Fragrance 101: How To Choose Your Signature Scent
Very little is more off-putting than an unpleasant odor. While regular bathing and deodorant application is always a good start, a little cologne, aftershave, lotion, etc. doesn’t hurt either. But how can you choose your signature scent?
Remember, fragrances change when they make contact with your skin, reacting with your own natural oils. The best way to determine if you truly like a fragrance is to apply a test spray, and leave for an hour. If you still like the scent, you’ve found a winner.
It may surprise you, but there is an industry standard when it comes to categorizing fragrances. This makes it easy to track down exactly what you want, but also means you need to know what you’re looking for. Here’s a breakdown of how fragrances are categorized:
Zesty, refreshing scents with hints of lemon, oranges, bergamot, often mixed with spicy woody notes.
These scents are very clean, crisp and refreshing, and evoke the essence of a cool marine breeze or fresh summer rain.
Green fragrances are rich with imagery of the outdoors, like freshly cut grass or spring flowers.
Often using hints of fresh fruit, such as apples, peaches, strawberries, and other sweet berries. Typically mixed with hints of soft florals.
Sweet and delicate, floral scents can use the scent of a specific flower, or the range of an entire garden.
Infusing traditional floral scents with hints of vanilla and musk, giving these scents an intriguing, powdery essence.
Oriental scents are a delicate mixture of many of the notes from other categories. Sensual and intriguing fragrances that blend vanilla and musks with fresh citrus and fruity notes.
A spicier twist on traditional floral scents, the floral oriental category carefully mixes the soft, the sweet and the spicy.
Rich, creamy blends of musk and incense that create a softer take on traditional oriental fragrances.
Mixtures of sumptuous oriental notes and woody patchouli, sandalwood and musk create the fragrances of the woody oriental category.
Deep, rich notes of cedar, sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli and pine that evoke the feel of a mysterious and dark forest.
Combining the crisp scent of oak moss, citrus and amber to traditional woody fragrances, making the mossy woods category a fresh, yet rich family of scents.
These scents are very masculine and traditional, combining hints of leather, tobacco and burnt wood notes.
Aromatic fragrances are fresh and cool, while remaining warm and spicy. Mixtures of zesty citrus and sweet lavender are common.
Intensities of fragrances also vary. Eau du cologne and eau du parfum are far more concentrated and pure, and are therefore more expensive. Eau du toilette and aftershaves are more diluted with a lighter burst of fragrance, and are therefore more subtle.