Your signature scent is a smell that when others come across it in their day-to-day lives, they will automatically think of you. It is something personal to your friends, your loved ones, and those who know or have known you. Finding your signature scent, however, can be difficult. It needs to match your personality, style, and you most importantly need to like it! Once you have found it, it will remain with you for the rest of your life. This article will tell you definitively how you can find your own signature scent.


Try a Few at a Time

When you are first exploring perfumes, it is advised by perfumers that you should start out with only a few. What this means is, when you visit a perfume shop, smell only a few at a time. If you go from bottle to bottle, you will overwhelm yourself, and the smell of one perfume may still linger when you are smelling another. Start out simple and take it easy. Try a few perfumes at a time. If you go back a second time but have one in mind from your previous visit, then try that again, while also investigating two others.


Start Out Light

When you are searching for your own personal scent, you should go for muskier, lighter scents first. A large number of people can’t smell musk very well, so if you are lucky enough to be able to, it will give you the opportunity to experiment with perfumes undetected. Musky scents are a great starting point, and from there, you can branch into fruity, citrussy, or woody scents. Alternatively, you can try a combination of all of these. Some perfumers will even allow you to create your own perfume, and if you like musk, then you can use it as a base scent.


Check It Often

When you have found a scent that you like, put a bit on, and then smell it every little while. If you put a drop on your wrist, it will hopefully not be too strong as for others to smell it, but it will be strong enough for you to smell it when you put your wrist to your nose. This is a great way to flesh out whether or not you genuinely like a fragrance. You can request a sample bottle, or you can go into the shop and put it on your wrist there. We would recommend the former, as having the sample bottle is far easier for experimentation.


Know Your Scent

When you find a perfume that you like, you should try to work out what it is that you are smelling. Sometimes, perfumes can be difficult to unravel. Once you get into the habit of identifying distinct smells, however, you will be able to pull apart your perfume and identify each base note. This may take some time, but you can do this by coming back to the fragrance and smelling it often. Take your time, go slowly, and break it down. When you know your scent, you know if it is right for you. Are you smelling musk, citrus, wood, or fruit?


How Do You Feel?

Not only should your signature scent be a fragrance that you enjoy smelling, but it should be something that makes you feel better. The perfumers from say that your fragrance should help you to feel empowered, and that is a sentiment that we share. Your scent should help you to feel your best – it should make you feel confident and like you can tackle the world. All of this might seem quite far-fetched if you have not yet found your scent, but when you do inevitably find it, all of this will make complete sense.


The Evolution of Fragrance

A big problem for many people, myself included, is that when you do find your perfect scent, you discover that it does not age well when worn. Sadly, when this happens, it often means you either have to keep topping it up, or you have to find a new perfume. To prevent yourself from discovering that your scent does not age well when worn, test it out over the course of a day, and see how the fragrance stands up six or seven hours later. Remember: your fragrance’s ‘top note’ will only last for 30 to 45 minutes – its ‘base note’ will be what you are left with for the rest of the day, and for some perfumes, this is very weak and underwhelming. If the base note is underwhelming and almost imperceptible, you are best avoiding the perfume altogether.


The Difference in Quality

When selecting your personal scent, you need to bear in mind that some perfumes’ are much more expensive than others. The cheaper the perfume, the more obnoxious and overwhelming it tends to be. Expensive perfumes are much more subtle and do tend to last a lot longer. Oudh, for example, is incredibly expensive and is highly prized among perfumers. It is a very unique oil, extracted from the agar tree. It can be incredibly expensive to purchase but lasts an entire day, and days sometimes. Take quality into consideration and remember the cost that comes along with it.



In today’s world, sustainability is at the forefront of every industry. When you are searching for your perfect scent, you should also be searching for sustainability. Not only are sustainable perfumers more likely to exclude harmful chemicals from their perfume compositions, but you know when you are using them, they have not been made to a detriment to the planet.


Allergies and Irritants

If you try a perfume and develop a rash or your skin becomes irritated, you should discontinue the use of that perfume. In rare instances, people have had severe allergic reactions to perfumes. Oudh, which we just mentioned, is a very common cause of allergic reactions. If you do have an allergic reaction to a perfume, you should consult your doctor so that he can put on record what it is that you are allergic to.

Finding your perfect scent doesn’t need to be as difficult as you might think it is. With some initiative and this page, you’ll have your perfect fragrance before you know it.