It seems like every fifteen minutes a fragrance is born. That means you fall into one of two categories. One, you purchase fragrances because the bottles are cute and new and the girl at the counter told you that perfume is really hot. Two, the entire process of buying perfume makes you so overwhelmed, you have sentenced yourself to wearing body sprays forever.
You don’t have to be either of those girls anymore. You can find your signature scent and it only takes two simple steps! Keep reading.
Take note of the notes
Every fragrance comes packed with three things: Top notes, middle notes, and base notes.
Top notes are what you smell as soon as you spritz a perfume. For example, Rogue By Rihanna’s top note is citrus. You get a huge burst of lemony goodness, but it does not last long. This is the standard of top notes. Common top notes include basil, grapefruit, lemongrass, lime, peppermint and sage.
Middle notes are the heart of the fragrance. It’s what you smell after the top note dissipates. Middle notes tend to be floral, with notes of Rose or Lavender or Lily Of The Valley. It’s no surprise the middle note of Halle Berry Exotic Jasmine is…. you guessed it. Jasmine. Common middle notes include rose, geranium, pepper, juniper and fennel.
Base notes are what’s left of your perfume when the middle notes begin to fade. Base notes are most commonly deep or rich like vanilla or sandalwood. Base notes last the longest, up to 24 hours in some cases. Katy Perry Killer Queen for example, has a base note of cashmere. Common base notes include cedarwood, clove, jasmine, patchouli, vanilla and ylang ylang.
Take inventory of what’s important to you. You want to focus more on the middle and base notes because those two elements last the longest on your body. It’s what you and everyone else around you will smell the most.
Hunt for samples and try out scents for a few days
Rome wasn’t built in a day, so finding your signature scent won’t be a one day job either. Check out department store fragrance counters and specialty stores like Ulta and Sephora. Be honest and let them know you are hunting for a signature scent, tell them the notes you are looking for (see #1) and ask if they can provide you with a sample or two (Sephora will decant three sample for you no questions asked).
Spray on a scent everyday. Take note of how long it lasts on your skin, how others respond to the scent, and most importantly, how it makes you feel.
So what’s my signature scent? Clean Skin. Clean Skin has a top note of honeydew melon, middle note of blue roses and a base note of creamy vanilla. It’s delicious and natural and I can wear anywhere. I actually discovered Clean Skin after purchasing a Sephora Fragrance Sampler