How To: Find Your Signature Scent

Monday, May 19, 2014

Do you love the idea of having a signature scent, but find the process overwhelming? Well today I'm going to give you some tips that will help you find your perfect scent. Perfume shopping can be scary - especially when people start approaching you left right and center trying to make a sale. Hopefully with my advice - the process of perfume shopping can be fun!

The goal is to find a scent that is memorable and will remind people of you. Something you can wear to work, a date and even special occasions because of it's versatility and memorability will be best. So here we go!

1. Learn about fragrance notes
Everyone interprets smells differently so this step is pretty important. All perfumes have top, heart and base notes. The top note is what you smell immediately when you spray the perfume, the heart note appears second and is meant to mask the scent of the base note - as they become more pleasant over time. The base note is the deepest note and is the main note of the perfume.

2. Use the paper tabs
If you are shopping at the department store, then make use of the tabs. Though testing perfume on skin is the best way to go - it may not be realistic if you are testing many perfumes. Also, when you use the tabs you can continue to interpret the notes as they appear over time. Try not to rub these tabs on your nose (I'm guilty of this) as it will hinder you from being able to interpret other scents later on.

3. Be fearless
It's okay to try new things. Finding a signature scent is all about you, so don't limit yourself by following assumptions and reputations. For example many people say that Chanel No. 5 is "an old lady scent" but it may be everything your looking for in a perfume. Go out there and try any scent you're interested in. It's the best way to find what you like and don't like!

4. Try custom
If nothing on the market works for you, try going to an apothecary or perfumery. Here you can select your own notes to make a perfume. The staff at these locations are usually very knowledgeable and will help you create your own personal scent! No one will have the same scent as you!

These are great scents for beginners!

PS: If you're curious, my signature scent is Calvin Klein Euphoria! I just love it!



  1. I have never thought about getting a custom perfume made! That sounds pretty cool and fun (you may have inspired me!) However, my go to perfume is CK In2U! :)

    1. Getting a custom perfume is on my to-do list! Glad I inspired you!

  2. Thanks for this post. It's rare to see someone posting such a long article on blogs these days- most people just write a few sentences and point a link somewhere else. This is original for once.


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