Picture it: Your hair is done up the way you like it, you’re wearing those great new trousers you coveted last week that show you as a strong boss lady. Your stunning shoes make you feel powerful, svelte, and their slingback style says that you’re a modern, strong woman who knows what she wants out of life. Your jewelry is simple and contemporary, without flash. You’re the complete package. But wait – what about your perfume? You aren’t going to walk out of the house smelling like nothing, are you? Of course not – because, if you have no signature scent, none of the above even matters. Frankly, without perfume, you have no idea who you are.
If you’re finding yourself in the throes of an identity crisis, don’t panic – there’s still time to save yourself! You just need to remember that choosing a perfume is like choosing a perfect partner: You need something that has the right elements that will only complement you, not overpower you, and won’t cause you to break out.
You also have to remember that everyone is built differently, from the inside out. Some scents will smell better on some people than others, which is why you should always be the person choosing your own perfume!
So how does one find the perfume to match their personality? We’ve broken it down into categories to make it easier for you to decipher which scent captures your essence.
Ideal for feminine romantics who are partial to traditional scents, floral scented perfumes are some of the most popular scents on the market.
Duchess Rose Eau de Parfum by Penhaligon’s: A fresh English rose at the first glance, flecked by scents of modern ambroix.
Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle: Features intense scents of tuberose.
Salt Floral by ASAMA: Embrace top notes of lemon, orange and jasmine; with coriander, floral notes and clove middle notes, and finish off with warm base notes of vanilla and musk.
Are you young, spirited and energetic? If you enjoy fresh scents like citrus with a hint of spices, these scents are for you.
Pulp Eau de Parfum by Byredo: Featuring bergamot, cardamom and blackcurrant top notes, with crisp fig, red apple and tiare flower middle notes. The base notes welcome in rustic cedar, praline and peach blossom.
These fragrances pair with bold personalities: People who like to stand out of the crowd enjoy making a statement, and a spicy scent will do just the trick.
Soleil Au Zenith by Prada Olfactories Les Mirages: This has a perfect mix of peach, ylang ylang, sandalwood, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, pimento and cumin. A truly spicy scent!
Vanille de Zanzibar by Boucheron La Collection: Top notes are pear, mandarin orange and Jasmine. Middle notes are Bourbon vanilla, Heliotrope and Peru balsam. Base notes are white musk, sandalwood and patchouli. You can’t go wrong with that blend!
Aoud by Roja Dove: Featuring a complex blend of bergamot and lemon top notes, with geranium, jasmine, may rose and ylang ylang middle notes. Finish off with a medley of agarwood, cashmere wood, cedar, cinnamon, nutmeg, patchouli, rhubarb, saffron, sandalwood, ambergris, leather, musk and vanilla to give a spicy, wintery kick.
Nightfall Patchouli by Carolina Herrera Confidential: Softness of benzoin resin meets the liveliness of cinnamon and Indonesian patchouli leaves.
Relaxed and laid back personalities will pair wonderfully with these scents. They love to be outdoors and enjoy earthy smells that remind them of being outside.
Parco Palladiano V by Bottega Veneta: This earthy fragrance features laurels, rosemary and sage.
Muguet Porcelain by Hermes Hermessence: This classic fragrance opens up with green top notes like pear, and continues towards middle notes of lily of the valley, hedione and neroli. It finishes with white musk and animal notes.
Another ideal scent for the nature-loving individual, woodsy scents have strong notes of amber and patchouli, making you long for the outdoors all year round.
Tuxedo by YSL La Vestiaire des Parfums: Featuring strong accords of patchouli and spices for a crisp evening scent.
Ambre Nuit by Christian Dior: This beauty opens with fresh notes of grapefruit and sunny bergamot. Turkish rose combined with pink pepper and warm amber notes round up the whole composition.
Supreme Sandal by Roberto Cavalli Gold Collection: Inhale deep notes of sandalwood, honey, saffron and black vanilla.
Baccarat Rouge 540 by Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Top notes are jasmine and saffron; middle note is amber wood, base notes are fir resin and cedar.
Oud & Oud by Cartier Les Heures de Parfum: Composed of notes of precious oud, providing intoxicating and intense sweet-wood aromas to excite all the senses.
Have you discovered your signature scent yet? All of these great perfumes can be found at Harvey Nichols Kuwait in Grand Avenue–The Avenues. Follow them on Instagram @harveynicholskuwait for more information and the latest updates.