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Forget about the bad times: A fresh new start is only a fragrance away.
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.