The secret to sleeping better.
CAN SCENT REALLY INDUCE SWEET SLUMBER?
Ten years ago perfumer Sherri Sebastian was having what she calls an eat Pray
Love moment in Belize. Much like that book’s author, Elizabeth Gilbert, she met a healer in paradise who told her to put clary sage oil on her pillow at night if she wanted colorful, vivid dreams. All of a sudden, Sebastian says, “I stopped thinking about sleeping and looked forward to dreaming.” Using fragrance to shift one’s perspective was on her mind when she created her new line, Provision, which includes Dream Extract, a room and linen spray built around fresh, herbaceous clary sage. Perfuming bed sheets may seem a tad indulgent, but it can be functional as well: This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray contains motionactivated molecules with a calming chamomile, lavender, and vetiver scent that is released when you start tossing and turning. Less utilitarian but no less desirable are mood-setting room and linen sprays like Diptyque’s Eau Dominotée, which contains patchouli to help it adhere to textiles; and L’Objet’s Côté Maquis, an evocative, beachy mix of salt air and incense.