How To Find Your Signature Scent(s)
It eludes us, doesn’t it? The fabled signature scent that will speak for us before we even open our mouths. We’re here to tell you that it really doesn’t have to be this difficult. The process of finding your everyday perfume is an incremental, successive one, filled to the brim with trial and error. This step-by-step guide will inch you slowly towards finding the one.
Start with the family
Start with lighter scents, like Floral and Fresh perfumes, before moving to heavier ones. It is more likely that the lighter scents will be as subversive and will be kinder to your olfactory bulbs to start.
Visualise what you want to communicate
Perfume has the power to evoke emotions and communicate a message. Close your eyes and imagine the kind of impression you want to make with your scent. Do you want something elegant and sophisticated? Or maybe something playful and vibrant? Having a clear idea of the mood and message you want to convey will help narrow down your choices.
Assess your ideal longevity
Consider how long you want your scent to last. Some people prefer fragrances that linger all day, while others prefer a more subtle scent that fades away after a few hours. Knowing your preference for longevity will guide you in finding fragrances with the right staying power for you.
Consider the trends
Take note of current fragrance trends, like the popular Matcha fragrances of 2023. Don't be afraid to explore these trends, as you might discover something you love. However, ensure that the perfume you choose will withstand the test of time and still resonate with you even after the trend fades.
When you embark on your fragrance journey, it's tempting to smell dozens of perfumes at once. However, experts recommend only smelling three perfumes at a time. This way, you can truly focus on each scent and avoid overwhelming your olfactory senses.
Ditch the coffee beans!
Contrary to popular belief, coffee beans are not necessary for "resetting" your sense of smell between sniffing perfumes. Instead, take breaks between smelling different fragrances to allow your nose to reset naturally.
Spend time with it
Once you have narrowed down your choices to a few fragrances, spend time with each one. Apply them to your skin and let them settle for at least four hours. This will give you a sense of how the perfume reacts with your body chemistry and how the individual notes develop over time.
Wear on both clothes and skin
To get a complete picture of how a fragrance will work for you, try it on both your skin and fabric. Your skin will reveal a gradual change in the scent as it interacts with your body chemistry, while the fabric will give you a sense of the overall scent structure.
Remember, finding your signature scent is a personal journey, so take your time, experiment, and trust your own sense of what resonates with you. Happy scent hunting!