Your favorite family of aromas or essential scents can tell a lot about your personality–or that of your friends. This simple little quiz can give useful information about all of you! Are you the outdoorsy type? Is your best friend a romantic? Do you have an adventurous streak? And what colors, gemstones, flowers, activities, and images will be appealing to you or your friends? (This might help with last-minute gift ideas.)
Take the quiz and find out!
Which aromas appeal to you most? (You may find you like more than one grouping):
A fresh air, sea spray, citrus fruits
B old English roses, walking through a flower shop, scented candles
C cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, lichens, and moss
D a walk through the woods, linens drying in the breeze
E apple pie, birthday cake, fresh peaches, violets
F incense, gardenias, and night-blooming jasmine
G blackberries, fragrant wood burning, lilies, narcissus
H freshly mown grass, juicy oranges, hyacinths, ocean air
I raspberries, tuberose, old books, leather
If you chose A, you are a sporty, outdoorsy type.
Images: Sailing on azure seas under a brilliant sun. Munching crisp apples by a lake covered in water lilies. A nest of robin’s eggs in a green, leafy tree.
Flowers: Hyacinth, water lily
Colors: Robin’s egg blue, butter yellow, fresh lime, apricot
Gemstones: Peridot, aquamarine
If you chose B, you are a dreamer.
Images: Bouquets of fresh flowers scenting the air. Roses releasing their perfume as honeybees whirl about. Sweet, juicy melons. Lilacs blooming over a porch railing as you rock in the warmth of a summer day.
Flowers: Stephanotis, orange blossom, sweetheart rose
Colors: Blushing pink, misty blue, mint, lilac
Gemstones: Pink, green, and watermelon tourmaline
If you chose C, you are independent and unconventional.
Images: A mossy glen, secluded, filled with ferns and woodland flora. Lichen-covered stones beside a crystal stream. At home, spiced cider by a crackling fire of aromatic cedar wood.
Flowers: Carnations, chrysanthemums, poppies
Colors: Camel, aubergine, moss, acorn
Gemstones: Smoky topaz, amber, carnelian
If you chose D, you are outgoing, sociable, and energetic.
Images: An herb garden filled with tantalizing scents and tastes. Lavender spikes perfuming the paths with their delicious, spicy aroma. Strawberries and cream.
Flowers: Lavender, scented geranium
Colors: Sunset, teal, caramel, hunter green
Gemstones: Coral, jade, malachite
If you chose E, you are a romantic.
Images: A rock garden of violet and lilies of the valley. Delicate sweet peas climbing a trellis. Tea and petit fours, sun warmed peaches and sparkling champagne in crystal flutes.
Flowers: Sweet pea, lily of the valley, violet
Colors: Rose, periwinkle, celadon, peach, ivory
If you chose F, you are sensual, self-assured, and fashionable.
Images: The enveloping scents of tuberose and gardenia filling the velvet night. Mellow pears, the smell of autumn, candlelight. Ruby cabernet swirling in a goblet accompanied by rich canapés.
Flowers: Gardenia, heliotrope, tuberose
Colors: Burgundy, plum, cream, jade
Gemstones: Ruby, garnet
If you chose G, you are motivated and career-oriented.
Images: Creamy calla lilies reflected in silver mirrors. Blackberries lump and juicy atop white chocolate mousse. Kir Royale shimmering like jewels. Sandalwood carvings on a rosewood desk alight with vanilla-scented candles.
Flowers: Calla lily, damask rose, peony
Colors: Black, red, beige, ivory
Gemstones: Pearls, jet
If you chose H, you are elegant and somewhat formal.
Images: Mimosa blossoms dancing in the wind, lacing the veranda with sweet perfume. Tea roses sway in a cobalt vase, spreading scents of lemon, myrrh, and raspberry. Peach melbas rest on a dessert table with delicate glasses of fragrant Chambord liqueur.
Flowers: Tea rose, jasmine, mimosa
Colors: Royal blue, deep rose, purple, pearl gray
Gemstones: Sapphire, lapis lazuli
If you chose I, you are naturally charming, extroverted, and love to entertain.
Images: A wildflower meadow filled with the sweet scent of honeysuckle. Picnicking by a pond, watching a beaver build its dam. Enjoying a juicy orange while basking in the warmth of summer. Napping on grandma’s quilt spread upon the verdant, scented grass.
Flowers: Freesia, lilac, honeysuckle
Colors: Forest, lavender, pearl, rose, azure
Gemstones: Emerald, malachite, moonstone
Adapted from Perfumes, Splashes & Colognes, by Nancy M. Booth (Storey Books, 1997). Copyright (c) 1997 by Nancy M. Booth. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from Perfumes, Splashes & Colognes, by Nancy M. Booth (Storey Books, 1997).