How does fragrance effect you? Here’s a fab piece from our regular contributor TriedTestedLoved about the impact of fragrance on your own wellbeing.
Perfume may seem like a mere indulgence, however inhaling a beautiful scent can have also have a positive impact on your state of mind.
Smells are often linked to emotions and feelings, which of course play a huge part in supporting our wellbeing.
In fact the history of perfumery is linked to ancient alchemists who discovered how to extract essences from aromatic plants and learned how to blend these to make intoxicating aromas.
Over time, we have been subtly conditioned to associate certain emotions with certain smells. Be it through folklore, family stories or marketing, some oils definitely make us feel better.
“Over time, we have been subtly conditioned to associate certain emotions with certain smells. Be it through folklore, family stories or marketing, some oils definitely make us feel better.”
Many extracts may deliver therapeutic or physiological benefits too.
Rose oils and absolutes are a prime example. Whether delicate, floral, spicy or green, the rose scent is associated with love, romance and regeneration, amongst other benefits.
Other flower oils like Jasmine and herbs like Lavender are also frequently used in perfume for their characteristic scents and their ability to create relaxing and calming sensations.
There are literally hundreds of oils and perfume ingredients, some foodie, some herbal and some are just weird!
However, fragrance can help us become more alert, become less anxious and even be more happy, depending on the oils used.
Fine fragrances are a blend of many different ingredients, but the overall effect can be just as uplifting as an essential oil – it is purely a matter of personal preference.
We all love different smells for different reasons but as long as it makes you feel good that is absolutely fine.
Candles and body care are also great ways to bring scent into your life and are a useful way to improve your sense of well being.
So, next time you feel your perfume or candle is a frivolous treat, just remind yourself that smelling good is a vital part of wellness and something we should all enjoy as often as possible.
Tried, Tested, Loved.