It's an incredibly romantic idea to have a 'signature' scent. Something that is recognisably you. It can add to your character, your memorability
However if you're going to find one scent and stick to it for a long time, you need to be very sure that it's right for you. Perhaps it needs to be something that lifts your mood and keeps you positive. Or perhaps it needs to be diverse; light enough for work, but rich enough for a night out.
Whatever your desired style, here are some top tips to consider when looking for a signature scent...
1. TAKE YOUR TIME
Perfumes are deeply nuanced and are made of structures that change and develop over time. Making a snap decision on something you love in the moment might end up be a bad decision after it changes.
Once you've found something you think you love, make sure you love all aspects of it by taking it slow and live with it for a while.
2. DON'T EXPECT AN INSTANT CONNECTION
You can't revel in the nostalgia of your experiences with someone if you haven't met them yet...
Fragrance is powerful because of its intrinsic links to memory, through what's known as your limbic system. Your personal taste is developed over time through subconscious links to your experiences.
However when trying new scents, remember that you don't have any experiences with them yet. It's only after you've lived with it, experienced it and given it a chance to join you on life's journeys that you'll develop a deep relationship with the scent.
3. CONTEXT IS EVERYTHINGWhen comparing scents, don't forget that you are comparing them in relation to one other.
Perfume A might feel very fresh in comparison to Perfume B, but not fresh at all when compared to Perfume C.
Once you've decided on the one you think you like most be sure to road-test it on it's own, out of context. See how it stands up in comparison to nothing other than itself.
4. BE CAUTIOUS OF BRANDINGWe all love a good brand, but your subconscious bias towards words, colours and designs have huge effects on your opinions of a scent before you've even smelt it.
Imagine I give you a fragrance to try and tell you it's called Granny's Frilly Knickers...
You'll have already made a judgement on that scent when, branding aside, it might be perfect for you.
A good way to avoid subconscious bias is try fragrances anonymously. Take the branding out of the equation and use your nose, not your eyes.
If you want to discover your signature scent through a personalised sample box that is, at first, anonymous click here.
(but don't worry, we don't sell Granny's Frilly Knickers)