How to find your signature scent?


*this is me pretending to think with a Christmas light* 

Finding your signature scent can be hard. You either have to many bottles of perfume or you don’t have any and you don’t know where to start. In this post I will give you some tips that helped me to find my signature scent. Don’t forget … these are my personal tips and worked for me. I hope they work for you to. 

This article can also be helpful if you want to change your signature scent because you are bored with your current. Enough ramble, let’s go!

What is a signature scent? *my definition*. 

A signature scent is a perfume or scent that you always or 80% of the time wear. A scent people will recognize when you leave the room or enter. This perfume is YOU, and you feel good while wearing it. For a long period of time. When you don’t know what to wear you grab this perfume.  

I want a new signature scent! (I don’t have one, I want one … help me …?)

Ok my friend I will. Finding a signature scent is a challenge. Sometimes you just walk into the perfect perfume you ever wanted but it can also be a long road … like mine was. I used to spray on something different everyday but since 2 years I found my special one. Alien essence Absolue by Thierry Mugler. This is my signature scent and I’m still not sick of it. (I admire people that wear the same scent for like 20 years). Anyway … I love my Alien and the absolue is so warm and rich I can’t get enough of it. I remember smelling it for the first time on someone and I never forgot it. It wasn’t a long period after that my boyfriend gave me a bottle and I fell in love without even testing it before on my skin. Love at first sight. It is possible, I was lucky it blends well with my skin and that I feel comfortable with it. A signature scent to me has to include the following things:

  1. Last long on the skin.
  2. Is rich and heavy.
  3. Unique 
  4. Classic
  5. Make me feel confident, calm and motivated

So I start by asking you this: What does a perfume you would wear all day everyday do with you? Write it down, think about it …. find something that works for you. What do you want from a scent? 

What do I like, or already own?

After that you are going to question yourself, what do you I like or already own? Do you find similarities in notes? Are you always intrigued by that one man or woman at work/school that smells so good you wish you had it to? Don’t bother asking! Most of the people I know love it when other people ask what kind of fragrance they wear. It’s kind of a compliment/pride. + It means that actually someone is noticing your scent … which means it does the job. Perfumes are also a lot about interaction to me. 

How does my life look? 

The next thing that might be important is your life. I wear Alien at school or at work, but sometimes when I am home all day I want to wear something soft. If you work at a pet store I can imagine you don’t want to smell sweet and overwhelming, but maybe if you work as a fashion designer you do. A signature scent should fit your lifestyle. 

What is my budget?

Ok, so you know what the scent needs to do, you kinda know what you like and you know how your life looks. Now it’s time to think about a budget. I believe investing in a scent is always a good idea. Also a luxury perfume gives you that extra feeling you bought it JUST FOR YOU. It makes you feel special. Like the time I bought my first Chanel lipstick for example. I would recommend starting at 30 euros at least. You will find a good quality scent and it will last on the skin. Anything below 30 euros is most of the time low in sillage, or weak in notes. You want something special and not one of a kind. 

Find a store and do not get distracted by sales people.

Find a store you want to buy your scent. Be selective and do not get disctracted by sales people. They will always recommend you Paco Rabanne, Marc Jacobs or Lancome *sarcastic*. Really these people are trained to sell you a brand that invests in marketing. It’s never honest or true. I am kinda negative about it because of my personal experiences. Follow your own nose … 

Ask for samples.

Do not forget to ask for samples. You can try the scent at home and see what works best for you. Also you can ask other people what they think it’s better for you or works the best.

So here are a few tips that might help you to take a little more serious look at finding the right perfume for everyday. I hope this is helpful to anyone and let me know if it was! 

Enjoy finding your signature scent !

Lots of love.

Author: FragrancyKim

The first Dutch perfume blog written by a girl. My name is Kim and I run the perfume blog Fragrancy. Fragrancy was born on April the 15th. I was looking for a place online to share my love for perfumes with other people. Besides this blog I work as a fulltime teacher.

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