You may have heard on the grapevine that house plants are good for your health, by calming the mind and boosting productivity levels. But, did you know that floral and herb-infused fragrances also have a similar effect on your mood? If you’re looking for an uplifting pick-me-up, here’s why you NEED to give botanical scents a go.
What is a botanical scent?
As the name suggests, a botanical scent takes its cue from nature – think pretty petals and herbs. It’s made using extracts of plants, shrubs and flowers, giving us a direct line to mother nature with every spritz.
What benefits do they have?
While there's no magical cure for conditions like anxiety, stress and depression, botanical fragrances are said to be universal mood-boosters, easing symptoms. In a similar way to inhaling the scent of freshly-cut grass or a bouquet of roses, you can rely on a botanical fragrance for a little lift - a welcome addition to your everyday.
"The wonderful thing about fragrance is that it has the magical ability to affect our mood", says fragrance historian and expert Roja Dove.
He says that making them part of your day-to-day can have long-lasting effect on our mindset.
"Smelling botanical fragrances can become a ritual for relaxing, just like having a glass of wine to unwind with quietly at home."
"Perfumes really do make us feel better. They lift our mood and make us feel good."
Our favourite botanical scents
RELAX WITH LAVENDER
Relied on in the world of aromatherapy for good reason, lavender helps the brain go from ‘ARGH!’ to ‘Aaaahhh’. And we love how it’s been blended in this sophisticated spritz by Sarah Jessica Parker. Elevated with mandarin orange and bergamot, it’s a bouquet of happiness you’ll want to return to time and time again.
CALMNESS WITH VEVITER
If you need a quick calming fix, vetiver is a lesser-known earthy ingredient. Sweet and warm, it will help you to relax and you can find it nestled in Montblanc Explorer. This adventurous scent also blends bergamot from Italy and patchouli from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi – and is said to help relieve panic attacks.
RE-ENERGISE WITH EUCALYPTUS
The smell of eucalyptus is powerful not just because it’s bold and fresh, but it also helps to boost your energy levels and minimise stress – the perfume equivalent to a morning of mindfulness. The hints of eucalyptus acorns in Calvin Klein CK One Women Eau de Parfum will help you feel refreshed and awake, while the notes of orange flower and Alaskan cedarwood transport you to the great outdoors.
REDUCE TENSION WITH ROSEMARY
We love inhaling the woody aromas of rosemary – and it’s known to help reduce fatigue and stress. Feel at peace by smelling The Perfume Edit Citrus Fresco for him and her, which oozes rosemary, calming lavender and lemon. It's also vegan, cruelty-free and recyclable. Plus, you can get it engraved with your initials, too.
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