How Did You Find Your Signature Scent?

And can you please help me find mine?

The one thing in the beauty realm that I've never truly connected with is fragrance. I'll read article after article by the likes of Kara, Tamara, Wendy, and more, and every time, I'm stunned by the way they can describe scents and how they make them feel.

I mean, I know you can just do a little Googling and find out the head, heart, and base notes of a perfume, but frankly, I've never had the nose to differentiate between the notes or to appreciate the complexities of a great perfume.

That's why I've only ever had one real fragrance at a time. And a few weeks ago, after getting at the last gasp of Marc Jacobs Dot, I was left torn.

I had that one bottle for over two years because I didn't exactly use it religiously, and in the last few months, the scent just didn't do it for me anymore. I had gotten it in college, and the smell just reminds me of my college experience. But I've graduated, moved, and started my career. I don't want to smell like how I smelled in college anymore.

Now I'm left with is an almost-gone rollerball of Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb that I keep in my purse for just-in-case situations, and this similarly almost gone Nemat's Vanilla Musk, both of which were fine for finishing out winter but aren't suited to the regular warm weather in New Orleans.

I figure there are two ways I can go from here. I can try to train my nose, learn more about fragrances, and slowly amass a collection of different scents, or I can try to find that oh so elusive signature scent. And right now, I think I'm leaning towards trying to find a signature scent.

The whole idea of signature scents is so appealing to me for a variety of reasons, but really, it all boils down to my mom and her scent. She's worn Ralph Lauren Romance for as long as I can remember. Because my mom seriously loves that perfume and wears it every day, I associate the scent with comfort and love.

She has worn her signature scent for 13 or 14 years now, and when I asked her about it she said she hoped to wear it for another 40 years.

Why is she so connected to this one scent? She says, "It's feminine, and it's not too strong. You can wear it in any season, ya know, and it makes me feel good when I wear it." She also said that this perfume has consistently gotten her compliments over any other scent she's worn.

And it's not just my mom got me thinking about finding my signature scent. My grandmother and my father both have one as well; my grandma has worn Estee Lauder Youth Dew for literal decades, and my Dad has worn Aramis for longer than I've been alive.

It's important to me to test a perfume before buying so I can see how the scent wears, and how it changes on my skin. And because I just don't have the cash to buy the full-size of a bunch of different perfumes that tickle my fancy until I find just the right one, I'm looking at perfume subscription services like Scentbird and Olfactif to help me narrow it down until I find one that is just right.

Spending less than $20 bucks every month to get a few samples to try, and the odd long lunch spent in the Sephora fragrance section sounds pretty much like the perfect way to find my signature scent.

  • Have you tried a perfume subscription service?
  • Are you a perfume collector or do you have a signature scent?
  • Let's chat about perfume and give me some recommendations please!