We know that scent is a powerful way of triggering emotional responses – it’s one of the reasons that we are all so compelled by it.
Whether it’s a job interview, going out with your friends, a first date, or meeting your partner’s parents – it pays to be discerning in your choices for each occasion. However, the fun thing about fragrance is that it’s so personal, so once you know some standard rules – it’s up to you to opt whether you will stick with them or break them.

First date

First dates are your most critical opportunity to make your impression, so the scent you choose is paramount. Since scent associations are so unique, whether or not your date will like it depends on their personality. That said, different notes have undeniable qualities that you may or may not choose to highlight. If you want to seduce instantly and show off your sensual side, consider something with a mix of rose, smoke, cherry, and sandalwood. Or, if you want to be a little more subtle, animalic fragrances imbued with floral hints such as musk, labdanum, peru balsam, or roasted tonka allude to our natural scent, and when you mix these with floral notes, make for a natural bounty of desire.

Meeting your partner’s mum

Cool, so your first impression worked, and now you’re in a relationship – well done (we won’t take all the credit). It’s time to meet the mum, but guess what? The fragrance you charmed your now-boyfriend/girlfriend with should be the last one you wear to meet their mother. When it comes to meeting the parents, it’s all about demonstrating your consistency and stability – the last thing you want them to be thinking is about your adventurous and naughty side. In this instance, opt for sturdy base notes such as sandalwood and cedarwood, with graceful floral touches of neroli or jasmine.

Professional meeting

Whether in a board meeting or a job interview, your fragrance should reflect your “get-the-job-done” demeanor: bold yet neutral and not too overpowering. Woody notes such as vetiver, patchouli, and sandalwood go well with fresh bergamot, grapefruit, and eucalyptus accents. Together, woody and citrus notes merge to show that you are thorough, clean, and assertive – all essential traits in the business environment. 

Going to a gig or an opening

Sometimes, you just want to smell like an “effortlessly cool person.” Perhaps you’re going to a fabulous art opening or a relaxed gig; the vibe you’re going for is the well-traveled, “knows their wine” type. Think of fragrances with contrasting notes of warm and edgy: such as tobacco and rose, leather and cherry, or oud and musk. These pairings flaunt your glamour, edge, and mystery and are bound to make you the enigma of the event

Partying with your friends

It’s Friday night, and your only goal is to shower the week away, let your hair down, and get boozy with your friends. This is your chance to embrace your mischievous side! 

Some people veer away from fruity fragrances as they can sometimes smell childish. The trick is to look for scents with playful accents grounded with a crisp base. Some fun combinations include pink pepper with bergamot, gin and tonka, apple and musk or cognac, pineapple, and bergamot. It’s all about having fun!

Your signature scent

There are times when you just want to smell like… you. With so many fragrances out there, it can be hard to find your “signature scent.” Our solution? Make your own! At Perfume Playground, we teach you to create your natural take-home scent. In our Classic Club and Masterclass workshops, you’ll learn about scent design guided by your intention, discovery, and play. To find out more, contact us here.

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