The Mood Lifters
Just like a morning juice, these revitalising scents will pep you up and get you ready for the day. But how, we hear you cry? Well, your sense of smell is directly connected to the part of the brain that interprets memories and emotions, meaning a simple sniff can increase concentration, lessen fatigue and even help us to exercise harder. Here are your invigorating ingredients – take note…
What is does for you: gives you oomph! Activating your brain’s wake-up area, mint is great for clear thinking – and it can also help you get fit. A study found that subjects who ran in the presence of peppermint performed 23 per cent better and felt less fatigued than those who ran normally. Spin studio not on board yet? Try Jo Malone Grapefruit, £86. Combining mint with grapefruit (obvs), it’s our ultimate get-fit fragrance.
What it does for you: watches your waistline This sparkling, fresh scent not only improves depression and enhances memory – research shows that it actually boosts metabolism and reduces food cravings. We’ll take some of that! Try The Library Of Fragrance Pink Grapefruit, £15.
What it does for you: beats anger Zesty lemon is pretty powerful stuff, with studies showing that it can improve concentration and mood. It also contains calming and clarifying properties that are helpful if you’re feeling angry, anxious or rundown. Need to go get ’em? Diptyque Oyedo, £60, will undeniably improve your day.
What it does for you: makes you happy. Ah, the lovely peony, so energising and joyful. This delightful fragrance is more subtle in its lift than the citrus jolt. For centuries peony has been used to prevent all kinds of ailments, including bad dreams, and it’s also a bit of a romantic. We can’t stop sniffing Bronnley Pink Peony & Rhubarb, £14.50 – it’s girl power at its very best.
orange Blossom & Mandarin
What it does for you: energises and de-stresses Like a cup of OJ, these citrus scent twins hit the refresh button in your brain, which instantly gives you a pep in your step – but surprisingly they’re also extremely balancing. Their calming and relaxing properties are perfect if you’re feeling a little stressed out and overworked. We love new Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom £110 and Jo Loves Mandrine, £65. Spritz either of these to guarantee your A-game is firmly back on.