Out of all the senses, smell is the one most closely linked to memory, which is one reason fragrances that remind us of something happy can make us feel good. Research from Mood Media finds that 75% of all emotions are linked to smell, so their power is strong.
Jonny Webber with PerfumeDirect.com explains that certain smells, like citrus and musk, sharpen alertness and concentration, while others, like lavender and bergamot, have a relaxing effect.
If you want to feel happy or calm, try these fragrance notes:
- Ylang-ylang [[E-lang E-lang]] - These flowers from a tropical tree are common in fragrances and the scent can make people feel more relaxed and ease anxiety. Ylang-ylang is also said to be an aphrodisiac.
- Jasmine - Also known for being an aphrodisiac, the scent has also been found to help people feel alert and helping to ease depressive symptoms.
- Citrus - These scents can be invigorating and energizing and lemon can help boost your mood when you’re feeling angry or anxious.
- Rosemary - This herb has been identified as a “cognitive stimulant” in research, which shows it can help with improving memory and boost alertness and focus.
- Vanilla - Known as a “happy scent,” vanilla also promotes feelings of warmth and happiness, studies have shown. It can also promote relaxation, ease anxiety and even relieve tension.