Words: Lauren Carbran
Perfume doesn’t just smell good, it can also help you to keep to your New Year’s resolutions. That’s right, whether you want to curb your cravings or get fit at the gym, believe it or not, fragrance plays a key part. ‘Fragrance unlocks memories, emotions and reactions inside of us,’ says fragrance expert Roja Dove. ‘When you inhale a scent, an odour molecule can unleash reactions that we cannot control.’
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: STOP EATING CHOCOLATE
YOU NEED: CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL FOR HER & HUGO BOSS BOSS THE SCENT PRIVATE ACCORD FOR HIM
Need a scent to satisfy your chocolate cravings? Don’t we all. Sweet, gourmand scents are your calling and, trust us, smelling these will give you all those delicious chocolatey vibes (and distract you from munching on that choccie bar you’re pretty much addicted to). ‘These type of scents make us feel secure because they insinuate food,’ says Roja. First up, there’s Carolina Herrera Good Girl, which we like to describe as a chocolate dessert in a bottle. It’s filled with fragrance: sweet notes of cocoa, almond, vanilla and coffee. Sexy and feminine, this is a main contender for your 2019 party scent. For guys, curb those cravings with the ultra-moreish Hugo Boss Boss The Scent Private Accord for him, a bold blend of cocoa, ginger and mocha.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: BOSS IT AT WORK
YOU NEED: CALVIN KLEIN WOMEN FOR HER & DIESEL ONLY THE BRAVE STREET FOR HIM
If 2019 is the year you want to smash it at work, you need an empowering scent to give you that confidence boost. So, make sure you grab these statement fragrances to show ’em who’s boss. 'When it comes to smell, empowerment is wearing something that you feel both confident and (more importantly) your authentic self in,’ says Roja. Say hello to Calvin Klein Women, which celebrates every part of the feminine spirit and strength – and was even made by women for women. The smell? Fresh eucalyptus acorns, orange flower and sensual Alaskan cedarwood. Then there’s Diesel Only The Brave Street – it comes in the one and only concrete fist-shaped bottle (just looking at it should give you that go-get-it attitude). Inspired by being brave, its notes of liquorice, basil and apple will guide you from morning meeting to afternoon presentation.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE GYM
YOU NEED: ISSEY MIYAKE L’EAU D’ISSEY PURE FOR HER & ARMANI ACQUA DI GIO FOR HIM
It’s time to become best friends with the cross trainer again, guys – especially if your New Year’s resolution is to work out more. The answer to your prayers? An ultra-energising scent. Fresh, citrus notes should do the trick to get you raring to go. ‘In the same way that sipping on icy lemonade can invigorate our mouths, these scents are very uplifting to the nose,’ says Roja. ‘They lift your whole body up from the sinuses.’ We love Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pure, which mixes orange blossom with jasmine and lily of the valley, or there’s Armani Acqua di Gio for men, which features a zesty blend of green tangerine, lemon, lime and neroli. One spritz and you’ll be motivated to go!