I’m sorry what’s that? It’s February 14th today? Already?! For men all over the country that can only mean one thing: a sudden dread following the realisation that they haven’t bought their significant other something nice for Valentine’s Day. Don’t worry, though! All is not lost just yet. If you’re wondering what to get for the missus then look no further; I have an app that may just save your day…
iPerfumer is an app for iOS and Android which helps you choose a fragrance for either yourself or someone else, by asking you what kind of scents you prefer and choosing a fragrance for you. The concept is quite simple, but may just help a lot of guys that don’t know the difference between, well, good perfume and bad perfume. (As you can see, I am most probably one of ‘those’ guys).
Before you can use the application, you need to create a profile for yourself, which includes your name, age range, gender and country. Is this necessary to “suggest a fragrance that fits your style”? I’m not sure – as far as I’m concerned it doesn’t matter whether I’m from Azerbaijan or Yemen, I may still like the same fragrances, but I’ll leave that up to the pro’s to decide.
For the purposes of this review, I’m ‘Frank’, and I live in the Bahamas (what, I can’t have a dream?), so pushing on with my selection of fragrance, I was asked what type of fragrances I most prefer. At this stage, I may need a slight bit of help when needing to know the difference between ‘Chypre’ and ‘Fougere’, as I have to rate them in terms of how much I like them. Fortunately, you can hit the little information button besides the name of the fragrance type to get some examples of what exactly these weird and wonderful names actually mean. It was definitely a good call for the developers to include the list of examples, otherwise this review would have ended right here and now!
From a usability standpoint, some of the buttons are rather difficult to press, and many of the UI elements seem to have been directly copied from the iOS application (I tested the application running Android 2.3), which looks a little strange in Android, but it isn’t too off putting.
You will be taken to the recommendations tab on the home screen, and given a choice of male and female fragrances. Although the application offers a list of fragrances, there are no links to purchase anything from anywhere as far as I can tell, so you will have to hunt down what you want the old fashioned way (no Googling this one, you need a gift for TONIGHT remember?).
All things considered, for a free application, iPerfumer performs pretty well. The user interface could be improved to make it easier to press certain, small buttons on the screen, but the recommendations list is comprehensive and should give you a good starting point. You can download the application now for either iPhone or Android.
Be sure to let us know if iPerfumer helped your Valentine’s evening go as smoothly as possible! Crank out the stories for us in the comments section below, just remember to keep it clean please!