If you know me, you know that my whole life i’ve been obsessed with smelling good. I think every woman should have her “signature scent.” A scent that reminds her of the truest and purest version of herself. A scent that with one spritz brings her back to a specific memory, moment and time that makes her feel most alive. I realized my signature scent when I was in high school. After washing my hair with Herbal Essence, I would douse myself with Bath & Body Works “Warm Vanilla Sugar” body mist. After high school, I retired from the juvenile scent of the early 2000’s and my signature scent grew up with me. Now in my mid 20’s, I still have an everlasting connection to Vanilla, but a much more sophisticated version. I realized how much my signature scent was connected to me when one of my best friends told me a story about her daughter smelling a vanilla perfume at Anthropologie (#4 from above to be exact) and telling her mom “this smells like Jess!" When I tell you I have done my research, you better believe all the good and bad perfumes I have tested and how much time it has taken me to put together a list of the most sensual, unique and non-offensive eau de parfum’s on the market.


Fresh Cream is the most delicate and simple out of my picks. It is the perfect daytime fragrance that is non-offensive, affordable and simple. It has one layer that smells like straight up whipped cream. No musk, no amber, just pure sweetness.


This is my favorite fragrance of all time. Le Labo has special and limited addition scents for each city it has a flagship store. You can only get It from that specific location or once a year when Le Labo releases all limited addition scents for a short period of time. Le Labo’s Vanille 44 is Paris’s signature scent which reminds me of just that. An evening in Paris.  It has notes of bergamot, incense, gaiac wood, mandarin, vanilla, muscenone, pipol and hedione. It is the ultimate date night fragrance in which Le Labo describes it as "a complex association of amber and woody incense that will unveil after its first taste of musk, a profound smell of vanilla. This fragrance is just a poem. "


Gypsy Water is a scent that transitions from day to night so beautifully and reminds me of it’s name - “a glamorization of the Romani, or Gypsy, lifestyle. The scent of fresh soil, deep forests and campfires evokes the dream of a free, colorful lifestyle close to nature.” The scent is not a true vanilla, but it’s base notes are those of Amber, Vanilla and Sandalwood with top notes of bergamot, lemon, pepper, juniper berries.


This is my little secret that i’m sharing with all of you. If the $500.00 Le Labo Vanilla 44 is not in your price range, pick up a bottle of this for only $24.00 from Anthropologie. It smells VERY similar. Inspired by the effortless confidence of a chic European woman, Pharmacia crafts fragrances reminiscent of a stroll through a castle garden. This spicy scent of roasted almond and clove layered with vanilla and blonde woods will leave you wanted more but not offending those around you.

What is your signature scent? Comment below!



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