What’s Your Signature Scent?

You’re sitting down at the coffee shop a few blocks from home, computer open on the table before you, iced latte in one hand, phone in the other. Thumb scrolling frivolously as you procrastinate getting started on whatever it is you are there to do because of the free WiFi and caffeine on tap; when in walks a well-dressed woman who appears to be in a hurry. She must be late for work, you think as you look back down at your phone without another thought. Suddenly you feel a gentle gust of wind as she walks by in her haste to place her order at the counter, and you’re left blanketed in a cloud of the most heavenly smell that she carries with her around town. You want to get up to ask her what it is, but you don’t because you’re a little shy and also a little lazy. You make an agreement with yourself that when she walks back to make her exit, while holding on to her freshly brewed Americano, you’ll ask her what she’s wearing. But when she does, she’s on what appears to be a serious phone call, still in a hurry, and out the door she walks with the answer to your very important question and a mystery that will haunt you for days, weeks, months.

You’ve been there. We’ve all been there. The circumstances may be a little bit different, but every single one of us has missed the boat on asking what’s that incredible smell? at least once in life. So, we’re asking ahead of time. What’s your signature scent? And if you have an interesting or funny story of how it became “the one”, please, do tell.

Written by: James Kicinski-McCoy

James Kicinski-McCoy is the 40-something Founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Bleu. She likes tequila, picks fights with her husband so she can have the bed to herself, and is trying to figure out that work / life balance.


  1. ramona

    October 23, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Beautiful by Estée Lauder 💐 🍊 every Christmas from my husband

    • Jessica Keller

      October 26, 2019 at 4:56 am

      I’ve worn Elizabeth & James’ Nirvana in both black and white every day for years. I love how the musky scent of the black and the floral of the white compliment each other on my skin. I spray them each in different areas of my décolleté and my forearms. I may never wear another scent again to be honest, it truly is my signature scent!

  2. Daria

    October 24, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Lys 41 by Le Labo! Somehow it makes me feel fresh and put together and reminds of my holidays in Scandinavia and New York at the same time.

  3. C

    October 24, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Le Labo Another 13, orrrrrr Diptyque Tam Dao

  4. Annika Hall

    October 24, 2019 at 11:08 am

    maison louis marie no. 4 🙂

  5. Kt

    October 24, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Mademoiselle by Chanel or Jazz Club by Maison Margiela!

  6. Anna

    October 24, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Amber Musk by Aerin has been my signature scent for 2 years now because it’s perfect for every season and occasion!

  7. Lindsay

    October 24, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Bibliotheque by Byredo. I ordered one of their discovery kits to get to know their scents, and kept coming back to this one. I love this scent but I am always hunting for a scent with a pop of Bergamot.

    • @jssbckly

      October 28, 2019 at 10:37 am

      you may like Bergamote 22 by Le Labo!! It’s one of my favorites!

  8. Barbara

    October 24, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Chanel n*19
    It reminds me of my grandma even if I don’t know why and it makes me feel an aristocratic lady. Pretty weird, but oh, what a perfume..

  9. Ashley

    October 24, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede OR Glossier You.
    Every time I wear Glossier I always get asked what I am wearing.

  10. Raven

    October 24, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Tam Dao. A former boyfriend wore it and when we broke up I bought a bottle. Got to keep the best part of him. 😉

  11. Glory

    October 24, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Thé Noir 29 by Le Labo

  12. Tracy

    October 24, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    I would at my first signature scent is Jovan white musk. Now I wear Nemat White Musk and Riddle Oil.

  13. Grace

    October 24, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Nuxe oil or perfume. Heavenly yet subtle.

  14. Sarah G

    October 26, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Diptyque eau de lierre. I get asked what it is almost every time I’m out. So good. I’ve been wearing it for about 5yrs now (I’m 25). Found it after bopping into a Diptyque store with my sister in NYC. They gave us so many free samples and this was the one that stuck 🙂

  15. Andrea

    October 27, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Maison Louis Marie no. 9

  16. Sydney Russo

    October 28, 2019 at 9:19 am

    The original Chloé perfume always! It was my first fragrance when I was 15, and I’ve been wearing it ever since. I love how powdery and light it is – floral but not overwhelmingly so, and the rose is lifted by the peony and freesia. The amber and cedar wood also give it a beautiful depth. I have an obsession with perfumes and the layering of notes, but I always tend to stick to the same one even when I smell other ones I love! It is a comfort thing for me. Signature scents have a certain intimacy that is unmatched 🙂

    Sydney | thesydneystories.com

  17. @jssbckly

    October 28, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Jo Malone Wild Bluebell – I love it so much but it fades so fast. Sometimes I steal a spritz of my boyfriend’s Replica Jazz Club.

  18. Tammy Madsen

    October 31, 2019 at 7:26 am

    I really love Mojave Ghost from Byredo.

  19. Kristen

    November 1, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Le Labo The Noir 29

  20. Cariann

    November 5, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Le Labo’s Ambrette 9 or Byredo’s Bal d’Afrique. Two different moods. I also always get complimented if I wear Maison Louis Marie’s Bois de Balincourt, but it’s so similar to Santal 33 (and a lot of people wear that) so I don’t wear it as much. I’ve been thinking about buying an Aesop fragrance, too

  21. Sonia Saldivar

    November 11, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Replica flower market by Maison Margiela.


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