How to find your ideal fragrance

How to find your ideal fragrance

In search of a signature scent? Right this way… we have just the guide for you!


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Many things go into making a good impression. Aside from looking the part and presenting yourself well, the scent you give off can make or break a situation. Having your own signature fragrance can leave a lasting impression on those around you – it’s as important as your style and it can play a part in how people perceive you.

Not only does it make you more distinctive, but how you smell can boost your confidence and make you feel more attractive too. With so many options available, we have some pointers of what to consider when seeking out your signature scent.



1. Figure out what you like

Colognes and EDTs are made up of a variety of single notes, and you can be drawn to different notes for different seasons and occasions – you are not limited to a single scent family (think: fresh and green, woody and spicy, floral and fruity) – rather the key is to determine what type of scent you gravitate towards and then try different fragrances in that category till you find your perfect match.

As with most personal style purchases, you should always buy what you like and what reflects you. However, as GQ writer Adam Hurly states, it helps to get an understanding of how different fragrance families work, and if you don’t know where to begin your search, you can always start with the classics.


2. Read reviews and ask for recommendations

When it comes to a signature fragrance, although some people want their scent to be unique, others just want something that smells good on them. Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations from people you know and don’t be shy to ask (respectfully) what fragrance someone is wearing when you smell something you like.

Reading reviews and asking for recommendations is a great way to learn about your scent preferences and find a place to start your search. Most fragrance counters also have assistants on hand to help you with your quest.


3. Try and test

Always ensure you test a cologne or fragrance on your skin before committing to it. Fragrances can react differently to body chemistry, and how it smells in the bottle may differ from how it smells on you. Scents also develop the longer that they are on your skin, so allow the spritz to settle before you make your call.

If you find something you like, ask the beauty assistant for a mini sample (they generally stock them under the counter) or give yourself a good spritz or two with a tester the next time you’re in a mall and wear it out for a couple of hours.


Like with most things, experimentation is a great way to find out what reflects you best.

A signature scent should be a fragrance that you wear daily, one that people associate with you the moment they smell it, but that’s not to say that you can’t grow your fragrance library or surprise others (and yourself) with something different now and then.