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How to find your signature scent?

How to find your signature scent?

Do you ever smell a perfume and think, “This is the one”? I do. All the time. But after wearing it for a few days, that same fragrance gives me an overwhelming headache. And then there’s all those girly magazines, telling us how to find our signature scent—but they never seem to work! In fact, it took me years before I finally found my signature scent (it’s called Opium) and learned that there are so many ways to get there. So if you’re wondering how to find your own signature scent or just want some tips on narrowing down the options, read on!

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Get a perfume sample.

The best way to find your signature scent is by getting a sample of the perfume you’re interested in. You may be tempted to purchase it immediately, but this can be dangerous if you haven’t tried it out first. If you don’t like how strong or light your chosen fragrance smells on your skin. Then chances are that other people won’t either!

Perfume samples are available at many department stores, as well as online retailers like Sephora and Nordstrom Rack (which offer free shipping). Once you’ve got one in hand, try applying it to different parts of your body: behind each earlobe is an excellent place because it allows air flow around the area while still allowing others around them access to smell what they’re wearing without being too overwhelming for those nearby during social interactions; also try rubbing some behind each wrist so that anyone who shakes hands with them will get just enough whiff without being overwhelmed by its potency. And if all else fails? Just stick with “the rule”: only apply no more than two drops per application time frame (eek!).

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Ask your friends.

You can ask your friends for their opinions on the perfumes they wear. But be aware that they might not have a similar taste in perfume to you.

If your friend is outdoorsy and enjoys hiking, she might prefer a fresh scent like eucalyptus or rosemary over something more musky or floral. If she’s a city-dweller who works in an office all day, she might gravitate toward something more exotic or sweet than spicy or woodsy.

You’ll get an even better idea of what scents work best with your body chemistry by asking people who share similar lifestyles as yours. And don’t forget about asking men too! Men often have great input when it comes to choosing colognes. Because they tend to be less picky than women when it comes down to selecting fragrances (as long as they don’t smell bad).

Test it out at the store.

You know the old saying, “if it smells good at the store, it’ll smell even better on you”? It’s true! So head to Sephora or wherever your favorite perfume is sold and try out a sample.

If you’re not sure what kind of scent would be best for you, ask an expert. Or at least someone who works there. For advice. They’re trained in helping people find their signature scents based on their personality traits and body chemistry.

The next step is smelling like heaven: apply some perfume onto different parts of your body (like behind each ear) so that when someone gets close enough to kiss them. He or she will get an amazing whiff of fragrance without being overwhelmed by too much scent at once!

Make sure it’s right for you.

Before you buy a perfume, make sure it’s right for you.

  • What does the perfume smell like? Does it remind you of something? Do the notes appeal to your tastes and preferences? If not, then maybe this isn’t the right scent for you.
  • How does it make me feel? Does it make me feel more confident or less confident in myself–and why? Is there any way I can change this feeling by using another product or technique (e.g., wearing more makeup)? How can I use scents as tools rather than just decoration on my body or clothing?
  • Is it too strong or too weak: If so, then maybe there is another option out there that fits better with my personality type!
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There’s no one best way to find your signature scent

There’s no one best way to find your signature scent. Try a few of these methods and find what you like best!

  • Ask friends what they think. Friends are often your best source of advice when it comes to shopping, so ask them what they think of the scents you’re considering buying. If they say something along the lines of “I love this perfume” or “This cologne smells delicious,” then it may be worth investing in that particular fragrance. If not, keep looking!
  • Test out different scents in stores before buying them online or at retail stores. Sometimes even fragrances can smell different depending on where they’re sold (and sometimes even which brand). For example, I tried out some perfumes while visiting Sephora one day and loved how they smelled there but bought from another store online because my local Sephora didn’t carry many options for me at all (and I didn’t want to wait until their next shipment came in). It was only after trying out several other brands’ perfumes did I realize just how much better those first ones smelled when tested against others like them rather than compared directly against each other side-by-side. So don’t forget about testing things out before committing wholeheartedly!


We hope you find the perfect scent!

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