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.
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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?

 

Fragrance Profile: Vetiver

Fragrance Profile: Vetiver

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Vetiver inci name Chrysopogon zizanioides, is a dark thick like sap that originates from grass in tropical countries such as India, Tahiti and Haiti. It has a very strong odour reminiscent of damp earth, cacao and wood and is extracted by steam distillation.

Vetiver is a popular ingredient in soap making and perfumery because of it’s distinctive smell and excellent fixative qualities. It has therapeutic properties including being an antiseptic, aphrodisiac, relieving insomnia, helping with mental and physical exhaustion and nourishing dry skin and lessening wrinkles. A lot of men’s aftershaves include Vetiver as it is reminiscent of classic manliness, worn leather sofa’s and expensive cigars.

Vetiver is affordable and is used in many wellknown perfumes including Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, Christian Dior Vetiver and Guerlain Vetiver.

Vetiver is in my not yet released “Hair Elixir”, which I’m using myself at the moment as I’m trying to grow my hair and it is simply wonderful. Not too greasy, but nourishing and ultra moisturising with the beautiful fragrance of orange, rose-geranium and vetiver.

If you have any other tips for growing hair then I’ll be happy to hear them as I really don’t want to have to wait a whole 2 years for it to get to shoulder length (remember I’m starting from scratch as I shaved all of my hair off! lol)

Pomp & Circumstance the show stealer!

Pomp & Circumstance the show stealer!

Hi!

I hope you had a great Bank Holiday weekend. The weather certainly could have been better!
I’m desperate for some sun and am counting down the days until I go to Las Vegas. Just under a week to go now!

Last week I had my showcase at Publicis in Central London. They invited me down to use there space to sell and promote my products to there staff. I was only there over the lunchtime period so considering I was only there for a mere 2 hours it went very well! I had alot of very good feedback, the men in particular seemed impressed with my products – it’s usually very hard to impress men with fragrant products but they asked alot of questions and complimented my packaging so I was quite flattered. Pomp & Circumstance, my Limited Edition Bulgarian Rose & Jasmine Soy Candle stole the show. It has such a depth and character to it, and it is almost impossible to pick out the individual notes as it has such complexity. Pomp & Circumstance is a very luxurious fragrance. It’s a shame I can’t upgrade this candle to part of my standard range, but my supplier of Bulgarian Rose doesn’t always have it so it has to remain Limited Edition for now. Nonetheless, Cloud Nine remained a firm favourite, I love playing the game with my clients of “guess the fragrance”, and there was one guy in particular who was brilliant at it! He could recognise some of the components, which is quite hard to do as I usually have quite a few notes and accords in my fragrances. Creme’ De La Creme’, Ambrosial Peach and Indian Mistress of the Night still seem to be a winner with both sexes. I was told that The Caspian Sea was very true to the brief: A subtle, fresh, light, aquatic scent. Lavender, With Love, I knew would be a favourite as it’s a white candle and women love Lavender!
Anniversary, the candle and the reed diffuser was hands down the most sought after fragrance of all. I anticipated that it might be so that was handy.

Publicis do regular marketing events like this at there offices for small creative businesses like mine, so hopefully I’ll get invited back in the future. I am planning to introduce a few new products to my range like body cream’s and souffle’s, salt and sugar scrubs, perfumes, bath oils and I may have an attempt at making Cold Process Soap. It’s a little more technical then M&P soap which I already make, and it takes longer to cure. I’m not so certain I have the patience to wait but we’ll see! 🙂

Pictures from the event:

Publicis Showcase 2

Publicis Showcase 3