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Perfumes and scents are sure-fire mood shifters, with the ability to make us feel happier and more energized, sexier and even sleepier with every whiff. How? “When we inhale a fragrance, it has a direct link to our brain, and can elicit a physical and emotional reaction,” explains Julie Nelson, Perfumer and Aromatherapy Consultant. “Fragrances in beauty products really can uplift and invigorate, or calm and relax.”

So, why not let your mood play muse to your next perfume purchase with the latest olfactory offerings?


Vanilla: Relaxing
Sweet and warming, scientists have found that the scent of vanilla can elevate feelings of joy and relaxation.
Dior, Poison Girl EPD, $99. SHOP NOW
YSL, Black Opium Nuit Blanche EDP, $149. SHOP NOW
Estee Lauder, Modern Muse Le Rouge EDT, $160. SHOP NOW


Rose: Calming
Inhaling rose has been shown to improve mental strength and ease anxiety. “Floral fragrances, like rose and jasmine, are sensual and exotic, and can bring a sense of calm and be very soothing. They make great bedtime fragrances to help relax and unwind,” says Nelson.
Diptyque, Roses Candle, $87. SHOP NOW
Byredo, Rose Of No Man’s Land EDP, $167. SHOP NOW
Giorgio Armani, Si EDP Rose, $190. SHOP NOW
Givenchy, Live Irresistible EDT, $145. SHOP NOW


Jasmin: Uplifting
Research has found that jasmine can serve as a way to help with depressive thoughts, aid in the relief of depression and lead to an uplifted mood. It has also been found to have a calming effect on the autonomous nervous system, while still leaving the mind calm and clear. Rather impressive for such a small flower.
Giorgio Armani, Prive Rouge Malachite EDP, $378. SHOP NOW
Narciso Rodriguez, Poudrée EDP, $160. SHOP NOW
Aerin, Ikat Jasmine EDP, $165. SHOP NOW


Citrus: Energy
The pick-me-up effect of citrus is proven as its ability to raise cognitive performance as well as reduce stress. “Citrus scents are great all rounder’s, as they tend to make us happy and remind us of warm sunny days. I love to use them first thing in the morning for an energizing effect,” says Nelson.
Diptyque, Eau des Sens EDT, $174. SHOP NOW
Jo Malone London, Nashi Blossom Cologne, $185. SHOP NOW
Roberto Cavalli Paradiso Azzuro EDP, $80. SHOP NOW