Do you have one perfume you instinctively reach for every single day? Many of you will know this as your ‘signature scent’, but what if we told you that you didn’t have to just rely on one scent to make you feel good? We know… who knew! Having a collection of scents to match your mood is known as a ‘fragrance wardrobe’ and at The Perfume Shop, we’re here to guide you on the best way to build your very own.
WHAT IS A FRAGRANCE WARDROBE?
Our lives are busy, that’s a fact. Which means our mood can alter and our needs can differ from one day to the next. We change the clothes we wear and quite possibly our hairstyles every day, so why shouldn’t this be the case for our fragrances? One perfume is very unlikely going to suit every kind of social or work situation that you deal with, so curating a fragrance wardrobe allows you to select a scent that suits you on that day.
Creating a fragrance wardrobe is not just about buying lots of perfumes. A certain scent can alter your mood, remind you of a fond memory or give you confidence – so having these to select from can contribute to you having a better day all round.
TOP TIPS: HOW TO BUILD A FRAGRANCE WARDROBE
If you have put all your trust and faith into one perfume for a long period of time, you may feel a little worried about turning your back on ye old faithful scent and opting for something new, but building a fragrance wardrobe is all about taking your time – so it doesn’t have to be done all in one shopping trip!
1. TEST OUT DIFFERENT FRAGRANCE FAMILIES
Just like films or food, perfumes also fall into categories to help us differentiate between them and to select favourites. However, instead of being called categories perfume groups are known as families. Having a basic understanding of the fragrance families can help you decide which scent to try next or to identify where the gaps are in your wardrobe.
The main fragrance families are:
Read our ‘Beginners guide to fragrance families’ blog post for a more in-depth look.
2. SEEK OUT SPECIFIC ‘NOSES’
A ‘nose’ in the perfume world is someone who is considered an expert in creating perfumes. So, if you have a signature scent that you’ve always reached for find out the ‘nose’ behind this scent and do some research into other fragrances they have created.
For example, if you enjoy the gourmand delights of Angel by Mugler, created by Olivier Cresp, you may want to try one of his (many) other scents including Black Opium by YSL of which he was one of four ‘noses’ behind the scent.
3. TRY SOMETHING AGAIN
Your fragrance wardrobe should consist of smells which you find pleasant but as you begin to delve into fragrance families you may find something that you thought you didn’t like as it wouldn’t work as your ‘signature scent’, becomes more desirable as you start to learn how you can match scents to your mood. So, if you’re looking for a scent that’s out-of-the-box – revisit something you may have shelved in the past and see how it makes you feel now.
4. SUBSCRIBE TO PERFUMADO
We’re not here pretending that we can afford to go from one signature scent to a plethora of perfumes overnight – we wish! This is where the perfume subscription service, Perfumado, comes in handy! You can trial a perfume every month for just £12.95 and with over 350 scents to choose from and enough in the vial to last you 30 days, you can really get to know a scent before investing in a full sized version and putting it pride of place in your fragrance wardrobe.