How to find your Signature Fragrance

How to find your Signature Fragrance

 For most people, choosing a fragrance for themselves can be tricky. They want to have a scent that reflects their character but doesn’t smell like everyone else, and they want it to be memorable and speak to their emotions. When I was younger and in the early stages of studying perfumery, I fell in love with Orris – to me it smelt almost otherworldly and magical but grounded and earthy at the same time,  but now when I smell it it doesn’t have that same dramatic effect for me as it once did so I realise that my scent preferences have changed over time and this is infact quite normal.
So, how do you choose a fragrance that’s going to reflect who you are and how you want to be seen? 
Well first, you start with your fragrance family. A fragrance family is what perfumers use to put perfumes into groups based on their dominant character or notes in order to classify them.  So say for instance you wanted a Rose perfume because you loved the smell of Roses, well then you would look for a perfume with Rose in it or one with floral notes or bouquet (a mix of flowers). It’s important to understand the type of scents you like in order to find the perfect fragrance.
Some examples of great Rose fragrances are Dyptique’s Eau Rose Perfume which is a subtle and sophisticated rose scent or Roses De Chloe by Chloe. Both are true to their character and for lovers of Roses you couldn’t go much wrong with either of these two.
Of course there are many other scent profiles other then florals including: Spicy, Oriental, Woody, Fougere and Chypre to name just a few.
What does Fougere and Chypre mean? 
Fougere is a term that was honed by the French to described a mossy, herbacious perfume. It usually has notes like Lavender, Vetiver, Bergamot and Oakmoss and it used to be a popular choice for women but these days it seems that alot of men’s perfumes are Fougere’s so I think it’s safe to say that these days Fougere’s appeal to both men and women.
Chypre comes from the word Cyprus and was created to reflect the dry, warmth of Cyprus typically displayed through it’s notes of Oakmoss, Patchouli and Bergamot. Chypre’s were very popular in the 19th century but because they are very heavy, complex and sophisticated fragrances they are best worn at night in an ultra glamorous surroundings as is befitting.
Aswell as the normal fragrance families perfumers are always trying to create new ones to add to the family and break the boundary’s to what is the norm. This means that sooner or later it will be even harder to identify the characteristics of each perfumes but you will have even more beautiful fragrances to choose from which is of course very exciting.
Designing a Fragrance: From imagination to creation

Designing a Fragrance: From imagination to creation

 

Perfumery is such a mysterious business, and such a niche, that it is notoriously difficult to get into it as a career. Perfumers are known mostly by reputation and usually knowledge is passed down through the generations and kept within a small amount of families.

I found this article online about the process of making perfume. It shows the process of how perfumers get from an idea or concept from their clients to an actual product.

The Top Essential Oils for Men

The Top Essential Oils for Men

 

You might well have been thinking that perfumery, and the enjoyment of scents in general is something that’s mainly marketed to and enjoyed by women but men too enjoy scents on a bigger scale then we might think. Indeed a lot of the perfumers that create these beautiful, heaven-like scents that we all enjoy so much ARE men so it shouldn’t be too far fetched to believe that they have an appreciation for the beauty of fragrance just as much as we do.

But that’s where the similarity ends, for though a lot of us girls wouldn’t bat an eyelid when picking up our boyfriends “Joop” or “Cool Water” most men would run a mile if we tried to spray our “Candy by Prada” on them (btw please bare in mind I am NOT endorsing the sickly sweet smelling perfume as I don’t like it much).  Men do not typically like floral smelling fragrances either.

Personally I tend to go between fresh, citrusy clean smelling fragrances like Chloe’s signature Eau de Parfum to soapy, creamy scents like D&G’s The One to a more heavier, muskier scent like the gorgeous smelling Laura Mercier Nuit Enchantee’s. I particularly love the smell of Johnson’s Baby lotion and Baby Powder, so wherever I find a smell that emulates the clean, powdery sweetness of Johnsons Baby Lotion I’m all on it. Prada’s Infusion D’Iris is a good example of this.

 

 

   Prada Infusion D'Iris

Prada Infusion D’Iris

 

D&G The One

     D&G The One

 

Chloe Eau De Parfum

Chloe Eau De Parfum

 

And a great perfume that I like to wear for layering (meaning it goes with absolutely every perfume I own and has a beautiful yet like powdery-floral scent on its own), is: Drum roll please..

 Heavenly by Victoria’s Secret

 

 

Heavenly

It’s lovely. And more of a mist so it’s really light. More of a top note perfume really, though it does have musky elements.

But men, what do men wear when they want to smell good? – well in my experience men typically want to Smell Fresh, Clean, Aquatic, Mossy, Woody, Citrusy or Musky, so when composing fragrances for a man you want to use ingredients like:

Patchouli. Vetiver. Oakmoss. Sandalwood. Vanilla. Ginger. Black Pepper. Bay. Clary Sage. Cedarwood. Tobacco. Frankincense. Myrrh. Petitgrain. May Chang. Marjoram

Most of the Citrus Oils are good to use too but especially: Lemon. Bergamot. Lime. Mandarin

And even Florals! (in small quantities) like: Lavender. Jasmine. Neroli

Unfortunately for me, my boyfriend isn’t too big on fragrances and doesn’t wear aftershave much(though he has successfully managed to buy me a few fragrances that I love!), but if he was into them then he would probably say that he likes Clean, Aquatic Smells or Woody, Musky Smells and luckily for him I like them too.

What’s your favourite man smell?