3 Steps for Choosing Your Signature Scent

3 Steps for Choosing Your Signature Scent

Are you on the market for your first ever signature scent? Looking for the one fragrance people will remember you by can be overwhelming, given the sheer number of options to choose from.

You’ve spent enough time in the perfume aisle of the mall, spraying and spritzing every perfume you see, only to end up even more confused than when you started.

Take a breather because we’ve come up with a 3-step guide for you to finally pick the chosen one from the shelves.

Read on, smell on, and discover the right perfume in no time!

Step 1: Know Thy Perfume

While going with your gut feeling and choosing a scent that you think smells good may work, it might leave you dissatisfied for the long run.

The first step to finding your perfect scent is getting to know the basics of scents.

Perfumes are broken down as a pyramid with three components.

  1. Top notes: Top notes are the fruity smells that are most noticeable. While they are the most apparent, they’re also the ones that fade the fastest.
  2. Heart notes: The hearty notes are the ones with a more floral, spicy, or herb-like scent. As we progress down the perfume pyramid, the scents last longer which is why heart notes last around 15 minutes or so.
  3. Base notes: At the base of the pyramid are the base notes which are known as the foundation of the scent. Unlike the top notes or heart notes, the base notes take a while to surface. These are usually vanillas, woods, or more earthy scents which last the longest from hours to a full day.

Step 2: Stop and Smell The Roses…or The Sandalwood…or The Vanilla

One way to figure out what scent will best fit you is to actually shop around and sniff as much as you can. Now, we don’t mean that you need to be some sort of scent sommelier (yes, they exist), but getting as much exposure to different kinds will be important.

You can initially scour articles online for top perfumes so you can narrow down your search. Once you’ve decided on your first five, get a look around and spritz them on.

This way, you won’t be fooled into buying a foul smelling scent just because the packaging was nice or because it comes in a fancy glass bottle. We’ve been there. We know the struggle and post-purchase regret.

We recommend trying out one scent per perfume aisle visit and checking how it develops and lasts throughout the day. This is where knowing your basics becomes an important tool in your arsenal.

Take note of how the perfume changes throughout the day. It might evolve to a different scent, thanks to its 3 different scent notes. The scent you try on may become better and more complex as the day progresses. Worst case scenario, it might become flat and hardly noticeable after 15 minutes.

Rinse and repeat! Keep trying out perfumes until you find the one you fall in love with.

Step 3: Learn the Local Scent Lingo

Don’t get lost in translation when picking out your staple scent! Learning the lingo that comes with perfumes can help you immensely as you shop around.

Here’s a quick crash course on the different types of fragrances: there’s the eau fraiche which is the weakest of all and only lasts under an hour. Then there’s the eau de cologne which is slightly stronger than the eau fraiche. If you’re on the market for something that can handle a more heavy-duty day, look around for Eau de Toilette which can last over 3 hours.

For busy, on-the-go people who might not have as much time to keep retouching their fragrances, try Perfume or Parfum. We know they sound like they’re just the same thing, but they have a world of difference.

Perfume can generally last for around 8 hours meanwhile parfum is the strongest and can last the whole day if worn properly. Rule of thumb here is that the more oil it has, the longer the scent can stay. As the oil amount increases, the price point increases as well.

Having a signature scent is something that can help you stand out from others. Once you find The One that you fall in love with, make sure that it’s a scent that you won’t tire of so easily.

You’ll have to wear your perfume every day for it to become signature scent. When people smell it on you frequently, it will become a staple and people will associate that smell with you.

Don’t be afraid to keep trying out various scents until you can commit your heart one!

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