It’s a wonderful thing to have a signature fragrance. When you enter a room, you will make your presence known to your friends and family before you even make a sound. The smell can conjure up memories like no other sense. So, who doesn’t desire to tie a unique perfume to their personality? Finding your distinctive bottle, however, requires some effort. In order to discover your unique perfume, you must have faith in your own sense of smell. Scents, perfumes, and strong top notes don’t require expertise, you just need to know your likes and dislikes. Here’s a guide on how to find the best perfume you’ll want to wear every day.
1. Limit yourself to three perfumes at a time.
Start by smelling everything, especially if you don’t know what you enjoy yet. However, it’s important to restrict your research of perfume shops to no more than three bottles every visit. Take your time with each scent and give it your all. After some time you will start recognizing the patterns of your likes and dislikes and it will be much easier to figure out what suits you best. Is it floral top notes or maybe spicy cinnamon essence? Only you can tell.
2. Let the perfume breathe
The “top note” and “dry down” of perfume are commonly referred to in the fragrance world in the same way that people refer to the “legs” of a wine. Fragrances are living entities that develop throughout time. Top notes that linger on your skin for roughly 20 minutes and what remains is called the dry down. This is why you can’t decide on a bottle of perfume after only casually smelling it in the shop. Spritz it on and take a walk around the shopping mall. After some time return your attention to the smell and take note of what you’re feeling. Maybe the perfume you liked best doesn’t smell that special anymore but the one you were skeptical about evolved into something gorgeous.
3. Read up on perfumes online
Sometimes you won’t be able to experience the perfumes you’d like in the shop. Maybe the tester bottle has run out or they just don’t have the perfume in stock. Once you get to know the notes you enjoy, you’ll be able to figure out the exact smell of the fragrance just by reading its description. For example, this Chloe Rose Tangerine Review wonderfully explains all of the notes found in the perfume. Maybe ordering your signature scent online is not such a bad option after all!
4. Understand price differences
Choose your perfume according to your sense of smell and your wallet, however, it is important to know the difference between dirt cheap perfumes and those that come with a whiff of glamour. Cheap perfumes tend to have prominent top notes. Some would even describe these top notes as unnatural and synthetic. Quality perfumes tend to be more expensive and have top notes which are refined to perfection. The more costly the perfume, the more intricate it is, and the longer it lasts. Also, it’s important to mention the look of the bottle. If you’re a person who loves the feeling of luxury and indulgence, having a beautiful bottle to present on your dressing table can be just one small aspect of self-care. That is to say, you don’t have to opt for expensive perfumes no matter what.
5. You can own more than one signature perfume
Just like you have multiple lovely shirts which all fit your personal style, you can have more perfumes that signify multiple aspects of your personality. Having one perfume you love to wear every day in a professional or more casual setting is only a starting point. Once you get to know your fragrance fashion, you’ll notice that you’d for example like a stronger perfume when you’re going out with the girls. Switching it up once in a while doesn’t take away from your signature scent, it just adds layers to your personality.
Find Your Signature Scent With These Gorgeous Floral Perfumes
There’s a whole world of flora out there! Answer our three easy questions and see which scent we suggest for you!
If you’re a lover of sweet, airy, dreamy scents, you might fall into the group of perfume lovers who find themselves scoping out each year’s new floral scents. The reality is: perfume is a personal thing; in fact, it is so nuanced that any single note (you do know about the notes, don’t you?) can throw an almost-perfect perfume off ever so slightly for the wearer. To further complicate, you don’t even have to like the smell of roses to be into floral scents. So, where to start?
- Do you love the smell of roses?
- Do you like warm scents, those that invoke hints of musk and amber?
- Do you prefer mostly subtle fragrances?
If you answered YES to #3, scroll down and skip to the next page for scent suggestions.
If you’ve answered YES to #1 or #2, read on:
Rose de Grasse Aerin Lauder For Women
This magnificent perfume is the essence of all things feminine. With its focus on the freshness of rose absolute blended with the allure of warm musk, this scent is the perfect signature. It’s noticeable, beautiful, and flirty.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s A la rose
This rose-heavy fragrance is a bit more complex. It’s filled with Damascus rose and Turkish rose absolute, but it’s crafted with citrus, bergamot, and earthy cedar base notes. Also, it’s inspired by none other than our favorite Marie Antoinette.
Armani / Prive, Pivoine Suzhou
This one is a lingerer. With the enchanting scent of peony, this scent is reminiscent of a dreamy garden. It’s also infused with a bit of pink pepper and patchouli.
If you’re more interested in the sort of subtle scent that follows you throughout the room with a light, airy lingering, these are the choices for you:
Kate Spade’s Walk on Air
This scent easily conjures the breezy softness of linen swinging in the wind. If you like stepping outside to catch the scent of nearby flowers wafting in the wind, this is the scent for you. Subtle and darling, it’s filled with neroli, lily of the valley, jasmine, and white iris scents.
Chloé Eau de Parfum
I’ve never, in my life, received so many compliments than when I’m wearing Chloe’s Eau de parfum. Hours after I spray the scent, people are asking what I’m wearing, totally enchanted. The scent has staying power, but it’s never in your face. With pink peony, freesia, and lychee, there is a subtle but addictive quality.
Do you have a favorite summer scent? Let us know!
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website's content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra's expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.