Psychology of Scent
Science says certain scents can boost confidence, beat anxiety and even curb your appetite. Where do we sign?
it’s not until I started researching this piece that it dawned on me how intertwined my psyche and my scent really are. We all know how certain smells can catapult you back – whether it’s baked bread, a waft of your mum’s hairspray or your boyfriend’s old tee – but scents can actually dictate your mood, too.
Conversely, your mindset can alter how you smell things. Science suggests that depression can suppress one’s sense of smell, while anxiety and stress are thought to rewire the brain, making typically benign smells malodorous. But how does this translate to everyday fragrances?
I have a go-to perfume wardrobe of three. One to pep me up when I need that ‘I’ve got this!’ feeling; another that makes me feel empowered when there’s a tough day ahead; and lastly, the posh one that just feels swanky.
When I looked at their top notes, I was stunned to discover that – unbeknownst to me – I’ve been fragrance coaching myself for years! Truth be told, treating yourself to a new scent is exciting enough, but knowing it’ll give you an extra kick with every single spritz? That makes choosing the right one even more important! Here’s how to do it …