SCENT TO FEEL… READY TO ROAR

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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.

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