Signature scent: How to match your perfume to your personality – it’s a thing

Words by Edwina Ings-Chambers

Do you want to be subtly seductive or would you prefer sweet and romantic? Find your fragrance match.

Feline

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These are prowling, feminine fragrances that are subtly seductive. They purr rather than punch their subjects into submission. Less haunting than the gothic scents, these will often have light floral notes, such as peony and gardenia, but all contain a generous dose of musk. Try Cartier La Panthère (£74, 50ml EDP), Alaïa Paris (£85, 100ml EDP), and Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Cologne Indélébile by Dominique Ropion (£155, 100ml EDC).

Sparkling

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A glass of bubbly in spritzable form, these fragrances have a dancing-on-tables feel, with refreshing notes of bergamot and orange blossom. Try Bulgari Goldea (£74, 50ml EDP) or Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge (£64, 50ml EDP). Equally uplifting is Caron Royal Bain de Caron (£56.50, 50ml EDT; roullierwhite.com), which was created during Prohibition to emulate bathing in champagne, and became a favourite of patrons of Harlem’s hedonistic Cotton Club.

Gothic

 

Like a twisted fairy tale, these scents are sweet and full of romance and promise, yet with a dark side, something haunting that adds some rough to the smooth. Look for pretty florals with notes of oak moss, patchouli, amber or even absinthe. Try Serge Lutens Gold Collection Cannibale (£425, 50ml EDP), Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land (£88, 50ml EDP), and Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu (£145, 50ml EDP).

Smoky

 

These are the fragrance equivalent of snuggling up in a leather armchair in front of a roaring fire on a cold day: comforting and cashmere-like, with warm notes of leather and tobacco. Try Hermès Bel Ami Vétiver (£80, 100ml EDT), Vilhelm Parfumerie Smoke Show (£145, 100ml EDP), and Les Exclusifs de Chanel Cuir de Russie (£115, 75ml EDT).

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