Finding The Perfect Scent For You*

Finding the perfect scent is a bit of a tricky thing to say the least. And most people (bloggers) I find have struggled to find their signature scent. Not to mention the fact that there are so many different fragrances, notes and whatnot out there it’s a bit overwhelming. Also most people, including myself, don’t even know what a note is. There’s something about wearing perfume that makes me feel so much more put together. It’s one of those little things that add up to really perfect a look or outfit.

So here’s my guide all to finding the perfect scent or ladies perfume. This post is a paid collaboration with Clive Christian fragrances, a beautiful luxury perfume company who’ve made me want to experiment with my perfumes a little bit more. (Swooning right now…). Hence this post. 

  1. Know exactly what you want in finding the perfect scent

    This could be an assortment of things. Are you looking for something for every day wear? What’s your price range? And to put it bluntly, what scent are you looking for?

    The thing with scents and fragrances is that they smell completely different on everyone. I can’t recommend a certain perfume for example, because my body is completely different to yours. For example, vanilla scents don’t with me. Shop around and always try before you buy. You also might have to accept that certain notes just don’t work for you.

  2. Perfume, Eau De Toilette or Eau De Parfum?

    I’m not an expert, but here are the basics. It all depends on concentrations of essences, scents or oils. Perfumes use a combination of top, heart and base notes over a period of time. In an ideal scenario, perfume does not fade completely away into one certain note, it blends all together.

    Clive Christian Perfume

    With Eau De Parfum, the heart (middle) notes are the ones that retain with the others fading and with Eau De Toilette, the top notes are dominant. Depending on your scent preferences or whatnot, choosing the type of scent is pretty key. However just as a reference, in my experience, eau de toilettes tend not to last for any particular length of time.

  3. Test, Test, Test

    It’s obvious but it’s true. It does take a while. I think buying a new scent is quite a commitment for most. Fragrances aren’t something that most people get through super easily. Try out perfumes out and about to see A. if it lasts B. how it smells and ultimately, if you can’t get it off your mind so you just go and buy it let’s be honest. It’s a conscious decision for me anyway buying a new fragrance, and it’s something I really enjoy doing.

Another pro-tip, get one of these mini travel perfume pods from Boots. They’re great and totally worth it if you don’t want to lug around a huge perfume bottle. Finding the perfect scent can be a little bit of a mare, but hopefully you all found this post helpful (or at least a little comforting!)

If you want to have a look at any more of my perfume reviews, take a look here.

What’s your favourite perfume?


I’m Eleanor, a UK Manchester based Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger. I write about beauty products, feminism, mental health and my adventures in the big city of MCR.