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.
Animal prints, frills, sequins – anything feminine and super sexy. Think Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana.
The Make-up: Black smoky eye and a red lip.
‘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.
tailored and elegant
like a YSL tuxedo or
an Armani jacket.
This is definitely a
The Make-up: A beautifully contoured
cheek, dark eye and nude lip.
‘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 Look: Ultra pretty and
soft, think cashmere and silk
in subtle colours – more
comfort than couture.
Bronzer, lip gloss