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6 Top tips to finding your signature scent

Posted on 28 May 2017

Finding your signature scent is much like building your own personal brand. In the same way your fashion sense creates your identity, owning a certain scent has the same effect. Perhaps even more so than fashion, when you consider the strong link between scent and memory. A certain smell has the power to take you back to a time, place or feeling in your life. So when picking that scent which perfectly describes who you are and how you want to be remembered, we are sure you will agree it’s worth investing the time to get it right.

Here are some of our top tips for finding your signature scent:

1. Get familiar with the fragrance wheel.

Before you start testing out any scents, do your research. The best starting point is The Fragrance Wheel. Created by Michael Edwards, the Fragrance Wheel includes four standard families; Floral, Oriental, Woody and Fresh. Within these main families, are a number of other sub-categories. Use this wheel as a guide to figure out what kind of scents you might be drawn to and to understand what types of fragrance notes you like. You can find more information on the Fragrance Wheel by clicking here

2. How does the scent make you feel

This is probably the most basic way to interpret how we feel about a scent. Firstly, your brain will quickly code the aroma as to whether it is a pleasant or unpleasant smell. Secondly, it will process how it makes you feel, i.e. confident, happy etc. That's because your sense of smell is directly connected to the limbic system, a primitive part of the brain responsible for interpreting memories and emotions. So, if a certain scent has a positive effect on you, it’s because it connects with a positive memory. Bottom line, your signature scent should make you feel fabulous and ready to conquer the world.

3. Consider your personality

Another great indicator whether a scent is suited to you is your personality. For example, are you more of a spring or winter kind of girl? Do you absolutely love the beach, or is a hike in nature more your style? Are you more of a girly-girl or a femme fatale? All of these clues can lead you to a scent that represents your personality. For example, if you are an out-going life-of-the-party kind of gal, then you might prefer more vibrant fruity floral scents over soft demure scents. If you are the kind of girl who does not seek the limelight, you might prefer soft powdery scents over something strong and attention-grabbing. If you are a serious, confident person, you might like deep, rich, musky scents. And you sex-kittens out there might gravitate to mysterious and sultry oriental florals.

4. Road test

Once you have a rough idea of what kind of scents you might like, it’s time to try them on. And yes it must be on your skin, as all body chemistry is different. Just because it smells good on your friend, doesn’t mean it will do on you. And because a scent works with the skin’s natural chemistry, a scent that smells absolutely amazing in the bottle, can smell awful on your skin which is why it’s so important to try before you buy. But remember, when you’ve finally picked out the scents you want to sample, stick to no more than three scents per trial, otherwise you will confuse your olfactory senses and all the fragrances end up blending together.

5. Give it time

Once you try the scent on, you need to wait at least a few hours. There is a "top note" in perfume that wears off in about twenty minutes. If you only judge the perfume by that first sniff, you'll miss the "heart" of the scent. I like to buy (or get for free) small samples of the perfume I'm interested in so that I can see how it wears on me over time. In fact, I would recommend to sleep on it. Literally. Going to sleep with a fragrance on is a good way to determine how much you actually like the scent away from pushy salespeople and over scented department stores. If you wake up in the morning and you still like it, it’s a good indication it’s a scent you’ll love for some time.

6. Switch it up occasionally

However, one final point to remember. Try not to get too set in your ways. Just because you class one scent as your signature, it doesn’t mean you can never wear anything else. In fact, trying out different perfumes can help you fine tune and alter what your signature scent actually is - depending on whether you enjoy a new set of notes more than the old ones.

To get you started on your own personal scent journey, we are offering you the chance to fill in our scent survey and get a free perfume sample, perfectly matched to you, delivered directly to you for FREE. Just click here to sign up to our mailing list and receive the survey!

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