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How to Choose a Perfume Which Really Suits You

02 Feb, 2017
By BeYou[tiful]
We've all heard the phrase 'signature scent' thrown around but what does it actually mean? We use our clothes, accessories and make up as an outlet to express our personality and convey a message to the world and a fragrance can and should be thought about in the same way. The human sense of smell is one of the most sensual senses and one should never underestimate the power of a beautiful, well-chosen perfume. A fragrance can hold memories, transport you to a specific time and place in your mind instantly, and entice those around you.
 
Instead of being lured by a perfume's attractive packaging, enticing advertisements or the fact that your favourite celebrity is endorsing it take the time to explore what it is you want out of a scent. How you smell can speak volumes about your personality so think what you want to put out in to the world. Do you want to ooze sex appeal, do you want to remind people of the warmth of freshly home baked goodies, do you want to evoke memories of summer days, or do you wish to leave people guessing as to what those mysterious notes you exude are? Whatever it is you want to communicate via fragrance, there's a perfume for that.
 
While there are hundreds of fragrances in the world they can all fit into five families: gourmand, oriental, floral, woody and fresh. Gourmands smell good enough to eat, oriental notes exude sexiness, florals are prettiness in a bottle, woody fragrances are natural and earthy and fresh scents are crisp and clean. Within each of these are infinite variations - some fresh scents are green and some are watery, some woody fragrances have hints of floral in them, some are just smoky. The combinations are endless - just find what core fragrance best suits your true self and build your signature scent from there. Read on to find out what perfume will best sum up your dazzling and unique personality.

Cool and Quirky

This is the girl who is the odd-one-out of her friendship group, and needs a perfume that encapsulates just that. You like to be different and independent and have a unique style that people are always commenting on. You work in a creative field, love adding a (uniquely you) touch of feminine flair in everything you do and exude a different, unobvious kind of sex appeal.
 
The fragrance profile that will best sum up your one-of-a-kind personality is gourmand, i.e. food-based scents. Now, before you scoff at the idea of smelling like food, we're not talking about making your signature scent spaghetti bolognaise. Think more melon, sweet honey, fresh berries, warm vanillas and zesty orange notes. This unusual scent category is becoming more and more popular over recent years and is fairly broad ranging from super sweet to sour tones. Gourmand fragrances are attractive to others as they evoke memories of happy times with friends, family and, everyone's favourite activity, eating food. Choose perfumes with notes of caramel, chocolate, honey and vanilla for a warm and rich scent, and perfumes with passion fruit, citrus, apple, melon or berries notes if you're after a fresher and lighter scent.

 
 
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle
Warm and yummy. Bold florals laced with luscious fruits ending in an edible confection. Inviting and warming on the skin.
YSL Black Opium
YSL Black Opium
Darkly mysterious. Creamy vanilla enriched with intoxicating coffee, warm spices and white flowers. Sexy, elegant and classy.
Coty Exclamation
Coty Exclamation
Bright and cheerful. Packed full of fruits, flowers, vanilla and spices. A heady, sweet delight.

Glam and Sexy

You're naturally flirtatious, love to get dolled up and just ooze sex appeal. You love to be spotted at parties rocking a little black dress and are rarely seen without your signature red lipstick. People can't quite figure you out but are enchanted by your boldness, passion and sophistication. Add to your natural mystery with an oriental perfume that will inspire thoughts of faraway lands and spices people can't quite put their finger on.
 
An oriental fragrance will be warm, sexy and luxurious. Oriental fragrances have been around for ages and some will just make you think of your granny so avoid scents that are too powdery or musk-based to stick to the modern side of this fragrance trend. These scents use rich and exotic elements like sandalwood, incense, musk, vanilla, mahogany, rosewood, white pepper and hints of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves. If you're an extra luxurious person go for an oriental-gourmand blend, a combination that is fast becoming a new favourite amongst women, that smells like a spicy cappuccino, chocolate or delicious caramel. Many oriental perfumes combine touches of exotic flowers like orchids that hit your nose first before it settles into the sensual and rich base-notes.
 
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Paco Rabanne Olympea
Paco Rabanne Olympea
Tempting and bold. Sensual salted vanilla, freshened by citrus and flowers, warmed by spices and woods. Intriguing and addictive.
Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel
Sophisticated and oh, so classy. Rich florals enhanced by heady spices, woods and vanilla. A warm, seductive indulgence.
Yardley Gorgeous
Yardley Gorgeous
Enticingly sexy. Fresh citrus enriched with vanilla and rich amber. Deliciously rich.

Feminine and Pretty

Often described as a super girly, loves to wear pastels and florals and lives in cute summer dresses; you're a girl’s girl love to play up your femininity. You're a sweetheart who will always choose spring and summer over winter because that's when you get to read in the park, have outdoor lunches with the girls and go on chilled afternoon dates. Your signature scent should encapsulate your playful nature and ultra girly side. Perfumes with floral notes are perfect for your look: the embodiment of a spring day.
 
If you're confident and love to be the centre of attention choose bolder florals like violet, rose, ylang-ylang or jasmine. Or if you're a bit quieter and prefer for your perfume to do the talking go more pretty than punchy with subtle notes of peonies, lily or orange flower. Florals have also been used to create scents for hundreds of years and it's crucial you keep your scent modern so you don't conjure images of a granny's dressing table when you walk in the room. Flowery notes combined with notes of berries, apples or plums gives a fresh fruity punch that will definitely turn heads, and some modern twists on a floral fragrance include oriental hints that add some sexy to your sweetness.
 
Michael Kors Wanderlust
Michael Kors Wanderlust
Sensually romantic. Luxurious blossoms mingled with delectable spices, soothed by cooling almond milk. Captivating, confident and sexy.
Gucci Bamboo
Gucci Bamboo
Elegantly alluring. Bright citrus, delicate flowers with a soft, woody kick. A smooth, creamy, creation.
Yardley Lace
Yardley Lace
Timelessly classic. Comforting rose warmed by earthy, woody moss. A powdery, innocent, hidden treasure.

Boho Chic

You've always had a little bit of bohemian in you and were thrilled when the boho look had its recent revival. You're free-spirited, enlightened (or on the way to being at least) and have a lot of love to give, making you a thoughtful and caring mate to your many, many friends. You're warm, affectionate and down-to-earth and woody fragrances radiate these qualities. Woody scents are not for the faint-hearted, but then faint-hearted is the last word you'd use to describe your unique, bold and intelligent self.
 
For the modern hippy who is more Mary-Kate and Ashley than Woodstock/Stevie Nicks choose woody perfumes with a light twist, like a touch of minty patchouli. If you're looking to make a statement and shake up the ideals of femininity go for fragrances with 'masculine' elements like leather, cedar wood and tobacco smoke. The combination of these unusual notes and your carefree and natural style will get you noticed for all the right reasons. More classically feminine woody combinations like musk, honey and orange blossom are great for girls who like to appear naturally and effortlessly sexy.

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Narciso Rodriguez For Her
Narciso Rodriguez For Her
Unusually lustful. Sensual musk, white flowers, exotic, rich woods. Seductive and confident.
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist
Comforting and elegant. Hints of sexy musk, warm woods, soft vanilla and rich white flowers. A soft, warm and cosy delight.
Gucci by Gucci
Gucci by Gucci
Confidence in a bottle. Exotic fruits and flowers enhanced by musk and the warmth of honey. Loud, sweet, rich and deep.

Sweet and Simple

You're a jeans and a t-shirt kind of girl and appreciate the simple things in life. You're easy-going, fun and up for anything, whether it's a beautiful hike in the great outdoors, playing a game of friendly football, or spending a day reading on the beach. If you had to describe your style it would be fuss-free, laid back with an effortless hint of cool. A strong fragrance doesn't sit right on a down-to-earth girl such as yourself; you suit perfumes that are fresh and cool, like you! There are a variety of scents that have a crisp and cool finish, ranging from citrus to water to green-based.
 
Citrus fragrances leave you smelling super clean and summery. If you're a fresh girl with a little bit of a girly side choose a scent with grapefruit, lemon or mandarin notes that will complement your relaxed style with a hint of feminine sweetness.
 
Water scents have an extra refreshing feel to them and smell like a cool summer's day. Choose a water-based fresh scent if you want to smell like lazy days spent at the beach or a light rainy day in spring.
 
For the modern girl who doesn't care to fit the stereotype of what it means to smell 'feminine' choose a fresh fragrance with green notes. These evoke thoughts of freshly cut grass, a tropical rainforest or a greenhouse in summer and are perfectly suited to someone who wants to smell simply natural.
 
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Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue
Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue
Light and airy, casual and breezy. Mouth-watering fresh fruit softened by a hint of floral, musk and wood. Happy, uplifting and energetic.
DKNY Be Delicious
DKNY Be Delicious
Crisp and fresh. Effervescent fruits dominated by fresh, green apple, mellowed by soft florals and balanced with a hint of wood. A bold and charming concoction.
L’Eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake
L’Eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake
Bright and refreshing. Watery fruits, breezy flowers with a hint of spice. Independent, unpretentious and exciting.
 

It turns out that your DNA has something to do with the perfume you fall in love with. To help make your choice, read the fascinating science behind this in Byrdie's 'The Incredible (and Little Known) Way Perfume Can Make You More Attractive'.

Remember that if you take the time to discover your own signature scent you will grab attention before you've even gone into a room with your noticeable but not overwhelming aroma. When you greet people, they can't help but compliment your perfume and when you leave the lingering scent will have left your mark on both the room and everyone's mind. You would have chosen a fragrance that complements your very essence, something every woman can achieve with a little bit of time and some perfume sampling.

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