Fragrances had made a mark on me since I was small. My mother has a small collection of perfumes which I wore occasionally as a child. My first perfume was Dior J'adore. I wore it only on special occasions but I wouldn't consider that my signature because I only wore it a couple of times a year.
A signature fragrance is one that you want people to associate with you and it hints something about your personality. It's not one that goes along with fashion but it reflects your style. If you wear it frequently enough, people will begin to associate that scent with you.
My signature fragrance was Annick Goutal's Petite Cherie EDT. I loved it for a while but I've felt a need for change. It's definitely a scent for a girl but not deep enough for woman. Another reason for the change is that my bottle of Petite Cherie had turned during the summer. It's notorious for turning but my bottle hasn't gone rancid. The pears are more synthetic and the grass and peaches are more prominent but it isn't the scent I fell for.
I currently don't have a signature but out of my collection, this is probably the forerunner:
|Les Exclusifs de Chanel Coromandel|
Sometimes the quizzes available on the internet can give you some insight into what your signature fragrance might be or should be. They're fun if you want to kill some time. I got this result:
Although I question the description that comes along with it, I do enjoy Black Orchid. It's not far from Coromandel. Both Coromandel and Black Orchid have a chocolate-patchouli combination and also the incense notes that I adore. I prefer Coromandel because I find it more wearable.
To find your signature fragrance (or shopping for a fragrance), you must have an idea of the smells you enjoy. If you don't, that's an excuse to sniff around and figure out what you like. Don't immediately buy a perfume once you spray it and think it's the one. Leave and come back an hour later, or even after a day. Let the fragrance settle in your skin. Smell the base notes and examine how it lingers. Take the time to decide because it's not enough to love the top notes but hate how it settles into your skin.
It's not necessary for one to have a signature fragrance. You don't even need a collection of perfumes if that isn't your thing but if you want to complete an outfit with a fragrance, one is all you really need and that one's gotta be the one you love.