Saturday 4 July, 2020

Cherry-picking scents that uplift the spirit

There's a plethora of fragrances that are instant mood changers. (iStock Photo)

There's a plethora of fragrances that are instant mood changers. (iStock Photo)

Try to remember the last time someone walked by and your train of thought got derailed, immediately.

That’s the power of a good fragrance.

On another note, being a subscriber to definitely has its perks.

You get access to insider discounts, early sale announcements and, for writers with an interest in fashion, style, and/or luxury, newsletters are laced with ideas aplenty for your next article.

Just yesterday, subscribers received a “Little luxuries: soothing scents”-titled newsletter that reminded loyalists of fragrances that “…brighten your mood and your space with uplifting lotions, candles, diffusers, and more.”

The newsletter is indeed timely in a period when everyone’s gung ho about kicking negativity to the curb.

Why not do so with scents? They're instant mood changers.

Sidebar: As an optimist, I should’ve realised sooner why I was always drawn to a number of these fragrances.

And, for something that reminded me of a day at Bloomingdale's 59th and Lexington flagship in Manhattan, New York, I clicked the link in search of a fragrance to uplift my spirit – albeit unattainable from my computer screen.

There, I came across hundreds of fragrances that are highly recommended for any funk-to-fresh transition.

So, I did some research and shortlisted the top fragrances I’ve either sampled, purchased or yearned for that all possess mood-shifting magic.

Another sidebar: For most every perfume/cologne, there’s a candle or diffuser alternative. They’re usually inexpensive, and a great way to fill your space with your favourite scent without having to spray it on. Thank me later!

In no particular order, here goes my night splash and my day splash…

Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum, though this one’s more of an evening scent for me, the jasmine, black currant, and ylang-ylang notes are so pervasive, with one spritz on the pulse points, you’ll be recognized by your scent a mile away.


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Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Parfum, with top notes of Sicilian cedar, apple, and bluebell, the fragrance described as “the quintessence of the joy of life and seduction” is a major hit. Definitely, a daytime scent for me that lingers on my clothes and enters a room before I do.


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The ones I’ve been researching…

Jo Malone London Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne, a youthful and fruity fragrance…inspired by the delicious scent of just-ripening nectarines and a taste of refreshing peach sorbet. Yes? Yes!

Byredo Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum, I often sit and wonder what “pine needle and sandalwood associated to intense amber and fresh citrus evoke the fever of gypsy nights spent in the forest,” would smell like on me.

And the top-recommended scents by Bloomingdale’s that uplift the spirit…

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum spray, described as a “sexy, fresh oriental fragrance…” A woman who appreciates the classics would cherish Coco Mademoiselle.


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Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum, listed as a “…floral explosion, a profusion of flowers that has the power to make everything seem more positive.” With its “magically evocative notes,” Flowerbomb is sure to raise you out of a funk.


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Acqua di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne, after doling out a meagre USD$200, you too can bask in the “fragrance that seduces both men and women alike”.


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Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum, Bloomingdale’s describes it as “a lovely paradox…A fragrance that is mysterious and fragile yet leaves a lasting trail.” We love a good mystery.


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