Like taking that first sip of coffee in the morning, spritzing yourself with perfume starts the day off right. But if you’ve yet to discover your signature scent, all those glittering bottles at the department store might be a bit overwhelming: how do you home in on the scent notes you like? Luckily, there’s a trick (and a
). Think of
as an olfactory version of your wardrobe, and shop Groupon for a new or classic perfume that already fits your style.
If You’re...A Minimalist
If you’re drawn to minimalist silhouettes of the kind seen on ‘60s waifs like Audrey Hepburn or Jean Seberg, embrace the no-frills aesthetic with a women’s fragrance that’s similarly subtle. Look for a simple composition or even go for a unisex scent, which isn’t likely to overwhelm.
, many named for the main fragrance note, are a great place to start. (To complete the minimalist effect,
here’s how to apply perfume without overdoing it
If You’re...A Romantic
If you like classically feminine shapes and colors, play up your look with a floral perfume: it’s like the sophisticated older sister of a fruity or sweet fragrance. Many
Marc Jacobs perfumes
have practically become synonymous with romantic florals. Just look for scents that balance the bouquet with orientals (patchouli, vanilla) or greens (juniper, sage).
If you’re likely to be found soaking up the outdoors on the weekend and have the lived-in tees and flannels to prove it, take your cues from the earth itself. Perfumes built around green notes or aquatics that evoke Mother Nature include
famous Cool Water perfume and the
Bond No. 9 perfumes
inspired by New York City’s outdoor spaces.