Words: Lauren Carbran
Perfume doesn’t just smell good, but it can also help you to keep to your New Year’s resolutions. 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,’ says fragrance expert Roja Dove. ‘When you inhale a scent, an odour molecule can unleash reactions we can’t control’.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: STOP EATING CHOCOLATE
YOU NEED: CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL & HUGO BOSS BOSS THE SCENT PRIVATE ACCORD
Need a scent to satisfy your chocolate cravings? Don’t we all? Sweet, gourmand scents are your calling and smelling them will give you those delicious chocolatey vibes (and distract you from munching on that choccie bar you’re pretty much addicted to). ‘These types of scents make us feel secure because they insinuate food,’ says Roja. Carolina Herrera Good Girl, which we like to describe as a chocolate dessert in a bottle, blends sweet notes of cocoa, almond, vanilla and coffee. Sexy and feminine, this is a main contender for your 2020 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 & K BY DOLCE & GABBANA
As we begin the new decade, there’s no better time to smash it at work. That’s why you need an empowering scent to give you that all-important 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 makes you feel both confident and – more importantly – like your authentic self,’ says Roja. Say hello to Calvin Klein Women, which celebrates every part of the feminine spirit and strength – and was made by women for women. The smell? Fresh eucalyptus acorns, orange flower and sensual Alaskan cedarwood. And as new perfumes go, K by Dolce & Gabbana for him is up there. It comes in a bottle with a top shaped like a crown, the perfect reminder that you’re the king of your own destiny. We’re also big fans of its fresh, spicy combo of blood orange, lemon and pimento to take you from morning meeting to afternoon presentation.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE GYM
YOU NEED: THE PERFUME EDIT LIME & BASIL & LACOSTE L’HOMME TIMELESS
Was your New Year’s Resolution to become best friends with the cross trainer or just to use your gym membership? The answer to your prayers is an ultra-energising scent. Fresh, citrus notes should do the trick to get you raring to go. ‘In the same way that sipping 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 The Perfume Edit Lime & Basil, which mixes mandarin zest and lime (oh, and it’s unisex and vegan – bonus), or there’s Lacoste L’Homme Timeless for him, with bergamot, rhubarb and ginger. One spritz and you’ll be motivated to go!
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