I haven’t been to the home of my childhood best friend since we were in elementary school, but I still know that her house smells like a specific kind of laundry detergent, and I can tell if someone around me has used it. That’s how powerful and evocative smells are. They can transport you back in time, and remind you so vividly of memories, thoughts, and people. Every woman I look up to has a signature scent, and it felt like a rite of passage that came with growing up. So when it came time for me to choose a perfume, I knew that I wasn’t going to have lots of different options. I wanted one signature scent, and I found it in Jo Malone’s Red Roses ($68).
“‘I enjoy having a signature scent because I love having something that just smells like me.”
A little bit about my personal taste; I’m not a fan of smoky, woody scents, and much prefer something floral, fruity, or clean. I also hate something that smells artificial or chemically, and I can’t stand anything powdery. Which made this quest challenging to say the least. It felt like I would never find exactly what I was looking for, until I stumbled upon the Jo Malone counter. When I sprayed Red Roses on my wrist, I knew it was the one, and I confirmed it an hour later when my wrist smelled exactly the same as it had upon first spritz. The scent is powerful but not overbearing; it smells mostly like, you guessed it, roses, but also has notes of lemon and honeycomb that make it crisp and fresh, like a real rose garden.
I enjoy having a signature scent because I love having something that just smells like me. In the middle of the day, when I flip my hair and catch a whiff of my perfume, it makes me smile. Plus, it’s incredibly comforting. My whole life, my mom only ever burned one candle, and whenever I smell it, I’m reminded of home. Plus, she and my grandmother both have their own signature scents, custom oil blends that I’ve never seen replicated. I love that no matter if my mom is cooking dinner or going to an event, she smells the same. It’s her way of bringing herself to everything she does, and it’s one of the things I love most about her.
The beautiful thing about perfume is that it reacts with your skin, so even though many people could be wearing the same product, it’ll smell slightly different on everyone. So, basically, everyone can have their own signature scent. I’m obsessed with mine, but I’m willing to share.