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For signature scent purists, adding a fragrance or two into the mix may bear little appeal—and for the collectors, the thought of culling their curation might spark a bead of sweat. Like many beauty rituals, there are no rules when it comes to fragrance—it’s an artform that exists to make you feel however you wish to feel. Whether you’re scaling back, building a collection, or sitting on the fence, we’re simplifying the four approaches to fragrance to make choosing a scent—or scents—easy.
With scent so closely attached to our memories and emotions, having a signature scent will not only make choosing a fragrance easy every morning, but will also make your friends and family (and definitely your exes), think of you instantly as it trails past their nose, no matter where they are or what they’re doing. For you, it’s ease and identity, and for those around you, comfort and familiarity. Having one signature scent also means you’re unlikely to watch expensive fragrances spoil on your vanity (an easy way to reduce your beauty waste).
Our most notable signatures:
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As we intensify our makeup from day to night, the same can go for your scent—just make sure to find a pairing that layers well together, as your morning fragrance may very well linger. Staying in the same scent family—woody/woody, oriental/oriental—or opting for an enhancer like Escentric Molecule’s Molecule 01 or D.S. & Durga’s Crystal Pistil and I Don't Know What makes this easy. Through the olfactory powers of scent, a post-work fragrance change will work like a mental on/off switch, letting your brain know it’s time to play.
Our favourite fragrance enhancers:
As the seasons change, so do our moods, minds, and lifestyles—it makes sense that your fragrance might too. Leaning into the energy of a season feels good; cosying up with warm woods and orientals in winter, and blooming into spring with florals… it’s like shopping for seasonal produce. This approach helps to break up the year, attach memories to each season (and then remind you of them the following years), and can stop you from getting bored of a single scent. To the same vein, you can add in an extra scent or two for holidays, special occasions, and the like.
Our top seasonal scents, in order from summer to spring:
Why limit yourself to one scent when there are thousands of impeccably crafted fragrances in this world (and at MECCA)? No day, week or month need be the same when you can set the mood with something that feels fresh and new. You don’t have just one outfit in your closet, after all. For the beauty collectors and fragrance fanatics, a wardrobe may be the only way. Whether your wardrobe is a scaled to five or 35, it creates space for self-expression, subtle escapism, and growth—if you tire of a certain scent, there’s no pressure to find and commit to a new one full-time. As much free reign as a wardrobe may give you, don’t feel pressured to hit all the families. If you fancy florals alone, build a wardrobe brimming with gardenia, rose, peony, orchid and lilac. If there’s a certain note you’re drawn to, explore through the families for varying scents with that signature commonality. You do you.
Our scent wardrobe must-haves: