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!