What Does Your Go-To Perfume Say About You?

Fragrance talks. What’s yours saying?

By Renée Walton3 min read
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We all know that our sense of smell is the most emotionally triggering of our five senses. Because of how our brains are wired, one whiff of a scent can drum up long-lost memories and associations in a split second. 

The same is true about the fragrances we choose to wear. On a subconscious level, a lot can be said about a person based on their fragrance choices. Interested in what your fragrance faves are communicating? Read on.  

Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent, $130 

If Black Opium is your fragrance, you’ve been told you have an addictive personality – as in people are addicted to you. Just like the coffee notes in Black Opium, you have a certain je ne sais quoi that leaves people wanting more. There’s a definite edge about you that people can’t get enough of, but you ooze feminine warmth. In other words, you’re the perfect combination of sultry and sweet. 

Clean Alternative: 5 SENS Catch Feelings, $65 

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush, $38

If Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush is your go-to fragrance, you’re a total girls’ girl. You’re everyone’s bestie, and you make everyone in your circle feel known and seen. People describe you as bright, fresh, and oh so sweet – just like the caramel, pistachio, and vanilla notes in Sol de Janeiro’s wildly popular Brazilian Crush.

Clean Alternative: Skylar Vanilla Sky, $90 

Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia, $133

Flora Gorgeous Gardenia girls light up every room they enter with their optimistic free spirit. If you wear Flora Gorgeous Gardenia, you probably buy yourself a bouquet during every Trader Joe’s trip and are the absolute best gift-giver. People can’t help but smile when they’re around you – possibly because you smell like brown sugar, gardenia, and pear, but more likely because you’re dripping with positivity. 

Clean Alternative: 5 SENS Life of the Party, $65 

Tom Ford Electric Cherry, $395 

If Tom Ford Electric Cherry is in your fragrance arsenal, you’re not afraid to be bold. Your outspokenness comes from a place of compassion, and you don’t mind being the only dissenting voice in a room. In your love life, your man loves your effortlessly flirty nature. You love a fragrance that’s musky and bold with a hint of effervescent spice, and Electric Cherry totally fits the bill. 

Clean Alternative: The 7 Virtues Cherry Ambition, $88  

Chloé, $133

If Chloé is one of your signature scents, you’re a breath of fresh air. Your home is cozy and inviting – the place where all your friends want to hang out. Your free-spirited and feminine aura makes spending time with you comfortable and refreshing – just like the powdery, floral notes in Chloé.  

Clean Alternative: Orchid + Ash Idyll, $78 

LoveShackFancy Boheme, $125

LoveShackFancy Boheme is a clean, cool, and classic floral. Fans of Boheme have impeccable taste and love a classic, laid-back Americana style. If you wear Boheme, you probably embraced the old money style before it was the aesthetic du jour, and you have a soft-spot for ‘90s rom-coms.  

Clean Alternative: Clean Reserve H2Eau, $110 

Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk, $85

If Replica Beach Walk is in your fragrance lineup, you use all of your PTO days by February for a tropical vacation. You’re probably barefoot as often as social norms allow, and you prefer a minimal makeup look. Your friends love your carefree, sunny demeanor, and you have a warm, radiant glow that people are drawn to. Chances are, you naturally smell like sand and salt from days spent at the shore, but Beach Walk’s irresistible notes of heliotrope and coconut milk make this fresh solar perfume a must-have for any beach babe. 

Clean Alternative: Ellis Brooklyn Salt, $110 

Kilian Paris Love, Don’t Be Shy, $290 

If Love, Don’t Be Shy is on your bathroom counter, you’ve probably been told you have a sweet and youthful spirit. You might be the youngest in your family, and are determined to embrace your inner child. In relationships, you can be quiet and appear distant at first, but you’re a warm and thoughtful confidante once you’re comfortable opening up. 

Clean Alternative: Ellis Brooklyn Sweet, $100

Narcisco Rodriguez For Her, $120

If Narcisco Rodriguez’s For Her is your go-to scent, you’re feminine, sophisticated, and sexy. You love getting dressed up for a date night, even if it’s just dinner and a movie. Your beauty is timeless, and you’re going to be a hot mom – if you’re not one already. 

Clean Alternative: By Rosie Jane Rosie, $75

YSL Libre, $130

Women who wear YSL Libre aren’t easily intimidated. If you’re a Libre girl, you’re not afraid to speak your mind. You don’t see the point of sugarcoating, and you prefer to call it like you see it – but always with warmth and compassion. Friends know they can count on you when they need a reality check and a listening ear. 

Clean Alternative: Henry Rose Flora Carnivora, $120

Closing Thoughts

Since scent and emotions are so intricately linked, the fragrances we’re drawn to can be a pretty accurate representation of our personality traits. It may not be an exact science, but it’s something to ponder the next time you spritz on your favorite perfume.

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