Nothing compares to the power of scent, which can transport us back to a special day or reignite a forgotten love. Whether you intend it or not, your perfume serves as a personal scent memory that becomes your signature. In an ideal world, each fragrance note will tell a story that is so intrinsically you—your scent and personality marry together.
While there might be a myriad of techniques out there for finding your signature scent our method is simple: find one that you like.
If you’re reading this there’s a strong chance you haven’t found your perfect match. Fear not—there’s still abundant opportunity to discover your next great scent.
Louis Vuitton Turbulences
“I discovered this unique perfume two years ago, right around the time I met my partner. I wore it on our first holiday together to Italy and it always reminds me of that time, such is the power of fragrance to instantly transport. It’s a heady tuberose blend balanced with leather—an unusual and addictive combination. This is an investment scent, so I save it for special occasions and vacations—and I’ll be wearing it when our first baby is born in a few months. It’s very special to me”.
Louis Vuitton Turbulences 100mL ($440; at au.louisvuitton.com)
Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne
“This feminine scent is brimming with fresh floral notes of jasmine and peony—I’m not into very sweet fragrances so this warm and sparkly combination is just right. It’s also long-lasting, just one spray goes a long way! I find that throughout the day it develops to reveal an almost musky ‘suede’ base.”
Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne 100mL ($204; at mecca.com.au)
Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
“My everyday uniform features a slew of feminine prints and tones of colour which is why this masculine scent is a surprise to some people. Just like pairing a moto jacket with a lace dress, my scent is just the right kind of clash between girly and sexy. It is my favourite scent to wear throughout winter and on a night on the town.”
Tom Ford Tuscan Leather 100mL ($485; at mecca.com.au)
For Her Musc Noir
“While this minimalist bottle looks stunning on my nightstand, it certainly doesn’t do the enigmatic fragrance any justice. At first, it’s feminine with juicy and addictive notes of plum and heliotrope. Before developing to a sensual leather suede accord that smells warm yet clean. I have tried so many beautiful fragrances however I keep returning to this favourite.”
Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore
“Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore has been my go-to winter fragrance for almost a decade. I wear nothing else once the weather starts to cool. It’s big, it’s woody and so comforting—it reminds me of past winter escapes to Paris and wandering the streets all day and into the night.”
Chanel Les Exclusifs Sycomore (from $250 at; chanel.com)
Aerin Lauder Rose De Grasse
“I have a serious predilection for rose scents. And while I have multiple bottles highlighting the floral, Aerin Rose de Grasse is my absolute favourite. Slightly heavier than classic rose sprays, this fragrance blends notes from three different rose varietals with rich musk. It’s warm, feminine and elegant—I love it!”
Aerin Lauder Rose De Grasse (50ml for $320; at esteelauder.com.au)
Miu Miu Fleur d’Argent
“I like to think I’m a Miu Miu girl through and through, and this fragrance is my favourite. It’s quite feminine but does have a slight musk to it, without being overpowering. I also feel that it stays on for most of the day, which is hard to find.”
Miu Miu Fleur d’Argent 100mL ($200; at myer.com)
Vanessa Megan Essential Blend
“As a migraine sufferer, I’m all about clean beauty and have been wearing this natural alternative to perfume for many years. It’s such a beautiful mix of five calming essential oils and it brings me joy every morning when I spray it on pulse points.”
Vanessa Megan Essential Blend ($50; at adorebeauty.com.au)