The relationship you have with your favorite or signature scent is a very intimate and personal one.
Just like the adventure of looking for “the one” in terms of a life partner, you have to “date around” to learn more about what scent suits you.
It’s a combination of your personal preference—fruity, floral or musky—and your body’s natural smells. One perfume that’s great on your friend could smell completely different on you. There might be scents that only work for you during certain moods, and also some perfumes that are best only during specific occasions or times of day.
There is no one explanation or formula for finding one’s scent. But when you find the perfect match, you just know it. Your friends will notice, too, and one cannot help but compliment someone who’s wearing a good scent.
The intimate part of scents also comes from the fact that different perfumes and colognes bring back various memories. They could be trips we’ve taken, moments we’ve cherished, or even childhood recollections.
And still, that scent might not be best for your person. Perhaps you could opt for its candle form or scent diffuser variant, should you wish to transport yourself back to that time.
With all these options, I’ve found that a place like the Art of Scent is a novel and needed concept. They curate luxury fragrances from all over the world. Then they help you find something that’s unique to you. They carry scents from brands that master the art of perfumery and are somewhat hard to find, except in the world’s most fashionable destinations.
Of Art of Scent’s selections, my favorite includes Memo Paris and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Memo Paris was established in 2007 by Clara Molloy and her husband John. The former is a Parisian-
Catalan poet, while the latter is a sporty Irish globetrotter. Together, they tell stories of travels and far-off places through their scents.
Memo has met much love as it is carried internationally via Cult Beauty and is also found at Paris’ luxury spot Le Bon Marché.
One of my picks from Memo Paris is Irish Leather. It blends leather accord with the windy freshness of juniper berries and green mate absolute. For me, this could even be a unisex scent.
Another scent I like from Memo is Inlé. I prefer it as a day scent. This was inspired by Asia, made of notes of jasmine, mate and osmanthus.
Another perfume I like is Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Santal Blanc Eau de Parfum Spray. It’s the type of perfume that people will love at first spritz. The santal in it is sexy and sensual. It is one of the scents that I’m always afraid to run out of.
My last pick would be Juliette Has a Gun. This perfume has a unique approach to scents, looking at it as an art form. It takes its name from the Shakespearean character and plays with the idea of femininity. The line is by Romano Ricci, great-grandson of Nina Ricci.
One of their newest additions is Vanilla Vibes. It connects the top notes of fleur de sel (sea salt), heart notes of orchid and natural vanilla absolutes, and bottom notes of brown musk, tonka bean, benzoin absolute and sandalwood absolute. It’s described as an ambery fresh scent that’s sensual and powerful. INQ
Art of Scent is at Resort’s World, One Shangri-La Mall, City of Dreams. Visit artofscent.com.