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Wish I could find my "signature"; perfume

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Outcomesthebunnyofdeath Tue 15-Dec-15 12:11:44

I'm struggling to find a perfume that would be my everyday go to. For years I wore Ralph by Ralph Lauren - in the turquoise packaging and whilst I still like it, I now think it is a bit teen-agery for me. I'm in my late 30's and want something a bit more sophisticated. Plus there is a Fairy liquid now that smells exactly like it!

I love Jo Malone's nectarine and honey and also english pear and freesia but they just don't have the staying power. I can't smell them after about half an hour and they are costly enough that I would expect them to last a little longer.

I like citrussy, fruity, sweet scents but with a bit of warmth too. I've tried DKNY Women today, which is nice but I don't LOVE it, and DKNY Be Delicious the red apple one, ditto as before.

Any ideas? I just want a scent to fall in love with.

gingerboy1912 Tue 15-Dec-15 12:13:21

Watching with interest, I'm still trying to discover a scent that I love, and I also liked fruity citrus type scents

Zampa Tue 15-Dec-15 12:16:47

Why don't you try a smaller producer of scents? Somewhere like Angela Flanders (based in London but does mail order)?

Or focus on the notes that you like and search on Fragrantica for similar scents?

It took me a long time to discover that tuberose was my favourite scent but now it's all I wear.

Zampa Tue 15-Dec-15 12:18:56

Good post here re freesia scents on Fragrantica;

Outcomesthebunnyofdeath Tue 15-Dec-15 12:21:24

Thanks Zampa, yes I lurk on the perfumistas thread and rarely have a clue what they are talking about! I have only ever tried the more commercial brands.

I do need to branch out a bit and get some samples methinks. I've been on Fragrantica and looked at the suggestions and have tried quite a few of them. None of them have hit the wow note yet.

Outcomesthebunnyofdeath Tue 15-Dec-15 12:22:25

Ooh! Thanks, there are some new ones there smile

Wolpertinger Tue 15-Dec-15 12:24:33

Why not get some samples from Surrender to Chance or the Perfumed Court? You could pick a citrus or freesia selection pack and work from there - be warned you will give up on the idea of a signature scent though as there'll be too many you love smile

Outcomesthebunnyofdeath Tue 15-Dec-15 12:33:07

Thank you Wolpertinger, I've just had a quick look and they look like an interesting idea.

bingohandjob Tue 15-Dec-15 12:36:49

Philosykos is gorgeous, Pomelo is lovely as is Origins Ginger Essence.

MissBattleaxe Tue 15-Dec-15 12:42:07

If you like Pear, try Miller Harris Poirier D'Un Soir or Rochas Soleil. If you like Freesia try Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue- very cheap right now. Also try Avon Today- it's got freesias and is only about £9.

You could also try buying a Discovery Set from The Perfume Society. They are around £12 -£15 and you get ten excellent mainstream and niche samples with them. You don't need to subscribe or get one every month.

TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Tue 15-Dec-15 12:51:57

Try Acqua di Parma

Outcomesthebunnyofdeath Tue 15-Dec-15 12:57:29

Thank you all,

I've looked all of the suggestions up and they all sound gorgeous. I wish I could just sniff them from here!

Perfume society looks great too. Much to look into.

CointreauVersial Tue 15-Dec-15 13:21:22

I don't think you need a "signature scent". It's far nicer to try lots of different things.

I have a large collection of samples and decants, and choose the day's fragrance based on all sorts of things - how I'm feeling, what the weather is like, what clothes I'm wearing (yes, really). Fragrance becomes part of my outfit for the day.

Yes to Perfume Society and Surrender to Chance!

cressetmama Tue 15-Dec-15 15:01:07

I'm with Cointreau. I get the wish to have a recognisable scent signature, but there are so many wonderful fragrances out there that it would feel like short changing myself, and for no good reason. Enjoy your voyage of discovery; you will find favourites and return to them along the way, but don't make big bottle commitments too soon.

MissBattleaxe Tue 15-Dec-15 16:54:53

I'm with Cointreau and Cresset too. I used to have a signature scent until I got the perfumista addiction a few years ago and now I smell different every day. My favourite part of the day is choosing how I smell. In fact when I have an event to go to I think more about the perfume than the outfit.

midnightmoomoo Tue 15-Dec-15 18:19:20

Ok, sounds old lady-ish but I've just bought a new scent from Crabtree and Evelyn called Pear and Pink Magnolia and it's gorgeous! Lasts really well too. I went in while Xmas shopping and I was quite impressed by the range of scents in there, and they're a bit unusual too.

TweenageAngst Tue 15-Dec-15 18:52:44

I tried Santa Eulalia Citric in Liberty today as I am a citrus fan. I really love it, warm spicy Citrus with outstanding longevity . Will buy a FB
I bought a full bottle of Roma by Laura Biagiotti after Toys sent me a sample. Loads of people ask what it is.
I also have Le Jardin sur le nil and Un Jardin en mediteranee and Voyage d'hermes all Hermes
Also have Philosykos from Diptyque. Mure et Musc and seville a l'aube from artisan.
I have many others but these are the core ones I find myself reaching for. So I don't have a signature scent as such but rather a signature theme which revolves around spicy green citrus with a dash of white floral thrown in.
I love the perfume threads, I have learnt so much!

Outcomesthebunnyofdeath Tue 15-Dec-15 20:20:03

I like the idea of choosing something different depending on my mood and clothing.

Nearly, very nearly, ordered a box from Perfume Society and then chickened out as it is a blossom theme and the last few were all Yardley - which reminds me of buying my mum gift sets from the chemist when I was a girl!

Tempted also by the party box but I'm scared not to like any of them, or just one and only have 2ml that I like for £17...... I need to take the plunge don't I, if I'm going to get anywhere.

Outcomesthebunnyofdeath Tue 15-Dec-15 20:21:18

Many give me insta-headaches too, which is why I'm a little bit frightened smile

P1nkP0ppy Tue 15-Dec-15 20:29:11

Miss Dior, Cabochard by Grès, Ysatis by Givenchy, I have at least 10 perfumes at any one time! I could never restrict myself to one or two.
Today it's Pomegranate Noir (Jo Malone, and quite long lasting), tomorrow might be YSL Paris, wonderful violet perfume.
I also like Liz Earle and Clarins.

Destinysdaughter Tue 15-Dec-15 20:29:18

Personally think you have to go into a big dept store and try one or two, see how they smell on you and how long they last. I'd be v nervous of buying perfumes online even if they're samples as it's such an individual, real life ( not virtual ) thing.

FrustratedFrugal Tue 15-Dec-15 20:30:54

I think looking for a signature scent is a bit like looking for the perfect boyfriend. Last year I was intimate with Vega and Shalimar Mexique, this year it's Mitsouko. And I seem to find a new fresh perfume every summer.

You reminded me that I need to find my Slumberhouse samples - Pear and Olive...

Outcomesthebunnyofdeath Tue 15-Dec-15 20:33:44

I think looking for a signature scent is a bit like looking for the perfect boyfriend.


Wolpertinger Tue 15-Dec-15 20:57:32

Outcomes I get a lot of instant headaches from perfumes as well. Shopping for decants really helped as it doesn't feel so much of a waste to chuck a decant as get a bottle and realise it was a disaster.

You also quickly get an idea what notes are setting off your headache - for me it's aldehydes so I pretty much avoid them now, doesn't matter there are loads of fragrances without them. Sadly it did rule out basically all the Chanels but no more headaches and lots of lovely perfume for me now grin

HopefulAnxiety Wed 16-Dec-15 00:11:08

Go to a big department store - a big John Lewis or a House of Fraser - and try a bunch. Ask for samples. You really need to try perfume on the skin so it warms up and the notes develop. Brands like Hermes are a nice 'in between' stage between the big brand perfumes and the niche brands. Also smaller brands like Fragonard are good - they sell Fragonard in M&S and it's great value but also 'proper' perfume with a lot of perfumery heritage to the brand.

Try sites like Nose where it gives you suggestions based on things you already like.

Don't worry about getting sample sprays you don't like, you can always swap them - I bet even the perfumista thread here would be happy to swap with you. Perfume fans have a great barter economy grin

But honestly the fun of perfume is wearing different things!

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