House Trained: Choosing your very own unique scent


Okay, so Summer excuses a lot of things that simply no longer fly when the mercury drop. For example, the wafting smell of sweat infused with your very own concoction of sea-salt and the remnants of last-night’s BBQ smoulder. Without the security-blanket of “everything goes in Summer”, you need to think long and hard about the odour you are putting out into the world, and not so much about whether or not it’s offensive, but more about what it says about you and the way you want the world to perceive you. Fragrance is an invisible part of our personal style, yet it has a powerful effect on how people see and remember you.

Scientific studies suggest that someone can naturally select the cologne or perfume that works best with his or her natural body scent. Let’s just stress this point as best we can: while it might be super convenient to throw on some of the cheap concoction that your Aunt Judy very lovingly wrapped for you at Christmas, step away from the bottle. There’s a very good chance that this subconscious and rather meaningless ritual is having far-reading effects on your social life. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t listen to and be guided by recommendations. By all means, if a cute shop attendant in a store you admire tells you that you smell good, lap it up and go and invest in a few bottles of whatever it is you’re wearing.

The best method to find a new fragrance is to test if the perfume complements your natural body odour over the duration of a day. Spray a different scent that you are attracted to on each wrist – avoid the handy little cards the store typically provides, unless of course it happens to be that your natural odour echoes that of a piece of absorbent card – and then just leave it, make sure to go back to each wrist during the day giving it a good sniff. By the end of the day you will have found yourself more attracted to one of the scents.

Do this little ritual each season. As the weather changes and your body responds to the various environmental shifts, you’ll find that scents will similarly change. Just in time for discovering your Autumnal-scent, cult perfumery Le Labo are set to open their flagship store in Gertrude St, Fitzroy. Worn by celebrities and style icons the world over, the revered house-of-scents and will undoubtedly house a unique little vial wherein lies a blend undoubtedly with your name written all over it.

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April 4, 2017


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