7 Ways to Find Your Signature Scent

Floral, Musky, Woody, Spicy or Fresh… Can’t decide? Help is here!


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A perfume is not just a beauty product. A woman can define her personality through her scent. A scent to leave memorabilia of her. Lingering in the time space when she’s not around, reminding people of fond memories of her. It can also remind her of a place or a memory that she’s encountered. Finding a signature scent can take time but here are a couple of tips to follow before you find the ONE.

#1 Focus on a brand or a note


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There are probably more than a thousand perfumes out there and looking for the perfect one is like finding a needle in a haystack. Focus on the notes that you like. If you gravitate for vanilla, rose, and orange scents then focus on perfumes containing those. Or you can narrow down your option to a specific brand. It’ll make browsing a much quicker process.

#2 Express your personality


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Go for what you like, don’t only consider your outer persona but also think about your character. Something that perfectly captures the essence of who you are as an individual. If you’re going to commit to a scent it’s better to pick one that you feel comfortable in. No use of wearing something you’re not.

#3 Try out two scents at a time


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We all have the urge to sniff every perfume there is in store. But a good rule of thumb is to not go more than two scents at a time. Your nose can get overwhelmed with too much of spritzing and it reduces your senses to distinguish smells. Coffee is said to neutralize your palette but the fact is debunked because it also provides its own smell. Instead, sniff your own skin or wool materials to balance back your senses.

#4 Let it linger for a few hours


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There are layers to every kind of perfume. It starts with the top note, a light scent which are usually fruity. The middle layer are floral scented meanwhile the base notes are the heavier scents like sandalwood, vanilla, musk. So give it about 4 hours to let the scent settle in completely on your skin and decide whether you will still like it then.

Tip: Spray on pulse areas like your wrist, inner elbow joint or collarbone this will make the scent last longer.

#5 Consult with the sales assistant


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Well, they’re not exactly perfume connoisseurs but they should be able to guide you to the right path. You’ve got to ask them the right questions to ensure they understand what kind of scent that you’re looking for. They may coo you to buy the product right then and there but you can always come back and rethink your options. No rush!

#6 Don’t judge a perfume by its bottle


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Sure celebrity branded perfumes usually comes in a very decorative or  tacky bottle that screams for attention. But surprisingly, the scents are not all that bad. Most people underestimate celebrity perfumes to cater only to teenagers but there are some perfumes gives out a more mature floral scent, like Lady Gaga’s ‘Fame’ and Rihanna’s ‘Reb’l Fleur’ perfume.

Compiled by: Alya Zulkernai