I am big on smells. I think it is important to smell good. And I believe in signature scents: Scents that evoke a memory. Scents that remind you of someone. Scents that you associate someone with.
I am quite a “conservative” when it comes to scents. No, I don’t mean the conservative 5th Avenue by Elizabeth Arden or Chanel No.5. They smell “aunty taitai” to me.. you know the smell of Indon tai-tais when they walk past? Yeah. Those.
What I mean by conservative is that adverts on beauty products don’t really work on me as I am such a brand loyalist! I don’t usually try new products although I must say that the ones from Marc Jacobs do smell divine (I particularly like Daisy)…
A fortnight ago, I went perfume shopping. And I was focused in my mission: to buy the usual.
It was difficult cos there are so many new players in the market BUT in the end I held on to my guns and came home with my usual Fantastic Four.
#1: I have a love history with L’eau D’Issey by Issey Miyake.
It was my first perfume and I have been using the scent since I was 13! As many would attest, L’eau D’Issey is my signature scent. I normally use 4-5 100ml bottles per year on average. Yes I am a sucker for floral yet woody fragrances. I think those scents are lush!
#2: Besides D’Issey, I also love Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle.
It’s the most expensive of the lot (I would normally buy the eau de parfum for this and not the eau de toilette). And I use it sparingly – usually in the evenings or at night. Mademoiselle reminds me of my days in London.
#3: If there could be a sister scent to L’eau D’Issey, it would be Gucci EDP II.
The husband loves L’eau D’Issey and would forbad me from using any other scent during the day during our courtship. Until we came across Gucci EDP II a few years ago that is. It has such a lovely aroma! And because it is already an eau de parfum in itself, the scent naturally lasts longer! (psst: speaking of Gucci, I reckon Gucci Rush reminds me of office girls, don’t you think?)
#4: And lastly, I also got myself Ferragamo Incanto Heaven.
Another floral scent .. very fresh and young! And this is the cheapest of the lot. I use it like how I’d use soap. Heh.
(TIP: I always buy testers, where available. Testers are cheaper (Unless Im buying a bottle as a gift - You never give testers as presents! You can be cheap on yourself but not on others! *lol*). Hence I don’t buy from departmental stores or off the counters. Why pay more for the fluff packaging when you are ultimately gonna be throwing the box away?)
I think that it is important for one to have a scent he/she likes and stick to it as often as he/she can cos sticking to one scent identifies the individual. I know that for many of those that I’ve crossed paths with, be it mere acquaintances or friends, I am recognized from my scent and/or that they would always think of me when they smell the familiar D’Issey fragrance.
However, not all fragrances would smell the same on everyone. All of us have body odour. Everyone has a unique individual scent/smell to them. Body odour is a combination of chemicals that the body produces. So the same fragrances (fused with body odour) would smell faintly different on different people.
So what is your signature scent?