfume a few years ago. Many of the scents out there are very strong. I have a few I've held on to for sentimental reasons, i.e. my mom gave me Chanel #5, & she's passed on. I don't know how long fragrances last, but it's still in my collection. Years ago it was Emeraude - then I switched to a non-name brand called Herbisimo -- probably a men's cologne, but wanted something lighter/cleaner. The men loved it, lol. I may try Chanel's Gardenia, cause I love the smell of fresh Gardenias, but don't want anything too flowery. I've started leaning toward clean-smelling body lotions.
Use to be, when you went into the major dept stores (macy*s etc), there were samples to take home. Hard to tell what something smells like when spraying it on in the cosmetic section.
A side note - my friend use to go into the cosmetic section of the big dept stores, plunk herself down in a chair & they apply their makeup products free of charge.
There was a time you'd have to almost push the dept store's personnel away from shooting you in the face with their newest fragrance the minute you walked in the door. Okay I'm done now, lol.
Guess I'm still partial to Chanel...