With so many exciting and enticing scents to choose from, how do we even begin to find a new favourite…
Well, forget all that mystifying language of perfume (who really knows their ‘base notes’ from their ‘dry down’?) because, according to perfume expert Roja Dove, it’s all down to matching the right type of scent to the right ‘style’ of the wearer…
TIP… ‘There are three main fragrance ‘families’ or groups (Oriental, Chypre and Florals) and each has its own identity and style,’ explains Dove. The secret is to then match that scent ‘style’ to your own signature style, so whether you prefer a bit of leopard print to something more pared down, or feel more at home in the boardroom than the boudoir, here is our guide to matching your scent to your style.
‘With the scent of vanilla and gum resins (from trees) these are the richest of the perfumes, but with a soft, very sensual effect,’ says Dove. ‘So perhaps not the best choice for a job interview or a meeting with the bank manager…’ Full of ‘tease and promise’, they are better suited to an intimate dinner – think more the bedroom than the boardroom.

The Icons:
Marilyn Monroe,
Beyoncé, Georgia
May Jagger,
Miranda Kerr,
Kate Moss.

The Look:

Animal prints, frills, sequins – anything feminine and super sexy. Think Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana.
The Make-up:
Black smoky eye and a red lip.

The Scents:

  1. Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier
  2. Angel by Thierry Mugler
  3. Opium by YSL
  4. Daisy by Marc Jacobs
‘Based on the scents from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, these scents are more warm and dry with the waft of woods and mosses. ‘Very tailored, very structured, these fragrances are for the woman who prefers her look fuss-free,’ says Dove. ‘She is disciplined, and the message these scents send out is ‘I’m in control’ – it’s very much the woman in a man’s world,’ says Dove.

The Icons:
Angelina Jolie,
Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Look:

tailored and elegant
like a YSL tuxedo or
an Armani jacket.
This is definitely a
frill-free zone.
The Make-up:
A beautifully contoured
cheek, dark eye and nude lip.

The Scents:

  1. Mitsouko by Guerlain
  2. For Her by Narciso Rodriguez
  3. Paloma Picasso
  4. L’Eau de Chloe by Chloe
‘Simple, sunny, uncomplicated and easy going, just like the women who love to wear them, these pretty, feminine flower based scents are easy to wear and incredibly pretty rather than threateningly sexy. More girl next door, than vamp upstairs.

The Icons:
Kate Middleton,
Katie Holmes,
Jennifer Aniston.

The Look:
Ultra pretty and
soft, think cashmere and silk
in subtle colours – more
comfort than couture.
The Make-up:

Bronzer, lip gloss
and mascara.

Your Comments (4)

  1. Nilsa Barbieri wrote on Jan 28th, 2013 ...

    Nilsa Barbieri on Jan 28th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Sou apaixonada por todos eles, chipres, florais, orientais, um para cada ocasião, um para cada estado de espirito, todos eles são indispensáveis, maravilhosos, névoas divinas!

  2. anne wrote on Feb 21st, 2013 ...

    anne on Feb 21st, 2013 at 6:04 am

    cool stuff

  3. Cilla wrote on Mar 28th, 2013 ...

    Cilla on Mar 28th, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Wish there was a list of alcohol free perfumes…

  4. samke wrote on Sep 18th, 2013 ...

    samke on Sep 18th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I have rhinitis so I cant feel much of a smell wich is very disappointing,so I go for stronger smells so that I could actualy smell it..


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