Smell is a powerful sense. We often attach smells with people, places, and memories. For me, there is a certain scent that has always been a comforting one. My mother, as well as her mother before her, always wore the same pefume, Estee Lauder’s “Estee”. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided I too wanted my own scent. Estee was already taken so I decided to spend several afternoons in Sephora (the nose can only take so many smells before everything just begins to blend), and decided that I like classical, floral notes. I chose Dior’s “Miss Dior” because it was light, fresh, and I felt like it was a scent that would be available to me long term. Below are some notes for your perusal so you can find your personal scent as well as some popular scents to try for each.
Floral: Perfumes with majority floral notes are typically seen as more feminine and romantic. It’s the most popular variety of perfume, due in large part to it’s classic nature. Floral perfumes tend to range from powdery, to soft, to intense, depending on the mix of flowers and additional non-floral notes.
Popular Notes: Rose, Gardenia, Lavender, & Jasmine
Scents to Try:
Fruity: Fruity perfumes tend to be more youthful in nature. They are bright, and refreshing. Typically, you’ll find most fruity scents mixing several types of citrus with a balance of fruity-florals to keep the overall products from being overpowering to the senses.
Popular Notes: Citrus, Fruity Florals, Mandarin, Coconut Water
Scents to Try:
Spicy: Musk may not sound like the sexiest thing, but the spice and sexiness they bring can be great for a more sensual perfume that the other notes just can’t touch. These perfumes tend to be more earthy in nature but never overtly masculine. Soft finishes of vanilla tend to keep things light as the scent develops.