Mood Boosting Fragrances

The power of scent is amazing. Inhale a fragrance and it can transport you back to another era in your life, an instant time machine recalling memories and feelings as if they had happened just moments ago. If you’re having a challenging time at work, get a whiff of the perfume on your wrist and magically your day gets better.

I expect a lot from my fragrance, I want it to work for me to bolster whatever I need at any given moment. I want to be armed and ready! Do I need to feel confident, polished, smart, attractive, alluring? Depends on what’s on my schedule that day. Will I need a potion to take me seamlessly from office to cocktail party? No problem, I’ve got that in my arsenal. I actually don’t feel ‘finished’ until I’ve sprayed on some beautiful essence, and never leave the house without a handful of vials in my purse just in case I’m rushing and forget to veil myself in patchouli, rose or musk. The mood my day takes on depends on it!

Holly Golightly in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ is a perfect example, as she bounds down the steps of her New York walk-up apartment, dressed adorably in an impossibly chic 60’s mod outfit complete with her trademark giant goggle sunglasses. As she lands on the ground floor, she reaches into her sliver of an NYC mailbox, pulls out a bottle of Chanel No. 5, and spritzes away. The final accessory before she bounces out the door!

According to Givaudan, the global Fragrance House, scent plays a vital role in improving well-being, as it has the ability to trigger a positive emotional response. They call it the “Feelgood Factor”, and they have studied how it helps to reinforce the emotional  bond between consumers and brands.

Brown University Neuroscientist Dr. Rachel Herz says in her book, The Scent of Desire, that the wide-ranging impact of smell on our daily lives is universal, and that the capacities for both smell and emotion are rooted in the same network of brain structures, the limbic system. The olfactory center also interacts directly with the hippocampus, the brain area involved in the formation of new memories. “No other senses have this kind of deep access”, Dr. Herz says.

So, which ingredients can we put our hope in to boost our mood? The following is a selection of tried-and-true, research-approved aromas in some great fragrances that are sure to amp up your happiness factor!



Aromatherapy, as science has told us, focuses on the mood-boosting and healing effects that many scents naturally can have. According to the National Library of Medicine, Lavender is a clean scent that is well-known and popular to reduce stress levels and help you feel relaxed in an immediate mood-boost. It can also decrease heart rate, and Dr. Avery Gilbert, an Olfactive Psychologist, suggests using the scent to unwind at bedtime. Japanese researchers find that the scent also helps prevent an afternoon slump in concentration.

Relax and chill:
Ellis Brooklyn Rives Eau de Parfum

Ellis Brooklyn Rives Eau de Parfum



Although we often think of Coffee as a jump-starter for our day, a study from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that in rats stressed by lack of sleep, inhaling coffee caused most of them to produce proteins that protect nerves from the effects of stress and notably boosted their energy.

De-stress and get down to business:
L’Artisan Parfumeur Noir Exquis Eau de Parfum

L’Artisan Parfumeur Noir Exquis Eau de Parfum



Sandalwood has been used in natural medicines for centuries. According to HowStuffWorks,  with this aromatic woodsy scent of the ultimate fresh forest it acts as a natural antidepressant and has been known to lower anxiety, creating a more positive mood.

Feel upbeat and positive:
Bon Parfumeur Paris 402 Vanilla Toffee Sandalwood Eau de Parfum

Bon Parfumeur Paris 402 Vanilla Toffee Sandalwood Eau de Parfum



Livestrong says the smell of Peppermint not only heightens our concentration, but has mood-elevating properties that can combat anxiety and depression. Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, a psychologist at Wheeling Jesuit University, found that exercisers run faster and do more pushups when exposed to the scent.

Get happy and focused:
Miller et Bertaux Menta y Menta Eau de Parfum

Miller et Bertaux Menta y Menta Eau de Parfum



Livestrong also noted that Vanilla, when tested at a cancer center in New York, lessened stress and claustrophobia by 63 percent in test patients undergoing MRI’s. And Dr. Rachel Herz finds that it helps weight loss in that it works as a replacement for the pleasure you would get from eating, and if you’ve had a healthy lunch it can curb the craving for a candy bar afterward.

Multi-task and smell delectable:
I Profumi di Firenze Vaniglia del Madagascar Eau de Parfum

I Profumi di Firenze Vaniglia del Madagascar Eau de Parfum



Research has found that the scent of Jasmine in your bedroom at night leads to a more restful night of sleep because the scent increases the brain waves associated with deep sleep, and a greater level of alertness the following day. Research has also found that it helps relieve depression and has the ability to improve people’s moods.

A beautiful idea to feel good all over:
Child Perfume Oil Roll On

Child Perfume Oil Roll On



A neuroscientist at at The University of Queensland produced a Freshly-Cut Grass perfume after years of study that showed that freshly-cut grass releases a chemical that can relieve stress and heighten the brain’s memory core.

This fresh and aromatic essence is a game changer:
Parfums de Nicolai L'Eau Chic Eau Fraiche

Parfums de Nicolai L'Eau Chic Eau Fraiche



The scent of Rose is frequently recommended as an anti-depressant, can lessen anxiety, stress, and can calm and uplift your mood.

Let the Queen of Flowers uplift you:
Eau d’Italie Rosa Greta Eau de Parfum Spray

Eau d’Italie Rosa Greta Eau de Parfum Spray



The vibrant Citrus scents of Lemon, Grapefruit, and Orange can sharpen our ability to concentrate, heighten our energy, and improve our mood. Aromatherapists often use people’s link between lemon and cleanliness to help them overcome feelings of imperfection and boost  their confidence.

Feel instantly fresh and energized:
ALTAIA Wonder of You Eau de Parfum

ALTAIA Wonder of You Eau de Parfum



Reader’s Digest suggested that the smell of Sunscreen might be a mood-booster, too, because it passes through the brain’s memory core before reaching the thalamus, like all other smells – and can induce memories of warm beach days, picnics, barbecues, fireworks, Margaritas – happiness for many people.

Bring on the joyful memories:
Comme Des Garcons ERL Sunscreen Eau de Toilette

Comme Des Garcons ERL Sunscreen Eau de Toilette



According to The Huffington Post, Cinnamon boosts concentration, memory and attention, much like Peppermint and Lemon. The ingredient can also increase our appetite -  which is good news for those whose appetites leave them during mood downswings – and produce a feeling of joy. Although personal and subjective, Cinnamon accords have been popular due to their ability to trigger warm, comforting, family memories.

Wrap yourself in a cocoon of comfort:
Sana Jardin Paris Tiger By Her Side Eau de Parfum

Sana Jardin Paris Tiger By Her Side Eau de Parfum

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