I need to live my perfume truth and get something off of my chest: I hate smelling like other people. Believe me, I know how ridiculous that sounds. First of all, when someone asks me what fragrance I’m wearing, I am of course undeniably flattered, but that feeling soon evolves into sheer annoyance. With every ask after my perfume, the less of a secret it becomes. And the more popular a perfume gets, the less I want to wear it.
You see, for me, perfume is so much more than just a daily spritz to lift my spirits; it is memories, emotion and a core part of my identity. So when I smell someone else wearing the same perfume as mine or see someone frivolously dousing themselves in one of my go-to scents, I feel as though I’m losing a little part of myself. It might sound dramatic, but it’s real, even though I wish it weren’t. I have passed on one too many much-loved perfumes in my time simply because I can’t learn to share.
And this has been exceptionally hard for me, as the fact of the matter is I like universally crowd-pleasing, fresh smells. Sure, there is a place in my collection for deep, heady scents, but day to day, I find myself reaching for light, fresh smells that evoke joy and happiness with just a single spray.
As a result of my snobbery and selfishness, my job (which involves recommending beauty products to the masses and sharing my daily favourites) has become increasingly more difficult when the topic of fragrance arises. I have made it my mission to create a perfume wardrobe full of unique scents, and sharing them with the rest of the world seems counterintuitive. However, I know that I am far from alone in my want for unique scents, and I have spent many years hunting high and low for bright and breezy perfumes that stand out from the crowd.
So because I am kind and I’m trying to work on overcoming my stunted attitude toward perfume, I think it’s only right I share my findings. Keep scrolling for the best fresh perfumes around, ideal for those that like something a little different.