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How to Find Your Signature Scent

Here's an excerpt of a post from OnSugar blog Beauty and the Budget on how you can sniff out the perfect perfume.

Before Christmas, I wanted to change my signature scent. I went to Nordstrom and sampled several fragrances. I was eyeing Dior's Miss Dior Cherie and Marc Jacobs' Lola, but you'll be surprised what I ended up with — a $20 bottle of Wish Pink from Victoria's Secret. Sure, it was a gift, but I ended up really liking it! So naturally I was disappointed that the scent was discontinued. So, I'm back to square one — whiffing coffee beans at department stores in between sampling perfumes.

So how do you really shop for perfume? How do you know what fragrance is right for you? And should you really take your partner's preferences into consideration?

To see Beauty and the Budget's advice, be sure to read the rest of her post. And don't forget, you can start a blog of your own, too. Just create your own site and share your own beauty tips. You could be featured right here on Bella.

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Ladyseven Ladyseven 6 years
One of my best friends works at VS,and whenever I went to her house, I'd use her "love rocks"spray... she has a billion scents, but I was the only person who ever used that one. Eventually, it just seemed silly to wear my favorite scent ONLY when I was at her house... so I went and bought a bottle- it was right after Xmas, too, so it was half off! :-)
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
I narrow down the choices by looking at the bottle, the brand and the name of the scent, that way I can almost always guess which ones I'm gonna like. But then again I have a very limited taste in fragances, this might not work for people with not so strict preferences :P I've been wearing The Beat by Burberry, if anyone likes light and fresh fragances, try it out!
smart-blonde smart-blonde 6 years
I usually narrow the field before shopping. I know I dislike 99 percent of florals, and any floral orientals that have jasmine, lily, or gardenia. Since I can't handle too much perfume at once, I make a list of the scents I want to try; I'm usually on the hunt for greens/citrus in the spring and amber/woods in the fall. I don't bother sniffing them on paper first, because you can't really tell how anything will smell on you just by doing that. I spray a few on, wait an hour, and then decide which one, if any, I want to buy. Sometimes it takes a few shopping sessions. Other times, I find one I love immediately, and I always ask for samples. I've found a couple of my favorites by looking online for descriptions of scents that fit into the families I like. That's how I found my new favorite, Ormonde Jayne Tolu, and how I found my last year's spring/summer scent, Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 6 years
I love finding new fragrances to mix in with my regular scents. I currently wear this perfume my hubby got for me about a year ago called Pleasures from Estee Lauder, we both like it but I think I want to try something new. I once found a scent with subtle undernotes that reminded me of herbal tea that I liked but haven't found it since...sigh, oh well.
lauren lauren 6 years
I have been wanting to change my signature scent or at least be able to mix it up for the last couple of months. I have always LOVED Carolina Herrera 212. Thanks for the tips, maybe this week I can get some samples to try!
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