Since birth, we have learned to identify the world using our sense of smell. As we grow older, scents trigger memories and emotions. Cologne and perfume can trigger core memories or become the foundation for new memories. After all, people notice fragrances. Few can identify the exact brand. In fact, there are gifted people that take pride in identifying fragrances and helping consumers cultivate a signature sent. I am not one of them, but I love perfume.
Perfume allows you to leave a part of you with someone. Personally, I prefer scents that invoke a warm and soothing feeling. I’m a child of Winter. I favor sweet scents with a hint of spice like vanilla and cinnamon. In the perfume world, my preference is considered Oriental. Coming to terms with my sent category took time.
Growing up, my grandma used to give me perfume samplers for Christmas. At the time, I didn’t understand why she was buying them. Who needs a bunch of 1 oz bottles of perfume? On the surface it seemed like a seasonal tradition. Below are an assortment of perfumes that were gifted to me.
During the holidays, assorted perfume sets are marketed as quick gifts. Since the assorted bottles are travel size, companies can take the hit selling them as holiday bundles. The consumer can determine which scent will be daily and special occasion. That choice impacts the size bottle they’ll purchase in the future. If they don’t like it at all, the gift recipient is less likely to share a negative review about a perfume they didn’t pay for.
Still seems risky? Not really. Did you know a 3.4 Oz bottle can range from $20 to $100+ after taxes. How did I figure this out? Let’s just say a trip to the perfume shop is humbling.
As an adult, I realize she gave me a chance to figure out my sent profile in an affordable way. There are four scent categories on the Michael Edwards’ Fragrance Wheel with subcategories. Her gifts helped me figure out my likes and dislikes. Now, I don’t waste time trying to fall in love with fragrances outside of my preference.
That being said, my current fragrance of choice is Victoria Secret’s Love Spell. Technically it’s a body mist. Although Love Spell has a fruity sent, it’s paired with jasmin, lilac, and white wood. That’s were the Oriental scent profiles come into play. I keep a 2 Oz bottle of that and Pure Seduction in my Reebok mini backpack.
Prior to this post, I didn’t put much thought into my fragrance type. It was interesting learning about where I fall on the Fragrance Wheel and how that defines my signature fragrance.
Do you know what your fragrance type is?
What’s you daily perfume?
For more info about perfume, see links below:
- Guide to Perfume Bottle Size
- Size Matters : Perfume Bottle Sizes
- A Guide to Fragrance Strengths and Types
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