As a woman, there’s nothing quite as fun as figuring out your signature scent. It’s a useful exercise in self-exploration and a fascinating journey into the world of perfume. If you’re not familiar with the way scents work, however, it can be a little daunting.

To find your signature scent you can think about two things: which smells you’re drawn to and which perfumes best match your style aesthetic. This guide will help you do just that. Read on to learn about the different types of perfumes and which one is the best match for you and your personal style.

Perfume: a Brief Introduction

Before you can search for and find your signature scent, you’ll need to know a little bit about perfume in general. Depending on who you ask, there could be four, five, or even seven types of scent. The most common categories of perfume are as follows: floral, oriental, woody, and fresh.

Floral is pretty self-explanatory while fresh scents might be citrus or mint. Woody would be more earthy smells like sandalwood and oriental could be something like jasmine, cinnamon, or musk.

All perfumes you’ll find on the market are made up of three notes: top, heart, base. The blend of these three notes makes up the complex profile of a fragrance.

Finding Your Signature Scent

You may have found yourself drawn to some of the scent categories in the previous paragraph. It’s good news if so, as it means you already have an idea of what you like. Now, let’s look at your style.

Girly

If you’re a pretty feminine type of person, then you’ll probably want a scent to match. It’s a no-brainer, then, that fun floral scents could be perfect for you. A good perfume to try would be a sweet and flirty classic like Miss Dior.

Minimalist

Are you a person who likes things stripped back and simple, with as little muss and fuss as possible? Then you’d likely be a fan of a more clean and fresh scent. Diptyque’s L’Eau de Néroli with its notes of citrus and fresh flowers is definitely one for you to try.

Grungy

If you’ve got a little bit of an edge to you, then you’ll want something feminine but not super girly. Oriental notes with woody undertones will suit your aesthetic well. Try Good Girl by Carolina Herrera, its jasmine, bergamot, and coffee notes are sexy, sophisticated, and a little bit rough around the edges.

Tomboy

Thought tomboys couldn’t have signature perfume scents? Think again! If you’re the farthest thing from a girly girl possible, then why not try a unisex scent like Black Orchid by Tom Ford?

Find the Scent to Suit Your Style Today

With so many different fragrance combinations out there, there’s definitely a signature scent for every style imaginable. Use this guide as a jumping-off point to find the one that’s perfect for you today. For more style tips, check out the rest of our content now.