How to Pick the Perfect Perfume

How do you decide on your perfume?

Have you stuck with a signature scent for years? Or do you feel overwhelmed by all the options out there?

When you know your Beauty Profile, you can apply what you know about your Type of beauty to any part of your life—even scent.

And that’s what we’re doing today.

Dressing Your Truth Expert Anne Tuttle Brown has assembled an assortment of perfumes that each express the natural movement of the 4 Types of beauty, including the perfume bottles!

In this video, we share these examples and some keywords to keep in mind when you go looking for a scent that’s right for you.

What do you think of these perfumes as choices for your Type of beauty? What other perfumes do you recommend? Please share your suggestions in your comments.

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Carol Tuttle

Carol Tuttle is a teacher, speaker, healer, and best-selling author of five books. She has dedicated her life to helping people worldwide create the lives and relationships they desire. She blogs to support you in creating your ideal life.

Tell Us What You Think

  • Angela

    I’m a type 2 and haven’t worn perfume for years. When I did, I loved Avon’s Soft Musk, Honeysuckle, and Roses Roses. I don’t think they sell them anymore. Right now my favorite scent is Trader Joe’s oatmeal and honey soap, lol.

  • Cindi

    I am very sensitive to fragrance and many perfumes give me a headache, but I discovered the most wonderful scent the other day. It is called Bloom my Estee Lauder. It has soft floral scent.

  • TammyT3

    I found last year, “Heat” by Beyonce. To me, it has a touch of a masculine scent. I’ve always loved the smell of men’s cologne’s and perfect that this is a woman’s scent; even the name is T3! 🙂 LOL…the theme song to the commercial was “Fever”. 😀

  • Carolyn W.

    I’m a type 4 and I love a fragrance I found at The Body Shop called Morocan Rose. My other favorites are Water Lily, H2O, or Falling in Love by Philosophy.

  • Cindy

    As a type 1 with a type 4 hubby who hates almost all perfume it was difficult to find anything that he would like. I hadn’t worn perfume for years. I finally found a body spray called cotton candy which I LOVE but the scent doesn’t last very long. Then I found Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture. I mix the 2 together and it is wonderful. My husband doesn’t love it but he doesn’t hate it so I am happy. He can tolerate smells that are more edible smells. So yay!! I really want to check out the ones Anne talked about because I love having options. Thanks Anne and Carol.

  • andrea

    I don’t do perfume any more but wonder about essential oils for every type. Hope to hear about it at club night!

    • Elizabeth Hobbs

      I would like to know more about essential oils for every type as well.

  • Heather

    I’m a Type 2 and I love Eternity and Dune. I’ve worn them (when I do wear perfume – not often) for almost 20 years!

  • Kathleen

    Commercial perfumes have always made me nauseated and given me headaches. When I was in my teens, I could tolerate it more and used to like Avon’s Sweet Honesty, Muguet Debois (a lily of the valley scent) and Estee Lauder’s White Linen. I wonder where those all fit in the energy types. I’m a Type 1. Over time, I developed a sensitivity to every one of those scents and could no longer wear them.

    Now I enjoy natural essential oils. I enjoy lemon, lime, grapefruit, lemon verbena, rose geranium, mint, rosemary and lavender. Don’t know if any of those qualify as Type 1! I definitely don’t like anything heavy or musky. I enjoy the very light or crisp scents in soaps and lotions, etc.

  • Kayla Howard

    My husband, being a type 4, is very particular about my perfume. I am too–so that makes it complicated. I just didn’t wear any for a few years until 2009 when we went to Nordstroms together and happened upon the coolest lady working in the scent department. She listened to what we both wanted then starting picking out scents. I found my absolute signature perfume that day!! It’s called Eclat d’ Arpege. The bottle is even a soft purple glass ball with gold and jewels on the cap. L-O-V-E!
    Kayla Howard
    Type 1

  • Renée Lisonbee

    I’ve struggled with perfumes in the past. It always seemed difficult to find any that I loved (T4 here, so go figure right?) I appreciate the time you’ve invested in this Anne. It makes sense though, your comment about T4’s liking pure scents. I love the smell of mint and lavender. I think I enjoy the lavender because it’s relaxing. I’ll have to check out the T4 scents you’ve recommended. Thanks!

  • Michelle

    How funny! I am a Type 2 and I have worn Romance for years and my latest is Juicy Couture! I used to also wear Elizabeth Taylor’s Passion. And I also like the softer perfume mists or a subtle smelling lotion instead of a strong perfume. This is so fun!! I love being a Type 2! Michelle

  • Anna

    Michelle, I wear Juicy Couture too. I love it! I will have to check out Romance too. I am so with you, I love being a Type 2 too! It’s Life changing to love who we are isn’t it?

  • Nicole

    I am a type three and I love Cinnabar by Este Lauder.

  • Emily

    I always admired women who had a signature scent. But true to my Type 1 nature, I’ve hopped around from one favorite to the next! I usually have a variety of scents to match my mood. More recently I’ve tried to stick with light fresh scents that complement my style. My current favorites are Coach’s Poppy and Escada’s Island Kiss. Both are fresh and fruity!

  • Kecia

    I am a Type 4 (with a strong secondary 1)and it took me years to find my signature scent- Eau de Cartier. It is a very uncluttered scent, with strong notes of vetiver and citrus so it has a very green, almost aromatherapy smell to it without being the least bit sweet. The bottle gets bonus points, too, for being very spare and architectural. My second choice would be Eau de Mervielles by Hermes, which is also fabulous and similar to the Cartier but maybe a tiny bit fruitier.

  • Kristine

    This has been an ongoing subject on the forums! I recently purchased Daisy Fuentes Dianoche and I am trying it out. The woman who took my order said her mother loves it. I am still undecided as I think that it initially has a soapy smell to it. I find that I like it better after the first 30 minutes or so. It made it past the: “Does it give me a headache?” test! I did recently discover that there is a Dianoche Passion that may be exactly what I am looking for!

    I agree with Carol and Anne that the perfume descriptions frequently use the adjectives that support our natural Beauty Profile. I cannot wait to see Club Night!

  • Alita

    Aha, as a T4, no wonder I love wearing my pure essential oils over anything else! Purity! If I gravitate to any ‘fragrance’ perfumes, I love Chanel No. 5 which I found when I was in my late teens. (I loved how Anne likes Eternity – as a T2, of course something evoking long lasting memories would appeal)! I look forward to doing more exploring with the suggestions made and perhaps remake them at home with my personal apothecary. There are those in the Aromatherapy world who make personal perfumes for others – often the fillers in the fragrance perfumes are what cause the sensitivities (if you’re using your own remember to use a base oil or lotion when using the pure essential oils you can buy in most health food stores). Looking forward to the club night as I realized (now that there is actually sun and warmth arriving) that I require to add summer wear to my newly growing, perfect for me, wardrobe. Now I’m going to look at suggestions from last summer in the club night videos.

  • Erin

    I too am sensitive to perfumes, getting headaches from them. I found as a T2, I love a few of Pacifica’s solid perfumes (bergamont rose, and Tahitian gardenia). They are subtle, and natural, and do not give me headaches. I also have used vanilla as a fun comforting scent.

  • Juliet

    Wow, lots of people like me here who can’t wear commercial perfumes. I get headaches, nausea, sinus issues etc. even if someone else wears too much near me! I’m a Type1 and I would love to wear a scent but it has to be 100% natural and not too strong. For now I use natural moisturiser with Jasmin or Lavender or something like that in it. Im also attracted to citrus smells (fresh & bright) & i love my rosemary & ginger Weleda shampoo because it feels so fresh & clean. I used to like using the original source mint shower gel but now avoid laureth sulfates. I want everything to be as fresh & natural as possible!
    I LOVE what you guys are doign here & all the sharing. THANK YOU!

  • http://aol Vicki Mowery

    I am a Type 2 with a Type 4 secondary. For years I wore Passion by Estee Lauder. Recently, however, it seemed too strong, so I am currently wearing Sensuous, again by Estee Lauder. I have a very sensitive sense of smell, so I wear Eau de Toilette rather than the stronger perfume, and I find myself using Sensuous for special occasions and skipping perfume all together on most days. I LOVE my body wash, Honey Mango by Alba Botannica.

    • Nicole

      This is such a great post! I am new to DYT and did the online course. I’m type 2 and I love Sensuous as well. I have been wearing it for 3 years almost exclusively!!:) Glad to see I’m on track. I had a sample of Romance and Juicy that Anne suggested and I think I gave them both away…might have to test them again now that I know my type:) Love Eternity though. I’m off to Nordstroms LOL!

  • Susie

    Type 3/1 here….

    No commercial scents for me anymore, either.

    20 yrs ago I wore Casma by Caswell Macey and I loved Stetson for men, which I wore. My mom was always giving me floral, powdery scents and I hated them.

    Now I can stand a little scent on my clothes from bars of soap in my sock and underwear drawers, warm earthy scents mostly. But that’s it for being scented these days.

  • Audrey

    I am a Type 2 and I wear Vanilla Musk by Coty. My Type 4 husband really likes it too. I don’t wear it often–mostly for special occasions. I like subtle scents. I usually spray the perfume in the air and walk through it so that the scent remains subtle.

    • Alice Ebony Angel Kent

      I am a T4/2 and I like the Vanilla Musk also and I also love anything that is a bold scent. I just don’t want to smell it on somebody before they walk into the room or if their scent takes over the whole room. I think that some women go over the top when they apply it.

  • Judy

    Wow, Anne, you did an AWSOME job! Thank you so much!
    I actually much prefer commercial perfumes rather than oils. Love the pretty bottles too. 😉
    I would LOVE, if you could cover perfumes for different secondaries in the clubnight. (As in what would a 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 …wear)
    Also who would wear a vanilla scent and who would wear a coconut scent?
    Thank you!

  • pam

    How timely Consistent with my type (4)I had just a short time ago requested good perfume recommendations for each type.. I’m glad to see that you have recommendations for scents for each type. Thanks.

  • Moreen Murray

    Interesting a Type 2 I like the details of course – so when I check out a new fragrance I have to try it a couple of times and read up about it – the top notes, middle and base notes!! As far as scents go though I can’t stand Eternity, Escape or Romance – sorry! Perfume is very subjective. Anything with that sharp note gives me a headache. I usually go to French perfumes first as I think they are best at blending harmoniously. Curiously I have always liked spicier oriental scents wearing ones like Opium (I Know!), Coco and Angel – that one I get a lot of compliments on (they are soft on me and not overpowering – scents tend to fade quickly on me)…Guerlain makes a number of lovely scents – such as Coquin Gourmand and Spiriteuse Double Vanille – you can get trials of those at – no big commitment..right now I find I am getting tired of Angel and looking – Belle d’Opium is very pretty…I also like Bath and Body Works stuff – Vanilla Noir, Sensual Amber and for summer Forever Summer.

    • Moreen Murray

      Oops..Forever Sunshine

  • Melissa

    Very interesting! I used to work as a fragrance model and spraying perfume all day took it’s toll. Now I’m very sensitive to it and, like so many others have shared, find it difficult to wear or to be around others who have it on. However, I’ve found that scented lotion is easier for me to handle. I try to avoid anything artificial or scented so I don’t do this very often, but once in a while for special occasions I’ll put on some Happy lotion by Clinique and it immediately makes this Type 1/4 Happy! I started wearing it long before I knew I was a Type 1, so it’s interesting that we truly are drawn to what is right for our type.

  • Rabbi Wendy

    Wow! So HAPPY you did this video; I really enjoyed it! A coincidence for me – I just heard about Burberry Brit and went to Nordstrom for a sample. LOVE it!

    As a T3, I’m with Tammy in that I also really like men’s fragrances; check out “Imperiale” by Guerlain.

    My all-time favorite is “1000” by Jean Patou – pricey, but lasts and lasts. I just found a very affordable fragrance at The Body Shop “Dreams Unlimited” – also long lasting, fresh for summer. I used to wear “Muguet du Bonheur,” a spicy lily of the valley fragrance by Caron first released in 1952, but I don’t think they make it anymore. (sigh)

    It would be so helpful if you put these fragrances in our members’ resource area.

  • Julie

    I am a type 1 and I love to wear Elizabeth Arden’s 5th Avenue. The bottle is not very type 1, but the fragrance is light, fresh, and floral. I also like Wings by Georgio Armani. The bottle is beautiful and has a light blue
    ball shaped cap.

    It’s great to read all of these suggestions!

  • Marie-Christine Melhem

    I love ‘Chance’ – Eau Fraiche by Chanel.
    It’s been my scent since a few years back 🙂 And i can’t find something that replaces it.

  • Anna

    This makes so much sense as to why I can’t wear my Prada perfume. I am a T2 and I think it must be a T4 perfume. My husband loves it on me but it is so strong to me that I start to feel sick when I wear it. I have always likes vanilla smells. Right now I like to wear Juicy. I cannot seem to wear the flowery smells because it reminds me of something my grandma would wear 🙂

  • Kelly

    I don’t know what types these perfumes are, but I’ve always liked Cool Waters by Davidoff and Love Spell body spray by Victoria Secret. Also lately, I’ve liked 2 of Infusion Organique’s scents – Buddha’s Fig and Indochine. However, I have to literally not even put on a full squirt because it is so strong. Also love the smell of Dove body washes, but sadly the scent doesn’t really last much after a shower on me. Pretty much anything clean, aquatic, lightly floral, a touch sweet, and if any woodsy/musky scents has to be almost unnoticable. Also I really hate rose scents. (I am a T2/strong secondary T1)

  • Sandy

    I am a type 2 and don’t wear fragrance much, as I too am sensitive to smells and can get a headache if someone around me is wearing a strong floral fragrance. I used to wear a baby powder scent by Avon years ago, but found Vanilla musk and since then, I have worn some sort of a vanilla scent. I sometimes just put some vanilla extract behind my ears and a dab on my chest, smells delicious.

    Also, I love Bath & Body Works, Orange Ginger fragrance. It is supposed to be energetic, but I find it very relaxing and love to put it on before bed. I find the fragrance very comforting, which my type 2 loves.

  • RitaT1 ?

    This is VERy interesting. I literally can’t LIVE without scent! I am still not sure I am a T1, as I have lots T3 tendencies, but more and more the T1 is more like me. Like this topic. I LOOOOVE Daisy by Marc Jacobs and Nina’s the apple (not sure of the name) and J’Adore by Dior and Peace and Love by Juicy Couture and Original Dkny, love to hear all the other recommendations here ! Neat!

  • Becky Severson

    I am a type 1 who is into AromaTherapy. I enjoy what is known as a top note fragrance. So basicaly anything that is light and fresh smelling. Examples would be lemon, grapefruit, bergamont, sweet orange, daisy, clover, vanilla and sunflower.

    • Rachel ~ Type 1

      Thanks so much, Becky! I am a Type 1 and I wanted to know more about essential oils than commercial fragrances because of my chemical sensitivities. I would also love to have a club night about essential oils for the Four Types! Wouldn’t it be fun to understand how Aromatherapy aligns with our natures?

    • Maria Kelsey-Palmer

      Im so glad you posted this! I am pretty positively a type 1 but sweet and floral scents turn my stomach! They are absolutely the last scents I would choose or feel comfortable with. So I was anxious watching this. But my current signature scent is grapefruit based and I love that…so thank you for expounding on this principal!

  • Barb

    A lot of comments from Type 2’s – yeah!!
    I am a Type 2 and have exclusively used “Tresor” body lotion by Lancome for a long time … Double duty – lotion and perfume … soft smell and I still get complemented after 10 years of using. I use it only on my arms.
    Great topic and I will definitely be trying out some of the suggestions.

  • Suzanna

    I haven’t watched the video yet, but I know my scent is type 4, well, because I am a type 4 and what I say goes! It is an organic, natural citrus scent and I love it very much. It is clean, crisp, and PERFECT! Oddly enough, the bottle is very square!

  • Rebeca

    I’m a Type 4 and no longer wear fragrance. However, I did really like Channel #5 and Obsession years ago. I also love citrus smells in general (household cleaners, etc.).

  • monica

    I don’t know what type these would be, but I love Jessica McClintock because it smells so clean and fresh, like you just stepped out of a shower. My other favorite is Organza Incecence, which is a soft sweet smell.

    I’m a T3

    • truckpal

      Yes yes another Jessica McClintock devotee here! Were you surprised that you liked it when you discovered it, considering the style of the Jessica McClintock clothing style? I sure was. Not sure of my type, have tried them all. ha.

  • Dianne

    I’m a Type 4 and have worn Open by Roget et Gallet since it appeared in 1985. Also used to wear Fendi. Sadly, so many of my friends are MCS, I find it difficult to wear fragrance at all….

  • Chanelle

    Because my name is Chanelle, many people ask me if I wear Chanel No.5 perfume. I have only smelled the bottle, but I absolutely could not wear it. Now I know why, because I’m a T2 and it does nothing for me. I’ve also thought I should be more fashionable like my namesake, but if I ever tried to dress like the T4 Coco, I felt very out of place in my clothes. I love all this information, suddenly the whole world is making sense to me! I’m wondering about the cologne I buy for my husband. He’s a T3 but I always want him to wear Drakkar because I love it. But maybe Drakkar is a T2 scent? Should you wear the scent that your spouse would like so you attract them?

  • Paisleyize

    Oh de twalette, not ew de toilette. 😀

    I love Tocca Cleopatra for Type 2 with a 3 secondary. It’s soft and powdery but has a deep warm base. The bottle is outrageously romantic. You might want to review the Tocca line some time, because there’s very likely something in that line for everyone.

    Love this post! Thanks for all the great information!

    • Helene

      In fact, Anne is completely right in the pronunciation: I LIVE in France, and certainly in my region, eau is pronounced more almost like ‘or’: but DEFINITELY not as a short ‘oh’, as so many native English speakers seem to think. Anne is getting the details right as usual!

      • Terrye Newkirk

        Eau: slightly shortened O, but certainly NOT ew. A Frenchman might drop the e from de and say something between odd twalet and ode twalet. If you said “ew de toilette” in France, they’d probably think you were asking for the bathroom. Ew (où) means “where”. 😎

        Trust me on this. I’m a T4.

  • Erika Happyarts

    A light flowery sweet bouquet for T1 is what you say. Perhaps for some people but I must say my skintype or my nose does not agree with light, sweet sents usually. It really doesn’t.
    Actually i really have to try them out for several days to be sure I can wear a parfum. It is always recommended to do so before you actually buy a parfum and to prevent you buy the wrong one, and that has happened to me several times. 🙁
    My roommate really spoiled it for me, she used an overdose of eau de PARFUM every day of Versace, really horrible. 🙁 🙁

    I have worn Poison [pwazoh] eau de toilette of C. Dior for a decade but I cannot stand the smell any longer. It is oriental with a vanilla undertone. Rather heavy. I was wearing much black and heavy clothing in these days…

    A few years ago I found a much better one: Shalimar, eau de toilette, from Guerlain. That is also oriental but with a (light) powdersmell to it thanks to the violettes, and vanilla. At first I could not even smell it, it seemed to evaporate. Over the years the sent really got stronger for me. I love it, still do and I have another half bottle. 🙂
    Last year the parfumhouse sold a Vanilla edition, I so loved it but unfortunately it was so expensive, 99 euros, that is around 140 dollars.

    And now my lover bought Hypnotic Poison as a xmas gift since it was on my list, but I am not really sure if it is a smart idea. I did test it out, about two years ago, but then I was still a different person, not so sure about my type… Perhaps I might have it changed back for Shalimar again. But I do want some variety otherwise I might wear out Shalimar as well.
    Again eau de toilette, never eau de parfum because that is way too strong.

    There is one I truly love: Diorissimo from Dior, the sent is like entering in the most luxuous flowershop, it is my mothers’ perfume. I love it on her, but not on me.
    Did you say Chanel was a type 4??? I really think she was a type 3, she has a rather edged face and oriental eyes. 😉

  • Rachel Ramey

    Would a powdery scent be T2?

  • Pearle Pruitt

    Opium is one of my favorites, too and I’m type 2. Wonder if it would be more for a type 3 though?

  • Pearle Pruitt

    Was glad to hear that Romance is a type 2 scent. I’ve been wearing that for years. I also like Opium though which is a spicier scent – maybe more for a T3? I tried a new scent about a year ago — L’air du Temps which I love.

  • Gina Librizzi

    As a T4/1, I wore Patchouli essential oil for many years. It was more than a signature scent for me — it also scented my car, my home… and of course, people either loved it or hated it. I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with fragrance samples from magazines, which is how I discovered my current favorite: Bulgari Mon Jasmin Noir. I wouldn’t describe it as “simple”, but it’s definitely bold and striking. Many reviewers called it “too much” for daytime or regular wear, asserting that it was best reserved for special evenings out. For me, it’s a perfect everyday scent.

  • Ann Marie O’Brien

    Love the attention to detail. I am going to try Ann’s type 2 suggestions. I wore Guerlain’s L’heure bleu in college. I also like YSL Parisienne and some Penhaligon scents but it’s difficult to find that brand these days.

  • Mariah

    Please specify ingredient in the types perfumes.
    Most of these you mentioned florals. Some women don’t like florals.
    Can you state it in simpler terms
    ie: Type 1 florals
    Type 2 _________
    Type 3 ________
    Type 4 ________

    I don’t like perfume much. I have a few bottles of Brittany Spears because they are deep and velvety. Where does that come in?
    Also, prefer woody scents with perhaps orange, vanilla, sandalwood and musk. Where do they come in?
    And what about aftershaves for guys that drive a type _____ woman crazy? You could do one on them.
    eg: Pinot Sylvester
    etc., which type of aftershave drives which type of woman wild/romantic/desirous/ etc.? That’d be interesting to know!