Find your sig­na­ture scent

One writer re­veals her scent jour­ney to help you choose your own new pulse-point part­ner.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents - Words by ALANNA GRECO

Choose your own new pulse-point part­ner

i’ve wanted a sig­na­ture scent since I was old enough to con­vince my mom to buy me glit­ter-filled per­fumes from Claire’s. As I’ve got­ten older, I’ve grad­u­ated to more so­phis­ti­cated, less sparkly fra­grances, but I still love the idea of be­ing im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fi­able by an amaz­ing smell. Af­ter the per­fume that I’d been wear­ing since univer­sity was trag­i­cally dis­con­tin­ued, it took a while to find a re­place­ment. I grav­i­tate to­ward clean, flo­ral scents, so I scoured the beauty shelves, go­ing through bot­tles and bot­tles, but I still didn’t like any­thing enough to ac­tu­ally pur­chase a se­cond bot­tle. It wasn’t un­til I un­wrapped a bot­tle of Dip­tyque Do Son that I found my new go-to – it’s sweet in a so­phis­ti­cated way, and it’s what I imag­ine it smells like to sit in­side a lav­ish flower shop.

So it was with re­luc­tance that, for this story, I swapped my Do Son for some­thing to­tally di er­ent. I set­tled on the heavy, earthy and slightly tangy Gucci Guilty Ab­so­lute Pour Femme. Sure, they share notes of black­berry, but other­wise these two are po­lar op­po­sites. I agreed to give it a week. On the first day, I picked up the sleek Guilty bot­tle and sprayed it on my wrists while look­ing long­ingly at my trusty Do Son. As I went through the mo­tions of my day, I kept be­ing sur­prised by my own musky smell. I con­stantly had to re­mind my­self that those woody notes were com­ing from me.

Here’s the thing about a sig­na­ture per­fume: when you wear yours enough, it be­comes al­most a part of you, and you don’t re­ally no­tice it any­more. So I was hy­per-aware of this new eau d’alanna, and it be­came kind of ex­cit­ing. Sport­ing a new scent was like try­ing out a new per­sona. Maybe I was sexy and mys­te­ri­ous. Maybe this new me should also opt for a smoky eye, wear dresses with high slits and get a sideswept fringe. OK, I didn’t get that crazy – the most I did was grill a co­worker about her fringe – but it was fun to think about.

At the end of the week, I went back to my Do Son. Fa­mil­iar as it might be, there’s a rea­son it’s my sig­na­ture scent: I ab­so­lutely love it. That said, Gucci Guilty has earned a spot on my van­ity, to be taken out on spe­cial oc­ca­sions. Be­cause you never know when you might need a bit of help sum­mon­ing your sexy self.


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