It’s easy to romanticise an at-home pampering session. Think: bubble bath, chill vibes playlist, 10-step skincare routine. However, if you don’t have time for a full-on pampering session, you can use perfume (and their scented counterparts) as your go-to pick me up. Whether you want to add a little lift to your getting-ready routine or are looking for self pampering tips here’s how you can rejuvenate the senses, without heading to a spa.
1. Choose a Scent Mood Booster
Does your fave-of-all-time scent make you feel happy? Confident? Energetic? Well, it’s no secret that scents can impact our mood. In fact, the sense of smell is directly linked to the limbic system, which controls emotions, memories, and, ahem, arousal. Which is why picking a feel-good fragrance can instantly put a pep in your step! Looking for a scent that will help you rule the day? We’ve got empowering scents that will have you running the world like Queen Bey herself.
2. Layer your perfume like a pro
Did you know you could get even more out of your favourite scents by layering them with matching scented body products? Layering not only makes your perfume last longer, but it’s a great way to pamper your skin from top to toe. So, the next time you pop into the shower, take a scented body wash to elevate your everyday routine. Once you’re out and dry, apply a generous scoop of scented body lotion, before finishing with a spritz of your favourite Eau de Parfum.
Using products with relaxing aromas will awaken your senses and lift your mood. And while you’re soaking up the shower gel or massaging the body lotion into your skin, you can practice mindfulness by inhaling and exhaling slowly for 3-5 minutes. Trust us, you’ll want to make this part of your weekly pampering routine.
3. Pick a perfume for its aromatherapy benefits
Perfume and aromatherapy go hand in hand thanks to their combined use of essential oils. And in particular, botanical fragrances are known for supporting wellbeing and boosting our mood. Different aromas can have varying effects on you, for example, citrus is vibrant and zesty and can encourage positivity whereas lavender is soothing and is known to help with reducing feelings of anxiety. Have you tried ylang-ylang? It’s known for both its calming and happiness inducing properties, plus peppermint can alert your senses, alleviating feelings of fatigue.
Could one of these mood-boosting fragrances be a part of your self-care routine?
4. Learn the art of self-massage
If you want to bring the spa closer to home, the power is in your… fingertips. For a full-body self pampering massage, take a scented body lotion (we love Paco Rabanne’s Fame for its uplifting notes of jasmine, mango, and creamy incense!), start with your feet and work your way up to your neck and shoulders. Use long strokes and circular motions to massage your legs and arms and for help in those hard-to-reach areas (like your back) try a foam roller. For added relaxation, opt for a scented body oil with calming notes like lavender or chamomile.
For your face, using your fingertips, take your trusty cream cleanser or moisturiser, start at the centre of your face and gently work your way upwards and outwards, using sweeping motions. Take extra care around your eyes, using light pressure (the ring finger works best) and ‘draw’ circles that go from under the eyes to brow bone. Finish with a facial oil or serum for added hydration.
5. Mist Yourself!
This pampering perfume tip is short and sweet. Before you head out of the door, point your fave fragrance upwards, above your head, and walk into the mist. Not only will this give you main character energy, but it will also add a little scent to your tresses. Love a mist moment? Chanel’s got you, with this fresh moisture mist in their iconic scent Coco Mademoiselle.
6. Keep stock of a perfume that’s close to your heart
Perfume has such an incredible ability to put a spring back into your step, especially if you relate that fragrance to a positive memory, and it becomes your ‘signature scent’. Signature scents may remind you of a fond memory as we are more likely to be drawn to the notes that make us feel happy and full of positivity. So, as part of your self-care routine, find a perfume that simply makes you smile. It could remind you of a Christmas where you received that perfume as a gift, or maybe it holds a place in your heart as you wore it on your wedding day.
If you’re getting ready for a busy day, have something on your mind, or are a little nervous about something, then be sure to wear your memorable scent to lift your spirits throughout the day.
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ABOUT ELENA CHOW
Elena is a creative copywriter who’s been around the beauty block for more than a decade, writing for brands and glossy magazines. A self-proclaimed fragrance addict (her ‘open’ collection is at 14 bottles, but who’s counting?), it’s no wonder she loves penning pieces on our newest releases and trending notes. Her signature scent? Elle by Yves Saint Laurent.