How to Find Your Best Signature Scent?

A signature scent serves as a personal scent, memory to be cherished with friends and your loved ones. A fragrance can stay on clothes, in rooms, over the h/air, skin and causing thoughts like: oh my mind! who's wearing this? or Ugh, what’s that smell?.

Thanks to the complications of finding a signature perfume. The sure short answer for how to find your signature fragrance is merely: Find one that you like. It sounds simple, Right? But as they say in life, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. 

The journey to learn to trust your nose, follow your instincts, and commit to a signature scent. Here’s 5 ways to find your perfect signature perfume.

  1. Try out only three scents a time. If you don’t really have an idea of what you like, smell everything. But limit your explorations to sniffing only three scents per visit. Give each fragrance its own proper shot i.e. 2-3 sprays each.”
  2. Start with lighter scents first.
    It’s better to start with more aqueous or musky scents first; 50 percent of the population can’t even smell musk. Muskier scents are more clean scents; aqueous ones are fresher. Then go from musky to citrus to fruity florals into heavier woods.
  3. It’s good to reconnect with a fragrance.
    if you keep returning to a sample and started liking it, something about the fragrance is drawing you in. Request a sample of that fragrance and spray it on yourself, put it on the top of your hands or wrists or the crook of your elbow. They’re areas that aren’t getting constantly washed and keep on checking in every 20 minutes or hour to see if you like it.”
  4. Understand why some fragrances cost more and some cost lesser.
    Cheaper fragrances tend to have top notes that are initially very, very strong. More expensive fragrances have the complexity of a heart and dry down, and also tend to have longer-lasting power.
  5. Try to understand what you are smelling.
    This will help you ask for more of the same thing or vocalize what you don’t like. Shumate and Luby try to break down the scent categories in basic terms.

Musk: This may sound like the underwashed armpit of a college wrestler, but musk is actually a clean-laundry scent.

Smoky: It can smell like a campfire burning, fragrant cedar chips, or a blown-out match.

Citrusy: Lime, lemon, oranges. It often feels a little like a spa with a nice yoga studio.

Woody: These scents can range from a creamy nutty flavor (like pralines-and-cream ice cream), to sandalwood, to spicy and dank like a musky old closet (patchouli), to an old No. 2 pencil (cedarwood).

Green: Includes the chalky aftertaste of a wheatgrass shot as well as a dewy moss on a spring morning.

Floral: Floral encompasses everything from white florals (gardenia, lilies, ylang, etc.), to roses, to violets, to peonies.

Aquatic: Where 7 Up meets bubble bath.

Oriental: Incense sticks. It can be slightly powdery with a hint of spice or sweetness.

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