7 instantly calming fragrances
Marie Claire / May 25 2017
Not just a sweet scent, they’ll put you in a good mood, too
Lots of things can have a calming effect. A massage. A hug. A run along the beach. But now, science has revealed that something else entirely can be just as powerful—fragrance.
A recent US study by the Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center revealed that patients who breathed vanilla-scented air reported 63% less anxiety than those who breathed the unscented variety. And the American airline Delta has its own scent called ‘calm’ (a lavender and chamomile blend) to pacify anxious passengers. Try spritzing one of these spring scents and reap the rewards of their zen-inducing notes.
Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne
Peonies may only bloom once a year but Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede allows you to wear them every day. Spritz it on and be transported to an English rose garden—complete with manicured hedges.
Estée Lauder Modern Muse
Strong and feminine but definitely not overpowering, Estée Lauder Modern Muse is the fragrancefor floral addicts. The addition of mandarin is a bonus—it’s a known stress-reliever, according to a US study from the Mayo Clinic.
Givenchy Ange Ou Démon le Secret
Crisp and refreshing, like the first bite of a juicy red apple. Givenchy Ange Ou Démon le Secret, a fruit-inspired perfume contains bergamot, which has been scientifically proven to help promote feelings of calm, peace and relaxation.
Elizabeth Arden Untold
Elizabeth Arden Untold, which is blackcurrant and pear-accented perfume, is like a bowl of fruit salad— in a bottle. A contrast to its classic predecessors Red Door, 5th Avenue and Green Tea, it’s like a shot of self-confidence.
Calvin Klein Downtown
Bergamot in Calvin Klein Downtown provides instant mental clarity, while Tunisian neroli oil (which contains calming ylang-ylang) sweeps tension away. Keep this stashed in your gym bag.
For the dedicated sweet tooths among us: Prada Candy is the kilojoule-free version of chocolate cake (well, almost!). A cocktail of white musk, honey and caramel will curb even the strongest dessert craving in seconds.
Tom Ford Fleur De Chine
While the price tag might have you biting your nails and second-guessing the splurge, the serene notes of green tea and Asian flowers, including hualan and star magnolia in Tom Ford Fleur De Chine will quickly push any trepidation out of your now-zen mind.