5 Steps To Finding Your Signature Scent
Posted by Stephanie Orr in Fragrances
As an experimental beauty journalist, I hate to admit it but there is a huge part of me which feels incredibly uncomfortable when it comes to changing my signature fragrance. I can’t quite pinpoint exactly what it is that I find so overwhelming about switching up my scent, but after wearing the same fragrance for the last 4 - 5 years I feel it’s about time I attempted to find some new alternatives.
Why are fragrances so important?
One of the reasons I find fragrances so exhilarating is based on how well they can define a person through a select group of top, middle and base notes. I often find the first impression I make of someone’s personality, confidence, style and charisma is usually reflected on the elements which are transmitted so unassumingly through the depths of the fragrance they are wearing.
How to pick the right fragrance for you
If you are anything like me finding a cult fragrance to see you through a day to day basis is not an easy task, it can take a whole host of samples and a day of repeatedly sniffing my forearm until I’m content with a new signature scent.
As fragrances can also change overtime and react differently to your body’s pH balance depending on your mood, hormones and body chemistry it’s important to pick the right scent which will work for you at all times.
Step 1 - Select your fragrance notes
Defining the right fragrance notes to evoke your sensuality and style is key when selecting a signature scent. It is also important to remember that the top notes of a fragrance are those which are immediately released, whereas the middle notes unfold after 10 - 15 minutes and the base notes are those which remain 20 - 30 minutes after you have applied your fragrance.
If you are looking for a specific perfume to reflect the season I would personally recommended choosing a light citrus scent, Estee Lauder's Modern Muse EDP, £46 features a blend of exotic mandarin, jasmine samback and amber wood which makes it a perfect choice for SS/17.
Step 2 - Where will you wear the scent?
After determining which fragrance notes work for you it is crucial to think about when you will wear your new perfume so as not to choose a scent which is too overpowering. If you are looking for a signature scent to wear at work or over the weekend I would suggest trying Laura Mercier’s Lumier D'ambre Eau De Parfum, £54.50 which is of a floral base and combines notes of mandarin orange, pink pepper, vanilla orchid, rose and jasmine, with a top note of amber and musk.
Step 3 - Will it create the right impression?
When selecting a new signature fragrance it is also essential to take into consideration the first impression it will create of you to others. You should ask yourself which fragrances complement your outfit, aura and personality and work well with any upcoming significant occasions. For weddings, dates or work interviews I would highly recommend wearing Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle, £50.95 which is my ultimate go - to scent when I want to add an extra ounce of sophistication.
Step 4 - Will it last long enough?
Depending on the occasion you are planning to wear your fragrance to, you may require a more ultra rich spicy scent if you are looking to make a long - lasting powerful impression. In terms of spicy scents that really stand out I would suggest Chanel's timeless Chance Eau De Parfum, £52 which has a gorgeous rich vibrant scent that oozes confidence and charisma.
Step 5 - Can you layer it with other fragrances?
Whilst most fragrances are buildable if you are undecided on your signature scent and instead want to layer on a combination of perfumes, I would recommend starting off with Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino Eau De Parfum, £155. This is an incredibly light yet captivating scent which contains Tunisian Neroli and Sicilian Lemon floral notes, a perfect fragrance all round if you are after an extremely subtle scent to build upon.