Finding your personal fragrance can be tricky. You don't want to smell like the stuff coming out of a department store—corporate scents that embody no personality. Nope, just like your fashion choices, you want to be an individual. That's why I think it's smart to really hunt out a fragrance, and find something that's one-of-a-kind. Support a local boutique in your town by snapping up one of their finely curated perfumes. One of my new favorite lines of fragrance is D.S. & Durga, a two-person production house based in New York where D.S. (him) and Durga (her) create, package, and pour every bottle of high quality scents. These are the kinds of smells that stay with you throughout the day. The pair combines aromatic essential oils, plant extracts, and more, in their batches, which are sold locally at Cameron Marks.
I recently tried out three varieties and was sold on each: Poppy Rouge, Italian Citrus (masculine), and Bowmakers. All three are hearty and strong, and smell like a hard-working, brilliant, artistic woman who's going places. (With notes including orange, musk, leather, and even wood.) Check out the varieties at Cameron Marks or online at dsanddurga.com.