What It Means To Have A Signature Scent


I used to hate when people got me cologne for my birthday. I didn’t want to seem ungrateful but you know how it is. Smelling like something is a really personal thing, and there are certain scents you like and others you can’t stand. I HATE anything “musk,” I don’t like to smell too “manly,” and I shy away from things that are too strong or “obvious.”

One of the first things I like to do when I have a boyfriend is figure out how he likes to smell. It’s not something you ask right away but I think you figure it out over time, if you’re paying attention. You can tell what he likes because you’ll find the bottles laying about or you’ll smell him or maybe you’ll even ask him what he’s into.

“You smell nice,” you’ll say flirtatiously. And even if it’s not a scent you’d ever wear it smells so sexy on him, doesn’t it?

A guy who smells nice is like 10,000 percent hotter than a guy who is just plain hot. When you roll up to kiss him you stare into his eyes and focus on his lips, and every time he moves you get a whiff of his smell. And if you really like this guy every time you smell him or anything he’s wearing you’ll be reminded of him.

I only like to wear three commercial colognes: Prada, Burberry Touch, but the one I love the most, and the one I wear the most often, is Christian Dior “Bois d’Argent.” I used to spray “Bois” on everything so I’d smell like it in all social situations. I’d splash it on my backpack, on all my jackets and scarves in addition to wearing it on most days.

When someone approaches you wearing a fragrance you really like, or if they smell particularly powerful, you’ll notice them straight away. They linger.

Every bottle of “Bois” comes with a tiny bottle you can carry around with you. I’d always go through the smaller bottle first. And because you can carry it with you everywhere you can constantly reapply it throughout the day for maximum impact.

A signature scent is your way of leaving a mark everywhere you go. A “signature scent” doesn’t mean you have to go out and have something concocted from scratch, or even that it needs to be expensive. It just means that you have a fragrance you always wear and you wear it so much that it comes to represent you.

And that’s why you should have a signature scent. A signature scent is associated with you. People remember you for it even when you’re not in the room. You should spray it on everything so that people remember every trace of “you” that’s left behind.

And you should have a signature scent because it’s totally romantic if not highly erotic to smell like a particular thing. I love wearing my boyfriends’ shirt and knowing it smells like him, that if he’s away or if I’m wearing one of his things I can be reminded of him even when he’s not there physically. It’s a way of leaving a trace, a little cookie crumb so that people think about you even when you’re not there. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

More From Thought Catalog