Seasonal or Signature
In my opinion there are two types of people when it comes to perfume. Those with a signature scent, and those who change their scent according to their mood, or the seasons or just when they get bored. I think that the seasonal people may have just never been lucky enough to find their perfect fragrance. I get it, it’s really hard to do! There are just so many fragrances out there, and so many sales assistants trying to flog their brands. Perfume shopping is often up there with jeans shopping in terms of difficulty and stress.
I was lucky enough to fall in love with my perfect perfume when I was 17. That perfume was Coco Mademoiselle, and I don’t know why but it just suits me. The only problem was in the eight years i’ve been wearing it, I’ve changed a lot. The pretty pink bottle, and sweet floral smell just didn’t feel like it suited my personality anymore, even though it still smelt nice! I just wanted something to reflect 25 year old Milli not 17 year old Milli.
The last few years I’ve tried a few different perfumes from different brands, and they all seemed ok when I buy them at first but within a few weeks they just aren’t the same! I just don’t feel like me when I wear them. Personally I find perfume is so important to me for my confidence, and my style. If you get it right it reflects your whole identity, so it’s important to get right!
I’ve been searching for a replacement to Coco Mademoiselle for three years now, and I learnt a little bit in my perfume hunting time, and I’ve finally found my perfect perfume. I think it will be my signature for many years to come, so I thought I would share some words of advice.
Here are my top tips for making sure you find the perfect scent.
- Don’t rush into anything – just because you like the smell in the bottle or on first spritz doesn’t mean it won’t go off in an hour or two. Always leave the scent on for at least 20 minutes but ideally an hour before you make a purchase!
- Just because it smells nice on someone else, or in the bottle, doesn’t mean it will smell nice on you. It is so important to try it on your skin before you buy. No impulse online purchases allowed.
- If you find a perfume you like, always find out what the base notes are. Chances are when you are looking in the future most scents with these notes will smell great on you.
- When trying different perfumes ask if the store has any coffee beans to sniff in between. It clears your scent palette so you don’t get overwhelmed and can clearly smell the difference in the fragrances.
- If you run out of space on your wrists you can spritz onto your lower arms, and elbows as well – it doesn’t smell any different. But make sure you don’t rub your wrists together as that can take off some of the top notes – just let the scent dry it only takes a second.
About a month ago I finally had some luck! After wandering round Bluewater spritzing almost everything in John Lewis on my wrist I wandered into the newly open Penhaligons boutique. I was always attracted to Iris Prima because of its story. It was inspired by the ballet, and reflects smells that are found backstage in the theatre. As a dancer who has grown up around those smells it always appealed to me, but when I smelt it out the bottle it was really strong, and deep and just not like me at all!
Iris Prima for some reason is so much softer and lighter on my skin, and I don’t know how but it makes the smell of leather, tulle, and resin smell beautiful and it just suits me. It may smell different on you. But that’s just part of the trauma of perfume shopping.
If you are worrying about committing to a scent, Penhaligon’s also offer a fragrance library with 10 sample sizes so you can try them all out for a few days and see which one takes your fancy – a mighty fine idea if you ask me!