Which bring us to the question: What is a happy scent? [Charles] Spence wrote a paper on "Sensism," as he calls it, on the benefits of aromatherapy: According to Spence, lavender aids relaxation, roses and heliotrope have a sedative affect, cucumber and green apple help with claustrophobia and citrus has been shown to have invigorating properties that aid concentration and boost spirits. "Citrus is an alerting essential oil and mood enhancer," Spence says.
— From Finding happiness in a bottle — of perfume at the LA Times. The article also includes a round-up of new perfumes for spring 2010. Many thanks to Joe for the link!
Terrific article, thanks. I think there is a lot of truth in the last couple of paras – that, regardless of scent, people find the grooming routine a happy experience and stimulates pleasure in the brain. I love my little beauty routine and it makes a big difference to the start of my day.
Also, I have a lemon verbena scented bath gel from L’Occitane that my kids love. It soothes them if they are tired and or stressed, more than other scented products I own. I notice it every time. Wonderful stuff!
Yes — I’d agree with that also. Also pleasure in buying beauty products, which is a separate issue, I guess.
I like that article. Professor Spence knows what he’s talking about.
Glad you liked it!
When I smell Happy, I feel depressed.
Yes. Some of these have reverse effects on perfumistas, LOL…