I have always believed that every woman should find her own “signature scent” at some point in her life. This way, others can always associate her with that particular perfume. Some of my friends found theirs’ some time ago, and I love the way that I can recognise the lingering fragrance left in their car or homes and that in some way it reflects their personalities. Whether it’s fresh and citrussy, floral and feminine or deep and woody, I believe a perfume can say something about the person wearing it.
I still wasn’t quite sure what my “signature scent” should be up until this Christmas. I’ve dabbled in many perfumes over the years; everything from Britney Spears’ Curious to Marc Jacobs’ Daisy, but I hadn’t quite found “the one”. However, after receiving a lovely bottle as a gift, I finally think I have…
Let me introduce ….Mitsouko Eau de Toilette by Guerlain
So why is this my “signature scent”?
The History: For a signature scent to be truly yours, I believe there should be some reason or story behind it, and this is mine. When I was little, I would often go to stay at my aunt’s house for a few days. She was the most glamorous, fashionable person in the world in my eyes, with a killer wardrobe, an extensive collection of handbags and shoes and of course, a sleek convertible car. I remember I would often sneak into her bedroom and sit at her beautiful dressing table on which there was a tray of about 5 different perfumes. I could spend an hour spritzing myself and pretending I was a Hollywood actress about to go to my big premiere. There was always one scent that stuck out for me, and for ages I couldn’t recall its name. Thankfully, many years later, my aunt remembered it was Mitsouko.
The Scent: This is a very distinctive fragrance and you only need one or two sprays to last the whole night. It’s quite strong so I tend to wear it for evenings out, and reach for my Miss Dior in the daytime. Among the ingredients are oak moss, jasmine, bergamot, wood, cinnamon and rounded off with peach. The effect is a hypnotising aroma which is unlike anything else I’ve tried. I would describe this perfume as “woody and spicy” and it’s not one for the faint hearted. It’s definitely one that may be too strong for many people, but I personally love how distinctive it is.
The Style: Finally, a signature scent must give you a certain feeling when you wear it. For me, when I reach for this stunningly beautiful bottle, I feel as if I’ve been transported to an exotic, warm country during the Belle Epoque. The bottle itself reminds me of something you would pick up in a Moroccan Souq, with the nostalgic label and interesting design. The scent, although inspired by the French novel “La Bataille” in which a married Japanese woman named “Mitsouko” falls in love with a British Officer, actually takes me more to India, with the spices and oak tones.
A signature scent should make you feel special and give you happy memories. For that reason, it’s very personal to each individual. You may try Mitsouko and really dislike it! However, for me, I feel very glamorous and mysterious when wearing it, as well as being hit with the nostalgia of being a little girl, with all the excitement of growing up.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about why I love Mitsouko so much. Now, what about you? Do you have a signature scent? What is it and why? Please share below in the comments, I’m really interested to see the differences!
Thanks for reading,