Theres no denying that a fragrance can transport you immediately back to a time or place - to a familiar feeling. A happy memory that triggers a smile or a sad time of your life that tugs at your emotions. So when it comes to picking your own signature fragrance to wear, it is a very personal decision.
Sometimes we pick a fragrance we love and it becomes a staple - day or night - its like marking our territory. It is a reflection of our personality, a personal trademark.
Some of you might choose a few fragrances - something casual, something for evenings and something for very special occasions.
There are so many options to choose from when deciding on your personal fragrance - from earthy, woody scents to fruity and floral and fresh and sporty.
Recently, whilst I was researching the different options for interesting beauty box subscriptions on the market I discovered The Perfume Society.
The Perfume Society offers an amazing way for you to sample lots of different fragrances ranging from designers through to independent artisans. There are boxes available for both men and women and if you are a product junkie or you just want to experiment with finding your unique scent, The Discovery Box is the perfect option for you.
It boasts a combination of various types of stand-out fragrances - there is literally something for everyone in this box. From sample sizes through to full size and they also include a cute bonus beauty product. With around 15 options of scents to try, you are inevitably only a spritz away from finding your new favourite - or maybe even a few.
These boxes make an ideal gift for that special person in your life but hey, everyone deserves to feel amazing so add one to your basket for yourself without guilt because the price tag definitely will not break the bank.
A Box of Treats Discovery Box - £23.00 or VIP price £19.00
Whats in the box right now?
Banana Republic Peony & Peppercorn 1.5ml eau de parfum
Escentric Molecules Escentric 04 30ml eau de toilette
Floral Street Arizona Bloom 1.5ml eau de parfum
Kenzo Flowers by Kenzo 1ml eau de parfum
Jovoy Remember Me 2ml eau de parfum
Parterre The Hour of Dusk & Gold 2ml eau de parfum
Perris Monte Carlo Ylang Ylang Nosy Be 2ml eau de parfum
Shay & Blue 88 Pineapples 2ml eau de toilette
Yardley Decadent Mimosa 1.5ml eau de toilette
Yardley Elegant Iris 1.5ml eau de toilette
Yardley London Exquisite Peony 1.5ml eau de toilette
Yardley Luxe Gardenia 1.5ml eau de toilette
Yardley London Opulent Rose 1.5ml eau de toilette
Malin & Goetz - Bergamot Deodorant
Body Guard - Fragranced Hand Sanitiser Citrus
The Everyman Discovery Box - £19.00 or VIP price £15.00
Whats in the box right now?
Atelier Des Ors Cuir Sacré 2.5ml eau de parfum
Banana Republic 17 Oud Mosaic 1.5ml eau de parfum
Eight & Bob Original 2ml eau de parfum
Goldfield & Banks Pacific Rock Moss 2ml eau de parfum
Jimmy Choo Urban Hero 1.2ml eau de parfum
JUSBOX Beat Cafe 1.5ml eau de parfum
Kierin Santal Sky 1.5ml eau de parfum
Lalique L’Insoumis Ma Force 1.8ml eau de toilette
Montblanc Explorer 2ml eau de parfum
Salvatore Ferragamo Ferragamo 1.5ml eau de toilette
Yardley London Gentleman 18ml Urbane pocket spray
Super Facialist for Men Vitamin B3 Deep Cleanse Face Mask full size
Fish Original Fish Shape Texturising Cream full size
There is a VIP Club membership available for £25.00 per year. The benefits of joining will mean you will be eligible for discounts on Perfume Society Discovery boxes, you will receive 6 downloadable editions of The Scented Letter through the year and you will receive an amazing Discovery Box of samples, available in either female or male fragrances.
There is a great tool on the website which even suggests fragrances you might like based on the scent you already wear. It’s really quick and easy to use! The website is packed with lots of useful and interesting information around how to pick your fragrance, new launches and the stories behind some of the perfume houses…
So if you are looking for a unique gift idea or simply wanting to indulge yourself check out The Perfume Society for all the delicious nose-tickling inspiration you will ever need.
Choosing your favourite signature scent is a very personal journey. We start this process while we are young, heading out to the shops with our friends on a weekend, squirting endless body sprays in to the air and quickly catching an air-sniff before being caught by the sales assistant. At which point we would decide on the chosen scent to spend our hard earned pocked money on and that would become our signature scent until our next pocket money pay day. My favourite was 02 by Impulse, I think that was my go-to all through secondary school until I got my first part time job, at which point I upgraded to Versace Red Jeans (I liked the fragrance but more than that, the Versace label and the fabulous tin packaging is what sold it to me). At 16 years old, that fancy perfume packaging with a designer label on my vanity table was my first taste of luxury.
Sampling new scents can be quite a tricky experience, especially if you are working your way through the various counters in a department store. Even when the fragrance is sprayed on to an individual tester card, suddenly all samples smell like they have merged into one fragrance so it becomes an impossible task to define each scent. The best tip when sampling multiple options is to spray each one on to a tester card then leave the shop. Go outside to allow your nose to reset and allow the tester cards to settle (in separate pockets or compartments of your bag). Then as the day goes on, go back to the tester cards and check them as they evolve. If you decide on a favourite fragrance I would recommend going back to the shop and testing it on your skin. Spritz it on your neck and wrists and let it settle. Quite often a fragrance can smell a little different on your skin than it does straight from the bottle so it is wise to allow it settle on your skin for 30 minutes to make sure it compliments your natural scent.
Another top tip for all brides-to-be when it comes to bridal fragrance is for the full bridal party to wear the same fragrance as the bride. This would enhance the bride's chosen special fragrance for her big day, especially as she walks down the aisle with her party. It is a very beautiful touch and the perfect way to fragrance a wedding. More helpful tips on how to scent your wedding are available here.
One of my current favourite fragrances right now is Ted Baker Esmila Ets. '88. For me, the Ted Baker brand is a personal favourite of mine and as a product junkie, the pink and gold packaging definitely has that luxury feel and beautifully feminine vibe. The unique scent has notes of mandarin, petitgrain and cardamom. Other base notes include lily, rose, neroli, soft woods and amber. I think this is a perfect bridal scent and would make a beautiful gift for a bride or her bridesmaids.
30ml perfume - £30 available from www.tedbaker.com, Fragrance Direct and The Perfume Shop