True story: I'm 31 years old and haven't nailed down a signature scent yet. I've come to terms with the fact that I'll probably always have a few fragrances on rotation at any given time because finding one all-encompassing, personality-fitting fragrance is actually really hard.
For me, perfumes have always been an extension of my wardrobe—a direct representation of my mood or, I don't know, the weather on any particular day. They help me tap into all my style personas (from classic to edgy) and often bring them to life. Such is the case with Carolina Herrera's Very Good Girl Eau de Parfum ($107), which launched in celebration of the brand's 40th anniversary and is a bold new interpretation of the iconic Good Girl fragrance.
I don't know if it's the scent or the fabulous, bright red, stiletto-shaped bottle (or the combination of both), but this fragrance gives off insanely good energy. It's an energy that makes me feel confident, fearless, and dare I say sexy? The scent is perfectly balanced—it starts off fruity and playful with a hint of red currant, which gives way to a lovely mix of rose and lily before settling into an unexpected and captivating blend of vanilla and vetiver. Personally, I think that the rose and vetiver create the perfect scent contrast. It's unique, modern, and just the thing to spritz on when I want an extra confidence boost.
Did you really think I would write this article without trying the original Good Girl Eau de Parfum ($98)? It comes in the same iconic stiletto-shaped bottle in black. Of the two, the original is a little more sultry, warm, and almost spicy. At first sniff, I was hit with a vibrant blend of jasmine and tuberose, which faded into something sweet, velvety, and almond-like before finishing with rich cocoa and tonka bean. You can truly wear this fragrance any day, whether you're feeling sweet or edgy. It's the perfect blend of scents to bring out the various personas we all have hidden away—I'm planning on being a (very) Good Girl this fall.