How to Pick the Perfect Perfume

Tips & Tricks

How do you decide on your perfume? Have you stuck with a signature scent for years? Or do you feel overwhelmed by all the options out there?

When you know your Beauty Profile, you can apply what you know about your Type of beauty to any part of your life—even scent.

Dressing Your Truth Expert, Anne Tuttle Brown, has assembled an assortment of perfumes that express the natural movement of each of the 4 Types of beauty in my Beauty Profiling system.


Type 1: Bright, Animated Woman

  • Keywords: crisp, fresh, clean or bright, sweet.
  • Perfume examples: Happy by Clinique, Daisy by Marc Jacobs


Type 2: Soft, Subtle Woman

  • Keywords: romantic, musky, softer floral
  • Perfume examples: Romance by Ralph Lauren, Eternity by Calvin Klein


Type 3: Rich, Dynamic Woman

  • Keywords: rich, spicy, layered, citrus or cinnamon, with a kick
  • Perfume examples: The One by Dolce & Gabbana, Brit by Burberry


Type 4: Bold, Striking Woman

  • Keywords: pure, bold, distinct, love or hate
  • Perfume examples: Crystal Noir by Versace, Lola by Marc Jacobs, Chanel No. 5


Watch the video to see why these perfume keywords and examples are just right for different women. And see how even the designs of the perfume bottles express the movement of the 4 Types of beauty!

Want more ideas? Head over to the Carol Blog to see all the perfume suggestions that our readers gave us—just click here.


What’s Club Night?

This video was originally a quick preview of one of our Dressing Your Truth Club Nights.

Club Night is a special event for Dressing Your Truth Club Members who gather from all over the world for fashion fun and support at our Center in Utah (or right here online with our live streaming broadcast).

Even if you’re just hearing about Dressing Your Truth now, you can still experience the perfume and floral Club Night that we talk about in this video.

When you start Dressing Your Truth, you’ll get online access to all previously recorded Club Nights—and so many other resources to help you bring out your true beauty!

Don’t Know Your Type?

Not sure how to pick your perfect perfume because you don’t know your Type of beauty? Start today!

Take the first step to discovering your personal Beauty Profile by taking my 3-Minute Beauty Confidence Quiz. And get ready to feel more beautiful than you ever have!

Carol Tuttle

Carol Tuttle, best-selling author of four books, created Beauty Profiling and Dressing Your Truth to fill a need for women everywhere who don't know how beautiful they are. Her revolutionary makeover program has transformed the look—and lives!—of women all over the world. She wants to help you learn the truth about your beauty so that you can live it, dress it, and love it!


  1. G M
    23 November 11, 11:51am

    My 3 perfumes are Fiji and Lumiere.  Both are darned expensive but wow.. what a wonderful smell.  I pick the one that suits my mood… the Fiji is getting hard to find

  2. Anonymous
    28 November 11, 8:39am

    I love your video clips, especially this one on scent, but PLEASE put a counter on your videos so we can tell how long they are. Yes, I must be a type 4 but many of us are.

  3. CaCoast
    02 February 13, 12:01am

    I’m a 1, and I wear Tova Signature. It’s wonderfully fresh and clean! And I really like Carol’s distressed denim jacket that she’s wearing in this video.

  4. Susan-Elizabeth
    30 March 13, 10:08am

    If you’re into perfume, then try reading Perfumes – The A-Z by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. It’s a great tool for all types because it covers a vast number of perfumes and rates them from one star to 5 stars with detailed reviews. It also describes the type of perfume and its price range. At the back it lists by type, by rating and by perfumer. 5 star listings include Chanel number 5, Givenchy III, Clinique Elixirs,(I wear this as a type 3) Ca Sent Beau, L’Heure Bleue, Tommy Girl, Mitsouko. Daisy gets 3 stars’competent fruity floral’ Eternity gets 3 ‘loud rose’ Romance gets a 2. The One gets 3 stars. Crystal Noir gets a 1 star. The reviews are reasoned and to the point. Well worth investing in.

  5. Nathalia
    19 August 13, 4:43am

    Funny, that I am a type 4 and was forever searching for a pure Frangipani smell for summer and a pure Vanilla for Winter. But that got boring after a while, so now I am using Yves Rochers Monoi de Tahiti in Summer, which smells a lot Frangipani, but also like coconut, and Angel by Thierry Mugler in Winter, which is intense and very much love or hate with my friends and relatives.

  6. Aisha Musa
    14 September 13, 1:46pm

    Based on this advice, I got a sample size of Crystal Noir, and I absolutely love it! I just ordered a sample of Lola, and I can’t wait to see how I like it.

  7. Mary Berry
    22 December 13, 11:08am

    This tickles me. I just decided I am a type 4 but I’ve been wearing Chanel number 5 for many years! I believe I’ll try some of the others mentioned here. Thanks!

  8. RamshackleButterfly .
    30 December 13, 9:19pm

    I always loved Poison – Christian Dior, and as a type 3 I think it’s perfect!

  9. imagi
    30 March 14, 6:18pm

    Hi,What Type do you think Elizabeth Arden’s RED DOOR and Givenchy’s Angie Damon Fall under?
    I am a type 3 and of all the perfumes, I absolutely love these …… to me no other comes close to Red Door for daytime/ or anytime and Angie Damon for night functions/ parties.
    I love both equally, but if I am forced to choose, It’d be Red Door :-)

  10. Beverly
    19 April 14, 9:25pm

    I am a type 2 and wear Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan. It’s very light and I get so many compliments on it.

  11. actiasluna
    26 July 14, 3:43pm

    As a 4/2, I love Chanel Sycomore and Guerlain Shalimar Ode a la Vanille, Jicky, and L’Heure Bleue, Leathers like Cuir de Lancome… and also wear a few “unisex” scents like Bvlgari Black. Scents marketed for men are also in my perfume cabinet top 10, mostly fougeres and leathers/woods.

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