Words: Lauren Carbran
The morning of 1 March marked the day I would go perfume-free. Challenge accepted.
Easy! Or so I thought…
My morning routine goes something like this: wake up, have a five-minute snooze, wake up 20 minutes later, have breakfast, get ready, spritz my perfume and sprint out the door.
It felt weird not spraying on my everyday scent, Armani Si, before leaving home. I love the way the bursts of rose, vanilla and mandarin keep me smelling refreshed – and after a good spritz I feel uplifted and happier.
It was tough sitting on the usual train from Hertfordshire to London and being so aware of the smells of pollution, commuters’ packed lunches and the woman on my right eating her milky porridge (yuck).
I usually carry a travel-size Armani Si in my handbag, so that I can top up on the go. And once I get to work, I keep it on my desk. OK, it sounds as if I’m a bit addicted to it, but have you tried it? Exactly.
At 11:30am I reached for my perfume, but it wasn’t there. Damn! Must. Resist.
Another hack of mine is spritzing my perfume just before a meeting. It means I go in feeling and smelling my best. And that day I had back-to-back meetings, during which my mind wandered into visions of Armani Si – as if it was a bar of chocolate or a my favourite dessert. Mmmmm…
4pm and the girls WhatsApp group pinged. Oh gosh, I was totally meant to be going out for dinner that night. But without perfume I felt totally naked. The evening began to lose its appeal slightly: would I enjoy it as much without my scent? Would anyone notice I wasn’t wearing it?
Why is it such a big deal, I hear you shout? There’s something about spritzing your favourite scent (whether it’s your signature one or an evening pick – Hugo Boss Boss The Scent for her or him is a good choice) that completes your outfit, gives you a boost of energy and puts you in the BEST mood.
I caught the train home and thought about my day. It was average. But I can tell you now that perfume magically makes things better. It’s certainly proved that perfume can boost self-confidence, and make you feel calmer and even happier.
For me, perfume is an essential part of everyday life. Whether you like one that’s subtle and light, like Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pure for her or an intense oud like Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Oud (citrus, sandalwood and oud), you’ll be winning at life once you find your fragrance match. Trust me.