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Finding Your Candle Personality - Uncovering Your True Fragrance Style - Part 2

Dawn Mayo

Happy Hump Day, ya'll! I hope the week has been good to you. This week we had a number of curve balls thrown our way, including having to pull out of one of our consignment locations at the last minute. We're also still elbow deep in pie making for the broadway show, "The Waitress." You can find out more about that in last week's post. 

Aside from that, it's time, again, to get back to the topic of uncovering your true fragrance style, and this is part two. If you haven't read part one, feel free to go back to that post.

Meanwhile, in the world of scent, there are basic (or traditional) scents that are used to build upon to make fantastic blends. These blends are the start of great fragrances that you love. That doesn't mean they're not quite cool on their own. It just means that you have to have something to start with, and these are usually just that - a starting point for most of your more elaborate scents.

Traditional scents include:

Soliflores - scents from a single flower, such as rose, or jasmine, or lily.

Cyphre (sheep-ra) - the French word for cyprus that includes your patchouli, oakmoss, and bergamot.

Leather - includes those delicate blends of fragrances such as tobacco, your burning (birch) wood, other woods, honey and those scents that give us a aromas of leathery fragrances. 

Fougere (foozh-air) - the French word for fern, and all of these are, as you could imagine, your greens and herbaceous scents. This group also includes lavender, oakmoss (yes, this is an overlap with cyphre), and coumarin, which is a natural, fragrant substance found in many plants. It is organic chemical compound found in the benzopyrone chemical class.

Woody - As you may have already guessed, these are your sandalwoods, cedarwoods, and other wood scents. It also includes patchouli, which also creates a slight overlap with the cyphre group.

Ambery - includes scents such as vanilla as well as your musky scents that are combined with flowers and woods.

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Knowing What Makes Scents 

Knowing a bit more about the bases of scent can further help you to determine what's common in the scent(s) that you may be drawn to. It can also help you to determine what you may or may not like just by knowing what the fragrance notes are (without smelling it). Next week, in part 3, I'll break down the basics into categories that you may find will fit your overall "scent style." Sometimes I like to refer to these categories as fashion scents since they fall in line with personal style. Enjoy the rest of your week and be sure to check back next Hump Day.


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