Certain scents can bring back fond memories or burn new memories into our psyche. The smell of fresh cut grass evokes memories of summer time. The scent of salt wafting through the air may remind us of a trip to the shore, fresh pumpkin could leave us recalling a crisp autumn day or the clean smell of lavender may remind us of grandma’s garden. Scents are as much a part of our lives as colors and textures are. They appeal to our senses and create imagery for us. I think we can agree we all have a signature scent, either one we wear or one we favor.
Whether it’s floral, or musky, subtle or strong, a signature scent plays up our personality just a bit while evoking emotional ties. Most women wouldn’t dare leave the house with out a quick spritz of their signature scent. It sets our style and enhances our appeal.
Coco Chanel had her Chanel No.5, Audrey loved her Givenchy, and Kate gave us Twirl. Twirl is floral fun and flirty, while Chanel No.5 is a bit more dramatic in my opinion. Scents identify us to our friends and family a bit too. Walking by a woman wearing a fragrance a scent a dear friend may have worn can instantly take you back to a memory.
One would think picking a signature scent would be easy, but maybe it is more complicated than one thinks. There are 14, yes, 14 different categories of scent ranging from floral notes, to oriental notes, fresh notes to woodsy notes. Within each of these main categories are sub categories, such as soft florals, fruity florals, oriental florals, oriental woods, dry woods and citrus and water.
There is probably nothing more personal than picking a signature scent. We tend to be drawn to familiar scents within the families of scent. Some may favor the oriental undertones of Calvin Klein’s Obession, or be drawn to the fruity floral found in Clinque’s Happy Heart. Then there’s the woodsy amber scent of Burberry Body, offering a bit of sensuality.
Over time our choice my change too. I noticed living up north I was drawn to stronger scents like Ralph Lauren’s Safari and Lauren, but moving to a tropical locale, my preferences switched to lighter more floral scents like Kate Spade’s Twirl, or Ralph Lauren’s Romance. Both fit my low maintenance style and approach to life. I can’t say I actually have a signature scent. Each day I am inspired to spritz what ever suits my mood. It could be sporty, romantic or sensual.
How have you picked your signature scent?