A lot of us girls can spend years finding our signature fragrance, that one perfume that just speaks to us. But perhaps this isn’t the way to go about things. The perfume we wear holds a lot of power, it can transport us to a different time or place, reflect or influence our mood, start conversations, and even attract people and opportunities into our lives. Because the fragrance we’re wearing is so important, having just one signature scent likely isn’t enough to cover all your bases. Moreover, it can actually drive us to find it boring or not love it like we once did, or it can remind us of mundane everyday chores. This is why having a few select fragrances to suit different moods and occasions can be the perfect way to harness the power of perfume. Read on to know which scents will compliment your mood best, and even help to align you with how you want to feel...
If you’re feeling... confident
Confidence is largely about comfort, so feel free to experiment with different scent profiles to figure out what helps you to feel most like yourself. However, we do have some suggestions... If you’re feeling confident, or are wanting a confidence boost, it is a good idea to go for a fragrance that is bold and sophisticated. Certain floral scents, such as Ylang Ylang are scientifically proven to have an uplifting effect on your mood and can help you feel self-assured. The Ylang Ylang is a bright tropical flower, and you can really embody this unique vibrance by wearing a perfume containing its sweet and sensual notes. Vanilla is another fragrance that can help to boost your confidence. Vanilla is a universally loved and recognized scent that is associated with positivity, sweetness and romance. Everyone loves vanilla, so step out feeling confident knowing that the perfume you’re wearing will be a hit no matter who you encounter!
If you’re feeling... flirty
If some steamy romance is on the cards for you, a floral scent is the perfect way to embrace your flirty feminine energy. The fact that we associate roses with love is no coincidence... roses were the flower of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, and their sweet scent reflects their significance. The scent of rose can evoke a feeling of love and sensuality, making it a go to for many romantics. If you’re wanting a more rich, seductive scent, opting for a perfume with a deeper scent profile will certainly be more fitting. Musky notes are known to create a feeling of deeper intimacy, as they are often described as smelling like clean skin. Whether you’re wanting to keep your aroma light and fun, or dark and sultry, if you’re feeling flirty there are several different avenues you can explore when it comes to finding the perfect perfume.
If you’re feeling... energized
If you’ve woken up feeling energized and ready to seize the day, or you’re in need of a little confidence boost, a citrus scent is what you need to be reaching for. Citrus scents, such as those containing notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange, are known for their uplifting and energizing properties. This is due to their chemical composition and the way our brain processes certain scents. Citrus fruits contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as limonene, which give them their characteristic scent. These VOCs have been shown to have a stimulating effect on the brain, leading to increased alertness and energy. When we inhale the scent of a citrus perfume, the VOCs stimulate the olfactory system and send signals to the brain, which can help to improve mood and increase mental focus. In addition to their chemical composition, citrus scents are often associated with freshness and cleanliness, which can also contribute to their energizing effect. The crisp and bright aroma of citrus can help to lift our spirits and provide a sense of invigoration, making citrus perfumes the ultimate go to when you’re already feeling energised, or need a little pick me up.
If you’re feeling... relaxed
If you’re wanting to embrace a calm state of relaxation, there are certain scent profiles you want to have in the perfume you’re wearing. Certain floral and herbal scents have calming properties, so it is a good idea to reach for a perfume containing these notes. Lavender in particular, is proven to ease tension and restlessness and decrease your heart rate, meaning it is a great way to release stress at a physiological level. A warmer note to look for in perfumes to aid in your relaxation is sandalwood. Sandalwood is an oil derived from the wood and roots of the East Indian sandalwood tree and is known for helping to reduce anxiety and traditionally aids in bringing harmony and balance to the mind during meditation, making it a great option for those of us looking to feel more Zen. Bergamot is another fragrance that has been shown to lower cortisol levels, so is an ideal scent to help keep you calm and collected. Bergamot is also famously used to flavor earl grey tea... perhaps that why sometimes there’s nothing more relaxing than a cup of tea!
If you’re feeling... productive
If you’ve got a big day ahead of you, your perfume choice can be more important that you think. Similarly, to when you’re wanting to feel energized, a citrusy fragrance can also help to increase your mental sharpness, helping you to stay alert and focused. Green scents are also a good option for those with a lengthy to do list. Herbal fragrances such as basil or thyme and especially mint, have invigorating properties to help you stay on task and propel you through a busy day. Who knew that perfume could be such a secret weapon?
Perfume has the ability to create atmosphere and compliment your mood, so use your energy to guide your perfume choices. Don’t be afraid to play around with what you like and don’t like to find a little range of fragrances that you can reach for in any scenario!