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