4 Things to Remember when Searching for your Signature Scent
Searching for a ‘signature scent’ can feel a little intimidating. With designer houses producing an endless array of scents, plus a host of popular singers and actors releasing their own range of perfumes at a frantic pace, there is no end to the fragrant contenders vying for the coveted title of signature scent.
So, when it comes to signature scent, where do you start? We believe that, much like your own handwritten signature, a signature scent is personal, unique, and says something about who you are. Is it bold, striking, and unmistakable? Is it understated, elegant, sophisticated? Is it fun, light, and breezy?
Let’s find out.
1. First, know yourself
Think about the fragrances in your life that you already know and love. It could be the refreshing smell of a summer lawn, or the light fragrance of clean linen. This could make you lean towards fresh, airy perfumes, like leau d’Issey or Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue .
If you like earthy scents like crushed rosemary between your fingertips it might mean you will like scents with green notes, like geranium, galbanum, and other grassy notes, like Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb or Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani.
If these notes make you feel good in ordinary things, they will make you feel good in your perfume. Identify what you like before you even see a bottle or talk to a sales assistant.
1. Test, test, test.
Smell everything – and we mean everything! It’s more likely that you’ll first find what you don’t like than discover your favourite right away, but don’t be discouraged – all this testing is refining your scent profile and will help you in your quest to find your signature scent. Be patient, stay open-minded, and always test on your skin. Eventually you will start identifying what scent-families you like most and this will help narrow down your options.
2. Road test your favourites
Once you have a few favourites, you should test how they hold up under the demands of your lifestyle. It’s also a good way to test your friends’ and family’s reaction to these new fragrances.
You can use free samples, although department stores are notoriously stingy with them, and usually don’t have a sample in older fragrances.
You can try Paris in your Pocket. Available in handy 15ml cylinders, you are free to try and test to your heart’s content, without the commitment of purchasing a full-sized bottle.
Alternatively, Fragrance Boutique’s has a wide range of scents that are so affordable, you can walk away with two or three bottles of your hot favourites for less than you would pay for one under any other label.
3. Temperature affects scent
While you are testing and wearing perfume, bear in mind that warmer weather can make perfume smell stronger, as it evaporates faster. If the fragrance you are testing feels overpowering, check if this is a fragrance-specific feature, or if it is just a balmy day.
4. Is it the one?
Once you’ve honed in on a scent, here’s how to tell if the scent is right for you.
- First and foremost: Do you love the way it smells? If yes, then it’s definitely worth wearing.
- Secondly, do you get a lot of compliments on it? If so, then you’re on the right path — not only do you love it, others do, too.
- Finally, probably the best way to know if you have found your signature scent, is if someone comments that they remember you by that fragrance, or if they smell someone else wearing your perfume, and they think of you.