SMELL OF VICTORY
The words exercise and perfume together may recall a junior-high locker room filled with clouds of too-sweet body mists, but hear us out. According to the perfume subscription service Scentbird.com, one of the top new searches is for “workout fragrances,” the theory being that users want help getting amped for the gym. But what might pump you up could make someone else pass out, so we asked Anne Mcclain, founder and perfumer of Brooklyn’s MCMC Fragrances, how to (responsibly) get away with scenting and sweating.
ROLL WITH IT. Most fragrance sprays are alcoholbased and tend to have more wafting power (plus they can linger on clothing). Try an oil, which rolls directly onto your skin and keeps the fragrance farther away from your ellipticaling neighbour.
STICK TO CITRUS. Fruity or herbal notes, which are light and less noticeable to sensitive noses, are the scents most associated with energy. The aromatherapeutic properties of bergamot, for instance, found in Burberry’s My Burberry Limited Edition Eau De Parfum 50ml (RM370), have been shown to combat fatigue in studies. Avoid heavy notes like ouds, which are more distracting. BE COURTEOUS. Apply it 20 minutes before exercise so the most potent top notes can dissipate. This is particularly important for confined areas, like a yoga studio.