Finding The Right Scent

Your scent is your signature. It is one of the things that reveal yourself to a person upon meeting them, and it is also usually something that leaves a lasting impression. So we all take great pains to choose a proper perfume or cologne, and once we find the ones that fit us, we always try to keep those in our vanity. Just within reach, should the day’s agenda calls for it, or when we simply want to stay refreshed.

How do we find the scent that fits us perfectly? There are endless brands and ranges to choose from – no wonder it usually takes us several attempts before we find our signature.


It helps to take note of your own personal tastes, your lifestyle, and your preferred notes: Top note – the primary thing you smell, this dissipates quickly Middle note – this follows the top note, and makes up for the majority of the scent Base note – a richer and more complex part, this aroma comes after wearing the scent for at least an hour or so It also helps if you acquaint yourself with the main signature olfactive families, so you actually know what it is you are smelling:


Fresh – citrusy, aromatic, uplifting, and cooling

• Common notes: lemon, bergamot, orange, grapefruit, lavender

• Recommendations: Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin cologne, Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh


Floral – romantic, feminine, and tender

• Common notes: jasmine, rose, magnolia, mimosa

• Recommendations: Miss Dior Rose N’Roses Eau de Toilette, Burberry Her Blossom Eau de Toilette


Woody – natural, dry, and masculine

• Common notes: sandalwood, cedar, patchouli, vetiver

• Recommendations: Nero Assoluto by Roberto Cavalli, Euphoria by Calvin Klein

Oriental – warm, rich, spiced and sensual

• Common notes: orris, ambergris, vanilla, nutmeg

• Recommendations: YSL Black Opium, Versace Pour Femme Oud Oriental by Versace


Hopefully, this short guide will help you the next time you decide to add a new scent to your collection. Even if you’ve already found your signature, our tastes can be ever-evolving, and it’s good to have an array of options at hand. Try a few scents before settling for one, to make sure that you find all its notes pleasing and suitable for you.


By Sophie Jocson