SCENT TO FEEL… READY TO ROAR
Suffer from social stage fright? A couragefuelling fragrance could be just the thing. ‘Perfume holds the power to build confidence,’ says Alice Olins, co-founder of empowerment networking hub Step Up Club (step-up-club.net). ‘The right scent can evoke a time when we felt strong and that positive impact carries through to our external demeanour.’ Grounding notes from the forest floor, such as woods, nuts and earthy patchouli, provide anchoring, replacing adrenaline bursts with composure and resolution. ‘Confidence is a state of mind rather than a personality trait,’ adds Alice, ‘and when we accept that we have the power to build our confidence, we can learn to be stronger, more resilient and happier versions of ourselves.’ Try these nutty, woody, positivity-laced perfumes.
5. Juliette Has a Gun Sunny Side Up, £76 – a balmy, optimistic mix of woods, jasmine and coconut.
6. Trish Mcevoy 100, £155 – Trish’s vision of feeling 100% is cosseting, smoky and packed with cedarwood and leather notes. 7. Aromatherapy Associates Eau de Parfum, £64 – the earthy base of vetiver, meditative patchouli and enlivening frankincense feels empowering. 8. Jo Malone London English Oak & Hazelnut, £44 – bold and penetrating, with roasted woods and toasted nuts 8.