Instead of searching far and wide for your next signature scent, explore options that are literally close to home. Ahead, we run down five local fragrance brands to consider, regardless if you're looking for a potent perfume or a barely-there cologne:
A trip to the fragrance capital Grasse in France inspired Whiff's founder to create her own local artisanal line. But don't let that intimidate you, because their range has light, wearable scents that will remind you of international classics but at an affordable price. Gardenia Bliss, Nectarine Passion, and Autumn Dew are some of our top picks, all of which were made in collaboration with Grasse-trained Filipino perfumer RJ Lopena.
Try: Whiff Eau de Parfum, P250-595, available online
2. Simoy ng Haraya
Many swear by Simoy ng Haraya's unisex perfumes not only for having specal names like Lambing, Unang Halik, and Ngiti. Their scents capture the essence of those emotions and actions, too, linking their blends to your best memories while, of course, giving you a reliable go-to spritz.
Try: Simoy ng Haraya Eau de Parfum, P639, available online
Shopping for perfume at a Scentsmith store almost feels like ordering a very luxurious lunch. They hand-blend your chosen scent for you as you watch, ensuring that your bottle is freshly-made aside from having natural, non-toxic ingredients. Some of their most intriguing blends are the Pink Pepper Leather, Ambrette Sea Salt, and Lavender Nectarine, but we recommend going through 17 to find your match. Each one is a true steal for P1,198, and are perfect as gifts, too.
If you're not a perfume wearer but love the lightness of cologne, Sparrow probably has a scent for you. Though they're best known for their best-selling baby cologne Lullaby (a lovely bergamot-lavender), you'll also find shower-fresh fragrances like Sunshine, and ones inspired by your favorite cocktails.
Try: Sparrow Baby Cologne, P280-480, available online
5. The Everyday
Lifestyle brand The Everyday expanded their stationery line to a three-piece fragrance collection called Pouf!. To take the guesswork out of choosing your best match, they made things simple by offering citrus, floral, and woody blends so you can easily pick out your preferred scent profile. For P395, you'll have your perfect daily fragrance and a new IG-worthy addition to your vanity.
Try: The Everyday Pouf!, P395, available online