Pinays On How They Found Their Everyday Fragrance

Sometimes, you just know it's the right one.
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A signature scent, though invisible, helps complete your OOTD: It arms you with extra confidence, letting you pull off anything. With all the fragrances out there, it’s hard to find the scent that captures who you are. To help you out, we asked Pinays how they finally found theirs.

Angelica, 25, Flight Attendant

What’s the scent profile of your everyday fragrance?

The simple yet ever-so-classic vanilla.

Does your scent balance or complement your personality?

The warmth, softness, and sweetness of vanilla balance out the part of me that likes living an active lifestyle—I love playing softball and dancing. My personality can be a little rough around the edges, too.

How did you find your everyday scent?

I always found myself gravitating toward sweeter scents. I have a sweet tooth, and vanilla just happens to be my favorite flavor for everything.

How long did it take you to find it?

I think I was around 19 when I finally switched from using baby cologne to wearing vanilla-scented fragrances. Baby cologne brings back good childhood memories and never fails to make me feel fresh right out of the shower, but the change to warmer vanilla notes felt right.

What did you struggle with when looking for your everyday fragrance?

One of the biggest struggles I had was finding a scent that truly felt like me. I used to always steal a spritz or two from my sisters’ fragrances just to experiment, but I realized I wasn’t a huge fan of floral or musky scents.

Why does having an everyday fragrance matter to you?

In my line of work, it helps me feel my best and gives me the confidence I need to be around people and serve them. When a friend hugs me and tells me I smell like marshmallows and vanilla—who wouldn’t feel all warm and fuzzy after that?

What’s your advice to girls who still haven’t found their everyday fragrance?

Go out and experiment. It’s the best way to figure out which fragrances do and don’t feel right for you. Find what sparks joy, really.

Kat, 28, Radio Jock

What’s the scent profile of your everyday fragrance?

It has a floral, woody musk scent with fruity notes—it smells refreshing and helps keep me awake!

Does your scent balance or complement your personality?

It complements my personality! I look for scents that have tropical notes. I like to think that I have a warm and bright personality, and I tend to match my aesthetic (fashion, hair colors, scents, etc.) around it. I like to evoke a summer vibe, because who doesn’t love summer?

How did you find your everyday scent?

It was a happy accident. I came across a boutique store while on vacation and saw that it just launched a new summer collection. I love scents that remind me of summer, so I couldn’t resist.

How long did it take you to find it?

I’ve had a number of fragrances. I was 14 when I found the first one that appealed to me, but I think it was discontinued a while back—if not just extremely hard to find these days. I was 25 when I found my signature scent.

What did you struggle with when looking for your everyday fragrance?

It was hard to look for a perfume that could last all day. It was also hard to find a scent I liked—fragrances can smell different to different people. But I feel like I’m not too picky when it comes to fragrances; I just don’t like heavy or overpowering scents.

Why does having an everyday fragrance matter to you?

I think having a signature fragrance can make a good first impression. Spritzing on my favorite fragrance can change my mood instantly, that’s why I think it’s very important to pick a scent that not only smells good but also goes well with your personality or evokes a certain vibe that’s totally you.

What’s your advice to girls who still haven’t found their everyday fragrance?

It helps to have a clear idea of what you want your personal aesthetic to be. From there, research and try different fragrances to find the one you like most. At the end of the day, you don’t really need a profound reason to pick or like something. If it smells good to you, it smells good to you.

Darleen, 22, Freelance Writer and Videographer

What’s the scent profile of your everyday fragrance?

My go-to fragrance is a mix between floral and fruity scents with notes of pear, lily, jasmine, and rose essence with just a touch of musk.

Does your scent balance or complement your personality?

I think it complements me. I like to think of myself as someone who's laid-back yet outgoing, gets along with just about anyone, and can adapt to all kinds of situations.

How did you find your everyday scent?

Apart from it needing to be long-lasting and vegan, it had to be something appropriate for any occasion and didn’t smell too strong or in-your-face. When I got lots of compliments about the fragrance I was wearing, I knew I found my signature scent.

How long did it take you to find it?

I only really got into fragrances when I was 16 or 17, but I found my fragrance when I was 20 years old.

What did you struggle with when looking for your everyday fragrance?

I used to just go for something I thought smelled nice or other people thought smelled good, but I never really took into account how those fragrances smelled on me. They were either too strong for someone my age or only worked for certain occasions.

Why does having an everyday fragrance matter to you?

I think one of the best compliments you can receive is that you smell good. As someone who's usually on the go, I have to smell fresh. I like dressing up, but when I just can't be bothered to think of what to wear, spritzing on my favorite scent is usually enough to get me through the day—it makes me feel like I'm making an effort. LOL.

What’s your advice to girls who still haven’t found their everyday fragrance?

It takes a lot of trial and error. Don't buy something off the shelf just because you've heard a lot of good things about it. When it comes to choosing things that appeal to your personality, sometimes, you just know it’s the right one. It just clicks.

To help you start (or end) your search, here’s how to match your vibe or personality with scents:

Warm and Dainty

You are genuinely kind and warm towards others, and you aren’t afraid to show your vulnerable side. Try a floral-fruity scent like Avon’s Sweet Honesty Moments. It has notes of pomegranate, jasmine, and lilac, with subtle hints of musk and sandalwood.

Carefree and Adventurous

You go with the flow and enjoy every bit of your freedom. Complement your free spirit with Avon’s Far Away Classic fragrance. It opens with hints of peach and freesia, before revealing notes of vanilla and amber.

Sensual and Passionate

You have a way with people and leave them wanting more. Sensual notes of patchouli, plum, and purple orchid make up Avon’s Imari Seduction. It’s the perfect fragrance for a woman who knows how to tease and be mysterious.

Learn which of these fragrances suit the occasion and your style in this video:

Avon has 22 fragrances for you to choose from and experiment with. To see the scent options, visit Avon.ph and follow the Avon Facebook page.

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