The world of fragrance is complex, if not downright curious. There are so many subtle nuances that can change the tenor of even the simplest scent. As a result, what works well for one may be completely foreign to another. Even what appeals to your senses can be puzzling; it may not be exactly in line with something that you would wear, but you’d proudly scent your home with it. Given its pervasiveness, it’s certainly no wonder that fragrance is so deeply tied to personality — but selecting a personal scent that aligns with your unique characteristics is often easier said than done. Here’s how to narrow it down.
1. Start with Light Notes
You don’t want to risk offending your olfactory nerves with something so overpowering that it turns you off the scent for good. Begin with light, universal fragrances that are generally pleasing. Aromas infused with vanillas and aquatic notes are soft and airy and can serve as foundational points for more complicated blends. If you happen to love sweet scents and already know that citrus, woods, or spices aren’t right for you, you owe it to your innate sense of smell to build on that interest and investigate a variety of fragrance blends.
2. Know Your Unique Self
Take your cue from some of the more common traits that align with certain personality types. Would you say that you fall into one of these categories? Consider how well your spirit resonates with these aromas:
Floral: romantic, cautious, quiet, charming, friendly, careful
Citrus: vibrant, bold, ambitious, forward-thinking, assertive
Earthy: relaxed, natural, understanding, positive, healthy
Spice: elegant, sensual, confident, extroverted, fearless
Fruity: fun, excitable, youthful, innocent, charming
3. Tap into Your Feelings
It may seem a bit New Age-like to narrow your choices down based on how you feel — but those sensations that flood you when you smell something you like aren’t just a coincidence. Some fragrances are special to you because they’re strong reminders of the past, such as a childhood family vacation, a first date, or a home-cooked meal. Others resonate with you because they simply lift your spirits. It’s a phenomenon that is all too real, and it may be most evident to you in the way that the scent affects how you sleep and how much stress you feel.
4. Go for the Personal
Don’t think that you need to run with the pack when selecting a fragrance, whether it’s a perfume or a diffuser. Just because everyone loves the latest it scent doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for you. That’s why customization is so key when it comes to narrowing down your personal scent preferences to those keynotes that make you feel best. A Dimensions diffuser personalized according to your preferred mood and your favored notes creates a blend that is right in line with what ultimately makes scent such an incredible thing: it’s a pure reflection of who you are and what you love. Once you discover that special sauce, you’ll be committed for a lifetime.