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Signature Scent vs Scent Switching

November 23, 2011 9 comments

My current cologne collection.

The thought came to me the other day when I opened up my cupboard where I keep my colognes and contemplated how I know some people who ALWAYS in my memory wear the same cologne or perfume. I wondered if it said something about them – or about me – that I prefer to shift between colognes depending on my mood, the weather, and/or where I am going.

Growing up I often would come across a character in a book or in a movie or TV show who was recognizable by their specific scent. Even after they were gone, the author or other characters would describe the sensory perception of them in a defined scent. Personally, I would never fit into that kind of description because of how often I change between colognes. Granted I have stayed with three of the four I have pictured above (although I have been using the John Paul Galtier “Le Male” ‘Stimulating Summer Fragrance’ variation for the past while) I have always been ready to switch it up for no particular reason whatsoever.

Does having a ‘signature scent’ indicate something about a person psychologically? Should we all try and have signature scents? I can understand people – especially significant others – wanting each other to have a familiar scents and therefore can see a reason for it but at the same time I don’t know if I will ever settle down for just one scent. Heck, even if I do try and settle down with one scent won’t me changing deodorants, soaps, shampoos, detergent, fabric softener, and even toothpaste affect the overall outcome in some subtle way?

Do you have a signature scent? If yes, have you/do you switch your signature scent every couple of years? Or have you stuck with it since you got it?

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