11 Jul 2017 18 comments

Finding Your Perfect Perfume.

As I sit here typing this, I’m having a little moment because I’ve just spritzed a new perfume on myself and it… does not suit me. So that’s a nice little way to start this post on dreamy scents!

Anyway, I’m a picky person when it comes to perfumes. I could count on one hand how many I really adore enough to purchase again, but I think that’s what makes perfumes so special. They come alive with your own chemicals and create a scent that’s unique to you.

In the few years, I’ve managed to find a few fragrances that I honestly feel were made for me. The sort of scents that strangers stop you to ask you what perfume you’re wearing, and the scents that you get subtle wafts of throughout the day and feel a bit smug with yourself. Yeah, I smell freakin’ GREAT.

I thought I’d share with you a few tips I’ve picked up when choosing and buying perfumes, so here’s the KLV guide to finding your perfect perfume…

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01. Do some research. Through the science of deduction (and also just reading the perfume box) I’ve figured out which notes I adore. I used to think I liked sweet, fruity numbers but actually, I prefer subtle, musky yet floral picks. Think Diptyque L’Ombre Dans L’Eau, or Stella McCartney EDP – both are very distinctive, and that edgy feminine finish just completes them.
I love sites like Fragrantica because you can see recommendations based on what you already wear. Handy if you’re picky like me!

02. Test test test. I’m always that person that goes in, hovers around the fragrance counter and tries the fragrance a few times before I purchase it. I know, I used to hate those people when I worked in retail, but now I totally get it!
Perfume is expensive, and it takes a while to settle on your skin, and for you to really get a feel for it.
If you’re making a big purchase, it’s well worth a few treks in to store to give it a whirl.

03. Consider a luxe purchase. Admittedly, I have a lot of perfumes because of this old job of mine, but I really could own two or three and be quite happy. There’s something to be said for finding more of a unique (possibly luxe) scent that is perfect for you.
For me, this was Byredo Mojave Ghost. I’ve worn this almost everyday since I got it, it was my wedding day fragrance and I doubt I’ll ever give it up. It was made with me in mind!
Admittedly, it’s a pricey pick, but I think it’s worth it because I’ve never ever met anyone else who wears this. I’ve never even smelt it on anyone else when I’ve been out and about. It makes it a little more special, if you ask me.

Your dream fragrance is out there! It took me a good amount of searching and sniffing to find a little collection that I truly adore, but I don’t see myself getting bored of these any time soon.

Any tips for finding your favourite fragrance?

  • Love Stella McCartney perfumes. Can’t wait to own a Byredo!


  • Beautiful selection of parfum choices! Love ❀️ it all! πŸ™‚

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  • Love this, no better feeling than finding an incredible scent! x


  • Love this post, I’m a huge fan of L’Ombre and as for Mojave Ghost I’m obsessed but constantly trying to justify purchasing it! I haven’t smelt the Stella McCartney, next on my list and Fragrantica is so cool! Thanks for the introduction πŸ™‚ Laura x


    • Can totally relate, I have to talk myself out of wearing Mojave Ghost every single day! I feel like it should be something that’s kind of special to me, and should be worn on special occasions… but damn I just wanna wear it daily haha x

      • It’s nice to have a luxe more individual scent to go alongside those precious moments though so completely understand – must be so hard not spritz it daily though πŸ™‚ x

  • The scent that is the most “me” is Indigo by Nest, but I have been eyeing the Byredo selection lately. Thanks for the recommend on Fragrantica, its very helpful!

  • Swyn

    I’m a total Jo Malone girl, my “me” fragrance has to be oud & bergamot with english pear and freesia and I’ve recently fallen for their grapefruit fragrance too! I aways thought of myself as a floral lover but it turns out I prefer woody and citrusy notes as my collection has grown. Loved this post and congratulations on the wedding! X

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  • Thank you so much for these tips! I admit that finding the perfect fragrance is really about testing, testing, testing! πŸ™‚ I’ve found a few that I’ve come to love, but I’m always open to trying new ones!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • I definitely think simple is the way to go! I ooh and ahh and other’s collections but I know I’m picky with my fragrances and have learned to just skip over a large collection. Samples are good cause you can really test them and get a sense with how they mesh with your body chemistry. I’m usually drawn to floral scents like Chloe and Diptyque Eau Rose, but I’m trying to branch out to some others. I have a few Byredo samples to try, and Mojave Ghost / Gypsy Water are two that I’m most excited to try!

    I think having a few scents that are “you” are perfect, and eventually they become your signature scent and other’s think of you when they smell it! Even on anyone else πŸ™‚

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

  • I really need to get a Byredo scent! I’m obsessed with fragrances yet I don’t own a single perfume by either Byredo, Jo Malone or Diptyque πŸ™ Shame! xx


  • i would love to try a byredo or diptyque scent. i adore tom ford black orchid. it just smells so good. tom ford scents are just so lovely.


  • IΒ΄m really fussy when it comes to scents, I can love a perfume when I smell it in the shop but then hate it when a wear it.

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

  • I LOVE this post. Firstly, because my favourite scent over the years has always been Chloe Parfum, which I even hate myself for writing because everyone and their mother wears it. Needless to say, I am in desperate need to find ‘my scent,’ that one you describe (the dream).

    Secondly, it’s so incredibly helpful, and I do think many of us just resort to the same ol’ brand-name perfume we’ve seen in stores forever (see Chloe reference above!). I’m definitely going to employ these tips when I’m ready for a new bottle of perfume. I agree about investing in a bit of ‘luxe,’ the same way you would something else you wear everyday. A smell really can become ‘your’ fragrance.

    Case in point: an ex-boyfriend once bought me (unknowingly) the same perfume my mother has worn for years. It was so evocative of ‘my mother’ that I couldn’t even bring myself to put it on! Cringe!

    Eire | Wolf & Stag

  • Sophie β™₯

    I recently bought Mojave Ghost and I LOVE it! I feel like a lot of people love Gypsy Water but Mojave Ghost is a bit underrated. I love it though.

  • You have exactly the same taste in fragrance as me! L’Ombre is divine xx


  • Selina Moses

    I take a few months of testing out a particular perfume sample to see if I love it and it will grow on me. If I’m still thinking about it and still love it after that long then I buy it