You may find that fragrances can mean one thing to you and something completely different to another person, but there’s no denying the calming and relaxing effects of these cuddle-like notes. When you’re having a bad day, or even if you need a bit of love in your life, these are the ingredients to look out for…
What it does for you: finds you that loving feeling Nicknamed liquid gold, oud is a rare resin that’s formed when the bark of the Southeast Asian agar tree becomes infected with a particular type of mould. We know, not the prettiest of descriptions – but the payoff is worth it, as this seductive scent can give the wearer the feeling of deep tranquillity and harmony, perfect for spritzing in the bedroom. We’re currently getting our fix with Clean Reserve Sueded Oud, £79, which is a fresh and creamy take on traditional oud.
What it does for you: helps with depression Feeling a bit down? This little plant is scientifically proven to help the brain regulate feelings of stress and anxiety. It’s also great for calming nerves and is commonly used as a natural remedy because of its uplifting properties. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s also an aphrodisiac. Try The Body Shop Indian Night Jasmine, £15.
What it does for you: Lifts anxiety Lavender has been used in fragrances for thousands of years. It’s been known not only to calm nerves but relieve anxiety and depression, and it can also be a handy aid for sleep and headaches. Need to feel lifted? Creed Aberdeen Lavender, £175, is pretty pricey, but a whiff is all you need.
What it does for you: helps with mindfulness If you need a little help with departure from the daily grind, this is the note for you. Vanilla’s balmy, warm, sweet fragrance can soothe, balance, relieve inner tension and put you in a good mood. You’ll love the timeless scent of Guerlain Shalimar, £50. It combines rose, jasmine and, of course, vanilla to envelop you in the love story it’s based on.
What it does for you: boosts confidence and calms There’s a reason we love rose so much. It’s a big hitter when it comes to heightening our emotions, encouraging positivity, strengthening confidence and increasing happiness. It’s the scent we rely on to put us back into a better frame of mind. We’re obsessed with new Chanel No 5 L’eau, £85: it takes the power of rose and mixes it with jasmine to create the ultimate mood-boosting bouquet.