The pursuit of a signature scent has been a long-standing affair for me. One of my fondest memories as a child is of the scent my mother wore. It was the first thing that let me know she had entered a room. Her signature scent was part of her identity. Her family knew it. My mother’s colleagues in her office knew it. And, even the workers at the restaurants she frequented knew it. Everyone could tell it was her just by the fragrance that wafted every time she passed by. It was a powerful thing: she was a strong and successful woman. The scent she wore preceded her and made her presence known.
That powerful memory has been something of a faraway dream for me. I have longed to have something similar – something that so unapologetically myself that other people would not be able to ignore it.
However, perfume buying is an expensive hobby. As anyone who has ever dabbled knows, each bottle can cost upwards of 200,000won. On top of that, a scent is something you have to live with for a while to truly know. Perfumes adapt to the body and your own natural scent. Some notes will fade throughout the day, while others linger. You cannot simply choose a scent and call it your signature.
Scent is one of the most underrated ways of representing yourself. However, it has a huge influence on first impressions. Science has proven that of all our senses, we recall smell with the most accuracy. And so, although we are not always conscious of it, scent creates a lasting impression. I myself have brought home plenty of wrong perfumes, and have yet to find the scent that really belongs to me.
I know plenty of people my age that are also interested in perfumes and have yet to find one they really like. But, they don’t have a high budget to spend on this admittedly costly hobby. However, the Korean service Heart Note has provided a solution to this, one that is said to be very satisfactory for those who wish to try a large variety of perfumes without breaking the bank.
Heart Note is a perfume subscription service that offers over 300 different high-end perfumes. Customers select a scent they want to try at the beginning of every month, and a sample size of 8ml will be delivered to them to use for the month. If you have a hard time trying to decide what scent to try from their large catalog, don’t worry. They use algorithms to suggest a perfume that you might like, allowing for a more personalized touch that may surprise you.
They carry plenty of well-loved scents in their catalog, such as ones from brands like Hermes, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Diptyque, and Acqua di Parma.
The subscription costs 14,900won each month, which may seem expensive but is a very reasonable option when you consider the alternative of purchasing full-sized perfumes. By being able to test-run a perfume for over a month, consumers can better formulate an opinion on some of the most famous scents around before actually committing to a purchase.
Here’s to hoping I’ll find a signature scent soon – it might take months. But until then again, I’m happy just exploring.
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