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14.09.2023

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Finding your signature scent is a special moment; it’s a personal choice that feels right for you in so many ways! But before you get there, there are several factors to be explored. So, whether you’re just bored of the scent you always reach for, or you’re starting your journey into the world of fragrances, our experts here at The Perfume Shop are here to help. Here’s how to find your signature scent…

WHAT IS A SIGNATURE SCENT?

Before we get to the good stuff, let’s talk about what a signature scent actually is. A signature scent is a fragrance that represents your personality and style, a scent that makes you feel confident and unapologetically you – and because of that it’s not only a scent you’re likely to return to time and time again, but it also becomes the scent that others associate with you.

A signature scent reveals a lot about its wearer, because it often reflects things like personality and character. Which might explain why we’re a tad obsessed knowing our favourite celebs’ signature perfume! Want to know how to choose your perfume? Here’s how:

HOW TO FIND YOUR SIGNATURE SCENT

1. DON’T TRY TOO MANY FRAGRANCES IN ONE GO

If you’ve made it your mission to find your new signature scent, it can be tempting to spritz every scent on the counter, but that’s a one-way ticket to fragrance overwhelm. Instead, we’d recommend limiting the amount you try in one fragrance hunting session, to a maximum of three.

Test your chosen fragrances on different areas of your skin for at least 24 hours before you decide if it’s ‘the one’. This way, you can really appreciate and understand how the scent will develop on your skin.

2. BE PATIENT

When you first spray perfume, the notes you will experience are known as ‘top notes’. These will linger for a while, but then they will develop into the heart notes. Then finally, this will dry down into the longer-lasting base notes.

Never decide whether a perfume is the one for you from the first spray, as you have several hours of developing scent to experience after the first spritz. The key to finding your perfect perfume is patience. It may not be the first bottle you pick up, so be prepared to try lots!

3. PLAY DETECTIVE AND UNDERSTAND FRAGRANCE FAMILIES

If you already have a collection of perfumes, it’s time to take a closer look because the answer to your signature scent might be hiding among the crew. Perhaps you notice that you favour florals? Or that your scents all feature warm, amber notes? Or crisp, fresh citrus? Whatever you find during your investigation, this knowledge is super useful as it helps you identify the fragrance families that you’re most drawn to. Or you can use this knowledge to go against the grain, perhaps the scents you already own aren’t quite feeling right. Whatever you uncover, it will steer you in the right direction.

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