DOES YOUR FRAGRANCE MATCH YOUR PERSONALITY?
Your choice of fragrance is a very personal matter: like your home decor, your clothes and your colours it is a heightened form of self-expression. But because of the emotional and psychological effect it has on the wearer, one’s signature scent is even more intimate; more finely correlated with one’s character.
A fragrance becomes a vital part of yourself. It is literally your very essence, appearing to exude from your hair and pores - not sprayed on but emanating from your body.
This is how the Ancients perceived fragrance: as a Divine Being manifesting on earth through, the fumes of a delicious fragrance.
Let’s take a look at the way in which different types of personality tend to gravitate towards certain fragrance families. Obviously, there is a certain amount of generalisation here; but on the other hand, there is also a good deal of truth. It’s rather like horoscopes: whether we be Aries, Leo or Pisces we generally recognise many aspects of ourselves in a professional star sign character analysis!
Needless to say, the remarks that follow do not pretend to be an infallible guide; besides, some personality traits will embrace more than one fragrance type. But, judge for yourselves - and for those you love!
Florals - For the light-hearted sociable types.
Florals comprise the largest of fragrance families: they are still the most popular style of fragrance. Floral fanciers are optimistic lovers of light and the colours of spring. They are open, sunny, warm and sociable. They have refined tastes and are often perfectionists, admiring delicacy, craftsmanship and dedication. Sensitive and modest, they usually tend to be uncomplicated and straightforward though suffering from moments of self-doubt. Floral lovers are often not overly involved with the paraphernalia of fragrance lore: they are generally seeking a beautifully constructed classic which will be a credit to any occasion while smelling delicious. Favourite accords will typically be flowers such as magnolia, jasmine, cyclamen, iris, rose and lily of the valley.
If this sounds like you, then you will love:
Orientals - For those full of sunshine.
Lovers of Oriental scents are the shooting stars among us. These are flamboyant, romantic, passionate, sensual folk. Highly articulate, generous, extroverted, and affectionate they have an enviable appetite for the everyday drama of life and all its pleasures. They love intense brilliantly coloured silks, satin and velvets worn with exotic jewellery. In fragrance they look for notes such as fragrant woods, vanilla, incense, sweet tobacco, honey, and tropical flowers. It’s interesting to note how many red heads go for the oriental type. True redheads usually need to avoid florals as those scents tend to "turn" on that exquisitely fair, sometimes rather dry skin.
Are orientals the one for you? try these:
Fruity - Packed with personality?
These jolly folks’ tastes may overlap to some extent with those of the Oriental-fanciers.
They are exuberant, highly sexed, sensual, playful, good-humoured, eccentric, confident and adventurous. All their senses run on full throttle, and they regard fragrance in a peculiarly animal, full-blooded way. Scent moves them to laughter and sometimes to tears. They are tickled by the tricks and wit of fragrances bursting with notes of cream, chocolate, apricot, plum, peach, cognac and caramel. Gourmands appeal to those who approach all life‘s natural appetites with gusto. “Greed is attractive only in one whom one loves very dearly or in oneself" wrote Monica Dickens (the great granddaughter of Charles Dickens). But how very much more attractive it is to be greedy than stingy.
Feeling fruity? Try these:
Chypre - Glamorous, Sophisticated, Powerful.
Wearers of Chypres are achingly sophisticated, mature, ambitious and powerful; what’s more they tend to be confident, glamorous, outspoken, exquisitely groomed and dressed. O! For the assured articulate poise of the chypre! Chypres feed the mind rather than the body. They are scents for those who study fragrance history; who take fashion, scent and life seriously. Nonetheless they are still powerfully sexy types, not coldly cerebral. That goes for the wearers, too, immaculately turned out in suede, leather, cashmere and barathea.
Fougeres / Greens - For the well-dressed intellectuals.
The Fougere fragrances of ferns, mosses, herbs and lavender speak of an inner mystery. Fougeres are often favoured by the deep, intense, analytical intellectual type. The Fougere people are often slim, slight and dark- eyed: soberly but carefully dressed and impeccably presented. Introverted, intellectual and pensive they linger long over choosing a fragrance. Focussed and thoughtful, they do things thoroughly and methodically. Fougeres rarely appeal to the very young; but rather to those with a thoughtful experience of the world who have discarded the more flamboyant scents of their salad days.
Fancy some Fougere? These are the ones for you:
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