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#AskThePros: How Do I Choose My Prose Fragrance?

The Pros
February 13, 2020
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Welcome back to #AskThePros, where The Pros—your support team of custom formula and hair experts—break down our biggest customer questions. This month, we’re decoding the Prose fragrance portfolio.

During the consultation, we recommend a few well-liked fragrances that we think will be right up your alley. With that said, you’re always welcome to select any fragrance and to switch things up with every order. So, how to choose out of our nine exclusive options?

While we’re all about cutting-edge research and scientific rigor, fragrances can be a subjective, deeply personal experience. With that in mind, we decided to go all-in with a decidedly unscientific approach. We asked The Pros (along with a few honorary members) to sniff all of our fragrances and jot down their thoughts. The result? An unfiltered collection of opinions, memories, and musings which we hope can guide you towards your next choice. So if you’ve been dying to know which Prose fragrance is deemed the “most masculine” or evokes “sophistication and mischief,” then look no further.

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.

Elixir: Floral + Beachy (Freesia, Jasmine & Vanilla)

What The Pros have to say:

To me, this smells like:

Summertime florals—sort of like walking the path from the bayside to the oceanside; Vintage perfume; Very floral, powdery, and expensive; A good candle; Old-school suntan lotion mixed with baby powder.

Who would love Elixir?

Summer-loving jetsetters.

An outdoorsy version of the person who loves Signature.

Someone who wants a mature scent profile with a little summertime nostalgia.

Elixir is a fragrance that Ginger from Gilligan’s Island would wear.

What would an Elixir mood board look like?

Sunbathers and boardwalks.

White roses, lilies and hydrangeas.

Women in Chanel suits.

50s beaches—think striped umbrellas, vintage bathing suits, wood-paneled station wagons parked on the sand, Gidget, Beach Party and The Endless Summer.

Subtle, strong, or somewhere in-between?

Strong for sure!

Fruitissime: Fruity + Sweet (Pineapple, Coconut & Candied Fruit)

What The Pros have to say:

To me, this smells like:

A piña colada with an extra shot of coconut rum for added sweetness. It’s sunny, straightforward, and upbeat—I feel a sugar high when I smell it; Melting popsicles; A fruit stand serving up pineapple slices on a clear summer day; Lip gloss.

Who would love Fruitissime?

Anyone who lives on the beach, or is just in need of sunshine.

Anyone with a sweet tooth.

Someone who loves adventure and getaways.

Someone fun, bubbly, and upbeat who’s nostalgic for childhood and the early 2000s.

What would a Fruitissime mood board look like?

Tropical drinks with little umbrellas.

Palm trees and white sand.

Rainbow-colored Runts candies.

Hula hoops.

Britney Spears in her prime.

Subtle, strong, or somewhere in-between?

Definitely hits you in the shower, but fades to a very soft fragrance afterward.

Note: If you currently have Fruitissime as your fragrance, you can continue to order it, but if you are new to the scent and are looking to order it for the first time, it will unfortunately not be an option.

Ispahan: Floral + Fruity (Lychee, Rose & Raspberry)

What The Pros have to say:

To me, this smells like:

The perfect balance of sweet and floral, but leaning towards sweet; A mixologist’s cocktail—I expect a sugared rim! A cool shower on a hot summer day; Gourmet fruits; My dream perfume: romantic and feminine, but not frilly.

Who would love Ispahan?

Someone who likes their fragrance to linger.

Anyone who is flirty, thirty (or not), and thriving!

Someone who wants a fragrance that’s mature, sophisticated, sexy, and a little mischievous.

Catwoman would wear this fragrance.

What would an Ispahan mood board look like?

Super feminine: shades of deep fuschia, flower petals on a bed, crystal decanters, rippling satin, a city skyline at night.

Dusty rose, blazers and up-dos.

A lychee martini.

Subtle, strong, or somewhere in-between?

Strong at first, but it softens after a while.

Napoli: Citrusy + Floral (Lemon, Neroli & Orange Blossom)

What The Pros have to say:

To me, this smells like:

Citrus candy for adults; Dried orange slices; Citronella candles; Surprisingly sweet with a faint bitter note; A little bit of verbena; An almost lemongrass-y endnote.

Who would love Napoli?

Someone who loves a fresh and fruity scent, but not an overly sweet/cloying kind.

Someone who likes herbs, fruits, and essential oils.

Someone who really loves cleaning.

Someone who loves yoga and hiking, but wouldn’t sacrifice smelling good and looking good for the workout.

Earth signs.

What would a Napoli mood board look like?

A patio on a summer night.

Citrus groves.

Hiking trails.

Wooden serving bowls.

Lots of greenery.

Southern Europe/The Mediterranean, but not in a seaside-sense—more Florence than Naples.

Subtle, strong, or somewhere in-between?

I would say it’s strong, the herbal notes kick you right in the face.

Fragrance fun fact: We offer two 100% natural fragrances, Napoli and Botanica—these are mostly derived from essential oils, in addition to other plant-based ingredients.

Note: If you currently have Napoli as your fragrance, you can continue to order it, but if you are new to the scent and are looking to order it for the first time, it will unfortunately not be an option.

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.

Candela: Woody + Warm (Nutmeg Oil, White Wood & Vanilla)

What The Pros have to say:

To me, this smells like:

Smoke, leather, spice, tobacco; Logs laid on a flickering fire; Whiskey; If chocolate and leather had a lovechild; A retreat for self-care and self-reflection.

Who would love Candela?

A person who can dig deep and find the sweetness in something smokey and bitter.

Winter lovers.

Those who like the smell of incense or sandalwood.

Someone who’s looking for a masculine fragrance.

What would a Candela mood board look like?

A musty library with mahogany wood and leather furnishing.

Tumblers of Scotch.

Cigars and  vintage leather.

Ice-tipped trees at golden hour.

Flannel, a crackling fire, a flickering candle.

The ski chalet from the opening of The Spy Who Loved Me.

Subtle, strong, or somewhere in-between?

Subtle but then boom, strong.

Fragrance fun fact: Our latest seasonal offering, Candela was created by the French master perfumer who dreamed up our seven original fragrances. You can read more about the making of Candela here.


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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