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How to Find Your Signature Scent 

There is something so alluring about a person who has a signature scent that perfectly complements them and reflects their personality.

The relationship that our memories have with scent is very beautiful. When I first met my boyfriend, he told me that the first thing that makes you attracted to a person is the way that they smell. I don’t know if there is a scientific proof to support that; however, it is incredible the way that a scent can instantly take us back to a moment in time, or make us feel at home.

Fragrances are intimate, so what better person to choose one for you, than you? I think that you should choose a scent that you love so much, that every time you wear it you instantly feel more confident.

My Signature Scent

I personally wear a men’s fragrance called Jazz Club by Maison Margiela “Replica” ($145). I enjoy smelling like something really warm, but sweet. It is described as being nostalgic of the cozy environment of a small jazz club, filled with honey and notes of cigar boxes. You can definitely pick up some vanilla in the scent which I really love.

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How to Pick Your Scent

The Fragrance Wheel

Scents are broken down into four families on a fun little thing called the fragrance wheel. From there, there are more categories that help to describe the overall quality of the scent. Most people have a core preference for one family of scent. The four main types are: floral, oriental, fresh and woody.

Skip the Descriptions

Don’t be too hung up on the ingredients and notes of a fragrance. As much as I love wine, I have no clue how to determine if it is oaky, or earthy, or savory, or off dry. I know if I like it and that is all I care about. Perfume is the same way. Don’t feel intimidated if you don’t know if you enjoy a “phenolic” scent. What the heck does that even mean?

Ask for Help

The people who work at fragrance counters are usually very helpful people. They have a lot of understanding of notes and can point you in the right direction of scents to try out. Something I think is really helpful is to identify what type of food you enjoy or an environment that you want to evoke. For example, if you like citrus smells, or a specific type of flower, or cinnamon cookies – tell them. It is the easiest way to translate everyday language into describing the fragrance.

Look at Different Options

One of the most fun parts of finding your signature scent is testing out several products and seeing what works for you. Start out by spraying the scent on test papers and let them dry down. From there, choose your top two and apply one on each wrist. You should always test perfume on your skin to see how it smells on your body. Only testing a couple at a time helps to make sure that all of the scents don’t become overwhelming and that you can actually tell which one you like better.

Test it For a Test Drive

If you spray a perfume and love it, wear it around for the day before you purchase it. Throughout the day, the smell of a fragrance will alter. When you first spray the scent, your nose will pick up the top notes. This is the lightest note in a formula and will disappear the fastest. Often top notes are citrusy and light. Next, come the heart notes. This the middle ground of scents, and usually includes florals. Lastly, after hours of wear, you will be left with the base notes. These are the heaviest ingredients in the formula and the ones that you will be left with after hours of wear. They help the top notes and heart notes last longer, but also contribute to the scent. You want to make sure you love all of it, not just the top notes.

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