Every time we start “dating” a new perfume, we hope it’s The One. But the reality usually goes a little something like this: We discover a new scent, become infatuated with it, wear it every single day for a few months, and then go off in search of something new. So what makes a perfume have signature-scent potential? Beauty insiders Jenny Bernheim of Margo and Me and Paola Alberdi of Blank Itinerary share the same sentiment on the topic. “It’s a combination of the mood and the moment,” explains Bernheim. “Scent-savvy women know they’ve found something special when it reminds them of who they once were, how far they’ve come, and the strong woman they’ve become, something Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming does so effortlessly, with its sweet fruitiness that evolves into a soft floral aroma.”
Ready to find a special scent to settle down with? Bernheim and Alberdi are sharing their tips and tricks to keep in mind when searching for a fragrance you can happily invest in. Keep reading to learn more.
“If you have an idea of the kind of scents you like, look out for the specific notes the perfume has. If you like a more floral scent, opt for something with rose or peony, or if you prefer something fruity, try something with berries,” explains Alberdi. “I’m drawn to sweet, feminine, floral fragrances, which is why I love Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming so much.”
“I’ve always been drawn to elegant, feminine, and romantic fragrances,” says Bernheim.
Look for a fragrance with good sillage (the French term for a perfume trail); you want people to know it’s you without having to say anything. You’ll know you’ve found the one when a scent ignites a certain memory or feeling. “The beauty of a signature scent lies in nostalgia,” says Bernheim, and Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming will evoke your emotions and those around you.
The fragrance opens with top notes of raspberry, pomegranate, and black currant, which is only heightened by a hint of pink peppercorn. After the initial dose of fruitiness hits, the perfect composition of velvety florals—rose and peony—comes to life. Once the scent starts to settle, the sweet flavors end with a touch of musk—an unexpected but memorable finale.
“Testing out a fragrance is the most important thing you can do when trying to decide if you should purchase it,” says Alberdi.
“White musk and peony are two of my favorite scents, so I knew I’d be in for a treat with Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming,” says Bernheim.
How a fragrance smells will always be the most important thing, but a pretty bottle is an added bonus. “You can’t go wrong with something classic,” says Alberdi.
“The details of the bottle alone pay homage to the ultimate Dior girl,” says Bernheim. From the iconic houndstooth pattern engraved into the base of every bottle to the symbolic motif of the dagger bow adorning the neck of the bottle, it’s like owning a small piece of Dior couture.
What does a scent need to have in order to make it to your top shelf? Tell us in the comments below.