SCENT TO FEEL… SAFE AND SUPPORT ED
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 root and peony petals, as if wrapped in a pale pink cashmere shawl. Modern Muse Le Rouge, £49 – richly autumnal, full of syrupy berries and warm vanilla, like the scent of the perfect red lipstick