I wasn't a regular perfume wearer until I got really excited about fragrances for different style types and spent several months researching them.
Now, I'm crazy about the fragrances for my Ethereal Natural style identity.
My current obsession is Hinlay by Lorelyane. Even the bottle is Ethereal Natural. Just look at this gorgeous thing! Blunt-edged, geometric minimalism on the bottom; gently curving, intricate, abstract detail on top.
The scent is perfect for me, too: it's delicate and airy, but also earthy. Lotus, water , and floral notes emphasize my Ethereal quality, while musk and woody notes emphasize my Natural element. I feel so happy every time I spray this on myself.
Anyway, if you're already in love with fragrance, you may be wondering whether your favorite fragrance fits your style identity. Here, I'll analyze a couple of the best-selling fragrances.
Happy by Clinique for Women
This aptly-named perfume is very Gamine Ingenue. Apple, citrus, and mimosa make it bright, sweet, innocent, and cheerful.
Ed Hardy Women's EDT
This is a very feminine, "Disney Princess" fragrance -- Romantic and Ingenue. Mango, vanilla and tonka bean make it sexy and sweet.
Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker
This is great fragrance for a Dramatic-Natural-Classic. Patchouli and orchid make it rather traditional, and spicy and woody qualities. bring in D and N.
Be Delicious by Donna Karan
Like Ed Hardy, this is a very feminine fragrance. It adds a light, airy Ethereal quality with cucumber and grapefruit, so it's great for a Romantic-Ethereal-Ingenue.
Heat by Beyonce
This is a good fragrance for a Romantic-Natural-Ingenue: peach, magnolia, and neroli give it mouthwatering sex appeal, while musk, amber and sequoia bring in the Natural quality, and a strong use of almond gives it a bitter Dramatic edge.
3/12/2018 12:33:34 pm
Oh fun, this is an interesting post! I was JUST thinking about fragrances and style identities. My boyfriend bought me a perfume sampler from Sephora for Valentine's Day. It came with 17 mini fragrances and coupon to buy your favorite full-sized bottle. I'm a Romantic-Natural-Gamine and my favorites tend to be warm and spicy scents, particularly musks. I ended up with Kat Von D's Sinner. YSL Black Opium was a close second, but the lasting note was too sticky sweet. Sinner is described as "dark, sultry, and empowering, this enticing fragrance sweetens a bouquet of jasmine and orange blossom with notes of vanilla, mandarin, and Mirabelle plum. Spicy cinnamon envelops white florals at the heart of the fragrance, while base notes of vetiver, patchouli, and wood form the deeper, darker nuances."
3/12/2018 01:12:20 pm
So interesting! I find this fascinating. Of all the guides I've gotten from this site (quite a few), the fragrance guide completely was new info to me - stuff I would not have guessed. I did not have any vocabulary for describing smells. In my experience, if you can't name it, you can't properly understand it (hence why I love this site for info!)
3/12/2018 07:56:19 pm
Oh, thank you so much for these words. When I'm making women's lives easier and happier and more empowered, I feel like I'm fulfilling my mission. ❤️
3/13/2018 12:56:29 am
This is an interesting take! I've been a huge fan of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab since 2004 so I have very strong opinions about what works for me, and now I'm thinking I should go through my collection and try to classify them. Oh no, more time obsessing over my beloved smellies ;)
3/18/2018 01:29:59 am
Hmm, after looking at the recs for my style ID, I think I'm comparing apples to oranges because perfume oils react to skin chemistry much more strongly than commercial perfumes. Some of the notes listed as too harsh or masculine are soft and earthy on me, while the notes most recommended for ENI manage to be *both* harsh and masculine with my body chemistry.
3/19/2018 09:48:22 pm
I had a similar experience with the translation of scents: I ended up using the guide, but had to adapt to what the perfume smelled like on me.
3/14/2018 01:58:57 pm
This is so interesting; I hadn't even thought about the connection between fragrance and style ID. Rachel, I've also been wondering if you could do a similar type of post for what types of jewelry work best for the style IDs? I would especially be interested in recommendations for the blends. For example, I'm a romantic dramatic, and sometimes I feel like most of the earrings I own look "wrong" on me...
3/14/2018 03:17:59 pm
3/14/2018 05:06:03 pm
I thought I didn't have any Dramatic or Gamine (ENI), but now I'm wondering because I do *not* look right without my bilateral nostril piercings and (reasonably small) stretched lobes. They do good things to the geometry of my face. I do use delicate jewelry though, and natural stones or shimmery glass for plugs.
3/15/2018 03:34:51 am
Hi, Rachel! Thank you for writing about jewelry and style ID. I like your recommendations, but I do have a question. Don't you think that we also should consider our face shape when choosing jewelry?
3/15/2018 04:40:10 pm
Oh, thank you, Rachel, that's really helpful! I had been wondering if I would look good with facial piercings, because I thought they might evoke the dramatic essence, and I do have a strong bit of dramatic. But I have NO gamine, so I think that this, in combination with my strong dose of romantic, might make facial piercings not look right on me.
3/20/2018 11:24:31 am
Hi, Lena! Good question. Face shape plays a really big role in one's Style ID, so basing jewelry choices on Style ID is, to a large extent, basing one's choices on face shape. :-)
3/21/2018 12:09:33 pm
@Miranda - If you're an ENI living in Portland, I'd be surprised if you *didn't* have a nose ring. ;) Mostly joking, but most people I know in OR have facial piercings and tattoos (even the priest!) I also think nose rings can look very feminine, if delicate enough. One of my friends is very RN (I'm guessing). She is never without her nose ring. But as she's from India, this simply reads as womanly and ornate. I think if it works for your facial geometry, that's the key. (My 2 cents, anyhow!)
3/16/2018 10:39:22 pm
This is a very interesting and informative post. I can only say another great one that you have done. I was wondering, if perhaps, finding one's signature perfume or perhaps, even a signature perfume wardrobe might lead one to their "style type."
Beth (a different one)
3/17/2018 03:52:17 am
I do find this really interesting, but at the same time it does confuse me. I’m Ethereal-Romantic-Classic, and I hate traditional girly fragrance. My favourites are always balsamic/woody/spicy, this YSL Opium or Dior Poison. I like my fragrance to have huge silage, and whack you around the face with their sexiness, which I assume is the romantic taking priority. However, I’d expect ethereal fragrances to be lighter and softer, but I find anything light and extremely floral to be very insipid on me, and they tend to just smell like sun cream.
3/21/2018 11:09:35 am
I don't have the scent guide, but I think of Opium and Poison as for romantic dramatics. They're over the top, full length fur coat and red lipstick fragrances. You need both danger and womanly femininity to pull those off. I tried them, before I was into Rachel's blog and when I was trying to wear a lot of romantic dramatic, much to my detriment as I'm an ECI. Interestingly, it was far easier for me to tell that the fragrance wasn't working than to see that the clothes were not for me.
3/22/2018 04:43:46 am
Hi M, thanks for replying to me. I think this is where what W and Miranda were saying upthread, my body chemistry is very very odd in how it reacts to and eats up scents. Anything watery does just get eaten up and disappears, and I need the earthy spicy base notes to ground the fragrance and stop it just turning into sun cream smell (it’s really weird, and people don’t believe it until they smell it on me). I also have the added problem that several florals (I’m not sure which ones, but definitely strong violet notes) give me migraines.
3/22/2018 07:06:45 am
3/24/2018 01:06:44 pm
Wohoo! THANK YOU for this article! Been wondering about a fitting perfume that is still in the stores for quite a while now. <3
5/17/2019 03:57:09 pm
For Heat by Beyonce, did you mean, "Romantic-Natural-Dramatic"?
11/15/2022 08:23:23 am
I was thinking the same, Valerie! Especially as it's a perfume I like a lot, so the "RND" description surprised me a bit - as far as I can tell, I have only R, of these essences! (But it seems I like some Dramatic perfumes, even if I don't have it as my actual essence :))
11/15/2022 03:18:31 pm
Melina, they are definitely eternal! Unfiortunately, there are almost no fragrances that I can use, so I guess I'm "natural" all the time!!
12/8/2022 04:59:13 am
Oh, sorry to hear that, Valerie! :(
12/8/2022 05:00:29 am
Would anyone have an idea what style ID Prada Candy is? I've revently fallen in love with it! :)
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