Don’t get me wrong. I love a heady, strong perfume more than anyone. Perfume is the perfect way to make a lasting impression. But here’s a totally counterintuitive notion: Subtle perfumes make the biggest impressions. I rotate perfumes pretty much every day, and I’ve found that when I wear a subtle, inconspicuous scent, people are always the most intrigued.
I think it’s because subtle scents inherently have a bit more mystery to them. They’re not in your face, but they’re definitely still making a quiet statement. That’s what makes them so appealing. A subtle scent will leave someone thinking about how good you smell, and it doesn’t seem like you tried too hard to smell good. Below, I’ve rounded up my favorite subtle scents, which are guaranteed to get you at least one “You smell so good” comment per wear.