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Discover How Perfume Has The Ability To Affect Your Mood

Posted: Jul 15 2019

Is it possible that fragrances can influence my mood or state of mind?

The answer is YES! Several studies have been done that indicate a fragrance can both influence and change your mood.  Not only do fragrances possess the power to alter one’s mood, but it can also aid in enhancing your work performance and even your behavior. It may sound like magic, but according to science, the fragrance isn't acting on you but rather allowing you - through life experiences - to act on them.

This phenomenon is known as “associative learning.” Associative learning is a cognitive process where your brain associates things or events to your past experiences. Different types of fragrances could trigger different feelings and emotions for various individuals. What would possibly bring peace and serenity to some may not for everyone. You may be wondering “How then does perfume actually affect my mood?”

Many perfumes and fragrances provide aromatherapy-like quality and effect. Knowing that fragrances have this quality that allows them to change and influence one’s mood, perfume houses and fragrance companies work diligently in formulating new fragrances that are able to provide positive mood modification benefits.


Some of the positive mood influencing effects that you will find from a fragrance with aromatherapy qualities include but are not limited to:

  • Alertness
  • Invigoration
  • Relaxation
  • Uplifted mood
  • Increased motivation

How would I go about choosing a fragrance or perfume that’s right for me?

The most effective way would be by trying them out and testing them. Take a breath of the scents of assorted perfumes and fragrances, then follow your own personal instincts on which fragrance you think won't solely allow you to smell pretty - however, this may provide some additional aromatherapy benefits. It is important to learn that scents evoke the mood or feeling that you’re trying to find.

Aromatherapy is typically used as alternative medicine or a holistic method to boost one’s mood and overall general well-being by incorporating natural and essential oils from numerous sources like flowers and their stems, leaves, and bark, in addition to other elements that come from various plants.


Some well-known perfumes and fragrances with aromatherapy and mood enhancing qualities include:

Victoria’s Secret Fantasies Love Spell Fragrance Mist, Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy, Eternity by Calvin Klein, Vera Wang Princess by Vera Wang, Cool Water by Davidoff and many more.


Why You Should Decide On a Fragrance When You’re in a Good Mood vs. a Bad Mood

Did you know that the mood you’re currently in can greatly influence your ability to decide on the proper fragrance whilst fragrance shopping? This is due to the fact that your mood affects your body’s pH level or hydrogen ion concentration.  When one is in a good mood, your body is balanced and thus your olfactory sensory system (your sense of smell); is at its peak performance level. however, once you’re in a not so good mood, the results of stress and several other factors will inhibit your sense of smell which will result in inaccurate judgments. Therefore, it is highly recommended to select and test fragrances once stress levels and other negative feelings are at a minimum and you’re in a positive frame of mind.


Matching mood intent to a fragrance or perfume:

Some of the scents or rather notes you would find in a perfume that evokes calmness and relaxation include but are not limited to Chamomile; Jasmine; Lavender; Neroli; Sandalwood; Vanilla; Allspice Berry; Rosewood; Sandalwood and Frankincense. 

Some of our favorite perfumes that have the ability to inspire calmness and relaxation:

burberry brit sheer

Burberry Brit Sheer by Burberry.A fragrance with white musk and white woods as base notes, it also contains sparkling yuzu, peony, peach blossom and pear for a relaxing floral fragrance to wear all day.

patchouli patch
Patchouli Patch by L'Artisan Parfumeur is a unisex Oriental fragrance. Top notes are caraway, patchouli, white musk, and star anise; middle notes are iris, patchouli, osmanthus, and white musk; base notes are sandalwood, vetiver, and cedar.
tea rose
A creation of Perfumers Workshop  Its aroma remains true to nature, with the inclusion of green, earthy hints. Fragrant rose and tropical tuberose accents are enhanced by light, sensual lily notes, refreshing bergamot and the exotic scent of sandalwood. Tea Rose has a comforting quality that soothes during colder months. Use it sparingly for a wonderful soft scent with excellent longevity.

Perfumes that inspire these moods often including notes such as Orange; Anise; Citrus; Cypress; Eucalyptus; Geranium; Ginger; Grapefruit; Lemon; Lime; Myrrh; Nutmeg; Peppermint; Pine; Rose; Rosewood; Spearmint; Tangerine; Spruce; Tea Tree; Thyme and Winter Green

Some of our favorite perfumes that inspire feeling uplifted and refreshed:

coolwater for women
Cool Water by Davidoff is a clean aquatic floral and is sweet without being sugary and floral without being flowery. Melon, water lily, and citrus are the standouts, providing a freshly showered breeze that’s sure to leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized. The Men's edition is also highly recommended.
hermes twilly
For a spicy, sandalwood-infused twist on a classic flower scent, try this unique Twilly d’Hermes perfume. It’s a warm floral aroma with hints of ginger and comes in a cute and colorful bottle. All of the Hermès perfumes are intoxicating. This perfume is no exception. It is an uplifting scent that is sure to brighten your day.
4711 Original Eau de Cologne by Maurer & Wirtz is a refreshing as well as uplifting Citrus Aromatic fragrance for women and men. 4711 Original Eau de Cologne was launched in 1792. The nose behind this fragrance is Wilhelm Muelhens. Top notes are orange oil, peach, basil, and bergamot.

The connection between scents & emotions on Afternoon Express

Scents affect people’s mood, work performance and behavior in a variety of ways, but it isn’t because they affect us like a drug, rather they affect us through our past experiences with them. Today, we’re exploring the connection that scents have with our emotions and welcome, Thembelihle Dube, Clinical Psychologist, in the studio to shed some light on the subject. 

There are so many wonderful scents and fragrances to choose from that can both inspire and alter mood, which makes it all the more fun for perfume lovers everywhere to experiment with and add to their perfume collections. Discover all our fragrance brands here.

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Your perfume might be invisible but it can be the most dominant accessory you wear. In fact, according to psychologists, smell is the sense most closely related to memory. This means your fragrance can help you leave a lasting impression when you need it the most. And with a wide variety of luxurious, designer fragrances available, there’s no reason to ever smell less than exquisite.

My Perfume Shop understands that having a signature scent is important. Your fragrance is a crucial part of your outfit. It can leave as memorable an impact as a designer suit, killer heels or diamonds would on those in your company. And, so, we went ahead and did some research on the most sensual and exclusive perfume brands available. Now, we have the largest stock of rare perfumes from across the globe which means you too can now immerse yourself in the captivating scent of your favourite designer. We can proudly bring you the largest range of luxury designer perfumes at a cost-effective and competitive pricing structure. We have more than 200 authentic designer perfumes from across the globe and our catalogue is always growing.

Among our bestsellers, you’ll find the likes of Bvlgari, Dior, Issey Miyake and Versace. Our top 10 brands include captains of industry like Creed, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci. If there is a luxury perfume out there, we will find it and ensure that it’s included in our catalogue.

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