I feel like there comes a certain time in every woman’s life where by now, she should have a
signature scent. Of course it’s subject to change. After all, it’s a woman’s prerogative to become
whoever she wants to be, and her scent should reflect that. But those sort of changes take years,
and so her fragrance might be one she sticks with for years at a time as well. It’s fun to change for
a special occasion here and there, but our signature scent is the one we reach for on any ordinary
extraordinary day without hesitation. It will come to define us, to those who are near us, to those
who love us, and most of all ourselves, our memories and emotions. Smell is the strongest sense
tied to memory.
This summer I travelled to Grasse, the fragrance capital of the world right here in France, and had
the great fortune of meeting a world class nose — a woman no less and a true poet in every sense
of the word. Her name is Céline, and while there I spent some time talking to her about fragrance
and women, how she composes scents, and more importantly for me and you - how to choose the
right fragrance and the ways in which we can wear it. I absolutely loved what she had to say and I
wanted to share her tips here, some of which surprised me. I hope they will surprise and delight
you too, and come to mind the next time you chose a new scent or put on your favourite fragrance.
How to Chose a Signature Scent
Follow your nose only, and don’t get caught up in wordy descriptions. Never start by
applying a scent directly to your body. Smell the bottle, then use a fragrance strip, and then and
only then if you like, permit it on your skin.
• Choosing a fragrance is like choosing a partner. It’s the life of a couple, if you will, and in order to
chose the partner you must spend some time together before you commit. Try your fragrance
first and spend a day with it and see how it goes. This way you’ll know if you’re a good match in
• Read a fragrance like a story. Perfumes have top, middle, and base notes each which emerge
at different times and none of which are there by chance. They have been selected by a nose to
tell a story. Take a deep breath and find out what that story is for you, and if it’s one you want to
tell the world.
Applying Your Fragrance
• The most common way, of course, to wear perfume is by applying it to behind your
ears and wrists. This is perfect for a date. If you’ll be cozying up next to someone
they’ll pick up on your fragrance when you move in to wrap your arms around them or
lean in for a kiss.
• But there are more effective ways of dispersing your fragrance evenly and gently like
spraying it in your hair. Spraying your hair with your scent will leave a beautiful trace of
your fragrance everywhere you play with it or move about and it blows in the wind.
• The second way is to apply your fragrance to your stomach. This may seem odd but
it’s quite effective. Your fragrance will evenly permeate your clothing, and as loved ones
go to embrace you, air travels upward through your clothing carrying with it your
Don’t forget, if you’re in the market for a new scent stop by a Lancôme counter to
experience La Vie Est Belle L’Éclat
. It has certainly enchanted me…