7 instantly calming fragrances

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. 

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne

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.

Estee Lauder Modern Muse ​

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.

Givenchy Ange Ou Démon le Secret

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.

Elizabeth Arden Untold

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. 

Calvin Klein Downtown

Prada Candy

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.

Prada Candy

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.

Tom Ford Fleur De Chine