Changing your signature scent?

December 22, 2021

Picking a new perfume is not easy, but finding »the one« – your signature scent can really be overwhelming. Maybe you are one of the few that discovered your signature scent right when you first started exploring the world of perfumery, but you’ve now grown, matured and your taste changed a bit. What now? Should you change your all-time favourite perfume? And how to find a new »perfect match«? Where to begin? What to look for?

Options (photo: Unsplash)


A signature scent is a fragrance that truly defines you – it says exactly what you want it to say about you. You cannot get enough of the scent and whilst you may dabble in a new fragrance as you move through the seasons or your style changes over time, you find yourself going back to this specific scent time and time again.


1 Consider what you want your fragrance to say about you

Before choosing your signature scent, give some thought to what you want it to communicate about you. – Do you want it to be sophisticated and romantic or do you want to stand out from the crowd? 

Your perfume should make you feel comfortable in your own skin, so be bear in mind that simply liking the fragrance doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve found »the one«. It’s important that you »fall in love« with the fragrance that you’re wearing, however, it’s just as important to remember that in we are ultimately wearing our fragrance to tell our story through scent to others – so it’s crucial that you know what you want your perfume to say about you.

Girly personality (photo: Unsplash)

2 Understand the fragrance

A great way to explore fragrances is through the fragrance families. Every family will give a certain message and can help you narrow down a selection of fragrances that suit you best. 

Fruity and citrus fragrances tend to be uplifting and easy to wear, making them ideal for daytime wear or for warmer months. 

Oriental and spicy fragrances on the other hand, tend to be warmer and heavier in nature, lending themselves best to the winter months or an evening fragrance. 

The Woody family is more masculine, whilst floral fragrances tend to be more feminine and sophisticated.

Fragrance families (photo: NINU personal archive)

3 Wear it

When you find a selection of 3–5 fragrances you think you might marry, go try them out and wear them. We too often only have a spritz and decide to purchase. But it’s important to give yourself some time to think it through. Go to the store and test one fragrance each day. When you go to bed at the end of the day, you should be able to know, if the fragrance is worth living with you for another day or so. 

Testing perfume (photo: Unsplash)


Each perfume is associated with different recollections, memories and experiences. As you form new memories, older ones and emotions tend to fade. When you try a new perfume, you are trying an odor that has no associations, so it gives you the possibility to make new ones and write new memories.

According to neuroscientists, using a completely new scent helps us mentally draw a line under past experiences and start afresh.

New start (photo: Unsplash)

We wish you a happy looking, and a happy fresh start!