R29 Staffers Reveal Their Signature Scents & Why They Keep Going Back To Them

Jacqueline Kilikita

How do you sniff out the perfect perfume? Perhaps your choice is based on the most pronounced notes: oriental, fresh, woody or floral. Maybe you’re swung by the bottle, the big name brand or the ethos.

Whatever it is that sways you, it often takes years and countless spritzes to find that one perfume you return to time and time again: your signature. It's the perfume that allows your friends to pick you out in a room of hundreds; the one which earns you the most compliments on your morning commute and which you always make a beeline for in Duty Free. But fragrance is also much more nuanced. Research has found that scent is intrinsically linked to memory, people, places and experiences, making perfume less aesthetic and more of a meaningful addition to your daily wardrobe.

Of course, everyone's tastes are different and that makes it all the more interesting. Ahead, 10 R29 staffers share their signature scents and why they just can't get enough.

<p><strong>Jacqueline Kilikita, Beauty Editor</strong></p><p><strong>The perfume: Jo Malone</strong> Orange Blossom Cologne, £94 for 100ml, available at <a href="https://www.jomalone.co.uk/product/3589/10106/fragrances/colognes/floral/orange-blossom-cologne/orange-blossom-cologne" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jo Malone" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jo Malone</a>.</p><p><strong>Why it’s my signature scent:</strong> I sniffed this out in Duty Free on the way to visit my family in Cyprus a couple of years ago. It’s basically a holiday in a bottle and every spritz reminds me of the sun-soaked orange trees that shade the marble table on the balcony. The top note is clementine flower, which then gives way to a squeeze of sharp lemon and dries down to a glug of warm honey. It’s incredibly luxe and very moreish.</p><br><br><strong>Jo Malone London</strong> Orange Blossom Cologne, $94, available at <a href="https://www.jomalone.co.uk/product/3589/10106/fragrances/colognes/floral/orange-blossom-cologne/orange-blossom-cologne" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jo Malone" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jo Malone</a>

Jacqueline Kilikita, Beauty Editor

The perfume: Jo Malone Orange Blossom Cologne, £94 for 100ml, available at Jo Malone.

Why it’s my signature scent: I sniffed this out in Duty Free on the way to visit my family in Cyprus a couple of years ago. It’s basically a holiday in a bottle and every spritz reminds me of the sun-soaked orange trees that shade the marble table on the balcony. The top note is clementine flower, which then gives way to a squeeze of sharp lemon and dries down to a glug of warm honey. It’s incredibly luxe and very moreish.



Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Cologne, $94, available at Jo Malone
<p><strong>Jess Commons, Lifestyle Director</strong></p><p><strong>The perfume: Le Labo</strong> Tonka 25 Eau de Parfum, £127 for 50ml, available at <a href="https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/tonka-25-eau-de-parfum-50ml-R236358006.html?dwvar_000604420_color=98-NO%20COLOUR&referrer=brands&listsrc=Le%20Labo#prefn1=Le+Labo_Perfume+Collection&sz=60&start=1&prefv1=Tonka+25&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI48Ca9O224wIVBETTCh20xQYUEAAYAyAAEgKYBPD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Liberty London." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Liberty London.</a></p><p><strong>Why it’s my signature scent:</strong> I’d been messing around with different scents ever since I weaned myself off Ralph by Ralph Lauren and Dolce & Gabbana Blue back in sixth form, but nothing had really 'stuck'. The second I smelled Tonka though, I was hooked. It is out of this world and I love that it makes me feel like a grown-up, sophisticated lady, even if I haven't had time to wash my hair or put on anything fancy. It earns me lots of compliments and, while the price tag is definitely A Thing That Concerns Me, you can take your old Le Labo bottles back into Liberty and they refill them for money off.</p><br><br><strong>Le Labo</strong> Tonka 25 Eau de Parfum 50ml, $127, available at <a href="https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/tonka-25-eau-de-parfum-50ml-R236358006.html?dwvar_000604420_color=98-NO%20COLOUR&referrer=brands&listsrc=Le%20Labo#prefn1=Le+Labo_Perfume+Collection&sz=60&start=1&prefv1=Tonka+25&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI48Ca9O224wIVBETTCh20xQYUEAAYAyAAEgKYBPD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Liberty London" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Liberty London</a>

Jess Commons, Lifestyle Director

The perfume: Le Labo Tonka 25 Eau de Parfum, £127 for 50ml, available at Liberty London.

Why it’s my signature scent: I’d been messing around with different scents ever since I weaned myself off Ralph by Ralph Lauren and Dolce & Gabbana Blue back in sixth form, but nothing had really 'stuck'. The second I smelled Tonka though, I was hooked. It is out of this world and I love that it makes me feel like a grown-up, sophisticated lady, even if I haven't had time to wash my hair or put on anything fancy. It earns me lots of compliments and, while the price tag is definitely A Thing That Concerns Me, you can take your old Le Labo bottles back into Liberty and they refill them for money off.



Le Labo Tonka 25 Eau de Parfum 50ml, $127, available at Liberty London
<p><strong>Eni Subair, Editorial Assistant</strong></p><p><strong>The perfume:</strong> <strong>Guerlain</strong> Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum, £53 for 30ml, available at <a href="https://www.theperfumeshop.com/guerlain/mon-guerlain/eau-de-parfum-for-her/p/22010EDPJU" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Perfume Shop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Perfume Shop</a>.</p><p><strong>Why it’s my signature scent:</strong> My sister initially discovered this perfume and I fell in love with it immediately. I consider it to be my go-to for special occasions and evenings out. It is a distinct floral meets fresh scent that lingers all day and makes me feel elegant. I receive so many compliments when I wear it, but the price is a tad steep for my budget, so I try to spritz it sparingly.</p><br><br><strong>Guerlain</strong> Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum For Her 3oml, $53, available at <a href="https://www.theperfumeshop.com/guerlain/mon-guerlain/eau-de-parfum-for-her/p/22010EDPJU" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Perfume Shop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Perfume Shop</a>

Eni Subair, Editorial Assistant

The perfume: Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum, £53 for 30ml, available at The Perfume Shop.

Why it’s my signature scent: My sister initially discovered this perfume and I fell in love with it immediately. I consider it to be my go-to for special occasions and evenings out. It is a distinct floral meets fresh scent that lingers all day and makes me feel elegant. I receive so many compliments when I wear it, but the price is a tad steep for my budget, so I try to spritz it sparingly.



Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum For Her 3oml, $53, available at The Perfume Shop
<p><strong>Rabeel Ijaz, Editorial Intern</strong></p><p><strong>The perfume:</strong> <strong>Narciso Rodriquez</strong> For Her Eau de Parfum, £40.50 for 30ml, available at <a href="https://www.johnlewis.com/narciso-rodriguez-for-her-eau-de-parfum/p1127541?size=30ml" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:John Lewis" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">John Lewis</a>.</p><p><strong>Why it’s my signature scent:</strong> I'm picky about perfume and smells in general, but the idea of having a huge collection of scents on a pretty little tray on my vanity was a genuine dream of mine. I realised that dream wasn't going to become a reality when I discovered Narciso Rodriguez For Her (the pink bottle, to be exact) a couple of years ago. It became my forever scent. I now only own this one perfume and will most likely continue to repurchase it.</p><br><br><strong>Narciso Rodriguez</strong> For Her Eau de Parfum 3oml, $40.5, available at <a href="https://www.johnlewis.com/narciso-rodriguez-for-her-eau-de-parfum/p1127541?size=30ml" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:John Lewis" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">John Lewis</a>

Rabeel Ijaz, Editorial Intern

The perfume: Narciso Rodriquez For Her Eau de Parfum, £40.50 for 30ml, available at John Lewis.

Why it’s my signature scent: I'm picky about perfume and smells in general, but the idea of having a huge collection of scents on a pretty little tray on my vanity was a genuine dream of mine. I realised that dream wasn't going to become a reality when I discovered Narciso Rodriguez For Her (the pink bottle, to be exact) a couple of years ago. It became my forever scent. I now only own this one perfume and will most likely continue to repurchase it.



Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Parfum 3oml, $40.5, available at John Lewis
<p><strong>Meg O’Donnell, Junior Art Editor</strong></p><p><strong>The perfume:</strong> <strong>Mugler</strong> Cologne Take Me Out Eau de Toilette, £55 for 100ml, available at <a href="https://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_117109004299_-1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Debenhams" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Debenhams</a>.</p><p><strong>Why it’s my signature scent:</strong> I stumbled upon this perfume after I noticed a friend wearing it and ever since my nostrils got whiff, I completely fell in love with its fresh, botanical vibe. I’m usually more of a musky, leathery or sweet scented person so this isn’t usually my go-to but I love wearing it as an everyday fragrance. I’m also a huge fan of the reactions I get from my colleagues when I spray this on myself (love the attention, me) and it goes down very well overall from smellers-by. I feel it stays with me throughout the day and I love the leafy notes of orange blossom. It’s also a little aftershave-y, which I’m a big fan of.</p><br><br><strong>Mugler</strong> Cologne Take Me Out Eau de Toilette 100ml, $55, available at <a href="https://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_117109004299_-1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Debenhams" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Debenhams</a>

Meg O’Donnell, Junior Art Editor

The perfume: Mugler Cologne Take Me Out Eau de Toilette, £55 for 100ml, available at Debenhams.

Why it’s my signature scent: I stumbled upon this perfume after I noticed a friend wearing it and ever since my nostrils got whiff, I completely fell in love with its fresh, botanical vibe. I’m usually more of a musky, leathery or sweet scented person so this isn’t usually my go-to but I love wearing it as an everyday fragrance. I’m also a huge fan of the reactions I get from my colleagues when I spray this on myself (love the attention, me) and it goes down very well overall from smellers-by. I feel it stays with me throughout the day and I love the leafy notes of orange blossom. It’s also a little aftershave-y, which I’m a big fan of.



Mugler Cologne Take Me Out Eau de Toilette 100ml, $55, available at Debenhams
<p><strong>Katy Thompsett, Sub Editor</strong></p><p><strong>The perfume:</strong> <strong>Escentric Molecules</strong> Escentric 01, £72 for 100ml, available at <a href="https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/escentric-molecules-escentric-01.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cult Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cult Beauty</a>.</p><p><strong>Why it’s my signature scent:</strong> I would love to be a person who layers five individual fragrances to create my own unique scent but I surrendered control of my mornings to my snooze button far too long ago for that to be a realistic possibility. Escentric 01 satisfies my delusions of originality as (according to the maker) it "hovers close to the skin to create an indefinable aura round the wearer" which, to me at least, smells warm and deliciously herby. A man once tapped me on the shoulder, asked if I was wearing Escentric Molecules, then, hearing my answer, turned to the woman beside him and said: "See? Told you so." Weird chat-up lines aside, a scent that’s 'indefinable' yet definable is exactly what I want to wear.</p><br><br><strong>Escentric Molecules</strong> Escentric 01 100ml, $72, available at <a href="https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/escentric-molecules-escentric-01.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cult Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cult Beauty</a>

Katy Thompsett, Sub Editor

The perfume: Escentric Molecules Escentric 01, £72 for 100ml, available at Cult Beauty.

Why it’s my signature scent: I would love to be a person who layers five individual fragrances to create my own unique scent but I surrendered control of my mornings to my snooze button far too long ago for that to be a realistic possibility. Escentric 01 satisfies my delusions of originality as (according to the maker) it "hovers close to the skin to create an indefinable aura round the wearer" which, to me at least, smells warm and deliciously herby. A man once tapped me on the shoulder, asked if I was wearing Escentric Molecules, then, hearing my answer, turned to the woman beside him and said: "See? Told you so." Weird chat-up lines aside, a scent that’s 'indefinable' yet definable is exactly what I want to wear.



Escentric Molecules Escentric 01 100ml, $72, available at Cult Beauty
<p><strong>Katy Harrington, Managing Editor</strong></p><p><strong>The perfume: Narciso Rodriguez</strong> For Her Eau de Toilette, £41 for 30ml, available at <a href="https://www.feelunique.com/p/Narciso-Rodriguez-for-her-eau-de-toilette--30ml" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Feelunique" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Feelunique</a>.</p><p><strong>Why it’s my signature scent:</strong> I really dislike a lot of women’s fragrances, mainly because most of the ones I can afford smell like a blend of highlighter pens, your granny’s potpourri collection and Emma Bunton’s lip gloss. I want something powerful, laid-back and musky, like Penélope Cruz when she’s just woken up from a nap, and this hits the spot. Also, it’s 'affordable', by which I mean double the price of a bottle of Britney’s Intimate Fantasy and a third of the price of Tom Ford’s Noir Pour Femme.</p><br><br><strong>Narciso Rodriguez</strong> For Her Eau de Toilette 30ml, $34.89, available at <a href="https://www.feelunique.com/p/Narciso-Rodriguez-for-her-eau-de-toilette--30ml" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:FeelUnique" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">FeelUnique</a>

Katy Harrington, Managing Editor

The perfume: Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Toilette, £41 for 30ml, available at Feelunique.

Why it’s my signature scent: I really dislike a lot of women’s fragrances, mainly because most of the ones I can afford smell like a blend of highlighter pens, your granny’s potpourri collection and Emma Bunton’s lip gloss. I want something powerful, laid-back and musky, like Penélope Cruz when she’s just woken up from a nap, and this hits the spot. Also, it’s 'affordable', by which I mean double the price of a bottle of Britney’s Intimate Fantasy and a third of the price of Tom Ford’s Noir Pour Femme.



Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Toilette 30ml, $34.89, available at FeelUnique
<p><strong>Georgia Murray, Junior Fashion Editor</strong></p><p><strong>The perfume:</strong> <strong>Gucci</strong> Bloom Eau de Parfum, £54 for 30ml, available at <a href="https://www.theperfumeshop.com/gucci/bloom/eau-de-parfum-for-her/p/21430EDPJU" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Perfume Shop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Perfume Shop</a>.</p><p><strong>Why it’s my signature scent:</strong> One spritz and it makes me want to frolic in some wild flowers on a hot summer’s day. It’s light but distinctive, the bottle looks smart on the dresser, and it manages to feel hot weather ready without veering into sickly sweet territory.</p><br><br><strong>Gucci</strong> Bloom Eau de Parfum For Her 30ml, $54, available at <a href="https://www.theperfumeshop.com/gucci/bloom/eau-de-parfum-for-her/p/21430EDPJU" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Perfume Shop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Perfume Shop</a>

Georgia Murray, Junior Fashion Editor

The perfume: Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum, £54 for 30ml, available at The Perfume Shop.

Why it’s my signature scent: One spritz and it makes me want to frolic in some wild flowers on a hot summer’s day. It’s light but distinctive, the bottle looks smart on the dresser, and it manages to feel hot weather ready without veering into sickly sweet territory.



Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum For Her 30ml, $54, available at The Perfume Shop
<p><strong>Jazmin Kopotsha, Entertainment Editor</strong></p><p><strong>The perfume:</strong> <strong>The Body Shop</strong> Kahaia White Flora Eau De Parfum, £20, available at <a href="https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/fragrance/eau-de-parfum/kahaia-eau-de-parfum/p/p002281" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Body Shop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Body Shop</a>.</p><p>I really struggle finding perfumes that a) I won’t get bored of and b) are okay to wear throughout the year <em>and</em> are appropriate for both the daytime and evenings out. I don’t like anything too floral, I don’t like anything too sweet, I like a hint of sexy musk but I'm also aware that it’s not to everyone’s taste. I couldn’t afford another bottle of Dolce & Gabbana’s The One after years of constant usage and so I stumbled into The Body Shop in the hope of finding a cheaper alternative. Their White Flora saved the day (and my budget). It’s warm and musky but the fresh notes of jasmine mean that it’s not too heavy or suffocating. It's very indulgent for a £20 eau de parfum and I’m not mad about it.</p><br><br><strong>The Body Shop</strong> Kahaia Eau De Parfum 50ml, $20, available at <a href="https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/fragrance/eau-de-parfum/kahaia-eau-de-parfum/p/p002281" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Body Shop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Body Shop</a>

Jazmin Kopotsha, Entertainment Editor

The perfume: The Body Shop Kahaia White Flora Eau De Parfum, £20, available at The Body Shop.

I really struggle finding perfumes that a) I won’t get bored of and b) are okay to wear throughout the year and are appropriate for both the daytime and evenings out. I don’t like anything too floral, I don’t like anything too sweet, I like a hint of sexy musk but I'm also aware that it’s not to everyone’s taste. I couldn’t afford another bottle of Dolce & Gabbana’s The One after years of constant usage and so I stumbled into The Body Shop in the hope of finding a cheaper alternative. Their White Flora saved the day (and my budget). It’s warm and musky but the fresh notes of jasmine mean that it’s not too heavy or suffocating. It's very indulgent for a £20 eau de parfum and I’m not mad about it.



The Body Shop Kahaia Eau De Parfum 50ml, $20, available at The Body Shop
<p><strong>Sadhbh O’Sullivan, Social Media Assistant</strong></p><p><strong>The perfume:</strong> <strong>Viktor & Rolf</strong> Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum For Her, £53 for 100ml, available at <a href="https://www.theperfumeshop.com/viktor-rolf/flowerbomb/eau-de-parfum-for-her/p/30100EDPJU" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Perfume Shop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Perfume Shop</a>.</p><p><strong>Why it’s my signature scent:</strong> If I’m honest, I probably found this through a sample and/or a peruse in Duty Free at Heathrow airport. I immediately liked it and have been wearing it ever since. I find it incredibly comforting and wearing it feels natural to me. If I wanted to switch things up, I would feel disoriented and to be honest, my wife would riot – she, like me, thinks it smells more like me than I do.</p><br><br><strong>Viktor & Rolf</strong> Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum For Her 30ml, $53, available at <a href="https://www.theperfumeshop.com/viktor-rolf/flowerbomb/eau-de-parfum-for-her/p/30100EDPJU" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Perfume Shop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Perfume Shop</a>

Sadhbh O’Sullivan, Social Media Assistant

The perfume: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum For Her, £53 for 100ml, available at The Perfume Shop.

Why it’s my signature scent: If I’m honest, I probably found this through a sample and/or a peruse in Duty Free at Heathrow airport. I immediately liked it and have been wearing it ever since. I find it incredibly comforting and wearing it feels natural to me. If I wanted to switch things up, I would feel disoriented and to be honest, my wife would riot – she, like me, thinks it smells more like me than I do.



Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum For Her 30ml, $53, available at The Perfume Shop

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