A perfume is like a piece of clothing, a message, a way of presenting oneself … a costume … that differs according to the woman who wears it. — Paloma Picasso
Just what message does your signature scent telegraph? Keep on reading to find out:
Citrus Scent Lovers
You pop out of bed ready to conquer the world, and it’s no biggie for you to step up as leader of the pack.
“These are strong-minded, ambitious, natural leaders. They may be viewed as dominant and aggressive,” says Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, MD, founder of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, has administered personality tests to 18,631 people and compared the results to the participants’ aroma and flavour preferences.
Floral Scent Lovers
Roses, Gardenias, Lilacs — these simple romantic scents are loved by the same people who splurge on notecards with letterpress.
“These people are introspective and sensitive to the needs of others. They tend to weigh all options before making a choice,” Dr. Hirsch says. Impulse control has never been a matter for you, as you are obviously careful and thoughtful. You take the moment to reflect on your choices instead of just diving straight into practice. While most individuals may have an amount of memories they would rather forget and erase from their past, you have very few (if any) awkward regrets.
Fruity Scent Lovers
You’re the person everyone’s attracted to on a holiday night. You epitomize fun and you can crank up flirt when you need it. And you’re probably reading this with your partial attention as you plan the festivities this weekend at the same time.
If you love wearing lavender-scented products, we predict that you have a huge network of friends. People consider you easy to be around right off the bat, which is why you get along so well with just about everyone.
“People who prefer lavender tend to be sexually reserved, but curious individuals. They value friendship and they tend to work well in groups. They’re thought of as contemplative and thoughtful,” says Dr. Hirsch.
“You’re probably thinking that people who like vanilla are bland, ‘blah,’ and have a vanilla personality, but we found just the opposite! People who like vanilla are lively, energetic, the life of the party—they’re anything but vanilla,” reveals Dr. Hirsch. “It’s the opposite of what you would have thought, because they’re very fun-loving.” If you smell of warm vanilla, you’re the person who knows how to get a party started. You love dancing, drinking, meeting new people, and socializing in buzzing atmospheres. Staying at home on the weekend isn’t your cup of tea; as you’d much rather spend the night on the town.
If you gravitate toward sandalwood, we know that you’re a total perfectionist. You’ve been your biggest critic your entire life. But while being so hard on yourself is totally draining, this trait has gotten you to where you are today. Your type-A personality has helped you excel in academia, athletics, and your career. “Sandalwood lovers tend to have high expectations for themselves and others. They’re very self-critical, easily offended by physical remarks, and can misinterpret what others say about them,” Dr. Hirsch found. Take our advice and relax a little! No one is judging you as harshly as you imagine, so just take a minute to pat yourself on the back for all your achievements.
We know a coconut fan when we see one, because coconut lovers are the most stylish and fashion-forward bunch of them all. “They’re immaculate dressers that can be thought of as wearing expensive jewellery. They’re authoritative leaders who take charge in situations. They’re also sensitive to criticism,” Dr. Hirsch says. Coconut wearers enjoy the finer things in life, which means they’ve got a closet full of designer labels and an appetite for precious gems. People around you trust your intuition and taste, so you regularly have admirers watching your every move.
If you smell of linen (also known as fresh laundry or cotton), you’re someone who runs marathons for fun. You enjoy pushing your endurance to the limits, and you have an “anything is achievable with hard work” attitude. Linen fans are “action-oriented. They enjoy physical and mental challenges,” says Dr. Hirsch. “They tend to be self-confident, intuitive, goal-oriented, and always in control.” You know your mile time down to the second, you’re extremely competitive in debates and games, and you routinely set tough personal goals for yourself.
Chocolate and Spice scents Lovers
You’re so effortlessly sexy and confident that women would hate you — if you weren’t the bomb. If you could be one of the celebrities for a day, you’d probably go to old-school Sophia Loren. And a hundred bucks tells that your favourite accessory is your suede, black boots above the knee. Oh, so luxury.
“Gardenia lovers are steady and dependable,” says Dr. Hirsch. “They enjoy safe, secure relationships. They’re followers more than leaders. They’re team players and people pleasers.” You’d much rather be in a comfortable, long-term relationship than endure the unpredictability and disappointment of serial-dating. You’re someone that doesn’t just pop into someone’s life fleetingly—you maintain friendships for decades and never lose touch, no matter the physical distance in your relationships.
“They crave novelty and enjoy new and exciting adventures. They’re provocative and can be thought of as partiers who enjoy a good time,” says Dr. Hirsch. You love staying out until the sun comes up, ending up in unexpected places, and you never met a margarita you didn’t like. You absolutely love dancing, and you couldn’t care less about what people think about you or the way you dress. You’re true to your belief that life is worth living, so you aren’t going to waste a single minute being bored stiff. It’s safe to say spontaneous is your middle name.
Honeysuckle fans are happy-go-lucky, laid back, and never going to cause drama. They’re the cheerful person in your friend group who simply wants to be happy and avoid any darkness. They’ll lift you up and leave you feeling positive every time you hang out. Honeysuckle fans are “empathetic, easy-going, and well-adjusted,” confirms Dr. Hirsch.