2012

What’s Your Fragrance Profile?

Angela Andriot, artisan perfumer Vetiver Aromatics 812-518-2173 aandriot@vetiveraromatics.com

This quiz is based on the aroma genera described in The Fragrant Mind by Valerie Ann Worwood.

Although the two fields have similarities. and wood.” because when people smell blends made solely from oils in an individual category. She calls these the “magnificent nine. leaf. less known is its cousin aromachology. that’s what people tend to call the resultant fragrance: magnificent. and emotion. The oils are organized into nine “types”—floral. in which the various properties of essential oils are organized according to their connections to mind. the Sense of Smell Institute. seed. root. it is a rare soul who fits neatly into one of the above nine boxes. Similarly. herb. First. In fact. body. resin.Aroma Genera The Nine Fragrant Personalities Do fragrances have personalities? Are people with certain personality profiles more likely to be drawn to a particular fragrance? What does your fragrance say about you? Although many people are familiar with the field of aromatherapy. spice. In fact. aromachology deals specifically with the psychology of fragrance. Each fragrance category reflects a particular personality type. but rarely in real life. fruit. one could argue that a person who is equally balanced between all nine categories is the most fully actualized person of all! Are you ready to get started? . You might find such archetypes in movies and cartoons. Valerie Ann Worwood has developed a process called aroma genera. Aromachology is a term that was first coined by the Fragrance Foundation’s research and education division. taking a scientific approach to the relationship between fragrance and the mind. When examining your own personality profile. there are a few things to keep in mind. such a person would probably be quite one-dimensional and seem like a caricature of a fully developed human being.

and often lead my social circle I find nothing is nothing more satisfying than a job well done I’m a great organizer and hard worker I tend to be a people-pleaser. _____2. _____1. Don’t worry. I am strong. Now answer the following questions according to the extent to which they apply to you as you are now. and in touch with my feelings. _____6. I enjoy flirting and often find myself in the middle of fun romantic scenarios My appearance is important to me. _____9. You can do it! _____10. I have security. I am joyous and exhilarating. and fair. making sure those around me are happy . _____3. intuitive. bold. I am a peacemaker. _____15. and I always try to look my best I keep up with the latest fashions I am popular amongst my peers. I create beauty. and approval. _____12. What would the perfect you be like? Look at the following nine statements and rank them according to importance to you. I am appreciated and needed. I am ethical.” Remember. independent. I understand the global perspective. I stand out from the crowd. honest. I am knowledgeable and wise. I am solid and dependable. _____4. I live by strong principles and morals. _____14. gentle. _____5. respect. and forthright. _____11. _____8. _____13. I know what I want and go for it. I am admired by others. _____7. _____16. I am spiritually rich.What’s Your Fragrance Personality? Think about your ideal self. I feel harmony within myself. Now it’s time to get real. with 1 being the most important and 9 being the least important. we’ve moved on from thinking about our ideal selves. with 1 being “not at all me” and 5 being “totally me. and kind. My life is exciting and full of adventure. I am unpretentious.

_____26.” My ideal day would be spent outdoors. _____37. _____24. _____32. _____43. _____29. there are few I call true. _____20. _____18. _____28. _____25. _____38. even in those most have condemned I consider myself highly intellectual and love learning new things I sometimes have a hard time making decisions because I can’t stop researching it I have a great imagination and spend a lot of time inside my head The best conversations involve a good. Although I have a lot of acquaintances. _____22. _____36._____17. _____41. _____35. _____45. and am not afraid to express them There is wonder and beauty even in the most mundane of things I love to create and recreate myself. silent type. and love the experience of shopping Taking care of the environment is very important to me People tend to refer to me as the “strong. _____31. _____21. just accepting things as they are A stable life is a comfortable life. _____39. _____34. adventure. _____44. _____40. constantly trying on new styles and hobbies My idea of the perfect day involves lots of people. _____33. _____19. _____42. and spontaneity I tend to be very exuberant and vivacious in my interactions I love to be the life of the party I am a connoisseur of the finer things in life. I have a hard time dealing with change I prefer harmony and will sometimes agree with people just to keep peace I like to help other people solve their disputes I am very intuitive and can pick up on other people’s thoughts and feelings I am very in touch with my own feelings. _____23. honest debate about a challenging topic I think too many people have lost sight of what is right and wrong Living a life of spirituality and morality are important to me I donate to charities and/or volunteer a lot of my time to worthy causes I often wish I could do more to help others get on the right path I tend to be a very laid-back person. surrounded by nature I tend to be very strong-minded and self-determined. _____30. deep friends Nothing makes me happier than taking care of my family I’m usually the first person people call when they need help or advice I prefer a nice evening at home over a night out on the town I tend to see the best in others. . _____27.

______________ Now let’s turn our attention to the rest of the questions. Rooty 7. So. if you ranked Question #4 the highest. The personalities below are numbered to correspond to the questions in Section 1. Spicy 9. ______________ 8. These illustrate the nine personalities as you are right now. This is the structure of your ideal self. ______________ 3. let’s take a look at your ideal self. Don’t worry. Fruity 3. shall we? Find your score for each of the questions and add them together with the following chart: . look and see which number(s) you rank the highest in. ______________ 9. Herby 4. Resiny 6. Woody My Fragrant Personality 1. Seedy 8. They may or may not match up to your ideal self! Let’s find out. ______________ 7.what you strive for. In Section 1. then your highest ranking ideal personality is leafy. ______________ 5. Floral 2. In the box to the right. Leafy 5.Your Results Each of these questions illustrates one of the nine fragrance personalities listed below. This is your ideal personality. ______________ 6. we’ll talk about what each of these personality types mean at the end! 1. ______________ 2. write down the results of your own rank order of fragrant personalities. So. ______________ 4.

_______ 41. _______ 12.How do you add up? Floral 10. _______ 45. _______ : ________ TOTAL: _______ : ________ TOTAL: _______ : ________ TOTAL: _______ Leafy 22. _______ 39. _______ Fruity 14. _______ Resiny 26. _______ 21. _______ 17. _______ 27. _______ 44. _______ : ________ TOTAL: _______ : ________ TOTAL: _______ : ________ TOTAL: _______ . _______ 43. _______ 33. _______ : ________ TOTAL: _______ : ________ TOTAL: _______ : ________ TOTAL: _______ Seedy 34. _______ 40. _______ 16. _______ 20. _______ 19. _______ 13. _______ Herby 18. _______ 11. _______ 37. _______ 28. _______ 15. _______ 35. _______ Rooty 30. _______ 24. _______ 31. _______ 25. _______ 29. _______ 32. _______ Woody 42. _______ 23. _______ Spicy 38. _______ 36.

______________ 3. When designing your custom fragrance. ______________ 2. ______________ 6. ______________ If the two lists do not match. ______________ 5. ______________ 9. and write down your list here. These may or may not match your ideal personality. ______________ 7. ______________ 4. ______________ 8. or strengthening your weaker fragrant personalities. You now know what traits to target on your own quest for self-improvement. ______________ 3. drawing out your ideal self. Rank order the results for each personality type.What is my Fragrant Personality? Now it’s time to put together your actual self structure. ______________ 1. ______________ 9. ______________ 4. which will aid you in your quest for self actualization! . ______________ 5. Let’s compare them and see! My Fragrant Personality My Ideal Personality 1. ______________ 7. ______________ 8. ______________ 2. then you have learned something about yourself. Wearing the fragrances from a particular fragrance family will help your mind and body align with the properties of those scents. we can focus on emphasizing your current personality. ______________ 6.

They love a good romance. Florals tend to be fashionable. Herbies tend to live very calm and uneventful lives. They love their family. attractive. They are hardworkers. and find fulfillment in taking care of those closest to them. fruities also have a very playful and benevolent side.The Personalities Florals are flirtaceous and sensual. They are often the object of jealousy. However. and strive to attract others who will give them this. herbies are quick to offer a helping hand to neighbers. They crave attention. and taking great pleasure in a job well done. striving to please those around them. Although industrious in work. and thrive on knowing . happy to do so. and fun-loving. and much misunderstood. and thrive on being desirable. Fruities Herbies are self-aware and emotionally balanced. Although they can appear superficial. and status. this is because they devote so much to those in their inner circle. they love hearing about the exploits of others. Although fruities tend to have a small number of those they call true friends. are homebodies and proud of it. keep up with appearances. and will either achieve it for themselves or attach themselves to someone with such qualities. Solid and dependable. and are what’s going on in other peoples’ lives. power. They are often the first to offer support and encouragement when needed. they are actually quite sensitive and soft-hearted. They work hard to bring out the best in everyone and everything around them. They follow the trends. Fruities are the type who keep friends for life. Herbies are the salt of the earth.

rooties tend to be very composed and controlled. They prefer to live quiet and modest lives. new jobs. etc to see what “fits” them best. new religions. characterized by peacefulness and tranquility. and either spend a lot of time volunteering. Their principles tend to give resinies strong wills and sturdy foundations that are very easy-going and laidback. Seedies are creative spirits who thrive on beauty. and tend to reinvent themselves on a regular basis. leafies can be idealistic and politically extremist.most at home in a research lab. and are constantly back and taking in the big picture. expanding their horizon. classroom. Resinies put their values to work. and detached. because they see beauty in the everyday world around them. This and motives of others—and in themselves. charity – or both. and their highest goal is to a life according to principle. also give them powerful intuition. and are Resinies Rooties are moral stalwarts. Seedies tend to be very individualistic and self-assured. solitary. They work hard to maintain a spiritual purity. They are able to find wonder in the ability comes partially from seedies’ keen observational powers and vivid memory—traits which most mundane experiences. or donate a lot of money to carry them through any hardship with ease and faith. leafies are good at stepping Leafies are the intellectuals of the world. Seedies are dreamers and creators. whether their medium is ideas or inventions. making connections between seemingly unrelated events and facts. Introspective. rooties are sometimes mistaken for being weak-willed. They exude a stability and serentity that makes others feel at ease around them. Because they sometimes avoid tension by shying away from fights or glossing over problems. Seedies tend to be very empathetic and tuned into the needs . and can make excellent mediators for conflicts. and often feel like the world is on a moral decline. and proud of it. Resinies are very interested in the state of the world around them. Leafies are innovative. or library. Rooties have a deep love of tradition and convention. Leafies thrive on a good debate. They are firmly grounded and dedicated toward maintaining peace. trying on new styles. Deeply religious people are often resinies. They have a deep love for learning. However. Often quick to see the broader perspective.

Love This Quiz? Not ready for the fun to end? Now that you know the fragrances that work best for your personality. Spicies tend to be socialites and trendsetters dedicated to their causes—and woodies tend to always be supporting a cause of some sort. They crave power. their love stems from the without even trying. They are joyous. woodies want what power gives them—the ability to shape the world by seeking out injustice and generally making the world a better place to live. spending days at the stores and nights out on the town.Spicies are the hedonists of the world. and will find ways to experience the outdoors on a regular basis. rather. and animated. exhilarating. Spicies thrive on excitement and adventure. but not for the status of it. compassionate. or golfing. However. They love to live the high life. Woodies are strong and independent. Rather. they don’t seek status out of these endeavors. because they are determined to have an impact on the world. Woodies love being boating. sheer joy of shopping and experience new things. They are ethical. be it camping. and out in nature. They are dynamic go-getters. and can make excellent entrepreneurs. head on over to our store and purchase a perfume making kit customized with your and combinations – and you can select your own oils to replace the defaults! personality in mind! We offer kits in a variety of sizes Click here to See our Perfume Making Kits and use the discount code “quiz” to get a 5% discount on your next order! . people are naturally drawn to their vitality and debonair personalities.

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