Something that, over time, everyone will associate with you and come to recognise as your own unique musk? Take it slow! There are a lot of fragrances on the market that smell good—it’d be a waste to settle on something right away.
This, after all, is going to be your signature scent. It needs to stand out. It needs to turn heads. It needs to start conversations. It needs to leave a lasting impression. It needs to be well thought-out.
Follow these steps and put in the research time and you’ll find the one that works best for you.
Study the Notes
First things first, you need to understand a little Perfume 101. Here are the two things you have to know.
Notes reveal themselves in three layers:
Top, heart, and base.
The top notes will be strongest at first, but will evaporate and make way for the others.
The heart notes are often florals—something that balances the scent and binds nicely to the ends.
The base notes are usually the most prominent, and they always last the longest. Depending on the fragrance’s longevity, they could linger across the room, for hours on end.
Two: These notes will often change from one season to the next, with heavier notes in the winter fragrances.
Understand Scent Families and Seasonality
You should also know what type of scent family you want to draw from. If you’re looking for something new each season (or at least for the colder months vs. warmer ones), then pick something heavier as a fall scent or winter fragrance, like oriental and woody. For warmer days, consider more herbal, floral scents, green, and citrus scents.
You can also buck the system, and pick one for the entire year around. That being said, you should know which season it wears best in, so that you know when to substitute it out for something lighter or heavier in a pinch. important to summon the bullpen when necessary.
It’s slightly problematic, yes, but that’s still the term in use. Some people will include woody and floral in this category, but it usually refers to notes of amber, vanilla, musk, or various spices. Some of the oriental fragrances are:
Ask Good-Smelling People for Clues
Once you know the basics on notes and scent families, one of the best ways to pick a signature scent is to ask other good-smelling guys (or girls) what they’re wearing—and why.
What you’ll learn from the guys who gave it a little thought is why they like a particular brand or scent. Or they’ll mention that they tried a bunch of other scents and finally stuck with this one because people asked about it all the time. Or, maybe they can recommend a department store with a particularly well-informed employee who is willing to help you try a few scents
Know the Classics
If you know the best classic scents, then you have the framework from which to pick your own. You also have a killer roster of scents from which to pick. Just head to a department store and ask about some of the most popular scents.
Consider Your Motives
What’s your end goal with a signature scent? What is your personality like, or what alter ego are you procuring with this potion? How will it impress itself upon your colleagues, versus your significant other, versus your best friends? They’re all going to associate that scent with you, so you need to find something that really suits whatever you’re putting out there. Most importantly, you want something that doesn’t overwhelm, but makes people want to be near you.
Try Before You Buy
Visit the store. Try them out. Email a brand and ask for testers. Some will send for free, others will charge a small fee.
Read reviews: Fragrantica and Basenotes are good places to go, with expert-level feedback from the fragrance community.
PRO Tip: Try blending fragrance from two or three brands to make your own unique fragrance