There, there. Put retail therapy to good use by purchasing these magical scents!
One should never underestimate the power of scent. Not only can it turn a man on or turn you off, it can also reduce anxiety and put a smile on your face! It’s true. Dr. Alan Hirsch from the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation told ABC7Chicago.com, “Use your nose to make you happier. Smell odours that you like. If you like the smell, it will make you happier and bring a smile to your face.”
He’s not the only one who says this. A lot of research has shown that smell therapy works. For example, a particular study by www.OnePoll.com revealed that 92 per cent of women said smells make them happy as it evokes happy memories of their childhood. The effect apparently only worked in eight out of ten men.
While sniffing the scents you like will work, we rounded up a couple of others that can also give you an instant mood lift – unless you had a traumatic experience with lemons.
TRY: L’OCCITANE Angelica Lemon Ultra Foaming Cleanser, RM88
As mentioned, lemons. Or actually, anything citrus-y – like oranges – have been known to perk people up while reducing anxiety. Also, a study from Le Moyne College found that people who wear a lemon scent are associated with femininity, cleanliness and pleasantness. Well, that’s one quick, easy way to make a good impression.
TRY: Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage EDP 100ml, RM715
Talk about doing double duty; it can elevate both your man’s *ehem* and your mood. According to a study in the Proceedings of ISOT/JASTS 2004, researchers found that the participants’ feelings of joy and relaxation increased after just taking a whiff of vanilla. You know what that means? The next time you’re buying an ice cream to cheer yourself up, choose vanilla flavour.
TRY: Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Nourishing Lavender Shampoo, RM90
Not only can it improve your mood, soothe anxiety and increase sexual arousal, it can also ease physical pain. So, where’s the science-y part of this being a happy ‘weed’? The University of Miami School of Medicine found that smelling lavender causes a significant effect; “improving mood, making people feel more relaxed, and performing math computations faster.” Dang, if only we knew about this in high school.
TRY: See By Chloé Eau Fraîche EDT 50ml, RM233
Question: who doesn’t love flowers? But anyway, yes, floral scents have been linked with happiness. In a set of experiments done by Jeannette Haviland-Jones of Rutgers University, participants who were put into a floral-scented room used happiness-related words in their writings three times more than the others who were in a room with either classic fragrances or that were scent-free. “The floral odours can make you happy; floral odours promote social interaction and social approach to all kinds of behaviors,” he told LiveScience.
TRY: Creed Les Royal Exclusives Collection White Flowers EDP 250ml, RM2199
According to Dr. Alan Hirsch, your nose could be the quick fix to kicking the blues, and green apples are definitely capable of reducing anxiety levels, which in turn make you feel happier about life. His tip? Take and sniff an apple five times; get a nice deep sniff of that apple and it’ll reduce your anxiety. By the way, it can also help ease a migraine. Don’t say we didn’t let you in on this trick!
Source: Huffington Post, NBCNews, BellaSugar, The Daily Telegraph, ABC7 Chicago, LiveScience; Photo: Ingimage