Signature Scent

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Do you have a signature scent?

A recent MARIE KONDO-STYLE decluttering episode had me evaluating all of my beauty products acquired over time. No matter how minimalist your beauty regimen, why is it that the products seem to multiply!? As I was purging assorted products, one of the things I noticed was that over that past 15 years, I’ve really only worn 3 scents: NARCISO RODRIGUEZ FOR HER, LE LABO THÉ NOIR 29, and BYREDO GYPSY WATER.

All 3 are best described as “earthier,” more-unisex scents with notes of sandalwood, vanilla and juniper. I know, not for everyone. However, they’re very much “me” and isn’t that what a signature scent is supposed to be?

I don’t want to smell like candy, cookies, a bar of soap, or a bouquet of flowers. At the end of the day, I want to smell like me. I want people to take note that I smell nice, but not quite be able to put a finger (or a brand) on exactly what they’re smelling. This specific scent should invoke memories of particular times and places, just like certain perfumes do for me.

When searching out a new scent, I shy away from mainstream brands. Instead, I like to discover new boutique perfumeries with unique products and scent profiles. One of my favorite things to shop for during my travels is actually perfume! It doesn’t take up much space in my suitcase, and it will always bring me back to that special trip whenever I put it on.


(At the Le Labo store in NYC last summer — they custom bottle and label your perfume!)

I try a few samples and let the product wear over the course of the day. Occasionally, I love a perfume at first sniff, but as the day wears on, I change my mind when the top notes fade and the base notes emerge. In the case of my latest signature — BYREDO GYPSY WATER, it was love at first sniff. On the other hand, LE LABO THÉ NOIR definitely grew on me. In the case of NARCISO RODRIGUEZ FOR HER, it was the sexy black bottle that sealed the deal.

So, do you own a signature scent?

What is it and why do you love it so much?

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