The Scent That Defines You

By Paula Burkett
2nd May 2012

Signature Scent

Perfumes have graced our dressing tables for thousands of years. The word perfume is Latin derived from per fumus meaning “through smoke”.

The Egyptians were the first to introduce perfume to their culture, and the earliest use in bottles dates around 1000 BC.

These perfumes and fragrances have been used for centuries to stimulate the senses and evoke feelings and memories.

Finding your own personal fragrance can take time.  It’s a careful process narrowing down that one particular scent that defines you and your lifestyle.

You can try out some perfumes at the fragrance counter of your local department store. Only test three or four. – Testing too many fragrances at a time can overwhelm your senses.

Start by thinking of the scents you find more appealing.  Do you like floral or fruity, or more earthy scents, – perhaps ones that remind you of the beach? When you have narrowed down your selection, you can either spray some onto a testing paper or onto your skin.  Use a testing paper only as an indicator to whether you are going to like the scent. -You should always try the perfume on your skin before purchasing.  This is because each scent, once it has blended with your own body chemistry, will smell differently to the testing paper or anybody else who is wearing the same scent.

There are several different categories of perfume, the most popular being Eau De Toilette, Eau De Parfum and Eau De Cologne. These terms indicate the strength of the fragrance and how much high grade alcohol or water (Eau) has been blended with the fragrance oils.

Eau De Parfum is generally the most concentrated form you can purchase.

As an alternative to purchasing over the counter, there are many companies that will create and design an individual fragrance. The process is quite easy. You will be asked about basic scents that you like and a special fragrance will be created specifically for you.

If you are feeling a little adventurous, you could hunt out a recipe on the internet and make your own!   There are some great vodka and essential oil based recipes to be found, but remember to store them in a dark coloured bottle as light will tamper with the fragrance over time.

This quote is a favourite of mine:

“A perfume is like a piece of clothing, a message, a way of presenting oneself … a costume … that differs according to the woman who wears it” – Paloma Picasso.