Do you recognize that feeling? On a fresh, autumn day you suddenly smell the scent of freshly cut grass. Within a split second, your thoughts will take you years back to when you were little and playing outside on the lawn. You feel a tickling feeling in your stomach; you feel like a child again, young and alive. Smells have a major influence on our emotions and feelings. In fact, 75 percent of our emotions are determined by what we smell. This means that the perfume we wear has a big impact on how we feel. How exactly does that work? In this blog you will find out how smells can affect your mood.
Scents and memories
Smells that we perceive evoke memories and therefore feelings. You smell something specific and you think back to your childhood, a vacation, a certain person or a certain place or event. This is because smells are processed in areas of the brain that perform an emotional function. In this way, scents are linked to memories. In this way, everyone builds up a personal scent database during their lifetime, in which a scent stirs up the exact memory or emotion from old memories. If something smells good, people feel relaxed and they rate the environment or the person as positive.
There are also certain scents that have a scientifically proven emotional influence. All these scents each have a unique effect on our mood. When different aromas are used to positively influence the mood, we call this aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is a method of treatment that uses essential oil from herbs, flowers and other plant parts.
Which scents have what influence?
Cedar wood, rose, bergamot, mandarin, neroli, orange, chamomile, geranium and sandalwood are fragrance notes with a calming effect. Do you ever experience stress, anxiety or depression? Then choose to wear a perfume with one of these notes.
Jasmine, patchouli and Ylang-Ylang are fragrance notes that boost your confidence. Are you ever insecure, or do you need some extra self-confidence for a job application, for example? Then choose to wear a perfume with one of these notes.
Black pepper, lemon, basil, peppermint and rosemary are notes that help with concentration problems and mental fatigue. Do you have to prepare for an important exam? Or are you experiencing a prolonged period of stress and fatigue? Then choose to wear a perfume with one of these notes.
Chamomile, lavender, marjoram and neroli (orange blossom) are fragrance notes that provide physical and mental relaxation. Do you have a nice chill day to rest planned, or could you use one? Then choose to wear a perfume with one of these notes.