Grazia (UK) - - Grazia Big Beauty Issue -

Whether you suf­fer from a con­stant stream of stress or bouts of acute panic, a lung­ful of con­sol­ing scent might just bring you back from the brink. ‘We de­rive com­fort in fra­grance notes linked to sources of com­fort else­where in our lives,’ says Palvin­der. ‘Con­sider, for ex­am­ple, the ul­ti­mate “se­cu­rity blan­ket” of your child­hood: your par­ents. Lots of make-up that our moth­ers wore, es­pe­cially face pow­ders, carry the pow­dery scent of iris, vi­o­lets and nur­tur­ing vanilla, so the scent you might catch when she held you in her arms would, in adult­hood, trans­late to a tex­tu­ral feel­ing of se­cu­rity and com­fort. Within a mod­ern per­fume those notes can also be in­cred­i­bly so­phis­ti­cated.’ On days when you feel a lit­tle off-kil­ter, this safety net of pil­low-soft per­fumes will hold you by the hand and in­stil a sense of calm and com­po­sure.

Bul­gari Splen­dida Iris d’or, £97 – a ma­ter­nal hug, but­tery-rich with vi­o­let-in­fused sweet­ness. Bot­tega Veneta Eau de Velours, £52 – an en­velop­ing cloak akin to old-fash­ioned pow­der puffs. La Perla La Mia Perla, £39.95 – a hazy swirl of tal­cumy iris...

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