If there's one thing the ELLE staffers take very seriously it's their smell. More specifically, the one loyal perfume that defines their character - if a humble fragrance can do that kind of thing - or at the very least accentuate it. Some are fickle, with a different bottle for every occasion, but there's always a central whiff the whole repertoire revolves around. For others, there is one true perfume love that has stood the test of a very long time, and with it comes notes of nostalgia, character and no competition. Click through for the ELLE staffers signature scents.
Sophie Beresiner, Beauty Director
I think my nose has become desensitized to this from years of wear, because I can't really smell it on myself anymore, but my gosh everyone else can. I gather this from the countless compliments I get - mostly from girls, but I'll take that - and requests to write it down so they don't forget. I have written Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules on bar napkins, taxi receipts, backs of hands. It smells different on everyone apparently, but is supposed to excite hormones in the 'sniffer' to find you more attractive. This is not why I wear it (I'm married). It I love the musky, unusual, unisex note that I haven't found anywhere else, and am yet to find anything to beat it.
Amy Lawrenson, Senior Beauty Writer
I never had a signature scent, when it came to perfume I was always a social butterfly easily swayed by the new kid on the block. It was a chance meeting that led me to The One. I found myself in Ormonde Jayne - sheltering from the rain. It was love at first smell. Champaca is heady, intoxicating. Woven within the juice is neroli, champaca, myrrh and pink pepper - funnily enough those pretty peppercorns are a common theme in the scents I'm drawn to.
I had been wearing Champaca for a short while when I met up with some good friends and we got round to talking about my new perfume, 'it just smells like ', one said. And while I'll still have dalliances with tall, dark, handsome bottles of Jo Malone Dark Amber and Ginger Lily, Comme de Garcons Amazingreen and Balenciaga Florabotanica (to name a few), I always find myself coming ba
Miette L Johnson, Art Director
I really believe in sense memory, and so I revolve my perfumes regularly. Coco Madamoiselle is for winters back home, Tom Ford's Violet Blonde is for hot summer nights, but the one I keep going back to, is this. When rainy weather gets me down, a little spritz of Bobbi Brown Beach does the trick. It's the ultimate seaside holiday throwback.
Debbie Morgan, Editorial Business Manager
I like the unusual, sophisticated edge – I've always been a fan of floral and citrus fused perfumes, but this fuses floral tones with a touch of exotic spices which makes it pretty special
Gillian Brett, Fashion Features Assistant
My signature (when I can afford it) is Le Labo Rose 31. Growing up, my mum wore a really heady scent when she'd go out, so I've always thought of perfume as a ladylike indulgence. In my opinion your trademark scent should be as luxurious and delicious as possible
Hannah Clack, Beauty Intern
It absolutely has to be Dior's J'Adore Eau de Parfum. I have flings with other perfumes that lure me in with exotic ingredients and sexy bottles, but I always fall back in love with J'Adore in the end. It's a real classic and it's never let me down.
Natasha Pearlman, Deputy Editor
My new signature, which I discovered about six months ago, is Tom Ford Café Rose. It's beautiful. It's hard to describe if you've never smelt it, but I think it's the most luxurious scent I've ever worn. My husband always comments now when I wear it and it's the first perfume in 15 years that has felt like me. Up until the end of last year, the only other perfume I wore (since the age of 15!) was Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio. It's such a great smell for summer – I still love it. But probably even more so because when I put it on I am quite literally transported back to over a decade's worth of memories.
Hannah Swerling, Commissioning Editor
I started wearing Davidoff Cool Water around the same time I started wearing Tammy Girl babydoll dresses and No Box platform shoes. It's a signature scent born of practicality – most perfumes give me a headache except this one - but of course I like it too. It's clean, fresh and simple which pretty much sums up my approach to all beauty products. Thankfully, the babydoll dresses haven't endured in the same way
Sunil MaKan, Picture Assistant
When it comes to fragrance, it's no secret that I'm obsessed. And with over 25 bottles currently - artfully - balanced on my bathroom shelf, it's hard to believe that I play the favouring game. Believe it or not, few fragrances make it onto the absolute top shelf and if they did they would be nestled between Dior Homme, Nasamato Black Afgano, MFK Lumiere Noire and Diptyque 34. I've recently discovered Maison Francis Kurkdjian Velvet oud - part of a new collection called OUD Mood. It's spicy, smooth and full of depth and I've never smelt anything else like it - all of the characters that make it the perfect signature scent for me.
Christina Simone, Workflow Director
Woodsy, musky and gently floral – reminds me of my honeymoon in the Hudson Valley of New York.
Suzanne Sykes, Creative Director
Wearing La Fumée is like putting a fur rug around you by a fire, I feel in different moods from winter to summer and when its warmer I wear Jo Loves Pomelo, it's is like liquid sunshine.
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