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#AskThePros: How Do I Choose My Prose Fragrance?

February 13, 2020

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Signature: Floral + Powdery (Violet Leaf, Peony & Blue Iris)

What The Pros Have to Say:

To me, this smells like:

A powdered bubble bath; Very floral, musky, mature; Traditional weddings; Floral arrangements; What I imagine an ancien régime facial powder would smell like. [Saved you a Google search: “ancien régime” refers to French society between the 15th and 18th centuries.]


Who would love Signature?

Someone who wants you to know they’ve arrived when they walk into a room—it’s a statement.

Someone who likes bold jewelry, strong perfumes, big hats, and high tea.

Someone who enjoys antique hunting, and perhaps a good Charlotte Brontë novel.

What would a Signature mood board look like?

A string of pearls or vintage Chanel.

The Plaza Hotel tea room.

Dried flowers.

A velvet armchair.

An antique boudoir.

An array of glass bottles containing perfumes, serums and creams.

Subtle, strong, or somewhere in-between?

Strong—demands attention but gets more subtle with time.

Botanica: Herbal + Aromatic (Eucalyptus, Lavender & Rosemary)

What The Pros have to say:

To me, this smells like:

Mint; A eucalyptus steam room; An oil diffuser at a spa or yoga studio; This furniture store my parents used to go to in India, called Good Earth; The eucalyptus sprigs from the place settings at my wedding.


Who would love Botanica?

Anyone who loves incense, sages, and mint.

Someone who meditates.

Someone who needs extra stress relief in the shower without the price tag of a spa appointment.

Someone who’d prefer something fresh and less in-your-face—the most masculine of our offerings.

What would a Botanica mood board look like?

A spa.

Plant roots and little buds.


Incense in an empty yoga studio.


Someone doing yoga in Washington Square Park.

Subtle, strong, or somewhere in-between?

Strong in this sample, but in my experience, very subtle in use.

Fragrance fun fact: In addition to being one of our 100% natural options, Botanica seems to break gender barriers more than any other Prose fragrance—it’s one of the most popular choices for male Prose employees.

Perle: Powdery + Musky (Bergamot, White Lilac & Musk)

What The Pros have to say:

To me, this smells like:

Musk, spice, flowers; An old dresser containing your grandmother’s timeless pieces; Smells like baby powder got an upgrade; Fresh lilies, but also smells warm and cozy like freshly washed laundry; It reminds me of a men’s cologne, but packaged in a femme bottle.


Who would love Perle?

A very diverse crowd.

Someone looking for a traditional fragrance, who loves warmer, powdery, and light floral scents that aren’t too sharp.

Anyone who wants a little comfort.

What would a Perle mood board look like?

A mussed up comforter and rumpled sheets.

Dreamy, wispy clouds.

Cashmere and silk.

The sun rising through sheer white curtains.

Large, fluffy white flowers like peonies, magnolias, or chrysanthemums.

Perle is a Sunday morning sleeping in, where you can luxuriate in a day dream.

Subtle, strong, or somewhere in-between?

Subtle, but lovely.

Corsica: Fresh + Cool (Anjou Pear, Peony & Cedar Wood)

What The Pros have to say:

To me, this smells like:

Walking along the beach on a spring morning, wearing freshly laundered linens; Seafoam; A nautical living room at a house in the Cape; Sweet, sparkling wine.

Who would love Corsica?

Someone who likes their makeup and fashion to seem effortless and natural.

Beach goers.

Someone who wants a more gender neutral and universal fragrance—it’s not too floral, not too sweet, not too femme.



What would a Corsica mood board look like?

Flutes of Prosecco overlooking an ocean view terrace.

Wet pavement after a heavy spring shower.

A Montauk dive bar.

Bright blue ocean scattered with white sailboats.

The entirety of the film Mamma Mia.

Subtle, strong, or somewhere in-between?

Somewhere in between, almost perfect.

Fragrance fun fact: Thanks to incredible feedback from customers who didn’t want to part with Corsica, this limited-edition summer fragrance entered our permanent collection.

Prelude: Floral + Cool (Rose, Black Currant & Musk)

What The Pros have to say: 


To me, this smells like

A freshly arranged bouquet of roses; An artisan soap bar, with a hint of sweetness like a jam; If our Corsica and Ispahan fragrances had a garden rendezvous. 

Who would love Prelude? 

Anyone who likes a fresh, feminine fragrance that treads lightly between floral and semi-sweet.

For the customer who’s graceful and polished—think Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. 

What would a Prelude mood board look like?

Rose petals blowing in the wind.

Dancing ballerinas.

A picnic in a meadow of wildflowers, baby’s breath, and falling cherry blossoms.

Crystals sparkling in the sunlight.

A flute of rosé.

Essie’s classic Ballet Slippers nail polish (a subtle pale pink).

Subtle, strong, or somewhere in-between?

Somewhere in between, but it has staying power (which is lovely!).

Fragrance fun fact: Looking to refresh your Zoom meetings? You can download our Prelude Zoom background here; the gorgeous floral design also works as the perfect background or lockscreen for your phone. 

Arcadia (Limited Edition!): Citrusy + Woodsy (Grapefruit, Lemon, Basil, Mint & Cedar) 


What The Pros have to say:

To me, this smells like

Fresh, crisp & invigorating! Like jumping into a mountain stream; This is what the “NYC Cool Girl” archetype would smell like—subtle, complex, and masculine; that fall morning, 6am smell when you first step outside and there’s still dew on the grass.

Who would love Arcadia? 

The early bird who likes to start each day with a morning walk (or maybe just wants to feel like it in the shower). 

Hikers, gardeners, anyone who leans towards herbal and earthy scents.

Someone interested in aromatherapy—this scent definitely invigorates and uplifts.

What would an Arcadia mood board look like?

A walk through the trees in late autumn or a stroll through a sun-filled orchard.

A bright and immaculate hotel shower—Arcadia is soothing but also perks you up, just like the feeling of a long, hot shower.

Subtle, strong, or somewhere in-between?

Somewhere in between, just enough to make you feel energized but can also relax into that state.


No fragrance notes here, but as a friendly reminder, our fragrance-free products are just that: free of fragrance, and free of any chemical masking agents that are sometimes used to create a “fragrance-free” product. If you opt for fragrance-free formulas and catch a whiff of something, rest assured you’re just picking up on your natural active ingredients. And for those with a sensitive scalp, our chemists always recommend going fragrance-free.


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