Natural Beauty: Finding Your Perfume Mood

December 5, 2014

Peaceful Dumpling: Finding Your Perfume Mood

Natural Beauty: Finding Your Perfume Mood — A fun way to explore the world of perfume.

During high school, I began a long, meandering search for my perfect signature fragrance. I knew it would be feminine, light, sensual, complex, dreamy, floral, spicy…the list went on. Of course, I never found just one scent—or even a highly competitive two or three or four.

As the years went by and I still hadn’t found The Fragrance, I started to realize that I don’t need a signature scent to still enjoy perfume and use it to express myself. In fact, I can indulge in multiple fragrances. Loving several perfumes gives me options. I don’t have a single scent identity—which is why I didn’t title this piece, “Finding Your Scent Identity,” as I originally thought I would.

Just like my identity as “Mary” resists easy classification, so, too, does my taste in fragrance. I once thought of myself as a strictly “floral” person, but that label doesn’t really apply anymore. Now, I adventure among, florals, floral orientals (or “florientals”), and woodsy fragrances, among many others!

Below is a very simplified list of scent profiles. I encourage you to try something new. Branch out from the Eau de Everyday. Match a scent profiles to your mood. Explore the multiple version of yourself through fragrance.


Peaceful Dumpling: Finding Your Perfume Mood

Common citrus notes: verbena, lemongrass, bergamot, blood orange

The mood: refreshing, crisp, contemporary, light

Perfect for: anytime you need to express your inner joy—or, alternatively, anytime your spirits need a quick lift.

Our pick: Designed to remind the wearer of the California coast, Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom invigorates with notes of lemon blossom, litsea cubeba, flowering angel’s trumpet, and delicate herbs. I can breathe easier just thinking about it!


Peaceful Dumpling: Finding Your Perfume Mood

Common floral notes: tuberose, rose, ylang ylang, cherry blossom, jasmine

The mood: ethereal, feminine, romantic, timeless

Perfect for: picnic dates, coffee with the girls, and those times when you just want to feel like you’re surrounded by a garden.

Our pick: The delightful Harvey Prince Cherie Blossom offers a pleasing bouquet of cherry blossom, sparkling pink grapefruit, vanilla, and (vegan) musk.


Peaceful Dumpling: Finding Your Perfume Mood

Common green notes: fig leaf, fern, basil, green tea leaves, mint

The mood: fresh, spicy, sometimes unisex, sometimes masculine

Perfect for: anytime you want to feel clean, crisp, sporty, and one with the great outdoors.

Our pick: Inspired by a swim on a spring morning, Honoré des Prés Nu Green Verrine Eau de Toilette blends mint leaves, cedar wood, and dewy grass to conjure images of pure, fresh water.


Peaceful Dumpling: Finding Your Perfume Mood

Common woodsy notes: cedar wood, pine, sandalwood

The mood: deep, pensive sometimes austere, sometimes soft

Perfect for: cooler months, evening outings, and times of reflection.

Our pick: Vetiver root, basil, and dried cloves flowers come together in the smoky Honoré Des Prés Chaman’s Party Verrine Eau de Toilette, for a daring, unisex woodsy fragrance.


Peaceful Dumpling: Finding Your Perfume Mood

Common fruity notes: peach, plum, almond, apple, passion fruit

The mood: youthful, flirty, sexy

Perfect for: anytime you want a little extra flirt in your step and when you want to express your fun-loving, playful spirit.

Our pick: Seductive passion fruit, guava, and peach nectar make LaVanila Vanilla Forever a deliciously enticing blend. Wear with caution 😉


Peaceful Dumpling: Finding Your Perfume Mood

Common oriental notes: amber, vanilla, incense, myrrh, clove

The mood: voluptuous, heady, exotic

Perfect for: pairing with your LBD and anytime to want to add a little mystery to your persona.

Our pick: Grasse Roots Geisha, a beautifully sophisticated perfume, is a bouquet of jasmine, ylang ylang, neroli, dusky rose, and a little spice. Très chic.

All perfumes featured are vegan, cruelty-free, and free of phthalates and parabens. 

Related: Letting Go of Synthetic Perfume

Using Chakra Oils for Meditation and Beauty

How to Find Your Signature Style


Photos: Vetiver Aromatics via Flickr, Pacifica Perfume, Harvey Prince Perfume, Spirit Beauty Lounge, Lavanila Laboratories, Grasse Roots Perfumery

Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.


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