Perfume 101: 7 Things to Do to Find Your Signature Scent


On a day-to-day basis, you meet some people who may seem familiar, and you wonder where you've seen them before. Sometimes you remember them due to the familiarity of their face, how they dress, and even the smell of the perfume they used when you met them. You can even say the same with your friends—those who use one brand of perfume that became their signature scent, and you'll know that it's them once you smell their unique fragrance.

You can also do the same and have your very own signature scent. All you need is to try different smells and choose which one you want to represent you. It may be whatever kind of perfume you are fond of, be it a Bvlgari or a Victoria's Secret. If you don't have any preferences just yet, you can try different scents in a perfume store every time you go out or visit the mall.

We’ve put together some tips that you can use to help you find the right signature scent for you. Hopefully, you’ll be able to choose the right one after this. Read the tips below and start finding your signature scent.

1. Check the Four-Hour Scent Evolution

Fragrances evolve since they are living organisms. The top note always lasts around 20 minutes and will be the first impression of the scent. When trying out a perfume for the first time, check in every hour or so to find out how the scent evolves over time.

2. Consider a Fragrance Rebound

If a fragrance keeps calling you, you can ask for a sample and spray it on an area you don't constantly wash, like your wrist or the crook of your elbow. You can check every 20 minutes or an hour to see if you still like the scent.

3. Don't Be Hard on Yourself

When choosing a perfume, you don’t need to have answers immediately. Sometimes the scent is still new to you, and you haven't encountered this fragrance before. Feel free to take your time before making a decision. Try to ask yourself if you are comfortable with what you’re smelling and if that is what you want others to remember you by.

4. Ignore the Coffee Beans

Perfume enthusiasts say that you have to smell coffee beans to reset your scent indicators between each fragrance. But the truth is, you don’t have to do that. All you need to do is bury your nose in the crook of your elbow and smell your skin to recalibrate your nose.

5. Try Three Scents a Time

In finding the right perfume, you can alternate three scents at a time to help you appreciate each scent properly, and your nose won't get overworked with too many smells at once.

6. Try Lighter Scents First

If you have a shortlist of fragrances, it’s best to start with lighter ones such as musky and aqueous scents before proceeding to the heavier citrus scents. Then try fruity florals before you try heavier woods.

7. Understand the Smell

There are seemingly endless scents to choose from, depending on your preference. Here are some of the fragrances and tones that you can find in the market:

  • Musk
  • Smoky
  • Citrusy
  • Woody
  • Green
  • Floral
  • Aquatic
  • Oriental

Final Thoughts

With the tips above, you can now find the perfect fragrance you can use as your signature scent. Make the most of your time while searching for the best one, and enjoy checking out as many scents as you can.

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