Fragrance is a wonderfully personal product that you associate people, past times, and emotions with. Scent, has such an impact on our lives, more than we tend to realize or even consider. The executive director of the Sense of Smell institute said, “Scents can have positive effects on mood, stressreduction, sleep enhancement, self-confidence, and physical and cognitive performance.”
I can still tell you the fragrance I wore from middle school to college, it reminds me of so many mornings getting ready in my bathroom at home before heading to school—Juicy Couture. I am sure a bunch of you were Juicy girls as well. I also have distinct memories attached to other people and moments with Chanel no. 5 , Philosophy-Amazing Grace, Flowerbomb & so many more that remind me of those associations any time I smell them or similar notes.
Choosing a scent is such a personal experience and has the power to say so much about you, but for me it’s become a creative space. Instead of being agnostic to one scent I enjoy changing it up everyday. I wear them by themselves or I combined them. I combine scents and brands to illustrate my feelings that morning. On rainy days I tend to wear lighter more floral scents, and on really cold days, I go more heavy with woodsy notes. It’s become a fun time for me to see what aroma I can create each morning.
When choosing a fragrance, don’t rush into it. Try out different scents before making the plunge to purchase. This is an item that has a long shelf life and follows you throughout the day, so you want to be sure that you love it. Take home some testers, wear a different one each day and ask your friends what they think. It’s fun to see how different scents smell on different people. Ultimately, you want to find something that you enjoy putting on every morning to complete your look and let your scent be your unsaid introduction when you walk into a room.
My Top 10 Fragrances:
- Le Labo-Santal 33
- Jo Malone London-Jasmine Sambac & Marigold
- Jo Malone London-Orange Bitters
- Tory Burch-Tory Burch
- Tory Burch- Jolie Fleur Lavende
- Aerin-Waterlily Sun
- Le Labo-Bergamote 22
- Estée Lauder-Modern muse
- Jo Malone London-Wood Sage & Sea Salt
- Michael Kors Wanderlust
Buying fragrance can be frustrating and tends to be expensive. Take some time and get samples to try a few out before buying. The initial price tag can be intimidating, but fragrance is something that can last you for years, so it is worth the initial investment. I hope this helps you find your scent!
* If you are interested in learning more, here is a great article on the science of The Hidden Force of Fragrance