Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Perfume Patterns - Do I follow one?

When it comes to fragrances, I know what I like, but more importantly I know what I definitely do not like. Fruity, citrus, floral based smells that are light, flirty and playful are what I tend to gravitate towards. Childish? Generic? Done one thousand times? Perhaps, but I cannot stand the scents of heavy musk and overpowering woody smells and my nose is drawn to it so what the heck!

I decided to explore some of my favourite fragrances to see whether I really do gravitate towards select scents or whether my taste is a little more inclusive that I initially thought. Admittedly, for some of these it is the bottle that has lured me in, however I wouldn't have them listed if I didn't actually like the perfume itself. Here are the results. *I can't guarantee that all this information is accurate, but I did the best I could.*

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh
Main Accords - Fruity, sweet, green, floral, fresh, citrus
Top Notes - Grapefruit,  raspberry, pear
Middle Notes - Rose, Violet, Apple blossom
Base notes - Musk, Cedarwood, Plum

DKNY Be Delicious
Main Accords - Fruity, green, aquatic, ozonic, fresh
Top Notes - Violet leaf, Apple, Grapefruit, Magnolia
Middle Notes - Tuberose, Lily, Violet, Rose
Base Notes - Sandalwood, Amber, Musk

Marc Jacobs Oh Lola
Main Accords - Fruity, sweet, floral, fresh, aquatic
Top Notes - Strawberry, raspberry, pear
Middle Notes - Magnolia, Peony, Cyclamen
Base Notes - Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Vanilla

Marc Jacobs Dot
Main Accords - Fruity, white floral, tropical, sweet, coconut
Top Notes - Red berries, Dragonfruit
Middle Notes - Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Orange blossom
Base Notes - Coconut, Vanilla, Driftwood, Musk

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck
Main Accords - Fruity, sweet, vanilla, floral, powdery
Top Notes - Apple blossom, raspberry, blackberry, freesia, tea
Middle Notes - Hibiscus, honeysuckle, vanilla
Base Notes - Peach, amber, sandalwood, musk

Britney Spears Believe 
Main Accords - Sweet, fruity, patchouli, tropical, citrus, floral
Top Notes - Guava, tangerine
Middle Notes - Honeysuckle, linden blossom
Base Notes - Patchouli, amber, praline

So as you can see, I really do go for the same scents. I think that is most apparent by simply looking at the 'main accords' and noticing that they are all the same for each of the perfumes that have taken my fancy.

I think this is a really fun and interesting exercise to do if you have time and want to see what kind of pattern you follow. Fragrantica is an awesome website that I used to gather all of this information. Once you know what 'main accords' you go for then you can find other perfumes in the same family that take your fancy! Fun!

*All photos except Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh and Britney Spears Believe  taken from http://www.fragrantica.com/*


  1. I've never paid much attention to what kind of perfume I like before (I'm clueless when it comes to describing perfumes other than 'smells nice'), but I would probably fit into the same sort of pattern as you, as I love Dot, Be Delicious (the Fresh Blossom, as I haven't smelt the green one) and Wonderstruck.

    1. Haha, I think many people tend to struggle when it comes to describing fragrances. This was an interesting exercise for me to see what I gravitate towards. I like the DKNY Fresh Blossom one too!

  2. I'm all for fruity florals as well! I haven't done an exercise like this but it seems like fun. It's funny how some companies just make up gibberish names of ingredients though to make things sound fancier than they are :p I've noticed that I really like a pink grapefruit note in my summery florals!

    1. It was fun :) I agree, they do come up with some interesting names but they are very effective - I like how they sound fancy! Pink Grapefruit, haha. Well now you can be pretty sure that if you see a perfume with grapefruit in it then it is one that you will like!

  3. Sounds like you love fruity scents haha! I don't know what kind of perfumes I like, I guess musky ones haha?

    1. I love them! I've not been able to get into the musky ones, although vanilla based scents are also lovely.


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