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:
- 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:
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:
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.