7 Scents to Try Based on Your Favorite Type of Book
Whether it's full-blown flowery or intensely woody, your scent speaks volumes about who you are. So if you’re looking for a signature fragrance, we suggest a novel approach: Let your favorite literary genre lead the way.
Are you drawn to bold, iconic characters— Jo March, Shug Avery, Elizabeth Bennet? You might favor a fragrance that features a single strong note, like a pure white floral with a hint of sparkle, says Givaudan perfumer Calice Becker. Try Miu Miu L’Eau Bleue
($118 for 3.4 ounces; Sephora.com
), an elegant fusion of lily of the valley and honeysuckle.
If Bridget Jones is your cuppa, then you’ll cozy up to a scent that’s light and playful, says Becker. Look for a fruity, supersweet gourmand fragrance, like Dior Poison Girl
($100 for 3.4 ounces; Dior.com
), a luscious sugary mix of soft rose, sparkling neroli, and juicy orange.
Do you fancy Scarlett O’Hara’s ambitious pursuit of love? You’ll find a voluptuous floral most alluring. Your perfect match: a radiant bouquet of rose and/or white flowers (gardenia, tuberose, orange blossom, jasmine), like Chloé Love Story Eau Sensuelle
($105 for 1.7 ounces; Sephora.com
), one of the prettiest ways to leave a lasting impression.
Love is in the air. Well, one of its sweet surrogates: Tory Burch Love Relentlessly ($115 for 3.4 ounces; ToryBurch.com
), a vivacious, bright, feminine blend of pink pepper, rose, pink grapefruit, pear, and sandalwood. This is a fragrance that seems fresh and new every day, just like enduring love.
If you’re enthralled by the whodunit genius of Miss Marple, call off the scent search party and follow this lead: Single out a dark fragrance with notes of amber, wood, or patchouli, says Becker. A prime suspect is Armani
/Privé Iris Céladon
($270 for 3.4 ounces; GiorgioArmaniBeauty-USA.com)
Does the heart-pounding suspense of a chiller like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo keep you up until the wee hours? Then you’ll be riveted by a powerful scent with an unexpected contrast of notes, says Becker. For a sublime adrenaline rush: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia
($205 for 2.4 ounces; neimanmarcus.com
) blends crisp, refreshing lime and mint with a surprising twist of warm, sensual musk.
Have you always dreamed of camping under the stars with a worn copy of West with the Night by your side? Try an evocative scent that sparks your wanderlust, like Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense
($180 for 3.4 ounces; JoMalone.com
), redolent of warm vanilla and the smoky incense of the Kalahari Desert.
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