Pictured: My scent from Jamal Kazura (right) and the Lancôme Travel Collection
Scents linger in people's minds much more than we realise. A signature scent is your ultimate fall-back scent for any occasion that you absolutely love. Like a hand written signature, a signature scent is entirely yours. My mother's signature scent is Shalimar perfume. She's been wearing it since she was a teenager, and her mother wore it too. When I smell Shalimar, I always think of my mother. When other people smell your signature scent, they should think of you.
My signature scent is something I had mixed up when I was still living in Singapore. I bought it from Jamal Kazura on Arab Street, and it was an amazing experience. It's a blend of about 40% vanilla (top note) and 60% sandalwood/frankincense (base). The store clerk said it was a fairly unusual combination, as vanilla is very girly while sandalwood is stronger and unisex. However, I absolutely love this scent! It lingers on the skin and matures nicely. I've gotten a fair few compliments on it as well, which is always nice. The scent is a thick roll-on liquid, and it doesn't take much at all to last all day.
However, not everyone can go out to Arab street and get a signature scent mixed. In that case, what do you do?
First, think about what you like smelling. Do you like bright citrus? Light flowers? Baking? Chocolate? Woodsy smells? What you like is a good indication of what your signature scent should be. Then, look into options of obtaining your potential signature scent. Personally, I think it's worth it to invest in one's signature scent. While it's 100% okay not to, scents are something that stay in people's minds. Hence, why would you buy a cheap one when you could spend a little bit more for something of quality? Regardless, consider price and composition.
Brand perfumes are nice, but they can be a bit overwhelming. Explore different options-- perfume counters and cosmetics stores are a good place to start. Make sure you can sample the product, and bring a brutally honest friend. After about an hour, ask your friend how you smell. If they don't like it, the scent might not be right for you. Your body chemistry can make one scent smell amazing on you, and another smell like laundry (this happened to me). Keep trying until you find something!
Signature scents are funny. Either you'll find one and make it your scent, or you'll simply find yourself reaching for the same perfume over and over. Regardless, all ladies should have one!
I purchased the Jamal Kazura scent myself, and received the Lancôme Travel Set as a gift.