📷 Finding your signature scent is something that takes time, trial and error to define.
Intimate, interesting and revealing all at once, the fragrance consultation process of finding your perfect perfume can say more about you and your personality than you think...
Finding your signature scent is something that takes time, trial and error to define. To be perfectly honest, I feel as though I have found three, one each from Armani Privé, Chanel and Tom Ford, that I truly adore and would wear endlessly but then, recently, I realised I was bored of the rotation and wanted something that was even more rare, even more suited to me. I took some online fragrance consulations and found them fascinating, but they came up somewhat short.
The Penhaligons consultation asked me how I would like to feel when I wear a fragrance. I selected 'confident' and left 'inspired', 'elegant' and 'sensual' on the virtual shelf.
The Guerlain consultation asked me to select my fragrance 'world'; fresh, floral, oriental or woody. I went with fresh. Absolutely everything that was recommended for me across the board contained orange, mandarin, orange blossom - I'm sensing a theme here.
You see, no matter how fun the line of questioning, no matter how on point the recommendations, there's always a bit of an anticlimax when, at the end, those little bottled suggestions on screen don't result in you being able to actually smell something. I decided a real life, on counter fragrance consultation (sometimes referred to as fragrance profiling) was necessary. A few months ago, I stopped a lady in the street because her perfume was so alluring. "Portrait of a Lady by Frédéric Malle" was her response when I asked what she was wearing.
The In-Person Fragrance Consultation
I arranged a consultation at the Brown Thomas Frédéric Malle counter with Kourosh Saadat, their synaesthetic fragrance whizz, who told me he can discern the top, heart and base notes of any scent once he smells it. As a fellow synaesthete, albeit a different version, I was already in thrall.
The consultation began with an explanation of the background of the brand. Then I was asked similar questions to when I took those online consultation. Things like what time of day I want to wear the scent, would I prefer a night in or night out, what colour I like to wear. It felt self-indulgent to be talking about myself, but Kourosh made it comfortable and even fun.
📷 Intimate, interesting and revealing all at once, the fragrance consultation process of finding your perfect perfume can say more about you and your personality than you think.
They Get Personal
I was asked such pleasant but oddly intimate questions. It's not until you have a fragrance consultation that you realise just how emotive smell can be. All at once, I found myself fondly reminiscing about my aunt's Anaïs Anaïs obsession as wafts of Astral face cream came swilling around my brain courtesy of my godmother.
I told him what scents I wear regularly and from that, I suppose he deduced which Frédéric Malle ones I might prefer.
Kourosh asked about my fragrance journey. I had to think, but my first ever fragrance purchase burst back into my olfactory memory, putting my back in my 15-year-old's bedroom. It was Tommy Girl. I am 30, and Tommy Girl will definitely have indicated that. I told him what scents I wear regularly and from that, I suppose he deduced which Frédéric Malle ones I might prefer.
Interrogation (In a Good Way)
There were more questions about the colours I like, the notes I am drawn to in other fragrances - much to my chagrin I found I didn't quite have the fragrance 'language' down. I struggled to describe some of the feelings I like to evoke with my scents.
I found myself saying things like 'awake', 'fluffy', 'whatever the opposite of smoky is' and more - things that I'm sure made no sense to anyone, but Kourosh was able to translate and chose four scents from the range of about 30. Twelve separate perfumers were given unlimited time, budget and scope to create the selection for Frédéric Malle, and they created little works of art.
I was sent home from the counter after, truly, a one-of-a-kind experience, with four sample sized scents to "live with" for a few days.
I was sent home from the counter after, truly, a one-of-a-kind experience, with four sample sized scents to "live with" for a few days. After trialling them all, I settled on Cologne Indélébile. Neroli, orange blossom and bergamot all combine to form a fresh but very long-lasting scent that will refresh itself cyclically, according to the exceptionally knowledgeable Kourosh.
Source: Image, by Aisling Keenan.
Find your Signature: Fragrance Consultation at Agoratopia
Our Glossary of Terms defines some commonly used terms in the world of perfume and fragrance, while The Perfume Handbook provides all the perfume basics to familiarize yourself with basic fragrance terminology and categories.
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Dora Theophilou Haute Parfumerie & Pharmacy, Flagship Store, Limassol
Our history began at this location in the 1978 by Dora Theophilou. A small shop initially, today a 500 sq.m. store bringing together Dora Theophilou Haute Parfumerie and Dora Theophilou Pharmacy.
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26 Georgiou A, 4047 Limassol, Cyprus
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8.00-13.30 & 16.00-19.30 (Summer)
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Tel: +357 25 322570 Fax: +357 25 431544
Dora Theophilou Haute Parfumerie, Hilton Cyprus, Nisosia
Created in the 2010 to introduce exclusive brands to Nicosia, the Store is adjacent to the hotel's main entrance.
Hilton Cyprus 5* Hotel
Arch. Makarios III Avenue, 1516 Nicosia, Cyprus 1516
Monday to Saturday
Tel: +357 22 376608
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