Some of us still wear the scent we first spritzed on at 16, some rotate a few choice favourites and others love discovering new fragrances every season. The notion of a signature scent is always appealing, creating a sort of olfactory fingerprint that instantly associates you with your fragrance.
The power of a fragrance lies in more than just its smell. The best perfumes for women transport you to another place entirely: they can lift a mood, serve as a reminder of a loved one, or subtly enhance the impact of an outfit. “I like to produce short, snappy formulas that you can read, like a quote. When I create a perfume, I want it to be round with clear, seductive top notes and at the same time, an immediately discernible base. Finding the perfect harmony between the materials and the accords creates this olfactory music that has become our signature,” says Julien Sprecher, Creative Director of Parfums de Marly.
How to find the ultimate signature scent? The first step is to familiarise yourself with the notes you like, then choose fragrances accordingly. If you’re in the market for a sweet scent, look to notes of vanilla, whilst those who prefer a fresh scent might try a perfume with notes of citrus. Setting the mood for a date? Explore spicy and oud-filled scents for your fragrance fix.
Of course, the summer months are a time for joyful abundance and carefree days! The latest releases from brands and niche houses, such as Parfums de Marly, understand fragrance’s ability to connect with specific locations. United by their transportive quality and unexpected ingredients, they deliver precisely the kind of adventurous new experience meant for summer. Meet the likes the French perfume houses’ summer release, Delina La Rosée which is a treasure trove of surprising notes that embody a timeless olfactive narrative with a touch of freshness that delicately brightens the skin from morning to night. With a vibrant radiance and a stirring floral composition, the fragrance takes its inspiration from the 18th century, when young French ladies soaked their handkerchiefs in dew to moisturize their faces.
Remember, a great fragrance can be an experience that transports you through notes culled from a specific region, thoughtful homages to a perfumer’s home, and pure nostalgia that makes the most of our scent memory and imagination. The right combination of flowers can reveal visions of sand, surf, and garden parties, taking wearers back to their last trip or pushing them toward the next.