Go to your local pro shop, and shoot a few. That's the only way to tell if you feel comfortable with the bow. I shoot a Fred Bear grizzly recurve myself, and Fred Bear bows are good bows for a good price.
The suggestion of going to a bow shop and trying a few bows is excellent. Might add decide what you want to do with the bow, target shooting or hunting or both. If you decide to hunt make sure you get a bow with a poundage that is legal for hunting, but light enough for you to enjoy.
Traditional gear is great, but I wouldn't exclude compound bows either. Mathews makes a line of bows geared to woman. Also, they make a Genesis bow that may be a good way to get started. It is like a recurve but has wheels.
When it comes to scent, there are basically two types; those that attract and those that mask. I've tried both on many occasions. There are lots and lots of "doe in heat" scents, designed to attract a big buck into range. I've also used a "cow in heat" scent while elk hunting.
Another scent would almost be better named as a "coverup smell". The main goal is to cover up human odor or mask it. Though I don't believe you can ever totally eliminate all human...