Need a mood boost? There’s a scent for that!

Posted on November 18, 2017

Contrary to belief, different scents have an extremely powerful impact in determining your mood. Did you know that our sense of smell is the strongest out of our senses? I bet you didn’t think your nose was that powerful. It even has the ability to influence your brains function and activity. So, whether you want to feel awake and energised or chilled out and relaxed, there’s a scent for every emotional occasion.

Young Asian woman sitting and smiling while spraying her neck with perfume.

Here’s your guide to fragrances that will put you in a good mood. Stick to these four unique scents and you’ll have a go-to aroma that will instantly boost your positive vibes in no time.

The Calmer: Lavender

Picture of a field of Lavender flower.

In the scent world, lavender is regarded as the ultimate relaxant. Research shows that breathing in the smell of lavender lowers your heart rate and blood pressure putting you in a relaxed state. It is said to help you overcome strong emotion, which overwhelms the mind such as feelings of anxiety, panic and irritability.

TRY: Helmut Lang Eau de Parfum

Bottle of Helmut Lang Eau de Parfum

OR L’Occitane Lavender Eau de Cologne

Bottle of L’Occitane Lavender Eau de Cologne

The Energiser: Citrus

Citrus diamond arrangement of lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit.

Feeling deflated? Or like a flat battery? Citrus can instantaneously energise, thanks to its bright and uplifting fragrance properties. According to Nutritionist, Emma Sutherland, “Citrus increases brain stimulation and production of serotonin, your happy hormone.” Lemons, oranges and grapefruits aren’t just delicious and nutritious, but they will also have you ready for a recharge.

TRY: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum

Bottle of Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum

OR Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Bergamot Eau de Parfum

Bottle of Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Bergamot Eau de Parfum

The Joy Enhancer: Vanilla

Vanilla Bean Pods

Vanilla is often associated with warm and happy thoughts (think freshly baked goods on a Sunday morning). The mood boosting qualities of this scent come from its sweet and comforting aroma. Psychologists and medical researchers were aware of our positive reactions to this scent long before perfume makers realised its potential. It has been shown to reduce stress, anger and anxiety by calming the mind and promoting tranquillity.

TRY: Estee Lauder Modern Muse Nuit

Bottle of Estee Lauder Modern Muse Nuit

OR Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille

Bottle of Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille

The Craving Crusher: Mint

Bright green mint leaves.

According to Aromatherapist, Tara Murray, “Peppermint oil is shown to stimulate the brain’s satiety centre, suppressing appetite and balancing blood sugar levels.” Don’t believe it? Well, in a US study conducted by Wheeling Jesuit University, people who inhaled peppermint oil during the day reported lower hunger levels and consumed fewer calories than those who didn’t sniff. Mint is confirmed to be a natural appetite suppressant, so use it to give your willpower an extra boost when you need it.

TRY: Jo Malone White Jasmine and Mint

Bottle of Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint Cologne

OR Comme des Garçons Sherbet Series Peppermint 

Comme des Garçons Sherbet Series Peppermint

You know you feel your best when you look your best, so why not smell your best. Try these scents, not only to help manage your feelings but also to help find clarity throughout your busy lifestyle. With these uplifting fragrances, you’ll be back on your A-game in no time.


By Mikayla Tabone.

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