Your Guide To Finding A Signature Scent
Some oriental fragrances are an acquired taste, as they have deep, spicy notes that lack the effervescent quality of easy-to-wear florals. Several types of orientals exist, some less rich than others. Orientals are characterized by notes that are definitively warm in nature, often with vanilla.
1. Fresh Cannabis Santal: A true oriental that bears no resemblance to what you'd think. This is a unisex scent but is well-suited for women with notes of vanilla musk and its namesake, the woody Cannabis accord. ($38 for 1 oz, Sephora)
2. Thierry Mugler Angel: Perhaps the most famous of orientals, Angel is full of sweet, rich notes like vanilla, caramel, honey, and chocolate, with citrusy-sensual bergamot to complement. ($118 for 1.7 oz, Sephora)
3. Vera Wang Princess: As implied by the packaging, Princess is considered a "young" scent, but it's universal in its extreme but not-cloying sweetness. ($45 for 1 oz, Sephora)
4. Dior Pure Poison: The classic "sexy" fragrance, this scent will get you noticed. Its sweet citrus notes of orange, bergamot, and mandarin are offset by florals that dry down to a soft, faintly floral musk. ($62 for 1 oz, Sephora)