Want to leave a lasting impression? Find your signature scent

We usually choose a scent based exclusively on whether it is pleasing to our nose. But what if we could use the power of scent to not only boost our own confidence, but also leave a lasting positive impression on people at the same time? This is quite possible, since our sense of smell is directly linked to our emotions. Read on to find out how having a go-to scent can not only elevate your presence, but also make people see you as more likable and dependable. Introducing the power of the signature scent.

How Our Brain Processes Scent

Before we can understand the benefits of having a signature scent, we need to understand why our sense of smell is so closely tied to our emotions. It has to do with how our brains are wired. Unlike our other senses, smell enters the brain through the frontal cortex, the area that also processes memories and emotions. Once a smell has entered the nose, it travels to the olfactory bulb in the brain, which processes the smell. The olfactory bulb is directly linked to both the amygdala (responsible for memory) and the hippocampus (which processes emotions). It all happens in an instant, which is why even a simple whiff of lime can vividly remind you of a vacation you’ve taken (mojitos, anyone?) even more than seeing a photo of the trip.

Whether we like to admit it or not, humans are emotional beings; we often make decisions based more on emotions than logic. Because our sense of smell is so tied to our emotions, we can use it to our advantage by wearing a scent that evokes the same feelings we want to be remembered.

Unlike our other senses, smell enters the brain through the frontal cortex, which also handles memories and emotions.

Harness the power of scent

It’s no secret that wearing a nice outfit makes you feel special and more refined. The same can be said for wearing a truly exquisite perfume. It’s that extra cherry on top that can elevate your vibe in a simple way. While you’re wearing your signature scent – the one you’ve emotionally connected with and specifically chosen as how you want the world to perceive your scent – maybe you stand taller and have a little more confidence. to approach your day with a more feminine and distinguished spirit.

As well as a boost of confidence, a signature scent helps people remember you because – as you’ll recall – scent stimulates our brain’s amygdala. Hollywood starlets and other successful women throughout history knew the power of having a signature scent. Not only did having a constant scent trigger the memory and emotional centers of those around them, but it also helped them stand out from the crowd.

Wearing one or two perfumes on a regular basis leaves an imprint on the people you interact with day after day. In a way, this consistency can become part of your personal brand. People are drawn to consistency (at least on a subconscious level) because it makes it easier for our brains to process experiences. If you seem cohesive and cohesive, it’s easier for people to see you as someone they can trust and rely on.

Find the scent that suits your mood

Choosing the right scent from a seemingly endless sea of ​​options can be daunting. Here are some tips to help you reduce it:

Think about the impression you want people to have. Fragrances with fresh notes like basil or green tea exude confidence. Citrus scents exude an air of optimism. Florals tend to be more feminine, and musky scents like vanilla and amber exude comfort and warmth.

If you’re looking for a scent that you really connect with, try this when testing a scent: put a dab on your wrist, close your eyes, and take a long breath of the scent. With your eyes still closed, notice all the emotions that the aroma brings to the surface. Ask yourself if the feelings elicited by the scent align with what you want to bring to the world through your signature scent. Repeat this process as many times as necessary.

Ask yourself if the feelings elicited by the scent align with what you want to bring to the world through your signature scent.

Start small. Most companies offer travel or trial scents so you don’t have to commit to a large quantity before you know if you like it. Keep in mind that it’s best to buy a mini version rather than test it out in the store so you can try it out in different settings – what works for a girls’ night out might not be perfect for a day at the desk. (Side note: a really great signature fragrance is appropriate in almost all settings.) Also keep in mind that scents change after being on your skin for a few hours.

Consider spending a little more. Generally, you can use a cheaper perfume because it’s more concentrated and doesn’t have as many fillers. Since the scent is stronger, you will use less of it and it will end up being better value.

And at the risk of being blunt, I will say this: generally, the cheap smells of the cheap. Blending a beautiful and refined perfume is an art form, and usually the price of a perfume reflects its craftsmanship.

Choose a more nuanced scent with several different notes. Mystery and intrigue are inherently feminine. On that note, also try to keep your scent choices somewhat mysterious. What would you rather leave people with: “I can’t put my finger on her scent, but it’s so appealing,” or “She smells like she just ate an orange. »?

Think of it this way: if you want your scent to remind people of an easy, breezy beach vacation, you don’t want to smell like pure coconut. Perhaps you’d find a scent like Ruby Moon by Olivine Atelier instead, which features notes of coconut in addition to vanilla and musk.

Generally, less is more. Your perfume should not be overpowering. Even just a spritz or dab behind your ears can be enough to leave a memorable impression. Better to be the woman whose perfume exudes femininity and sophistication than to be the girl who smells like she’s bathed in Chanel No. 5.

Choose Clean

That said, it’s important to remember to choose a fragrance made with “clean” ingredients. Recent studies have revealed the hidden dangers of artificial fragrances and their effect on our endocrine system. The following companies offer products free of phthalates and other known hormone disruptors:

Olivine workshop

If you want timeless, alluring scents and absolutely dreamy branding, look no further than Olivine Atelier. The brand offers body oils, eau de parfum and roll-ons, including mini sizes and boxes, perfect for trying a few and seeing which one works best for you. You do not know where to start ? Wolf Moon has a cult following and Gigi is a Madonna favourite.

Urthy Perfumes

Urthy Scents is my latest obsession. They offer dozens of scents categorized into 12 collections, so you’re sure to find one that resonates with the vibe you want to spread out into the world. I’m currently wearing Daylight Fire, a cozy, musky scent that fits perfectly with the latest Vanilla Girl aesthetic. In addition to body oils and eau de parfum, the brand also sells candles, room sprays and car diffusers, so your home and car can also have a signature scent.

Lake & Sky

According to their website, Lake & Skye takes “a holistic approach with our award-winning products by distilling fragrance down to its essence to create best-in-class products that elevate the everyday.” Their 11 11 fragrance seems to be their best seller, and other standouts include Midnight 07 and Santal Grey.

Ellis Brooklyn

Ellis Brooklyn is a fragrance enthusiast’s dream. They’re priced a bit higher, but their curated fragrance collection gives off a more sophisticated vibe – just look at that gorgeous packaging. Looking for a perfect signature scent for winter? Try their trio of cozy winter travel sprays.


If you prefer a slightly less conventional scent than a typical floral or citrus, check out Phlur. Their fragrance collection is smaller, but they approach fragrance blending as a real art. Missing Person is the brand’s latest viral sensation, and it’s included in their Bestsellers Travel Trio.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a way to elevate your vibe this New Year, consider finding a scent that embodies the woman you want to be. You may be just one spritz away from leaving a more positive and engaging impression.

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