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scent It took me a while to be okay af­ter the breakup. Fi­nally, I could talk about him in pass­ing with­out it be­com­ing a 30-minute anal­y­sis. And then, while brows­ing Diptyque, I spot­ted the Mi­mosa can­dle we burned in our old apart­ment. I knew it was slightly masochis­tic, but I took a sniff. It was like be­ing socked in the stom­ach. the sci­ence of smell The pain I felt was real, con­firms Rachel Herz, PHD, a pro­fes­sor at Brown Univer­sity and au­thor of The Scent of De­sire. “It’s the worst pos­si­ble trig­ger

Cos­mopoli­tan for post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der,” or in my case, post-breakup.

“Scents are pow­er­ful be­cause they have di­rect ac­cess to the part of the hip­pocam­pus (your brain’s mem­ory ware­house) that can re­mem­ber en­tire set­tings,” ex­plains Howard Eichen­baum, PHD, a neu­ro­sci­en­tist at Bos­ton Univer­sity. “It’s like a magic door.” Or a time ma­chine. Cre­ate a scent sanc­tu­ary If our sense of smell has the pass code to our emo­tional switch­board, it makes sense to sur­round our­selves with scents that make us feel the way we want to.


Child­hood is a good place to start—from vanilla cake to pen­cil shav­ings, smell has a funny way of rose-tint­ing those years, says Herz.

An­other quirky source of seren­ity: al­monds. “Their smell is shown to make peo­ple calmer,” says Eichen­baum. I shud­der to think of the back­lash if Jergens tweaked their sig­na­ture cherry-al­mond scent, un­changed since 1926. Also sooth­ing: marine scents, which are proven chill-agents.

Some­times, it’s about chan­nel­ing the en­ergy of a per­son who makes you feel calm. On high-

Know an old eau by heart? That’s be­cause of your senses— scent has the best mem­ory. Ver­sace Eros Pour Femme Eau de Par­fum, 30 ml, P3,450. Jo Malone Red Roses Home Can­dle, P3,570.

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