I wore one cult perfume for a week and this unique detail is why it's now my new go-to fragrance

This perfume is rumoured to smell different on everyone - I tried it out and here's why I'm adding it to my fragrance collection

A collage of Glossier You
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I only wore Glossier You for a week and it changed the way I think about perfume - here's why...

Black Friday perfume deals are on the horizon, so there's no better time to start hunting for a new fragrance to add to your collection. Whether you're looking to save money on one of the best perfumes of all time or simply grab a great deal on a popular perfume dupe, it's time to start looking for your next signature scent - and I've got the perfect option.

Glossier You is a great long-lasting perfume, but it's a little different to other popular fragrances because it's a skin scent, meaning it combines with your skin's natural scent to create a fragrance that's unique to you. Though it's been around since 2017, the cult fragrance has seen renewed interest over the last year or so, thanks to an explosion of TikToks praising the perfume.

The parents among us will know that there isn't always time to head to the shops and spritz a few fragrance samples in search of a new scent - especially if you've got the kids in tow. If that's the case for you, Glossier You might be worth checking out. One TikTok user even claimed the scent is so good that one man she was dating wrote a poem about how good his pillow smelled when she left his house. 


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I've tested dozens of perfumes to try and find the perfect scent for every occasion, and after seeing such rave reviews I had to get my hands on Glossier You. I'll happily tell you right now that this scent has become a regular in my fragrance collection, but you might be surprised to hear that I wasn't immediately sold on this cult favourite. 

It's a warm and spicy fragrance, with top notes of pink pepper blended with iris and musky ambrox. It's what I like to call a 'cosy' fragrance and is perfect for the colder months, but to be honest such scents usually aren't for me. 

I'm much more of a fan of delicate, slightly fruit fragrances (Jo Malone Honeysuckle and Davana is my go-to), so when I first tried Glossier You I didn't think the scent would be for me.

But, as the name suggests, this cult scent is so much more than the ingredients on the bottle - it needs you to complete the scent. As Glossier explains, the scent is "formulated to be a personal skin-scent enhancer - primarily made up of base notes to let more of you shine through, meaning it smells a little differently on everyone." And that's even reflected in the bottle - with a small thumbprint indent on the side, it also needs you to complete it. 

A close up of a person holding a Glossier You bottle

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I didn't test this scent on anyone else, so I can't fully comment on its difference in scent from person to person, but it definitely smells different when sprayed into the air than on my skin. Personally, I can hardly smell any florals when I wear it myself. It subtle and woodsy, and has quite a unisex scent. 

Until now, I'd always thought of applying fragrance as an attempt to smell like something else - whether that's a particular floral or fruit. But wearing Glossier You felt more as though I smelled like myself, but better. It's subtle enough that it's almost believable that it could actually just be your natural musk which, in a way, it sort of is.

While I didn't have the pleasure of being chased down the street by a stranger wanting to know what I was wearing, I loved this scent on myself so much that it's become my go-to fragrance for this winter. And if you're on the hunt for a new signature scent - or looking to get ahead on your Christmas shopping - there's no better time to snap up this fragrance. 

GLOSSIER You Eau de Parfum 50ml - £57 | Sephora UK

GLOSSIER You Eau de Parfum 50ml - £57 | Sephora UK

Formulated as a skin-smell enhancer, you won't have to worry about smelling the same as your friends with this cult favourite perfume. Top notes of spicy pink pepper blend with warm heart notes and floral iris for the perfect winter scent.

GLOSSIER You Eau de Parfum Rollerball 8ml - £28 | Sephora UK

GLOSSIER You Eau de Parfum Rollerball 8ml - £28 | Sephora UK

If you're not totally sold on Glossier You just yet, I understand. It's hard to know if you like a fragrance when you don't even know what it smells like, right? Luckily for you, this 8ml rollerball version is just £28 - and it's perfect for popping in your handbag. 

GLOSSIER You Solid Perfume 3g - £30 | Sephora UK

GLOSSIER You Solid Perfume 3g - £30 | Sephora UK

This wax-based fragrance melts into your skin and mixes with your natural body chemistry to release its unique scent, just like the liquid counterparts. Portable, travel friendly and and compact, the Glossier You solid is a great option for those who are always on the go. 

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Ellie Hutchings
Family News Editor

Ellie is GoodtoKnow’s Family News Editor and covers all the latest trends in the parenting world - from relationship advice and baby names to wellbeing and self-care ideas for busy mums. Ellie is also an NCTJ-qualified journalist and has a distinction in MA Magazine Journalism from Nottingham Trent University and a first-class degree in Journalism from Cardiff University. Previously, Ellie has worked with BBC Good Food, The Big Issue, and the Nottingham Post, as well as freelancing as an arts and entertainment writer alongside her studies. When she’s not got her nose in a book, you’ll probably find Ellie jogging around her local park, indulging in an insta-worthy restaurant, or watching Netflix’s newest true crime documentary.