The Science of Scent

In the hyper-connected world we live in today, there comes a time where almost everyone dreams a long, lazy, beach-side vacay in the midst of a mountain of paperwork and stress. But the harsh bite of reality – be it in the form of financial, work or relationship commitments, can leave those dreams firmly locked up in the realm of your humpday fantasies. The next time you feel yourself slipping more into human sloth than boss-lady, take some time to spritz a favourite fragrance. Fragrance has the power to transport you, and is a lot cheaper than most airline tickets. Just like when the whiff of pina-coladas and sunscreen instantly take you back to that sun soaked girls trip last year, spritzing your go-to fragrance around your body and pulse points when you feel your mood spiralling can be an instant pick me up. So spray, sniff, and be merry!

Fragrance isn’t just a magical time-machine and de-stresser in a bottle, there’s actual science behind it. The responses we display when we get a whiff of a certain fragrance is directly linked to the emotional center of our brains, so when you suddenly get all misty-eyed and reminiscent over catching a whiff of a cologne you swear your high school boyfriend doused himself in, it’s due to the effects fragrance has on our brain causing pretty much the ultimate throwback. Unlike taste or touch, scents are scientifically directly correlated with past experiences. Memory-inducing powers aside, scents can also work amazing magic on our minds and bodies.

Forgo your daily cup of 2pm coffee for a spritz of fragrance that contains refreshing, citrusy notes such as peppermint, grapefruit and lemon. Citrus scents such as lemon and orange are not only renowned for their Vitamin C properties, but simply sniffing these fruity notes have been scientifically proven to boost energy and alertness. Now that’s a real superfruit! These scents also have the power to de-stress, effectively making them the fragrance alternative of a relaxing yoga session, minus the strenuous activity.


Try: Le Labo Fleur D’Oranger 27

User Review: I have people stop me on the street that i don’t know, asking me what perfume i’m wearing as its seemed to have knocked their senses in such a way that makes them quite excited. Its bizarre and I find it really amusing. Its a scent that i fell in love with but had no idea it impacted those around me so much.

For the opposite effect, stock up on scents laden with lavender. Proven to increase drowsiness and bring on sleep, lavender is the ultimate natural relaxant. Lavender: nature’s sleeping pill.

Try: Mon Guerlain Guerlain for Women


User Review: Delicate and floaty and oh so pretty. I can really feel the vibe of those french fancies, with their creamy buttercream innards with a hint of lemon and lavender. My mouth is now watering thinking of pretty purple and yellow cakes, all powdery lavender, creamy vanilla, and the subtlest hint of super-sweet lemon.

Wanting to make a lasting impression on that special someone? Team your smokey eye with sandalwood for the ultimate sultry sensation. Smokey and dark, sandalwood taps into the more animalistic parts of the brain and will make you feel as sexy and mysterious as a Bond Girl. Go get ‘em tiger!

Try: Byredo Black Saffron

User Review: I can’t even begin to explain what this fragrances means to me now. It reminds me of warm nights in Persia, and Sand dunes of Sahara and…transports me to a land of such comfort and glory. The cashmere infused incense and the woody notes that keeps lingering all throughout the day..and strangers stop by to ask what I am wearing. Ladies… please atleast go sniff it once. You will not leave the shop without owning a bottle.

Above were a compilation of some of my favourite scents – and go-to fragrance notes. What is your fave fragance? Let me know in the comments x


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