I believe in the power of perfume to influence me and my mood.
Mood is the resource I use to determine what perfume to wear, if I let my subconscious decide and grab what it compels me to grab, I always end up happy with my choice.
Warning: Blog related testing of non-mood conforming fragrances can lead to major crankiness.
So which perfumes complement or enhance which mood? Let’s see…
My happy fragrances are Bombay Bling by Neela Vermeire Creations, Bigarade Concentrée by Frédéric Malle and Orange Sanguine by Atelier Cologne. They leave me no choice but to smile, they infuse me with energy and provide a weightlessness, add an additional source of light that I might not otherwise be able to access.
In a sad or contemplative mood, my fragrance of choice is L’Heure Bleue, it takes the edge of and adds depth and warmth to the blues without letting me plunge headlong into depression.
To calm me in situations where I am angry or overwhelmed, I most often reach for gourmands. Their soothing and enveloping sweetness reminds me of childhood, of feeling secure and safe. Real macaroons or a bar of chocolate would do the same, and often enough I go for the double whammy of comfort food and fragrance, but perfume surely is the low-cal health version of a cookie. It wrestles successfully even with extremely pressured situations. My favorites in that category of anxiety blasters are Guerlain Gourmand Coquin, Iris Ganache, Parfumerie Génèrale Musc Maori and Armani Privé La Femme Bleue, a gorgeous iris with chocolate.
And are there perfumes that manage to be infuriating by themselves?
Oh yes, there are such perfumes too. Lately I encountered Chanel 1932, which proved not to be ideal for my blood-pressure. ;)
I can’t wait to hear about your preferred mood-enhancing perfumes!
Interested in more “Perfume as Medication” ideas? Check out this post that offers a list of my favorite scented “drugs”.
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