Unique. One of a kind. Signature. That’s how I like my fragrances to be. As unique as my own signature, as tailored to myself as a bespoke outfit. I spend a lot of time trying to find those perfect notes that become personal to me and what I intend to use the fragrance for.
My perfume collection is divided into two sections. The first is my work and day to day perfume. These are the fragrances I know I can replace quite easily, don’t mind using a lot of and the ones I can just spritz on for a burst of freshness.
The second is my more expensive fragrances. I only wear these outside of work and it means that they are more special to me. These are the bottles that I like to keep on display in my bathroom and on my dressing table. The fragrances that may have a matching candle or are exclusive to certain department stores. The fragrances that I have to ask for as Christmas gifts or save up for!
Some of my favourite day to day perfumes are Victor and Rolf Flowerbomb, Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fraiche, D&G 3 Le Imperetrice and Giorgio Armani Diamonds.
My favourite mid range perfumes are Chanel Mademoiselle, Dior Miss Dior Cherie and Illamasqua Freak.
The top end fragrances that I go to are from Tom Ford and Jo Malone. The great thing about Jo Malone is that you can layer up and create amazing, highly personal scents that are exclusive to yourself.
There is nothing worse, in my opinion, than somebody telling me that they have bought the perfume that I was wearing last week as they loved it so much on me. A scent should be your signature. I love it when people ask what I’m wearing as they can’t tell, as the scent has reacted with my body’s natural tones to create my own bespoke fragrance.
How to Find Your Signature Scent
What fragrance do you require? A perfume, Eau de parfum, Eau de toilette or Eau de cologne? These depend on the amount of fragrance oil is featured inside the product. The higher the fragrance oil, the longer lasting the scent and generally it’s the most expensive. A perfume can last between 6-8 hours whereas a cologne may only last two.
What notes are you drawn too? The four main scents are citrus, floral, oriental or woody. As much as I love a woody fragrance, I find that they do not mix well with my natural skin tones, therefore I tend to wear more floral and oriental blends. I love the smell of Oud at the moment. A lot of my fragrances feature this heavily.
When trying out perfume, I try to spray onto skin wherever possible. As the scent warms with your body’s heat, it can change the smell drastically. If you find that the scent just keeps getting better and better over time, then you know that’s the fragrance for you. Many people say that if you cannot smell it on yourself after an hour, this is an indication of whether the scent suits you. Personally, I’d say that’s rubbish. Some fragrances I’ve worn in the past have only lasted an hour. My current Tom Ford fragrance lasts forever on me, and I can still smell it hours later. It totally defeats the old wives tale of it not suiting you if you can still smell it.
Store your perfumes out of direct sunlight and keep them in their box if you can. A perfume generally starts to lose its va va voom after about 12-18months, so although it is lovely to have a massive perfume collection, it’s probably not the best idea to be keeping them for several years without using them as they will start to turn.
Be original. Be unique. After all, it is your signature.