As we continue to adjust to the current coronavirus situation, you may be able to find some comfort in leaning into scent by wearing your favorite perfume every day — yes, even those of us working from home alone. The theory behind this is the same as why putting on makeup or getting dressed in the morning, despite not going anywhere, can help boost your mood and even make you feel more productive.
“Comfort and security can come externally from things like support or therapy, but it also comes internally, from understanding what we need,” psychotherapist Daryl Appleton, MD, told POPSUGAR. “Understanding what helps to calm and soothe, or make us feel strong and powerful, is unique and important.” It’s different for everyone, but looking to the five senses can help you reach an inner feeling of tranquility, happiness, or even confidence.
There’s a simple, psychological explanation for how scent works to boost your mood. “Smells through the olfactory system have strong ties to the memory and fear centered of the brain (its why we love that new baby smell or can pick up smoke or gas smells as a warning super quickly),” said Dr. Appleton. “Our signature scent is more than just something we like; it can be tied into our confidence and linked to our ability to self-soothe by reminding us of times when we felt powerful.”
There’s no one size fits all when it comes to finding a scent that speaks to you personally, but you can help narrow down your search by looking at specific smell profiles. “We typically see citrus smells linked to feeling ‘awake’ or ‘clean’ which could help boost mood. Other people have noted liking earthy or woody scents that help them feel grounded. For calm, we see lavender and eucalyptus as crowd favorites.”
To fully experience the power of your feel-good perfume, Dr. Appleton recommended experimenting with different options and being intentional with your choice.