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Perfumes and Personalities

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 20 Jul 2010 | comments*Discuss
Perfumes And Personalities

Your choice of perfume says more about you than you might think. Your signature scent can reveal significant aspects of your personality to the people that you meet. What does your perfume say about your personality?


Floral fragrances tend to be light and flowery. Famous examples of this kind of scent include Anais Anais Beautiful (Estée Lauder), Eternity (Calvin Klein), L‘Air du Temps (Nina Ricci), Night For Her (Giorgio Armani) and Lovely (Sarah Jessica Parker). If florals are your preferred type of fragrance, you’re likely to be fun, flirty, spontaneous, adventurous, romantic, girly and elegant. This is the most feminine fragrance.


Citrus scents are fruity and spicy with hints of exotic fruits like grapefruit, orange, lemon, redcurrant and lime. Famous citrus scents include Light Blue (Dolce and Gabbana), Citrus Bigarrade (Creed) and Emporio White (Giorgio Armani). If this is your kind of scent, the chances are that you’re sporty, energetic, confident, fun, adventurous and spontaneous.


Chype fragrances are a combination of fruit and flowers, but they also tend to be rich and woody in scent as well. Famous examples include Diorella (Christian Dior), Cabochard, Emporio City Glam (Giorgio Armani) and Diva. Women who covet this type of fragrance are often elegant and refined, but want something a bit out of the ordinary that the rest of the world won’t be wearing.


Green fragrances are often made from natural plant oils. They often combine floral and fruity notes to create a modern twist. Green fragrances are generally a lighter version of chype fragrances. Famous examples of this type of scent include Green Tea (Elizabeth Arden), Chanel No. 19 and Silver Mountain Water (Creed). If this is your favourite type of perfume, you’re likely to be caring, loyal, active and interested in looking after the environment.


Oriental perfumes are generally musky and heavy with hints of spices and vanilla. Famous examples include Capricci (Nina Ricci), Cinnabar (Estée Lauder), Ysatis (Givenchy) and Diamonds and Rubies (Elizabeth Taylor). Women who favour oriental scents tend to be dramatic, glamorous, sexy and sensual, with a preference for luxury.


Oceanic scents are one of the most modern scents available. Dune (Christian Dior) was one of the first examples of this type of scent, and first came onto the market in 1991. Erolfa (Creed) is another famous example. As the name suggests, oceanic scents contain ingredients that are meant to smell like the sea, which is why many of the women who wear them are sporty, youthful, energetic and low maintenance.

As well as these main perfume types, there are also perfumes that fall into more than one perfume family. For example, Emporio She and Remix For Women (Giorgio Armani) both fall into the category of floral oriental, as they have a strong flowery scent that is too heavy to be classed as floral. This makes them perfect for women who are feminine and elegant, but also sensual and glamorous.

You might think that you chose your current perfume simply because you liked the smell of it, but it could be more complicated than that. According to perfume experts, we subconsciously pick a perfume that reflects our personality, and this gives off subtle clues about the kind of character that we are. It probably doesn’t work out like this every time, but you might be surprised to see how neatly you personality fits into the character traits associated with each perfume family.

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