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Open Thread: What Is Your Signature Scent?

Open Thread: What Is Your Signature Scent?The first perfume I ever really loved was Clinique Happy, which my mother gave me in the sixth grade. I had tried a heck of a lot of Bath & Body Works Art Stuff smells, but something about Happy hit me better than glittery blue raspberry ever could. I loved it for its floral brightness; it was like bottled enthusiasm, making its name more accurate than most. That love evolved to being Clinique Happy Heart and then, during my “I swear, I’m an adult!” phase, I went for Clinique Simply.

I got older, I developed an affinity for all sorts of perfumes and colognes, but for the past six or so years (i.e. since I turned 18), my main fragrances have been these:

  • Chloe See By Chloe. It’s a feminine scent with a mix of fruity and floral tones to it, making it flirty without being overpowering by any means. It is the perfect daytime perfume, so I wear it to work and spray it in the morning on weekends.
  • Etat Libre d’Orange Jasmin Et Cigarette. Every time I wear this scent, people ask me what it is. It is mysterious, with its tobacco and jasmine notes. It is unique, but not inaccessible. It’s one of the best evening scents I have ever tried. It was first shown to me at Twisted Lily, a Brooklyn apothecary that I strongly recommend you all visit someday.
  • Juicy Couture Juicy Couture. I know, I know–this is what Mean Girls meant with the “you smell like baby prostitute” line. But I can’t help it; my freshman year roommate used to let me wear hers sometimes, and I wound up getting addicted. I absolutely love this perfume and when I am planning on having a ridiculous night out, this is what I reach for.
  • Mémoire Liquide Amour Liquide Eau de Parfum. I wear this when I want to cuddle up to somebody, or if I am just feeling like wearing something calming at home. It has notes of Madagascar vanilla and smells warm, like a blanket made from the smell fresh cookies give off.

You can have multiple fragrances you regularly wear or one you consistently spritz on every single morning and evening; either way, these scents are the ones that fit best to your personality and how you want to project yourself to the world. Every person wears different scents in a unique way, too, so even if your favorite matches somebody else’s, it is unlikely that you wear it the same way.

What is your signature scent? Tell us in the comments! After all, we can all always find out about more perfumes and colognes to try–perhaps you’ll be helping somebody else find their own perfect scent.

P.S. If you’re looking to actually make your own signature scent, try out one of these awesome DIYs!

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  • Alexis Rhiannon

    I use Escada, which is a double-edged sword because I love pretty much anything they make, but every perfume is a limited edition, so if I get hooked on something it’s just a countdown until I run out.

    RIP Ibiza Hippie. Gone but not forgotten.

    • Samantha Escobar

      GUH YES. Escada is so fresh and pretty and addictive. I didn’t actually realize they’re all limited edition though :( That makes me so sad. Plus, it sucks because unlike buying ten shirts from a store that’s going out of business, perfume loses a lot of its scent after a year or so and so stockpiling is impossible.

  • Heather C

    I like to try different scents, but I have a stockpile of Marc Jacobs. It helps that the bottles are so cute too.

    • Samantha Escobar

      Guh, I know. I don’t even like most Marc Jacobs perfumes, but I love their bottles. I find it so odd that Justin Bieber’s perfume completely ripped off a MJ bottle design, though.

    • CMJ

      I wore Marc Jacobs for men for a long time. It was wonderful.

  • http://www.ambiencechaser.com/ Elizabeth Licata

    Hmm. I don’t think I have a signature. My go-to scents are Hermes Jardin en Mediteranee, Marc Jacobs (just the standard “Marc Jacobs,” I don’t really love Lola or Daisy or the others), Chanel No. 5, and almost anything from Histoires de Parfums. I also really love this discontinued Urban Decay perfume oil called Sin, but it’s so old it’s turned to sludge in the bottle and I can’t get more.

    • Samantha Escobar

      I need to try all of these things. And yes–Histoires de Parfums is full of unbelievably lovely scents.

    • http://www.ambiencechaser.com/ Elizabeth Licata

      Their Jules Verne fragrance is the sexiest dude fragrance in the entire world. I am obsessed with it. It’s so sexy on dudes sometimes I wear it on myself. (I’m not trying to pick anybody up, so as long as my fragrance is just for me, I figure I might as well just go around all day thinking, “Mmmm. Sexy dudes.”)

      I tried their Marquis de Sade one once. At first I thought it smelled like a sex dungeon at Richard Branson’s house that maybe hadn’t been cleaned recently enough, but then it mellowed into a nice, musty wood and leather scent that reminded me of the tack room at the horse barn when I was growing up. Still not as sexy as the Jules Verne, but better than Richard Branson’s sex dungeon.

    • Lizzie

      I second the Hermes Jardin en Mediterranee! I switch between that, Cartier’s Baiser Vole, Givenchy’s Eaudemoiselle, Hermes Elixir des Merveilles, Elizabeth and James Nirvana White, and Creed Spring Flower. I may have a bit of a perfume addiction.

  • Alana Vincenza

    I used Viva La Juicy for all of college, but I think I’m ready to break free of the Juicy and check out some other less overwhelmingly fruity perfumes.

    • Samantha Escobar

      I can’t help it, I love it so much. Though I’ve actually only tried Viva La Juicy once or twice, so I don’t remember exactly how it smelled. Juicy Couture is SO SO SO floral though.

  • Lily Savage

    Chance eau tendre by Chanel is my go to perfume. It isn’t over powering and I always get compliments when I wear it.

    • Samantha Escobar

      Ooooh, I’ve never tried that! I love Chanel perfumes, though, so I am sure it is lovely.

  • amelisha

    I only wear Vanille Abricot from Comptoir Sud Pacifique.

    It smells like it sounds…just a lot of vanilla, but the sweet rather than than the floral-y or musk-y kind. People near me tend to say things like “are there cookies around?” which works for me. My boyfriend is allergic to lots of scents but not this one and I like it because it doesn’t smell so much like perfume, if that makes sense.

    • Samantha Escobar

      I have never heard of that, but I absolutely need to try it–I love everything with vanilla even though I don’t wear it super often. I have noticed that men seem to like it more that florals and muskier ones, so it is awesome that it’s one of the ones your boyfriend can be around!

    • sabina

      please smell it before you buy it, it is intoxicatingly sweet, like synthetic sugar, vanilla, and a hint of apricot

    • amelisha

      On me it just smells like vanilla, not “synthetic” anything. But YMMV.

  • Kat

    Bond No. 9 Bleecker Street. I’ve never met anyone who wears it, let alone anyone who has even heard of it. It’s slightly masculine, but it makes me feel the most like myself. Plus it has a pretty green bottle and I love anything green.

  • loser_sneeze

    Oh perfume. I do so love you. I have a few go to fragrances. Lemme see…Dior J’Adore, Stella by Stella McCartney, Miss Dior and Chanel Chance Eau Tendre. I also throw Givenchy ange ou demon le secret into the mix every so often. I tend to stay away from super sweet smells. I love anything with jasmine or rose. Maybe some light citrus notes.

  • Charmless

    Oh God, I am such a sucker for baby prostitute perfumes. I had the entire Jessica Simpson dessert line and I still wear Betsey Johnson and Aquolina Pink Sugar on occasion. As much as it makes me worry that I’m trying to be seventeen again, people always compliment me when I’m wearing one of these. Maybe sugary scents are just what work best with my body chemistry. As a comparison, Flowerbomb smells AWFUL on me.

    I went on a quest to find a signature scent, but I realized that I like variety. I have a bunch of the Demeter perfumes because they’re cheap and you can layer them, especially the ones that are just one note. If I spritz Amber on top of one of my lolita fantasy perfumes, it makes it a bit more rich. Demeter Amber and Body Shop Vanilla are a great combo as well. When I feel like going a bit granola, I have a great Nag Champa body spray I got from an Etsy shop called Ten Digit Creations. She also makes one called Vampire Venom that is gorgeous and sexy, even if it seems to be Twilight-inspired.

    My current favorite perfume is from Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica collection and it’s called Funfair Evening. It still smells very sweet, but it’s a bit more complicated than “I SMELL LIKE A CUPCAKE!” For the price, I would hope so. I also picked up Jazz Club, even though it’s supposed to be a men’s cologne. I sprayed it on myself in a shop in Paris and a French stranger commented on how nice it smelled within a minute (which only didn’t creep me out because I was standing in front of a wall of perfume and I feel like it’s fair to comment on how somebody smells when she’s juggling three perfume bottles).

  • Kirsten

    Marc Jacobs’ Dot and Joe Malone’s Nectarine Blossom & Honey! I used to be in love with L.A.M.B.’s Music, too. AND Escada’s Rockin’ Rio for clubbing, obvi.

  • http://batman-news.com mj

    aveda products! I get the most compliments and it always is my hair. I walk into places and people know im there because they smell my hairspray. And the best part is it is not over powering. I use the shampure shampoo and conditioner and the brillant hairspray

    • NYCNanny

      I LOVE the hairspray smell!! Sometimes I just spray it in the air to scent up the room.

    • http://batman-news.com mj

      I do the same thing!

    • Jana Ramic

      I do too! Banana Rebublic actually makes a unisex body spray that smells exactly like Aveda products. In all its plant based botanical glory.

  • Ellie

    Oh you guys. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem is my JAM. Coffee, Patchouli, Vanilla, some more glorious things. Kind of unisex, makes you smell delicious and magical and spicy and a little bit like cookies all at once. It’s my signature scent for the rest of my life, forever and ever.

    • Samantha Escobar

      Whaaaat. Coffee? I love that, I need to try it.

      (This is exactly why I wrote this post, BTW–because I knew you folks would have a bunch of secret scents (i.e. ones I had never heard of, haha).

    • CMJ

      I LOVE a unisex perfume. I have the unisex I Love New York one…but New Haarlem sounds dreamy.

  • Hayley Hoover

    I wear Dot by Marc Jacobs on a day-to-day because my partner loves it. I like Daisy better, maybe, but I save it for nicer occasions.

  • http://fairfatfiftyfrak.blogspot.co.uk/ Linda Lyon

    I’ve been wearing Chanel 19 forever, used to have to spray it on my daughters’ pillowcases when I had to work away from home because they wanted ‘mummy’s smell’. Recently though, I’ve been wearing 2 Molton Brown scents, Lijiang and Singosari, from their Navigations Through Scent range. I always get comments when I wear them and I’m particularly smitten with Singosari – really warm and spicy.

  • CMJ

    I go back and forth between Angel by Thierry Mugler and Bond No. 9′s I LOVE NEW YORK for All.

  • Jenni

    I haven’t had a signature since Clinique Happy in middle school. I’ve really screwed adulthood up!

  • Sabina

    I like Visa by Robert Piguet, and Red Door

  • merida13

    I have loved loved using gardenia by elizabeth taylor

  • Savanna Tomei

    Burberry Brit! I love that it’s not too floral. It’s distinct but subtle. On me, it smells both sweet and spicy. I’m a curious person, especially when it comes to beauty products. I could have something that works great and I’ll buy something else anyway just to see if it’s good. But I haven’t worn anything but Brit in years!

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  • LittleBird

    Beauty by Calvin Klein. Also Chanels no. 18 and 21. They all have a glorious, velvety vegetal musk element that I can’t remember the name of. When I was 19 and working 2 jobs, I spent an afternoon selecting my “signature scent” because I needed a treat!

  • couch and pants

    For a long, long time it was Narciso Rodriguez, and honestly, it is the best perfume I have ever worn. People used to stop me to ask me what I was wearing, it just works perfectly with my body chemistry. But, alas, many members of my family are allergic to it. Figures. I’ll return to it at some point, but now I wear the (sadly discontinued) D&G #2, The Bateleur, and Eau des Mervielles by Hermes.

  • Isana Leshchinskaya

    i definitely like to mix it up depending on mood, occasion, and time of year, but i’ve had about four on serious rotation and am looking to add something muskier with maybe tobacco for evening. but the four i use are: jo malone blackberry and bay (holy grail, obsessed, all-year-round perfect tart fragrance), coco mademoiselle, fresh citron de vigne, and the underappreciated tom ford white patchouli. i don’t like most sweet scents, but the coco and tom ford have other notes that make them irresistible.

  • Alexandra Mitchell

    What I wear depends on the season. For fall and winter, I tend to wear Black Amethyst by Bath & Body Works, and usually wear their Sensual Amber for lotion. In spring and summer, I switch between Harajuku Lovers G which is the perfect fresh coconut smell for me (I am VERY picky about coconut) and Bombshell Summer mist by Victoria’s Secret which is limited edition (sad).

  • Jennifer

    My two stand-bys are Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel, and Vanillary by Gorilla Perfumes for Lush. Vanillary is a fantabulous, complex vanilla scent that works beautifully with my body chemistry. A lot of vanilla-based perfumes don’t work for me, but this one is aces. Others in my rotation are Black by Bvlgari (technically a unisex cologne) for when I want to smell dudely, or Laura Mercier’s Almond Coconut Eau Gourmande for when I want to smell like cake.

  • JJ

    For a while it was Bulgari Pour Homme Soir. Recently it has been either L’Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme or Cuir Ottoman from Pafrum d’Empire.

  • LynnKell

    My signature scent is the sadly discontinued I Loewe You from Loewe, they have new versions that just doesn’t work for me. I’ll see if Loewe still carries Quizás, Quizás, Quizás that smells awesome too. My second favorite is Moschino’s l’eau Cheap and Chic (the green and orange bottle) it is fresh and makes me feel that I just got out of the shower even though it doesn’t smell anything like soap. Those are Eau de toillete; my favorite parfums are Juicy Couture too and Magnifique by Lancome.

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  • Jana Ramic

    I am a sucker for Flower Bomb. Sheisedo used to make an “energizing” scent, it came in an orange bottle and I would just die to get my hands on it. It was sadly discontinued a few years ago. I can find it on Amazon but it seems like maybe the scent would be different being older. Anyone know how long a perfume can stay true?

  • Marija Zelenika

    Angel Thierry Mugler.

  • http://www.scentbird.com Rtenbrink1

    Hi- for years it’s been Issey Miyake or Jean Paul Gautier- I like fresh with a little warmth. Recently, I discovered Scentbird.com it’s an awesome website – you can enter what perfumes you use and the recommend scents that match your taste. They send you a sample with the product so you get to try before committing to try the perfume.