Choosing a fragrance is a lot like choosing a Facebook profile picture. You want something that accurately represents you, doesn’t turn people off and is almost too good to be true (if it happens to lure in a certain suitor that works too).
Scents, like people, have personality and can evoke specific feelings. Some you want to be around more than others, some are for certain occasions and others are the perfect complement to your signature style.
You can tell a lot about a person simply by smelling them. Smell like Grandma's dusty sweaters? You're probably not the most fun person at the party. Emitting gum balls and cotton candy sweets from your neck? You probably still shop the kids' section.
You are what you smell like. Here’s what you are really saying with your scent.
Who you are: The woman who wears a musky scent is not unlike a 1950s screen siren: mysterious, curious and always one step ahead of everyone else. Like a modern day version of Rita Hayworth, this girl prefers patchouli notes for their evocative effect. She draws you in with her artful mind and quick, direct tongue.
What you wear: She is elegantly draped in fur and long evening gloves, and she loves a good vintage find.
Your dating style: She feels sentimentality is worth more than monetary values. If you’ve got history, you’ll make history with her.
Who you are: Floral scents are for the woman who is happy, free and always lighting up a room. Her ideal vacation is some place warm, sunny and easy-going -- much like her disposition.
Floral lovers, like their flowery notes, are strong ladies. Not only can you smell them from a mile away, but you can also hear them coming.
What you wear: She dresses chicly, donning silk and crêpe fabrics tailored to perfection. Think: Amal Clooney. (We'll take it!)
Your dating style: Women who prefer floral perfumes treat themselves well, so make sure you can keep up. Take note: freshly cut bouquets, polished shoes and beautifully decorated homes are her favorite things.
It doesn’t matter if you can’t afford her because this girl cannot be bought. Unless, of course, it's Positano.
Who you are: If this girl were a song, she’d be OutKast’s “So Fresh, So Clean,” because she always smells refreshingly bright. The fresh scented woman is vibrant and charming. And much like her laundered scent, you cannot get enough of her.
These women are welcomed wherever they go -- they dazzle on the dance floor, run the show at work and cherish their female friendships. They practically breeze through life.
What you wear: She dresses sharply in crisp, luxe labels. Anna Wintour would be impressed.
Your dating style: A fresh-smelling girl, like her signature scent, is there for life. She'll accompany her partner to any event, is down for almost anything and always smells good while doing it!
Who you are: The fruity girl is your partner-in-crime. She’s always in for a party, new scene or adventurous journey.
She is carefree, playful and bubbly, which makes her a wonderful addition to any circle of friends. When your Netflix account is down or you're feeling insecure about your tuna lunch, you can count on her to lighten the mood and inject a little fun into your day.
The tasty smells of berries and tropics mean she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She appreciates a strong drink -- preferably one with a paper umbrella in it.
What you wear: She looks great in wrap skirts, maxi dresses and easy boho tops.
Your dating style: She can be a total tease, enrapturing men with her intoxicating, familiar scent and then just as easily moving on to the next one. If you want to be her plus one, you’re going to have to wait until she’s ripe and in season.
Who you are: This woman, similar to her signature perfume, is timeless. She’s sophisticated, polished and refined. She’s like Gatsby’s Daisy -- seductive, desirable and terribly intriguing, mimicking the notes of bergamot and neroli she leaves in her wake.
The classic woman enjoys the finer things in life like lavish dinner parties, luxurious hotels and Paris.
What you wear: She's totally put together. Imposters, beware! From a phony accent to a poorly constructed blazer, she can spot a fake from a mile away and won’t be afraid to tell you so.
Your dating style: This cosmopolitan lady doesn’t need a man to show her the world -- she’s a posh getaway all on her own.
Who you are: You can’t help but feel drunk on the earthy girl’s sandalwood and amber notes swirling in the air. This woman is the real deal. She likes exploring, is always up for a challenge and isn’t afraid to get her hair wet.
The earthy girl smells as uninhibited and bold as her disposition.
What you wear: She has a unique style that many people covet, but few can actually pull off. From distressed jeans and a t-shirt to bohemian skirts and satchels, she can easily transfix you with her effortless silhouette.
Your dating style: Her interests are varied and different -- you are guaranteed to discover something new with her, whether it’s music or art or scenery. Her ideal date involves leather and tobacco, much like her fragrance.
She’s grounded in every sense of the word.
Who you are: This woman is ethereal and addictive. When you're having a bad day, you can’t get enough of her innocent humor and exhilarating personality. She's optimistic about everything - even that sketchy bar in the back alley.
The sweet girl is the center of attention, drawing people in with her cotton-candy childishness and youthful charisma.
What you wear: She likes lace, bows and jewelry that stands out just as much as she does. If you want to feel like a kid again, she’s your go-to girl.
Your dating style: She can be a total girly-girl, preferring to be silly with her gal pals than play it cool with the guys.