It’s Sunday morning. I’m running. Or rather, trying to run, despite the sweltering heat that has hit South London and left me wheezing, sweating, squinting in the sunlight. It’s all very attractive. As I stumble along the pavement, with its confetti of dried chewing gum and the chip-and-kebab remnants of Saturday night, I swerve to avoid a lady walking in front of me. And suddenly it hits me – that perfume!
It’s a scent that takes me back to my childhood – visits to the countryside, firework night, sausage rolls and baked beans, kissing a soft cheek ‘goodnight’ before going to bed. To explain – that perfume was the same one my gran wore, right up until she passed away last weekend. Even in her final days at the nursing home, when her small, gnarled fingers could barely grip the perfume bottle, she always insisted on a squirt of her favourite fragrance. And running past a stranger in Clapham Junction suddenly made me realise just how powerful a signature scent can be.
Finding the right fragrance – one that works in tandem with your natural smell so well and delights your nose so much you feel like it must have been made for you – is an exciting thing. No matter how many perfumes are recommended to you, it’s something you have to discover for yourself. Like the perfect pair of jeans, or (I’m told) the man of your dreams, when you find your signature scent you just know.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t have a nice array of perfumes – a summery one (in my case Hugo Boss Orange), a sensuous one (Tom Ford Black Orchid) and maybe even one that makes you feel like you’re 16 again (Ralph Lauren Hot). But as a failsafe option – one that’s unmistakeably ‘you’ – the signature scent is indispensable
Discovered at aged 18, my signature scent is Christian Dior Pure Poison. Like my gran, I fully intend to be spritzing myself in the stuff until the very end.
Have you found your signature scent yet?