A Guide To Finding Your Signature Fragrance In Two Simple Steps

How to find your signature fragrance

It seems like every fifteen minutes a fragrance is born. That means you fall into one of two categories. One, you purchase fragrances because the bottles are cute and new and the girl at the counter told you that perfume is really hot. Two, the entire process of buying perfume makes you so overwhelmed, you have sentenced yourself to wearing body sprays forever.

You don’t have to be either of those girls anymore. You can find your signature scent and it only takes two simple steps! Keep reading.

Take note of the notes

Every fragrance comes packed with three things: Top notes, middle notes, and base notes.

Top notes are what you smell as soon as you spritz a perfume. For example, Rogue By Rihanna’s top note is citrus. You get a huge burst of lemony goodness, but it does not last long. This is the standard of top notes. Common top notes include basil, grapefruit, lemongrass, lime, peppermint and sage.

Middle notes are the heart of the fragrance. It’s what you smell after the top note dissipates. Middle notes tend to be floral, with notes of Rose or Lavender or Lily Of The Valley.  It’s no surprise the middle note of Halle Berry Exotic Jasmine is…. you guessed it. Jasmine. Common middle notes include rose, geranium, pepper, juniper and fennel.

Base notes are what’s left of your perfume when the middle notes begin to fade. Base notes are most commonly deep or rich like vanilla or sandalwood. Base notes last the longest, up to 24 hours in some cases. Katy Perry Killer Queen for example, has a base note of cashmere. Common base notes include cedarwood, clove, jasmine, patchouli, vanilla and ylang ylang.

Take inventory of what’s important to you. You want to focus more on the middle and base notes because those two elements last the longest on your body. It’s what you and everyone else around you will smell the most.


 Hunt for samples and try out scents for a few days

Rome wasn’t built in a day, so finding your signature scent won’t be a one day job either. Check out department store fragrance counters and specialty stores like Ulta and Sephora. Be honest and let them know you are hunting for a signature scent, tell them the notes you are looking for (see #1) and ask if they can provide you with a sample or two (Sephora will decant three sample for you no questions asked).

Spray on a scent everyday. Take note of how long it lasts on your skin, how others respond to the scent, and most importantly, how it makes you feel.

So what’s my signature scent? Clean Skin. Clean Skin has a top note of honeydew melon, middle note of blue roses and a base note of creamy vanilla. It’s delicious and natural and I can wear anywhere. I actually discovered Clean Skin after purchasing a Sephora Fragrance Sampler

Have you found your signature scent? What is it? Do you have any tips to share with others? Are you still on the hunt? Comment and let me know!

More about Aprill

Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

5 thoughts on “A Guide To Finding Your Signature Fragrance In Two Simple Steps

  1. Shanta Carson

    I’m definitely still on the hunt for a signature scent. I wish I was more familiar with scents. Besides mints, I only recognize grapefruit or vanilla.


  2. Kristy P

    I love this I’m always searching for that signature scent. Unfortunately what smells good to me isn’t signature. I flirt with it for a few weeks/months and then I’m over it. Thanks for sharing. This really helps. I’m a vanilla girl myself!


  3. BellaKnows

    My signature scent was Daisy by Marc Jacobs, it’s funny because when I was in my 20’s Amarige was my signature and you couldn’t tell me different. I find at 45, what smelled great on me when I was younger no longer smells the same. I’ve been wearing Angel by Thierry Mugler for yrs as a fall/winter fragrance, and Gucci Flora in the summer.


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