To have a signature scent is to truly know yourself. You know what you like and know what you don’t. If your perfume is consistent, over time, the ones closest to you will begin to recognize the fragrance notes that enter the room as you do. A signature scent can be closely tied to the way we hope to express our sense of identity to the world. If a signature scent is just that— constant, reliable, and timeless, what does it mean, chemically and psychologically, that some of us can lose interest in the same fragrances that others can wear for a lifetime? Some make the decision to pick one scent to wear for the foreseeable future meanwhile others like myself, seem to always switch it up, gravitating toward new bottles. It can feel refreshing to transition per mood, change in life, or season.
Fragrance is a part of who we are and dates back to ancient civilizations. Whether you realize it or not, fragrance can linger on clothes, in rooms, and amongst the air. Scent is so powerful that even as our olfactory abilities change, our memory perception of smell doesn't. Perfume is in the center of our Venn diagram which aligns our body and mind. Pleasing aromas can induce people to be viewed by others in a more positive, relaxed mood. Whereas unpleasant odors tend to increase aggression and negative traits. As we get older, we tend to use perfumes with "greater intensity" — like those with musk, amber and heavier spices — just because many of our senses of smell decrease as we get older. We develop our reaction to a particular smell based on the way we first encountered it, and that memory gets locked in our cerebral cortex. This may be especially true for those individuals who spritz the same signature scent over decades. Whether you like to wear perfume only for yourself or you want to announce your presence when walking into a room, [with your scent]. I believe you’re not truly ready if you’re leaving the house without applying a fragrance.
Are you shopping for a new perfume or looking for your signature scent? If so, it may be worth asking what is the particular reason you want to buy a new fragrance? Are you looking for a fragrance to wear during the day, in the evening – or possibly for the season? (Typically, lighter fragrances are worn during the warmer months, whereas heavier fragrances are associated with winter.) Everyone encounters fragrance quite differently and in my opinion, I like to think our Signature Scent from our collection is very universal and can be worn throughout many seasons. It captures a rich, blend of three unique fragrance notes. It is an invigorating blend of citrus bergamot, warm cardamom spice and wooden scent of palo santo. It’s a blend that I haven’t come across on the market before. When I smell our Signature Scent, I’m soaring back to the earliest, most frantic and certainly less confident years in Florida when I was indecisive of my aviation career and in the midst of working on herba botanicals full-time. This Signature Scent seems to have occured in my favor!
Thinking back to the moment this blend came to me, I can’t quite honestly remember! I wish I could recall the moment this was created but like I’ve always said, sometimes the best things in life happen by surprise! Sometimes words jump out in my head, or I stare at what seems like a thousand words that I have written on my notepad and the right ones resonate with me in the moment and I go back and forth to how they reflect together. Or at times, its really in the moment, from visiting a place I may feel inspired and write down a note of a word or a phrase that inspired in the moment, so I can remember next time I’m in the lab and I can put my nose to the test!
Bergamot is one of my favorite citrus notes. It’s light, yet crisp with a unique floral touch that offers a sunny, sweet balanced top note to the warm cardamom spices that follow. As this aroma rises, earthy undertone notes transitions to deeper base notes of wooden palo santo. This wood lightly reveals lemon citrus and refreshing pine aromas that beautifully compliment one another.
Finding a signature scent that you like sounds simple, but as they say in life, it’s not about arriving at the destination, it can be a journey to finding the right fragrance! If you smell an oud and have never worn one before, it may not be that you don’t like it, it’s that your nose is simply learning. A friendly reminder after usually smelling three fragrances, skip the coffee beans and smell yourself! It’s an old perfumer’s tale that coffee helps “reset” your scent indicators, instead your own PH will help recalibrate your nose. Due to the pH of our skin and our unique chemistry, perfumes smell different on every body, it’s science!
“You are the last note of the perfume,”