Five thousand years ago, the ancient Egyptians used a range of essential oils in their baths, massages, and the embalming process. Fast forward to today, and there is a great body of literature, both scientific and layman, on the effects of scent on our moods and performance. In fact, certain scents have been found to induce changes in blood pressure and other physiological responses in a way similar to meditation. Why then, shouldn’t we incorporate a little of this human knowledge and history into our daily lives? Here’s an introduction to the types of scents you can wear to boost your mood and enhance your performance!
1. To Relax Yourself:
The classic scents for relaxation are of course lavender and sandalwood, often utilized in massage and aromatherapy. The relaxing scent will make you feel like the spa is right where you are! But if neither are your cup of tea, neroli and geranium, both notes that are more easily found in perfumes and that have a lovely floral scent, are great alternatives for the girl who loves her florals. A quick bonus: these scents are also claimed to have an anti-depressant effect, so not only do you relax, but you also get to enhance your whole well-being during your moment of calm.
Perfumes to try:
Neroli: Annick Goutal Neroli, Prada Infusion de Fleurs d’Oranger, Atelier Cologne Grand Neroli
Geranium: Miller Harris Geranium Bourbon, Demeter Naturals Geranium, Clinique Aromatics Elixir
Lavender: LAVANILA Vanilla Lavender, Guerlain Jicky, Serge Lutes Gris Clair
Sandalwood: The Body Shop Woody Sandalwood Perfume Oil, Guerlain Samsara, Kenzo Jungle L’Elephant.
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