It might seem a bit silly, but while I have spent the last three weeks makeup-less with my greasy hair thrown up in a bun, scarfing snacks in my pajamas as I work from the sofa, I have also been spritzing my most luxurious perfumes. You see, while some people require a blow-dry or a swipe of red lipstick to feel pulled-together and ready to take on the day, all I need is a spritz of perfume.
Luckily, I am very experienced when it comes to finding the most uplifting perfumes around. In fact, since discovering the power that perfume has over my mood, I’ve made it my beauty mission to collect the happiest scents around. As a result of said search, I am now the not-so-proud owner of an obscene number of perfumes (over 50, if I had to put a number on it!).
Despite the fact that the size of my perfume collection is without a doubt unnecessary and extravagant, it turns out that my theory about perfume lifting my spirits actually does make sense. Aromatherapy Associates master blender Luke Taylor says, “In more recent times, numerous studies have revealed that various psychological effects can be attributed to fragrance inhalation. Increased brain activity, changes in blood pressure, heart rate, and pupil dilation are all immediate effects of olfactory stimulation.”
But what exactly makes a great uplifting perfume? The truth is, what’s uplifting for one might not necessarily be for another. “Any scent you enjoy will evoke happiness, either from the pure joy of experiencing it or reminiscing on past enjoyable events,” says Taylor. Although tastes do vary from person to person, I think I have whittled down just about the perfect edit of universally uplifting perfumes. After all, certain notes just can’t be overlooked for their happiness-inducing qualities. “Floral notes are often associated with happiness, with rose, jasmine, and neroli being popular choices,” Taylor adds.
So if you’re looking to inject some mood-boosting pizzazz to an otherwise drab day, keep scrolling for the most uplifting perfumes for every single taste.
This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.
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