Bespoken Word: Tips for Finding Your Signature Scent

Some helpful tricks for landing on a fragrance that works for you.

I first started to wear cologne sometime in my early teens, my choice being defined mainly by triggered memories that would make me smile, like how my father smelled as he left for work in the mornings. Years later, as my personal style evolved, I felt a strong need to find a signature scent, something that l would truly reflect my personality. Like most good things, it takes a little effort to find your signature scent. Walk into a department store and you’ll be bombarded with smells and possibilities. Navigating through the sea of smell and samples in search of the perfect scent can be a little tricky. It’s often about trial and error.

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CREED – Available in-stores at Saks Fifth Avenue. Email services@s5a.com for details.

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I first started to wear cologne sometime in my early teens, my choice being defined mainly by triggered memories that would make me smile, like how my father smelled as he left for work in the mornings. Years later, as my personal style evolved, I felt a strong need to find a signature scent, something that l would truly reflect my personality. Like most good things, it takes a little effort to find your signature scent. Walk into a department store and you’ll be bombarded with smells and possibilities. Navigating through the sea of smell and samples in search of the perfect scent can be a little tricky. It’s often about trial and error.

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CREED – Available in-stores at Saks Fifth Avenue. Email services@s5a.com for details.

When I first took an interest in CREED a few years back I met with a CREED specialist, Luis Cavallo. He gave me insights on the brand as well as general rules regarding scents and some precious tips on how to find the fragrance that captures your essence without a word. Luis suggested that a man should have two different scents if he is under pressure during the day at work. “Your brain associates the smell with a stressful mode – wear a different fragrance when you’re not working, a fragrance that smells how you want to feel.”

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Colonia Intensa Oud Eau de Cologne  I  Colonia Eau de Cologne Splash  I  Colonia Essenza Eau De Cologne

Colonia Intensa Eau de Cologne Spray  I  Colonia Assoluta Eau de Cologne  I  Colonia Eau de Cologne Natural

When testing perfumes, It is recommended you should try on three or four scents at once, any more and your nose is likely to become confused. You will first have to spray the perfume on a test paper, to have an idea before applying it on the skin, where the skin is especially warm and where there is good blood circulation. The heat helps diffuse and magnify the aroma. The “pulse points” on the body are therefore the perfect activators for perfume. Because fragrance rises, it should be applied to several pulse points – not just, for instance, at the base of the throat. After allowing between five to ten minutes to get past the top notes and the base note kicking in, you will be able to decide what scent compliments you the best.

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Remember to Always Test Fragrances on Paper First

Later on, when you will find your signature scent, remember that rubbing in the scent to dry the fragrance isn’t a good idea, because you’ll bruise the notes, dull their development, in other words lose some of the perfume’s beauty.

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Le Labo:

Jasmin 17  I  Fleur d’Oranger  I  Iris 39  I  Labdanum 18  I  Lys 41

Attention to details and finding the elements that speak for you are key to developing ones personal style. While there are countless colognes, countless possibilities, there is something timeless in discovering one’s signature scent. The question is no longer what cologne do you wear, but are you wearing the right cologne?

 

Take a look at other quality Grooming & Fragrance products at Saks.com.


Christian Louboutin Beauté Reveals Colours Collection

After a successful Rouge Colour launch comes 30 new Saks exclusive hues.

We had a feeling that the launch of Christian Louboutin Beauté Rouge Nail Colour would be a huge success. The fashion world’s most iconic shade of red turned into a nail varnish? That one nestled comfortably in the no-brainer category. In our last post for Christian Louboutin, we mentioned that the Parisian brand had a few more surprises up its proverbial sleeve. Well, what we meant to say was that they had exactly 30 more surprises. Actually, 32, if you count the additional primer and gloss kit.

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The Impressive Christian Louboutin Beauté Collection in its Entirety

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We had a feeling that the launch of Christian Louboutin Beauté Rouge Nail Colour would be a huge success. The fashion world’s most iconic shade of red turned into a nail varnish? That one nestled comfortably in the no-brainer category. In our last post for Christian Louboutin, we mentioned that the Parisian brand had a few more surprises up its proverbial sleeve. Well, what we meant to say was that they had exactly 30 more surprises. Actually, 32, if you count the additional primer and gloss kit.

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The Impressive Christian Louboutin Beauté Collection in its Entirety

All 30 new shades, much like the original Rouge Colour, are inspired by classic Christian Louboutin shoes and have been grouped into three pairs of ten: The Pops, The Noirs and The Nudes. In order to differentiate one group from the next, each group’s Ballerina Ultima-inspired spiked cap comes with its own specialized metallic shade, made to complement their respective color stories.

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Nail Colour – The Pops

When it came to prepping the most kaleidoscopic group of the bunch, a sleek silver cap turned out to be the ultimate complimentary look for this already chic design. “I love when I create something and the woman makes it her own,” says Christian Louboutin. “When she wears it in a way that I never would have imagined. I love to see people surprise me with their sense of colour and style.” Discover ‘Batignolles’ – ‘Bengali’ – ‘Escatin’ – ‘Lova’ – ‘Miss Loubi’ – ‘Mula Lisa’ – ‘Ni Toi Ni Moi’ – ‘Pluminette’ – ‘Popi’ – ‘Wherever’ now at Saks.com.

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The Noirs groups are made up of blacks, intense blues, dark browns and greens. This line-up has a more decadent bent than the vibrancy of The Pops. To accentuate the richness of these 10 hues, the Christian Louboutin Beauté team went with a gunmetal spiked cap. A perfect choice. Here’s your chance to take home ‘Bianca’ – ‘Daffodile’ – ‘Farida’ – ‘Kheops’ – ‘Khol’ – ‘Lady Page’ – ‘Lady Twist’ – ‘Sevillana’ – ‘Very Prive’ and ‘Zermadame’. Christian-Louboutin-The-Nudes-Saks

Nail Colour – The Nudes

Khakis, vanillas, chocolates and soft pinks – they’re all represented in the rich and sensual ‘The Nudes’ line-up. To accentuate the soft, romantic patina of these 10 shades, team Christian Louboutin Beauté went with the very best cap option – imbued in a beautiful rose gold. ‘Alta Perla’ – ‘Just Nothing’ – ‘La Favorita’ – ‘Madame Est Nue’ – ‘Me Nude’ – ‘Simple Nude’ – ‘Sweet Charity’ – ‘Tres Decollete’ – ‘Tutulle’ – ‘Zouzou’ - they could all be yours.

Are you a Noirs, Pops or Nudes girl? Find out at Christian Louboutin Beauté.


#Instashop – Like2Buy, Shop with Saks on Instagram

With Curalate's new technology, Saks becomes first luxury store with a shoppable Instagram feature.

Saks Fifth Avenue’s Instagram account is a treasure trove of gorgeous New York moments and equally beautiful products available in our 39 stores and online. Sure, this season’s Stella McCartney quilted faux-leather backpack is a great get, but having to look for it on our site, or calling for details, can be a bit circuitous. If only you could buy it on the spot. Well, now you can.

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Saks Fifth Avenue’s Instagram account is a treasure trove of gorgeous New York moments and equally beautiful products available in our 39 stores and online. Sure, this season’s Stella McCartney quilted faux-leather backpack is a great get, but having to look for it on our site, or calling for details, can be a bit circuitous. If only you could buy it on the spot. Well, now you can.

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Saks is proud to be the first luxury retailer to partner with Curalate for the newest advent in online shopping – Like2buy (like2b.uy/saks). It’s quite simple: Head on over to the Saks Instagram account on your mobile device or on your computer (Instagram.com/Saks) and click on the like2b.uy link to get a shoppable gallery of all our Instagram content. With just one click you’ll be immediately directed to that item’s product page on Saks.com, where you can pay and check out with ease. No need to wait. We’re live! Start double-tapping and shopping in one go.

If you’re not following us on Instagram, here’s a new reason you should.