Scents can boost our mood and bring balance to our well-being. Scents can evoke memories and emotions, and help reduce feelings of stress and increase those of positivity.
Wake up and smell the coffee, for example, is not just a poetic take on the harsh reality of life. The scent of coffee can help improve analytical performance. Lemon, meanwhile, triggers the release of norepinephrine, the chemical that makes you feel motivated.
We round up what’s available on the shelves.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle L’eau Privee
Concocted by Chanel perfumer Olivier Polge as “like…a soft, hazy veil for the skin and sheets”, this spanking new interpretation of the 2001 runaway success redefines seduction with notes of jasmine absolute and rose petal. The people at Chanel insist it’s for night but we’d wear this any hour.
Beigic Regenerating Oil
Skincare is self-care, emphasises Kate Namgung, the founder of Korean vegan skincare brand Beigic. Made with 17 natural ingredients including green coffee bean oil and argan oil, this moisturiser had us at hello with its comforting aroma. What’s better, it’s light on the skin and absorbs quickly — no icky after-feel! Massage three to four drops in after toner for a brighter complexion.
Tove & Libra x Neal’s Yard Remedies Limited Edition DIY Bespoke Fabric Spray Bundle
Personalise your unique scent with a blend of three certified organic essential oils. Lavender soothes, palmerosa refreshes, while orange revitalises. It can be safely misted on fabrics (except pure silk) or skin to help rid odour and bacteria. It comes with an instructional manual — you’re welcome, noobs. These goodies come in a lovely linen pouch by Tove & Libra, the Hong Kong fashion brand we love for chic staples crafted with upcycled fabrics.
Available at Neal’s Yard Remedies, #B1-52 Takashimaya SC, and Simple Wellness.
Loewe Home Scent
Creative director Jonathan Anderson evokes moments in nature for the Spanish luxury stalwart’s new collection of home scents. Available as candles, home fragrances, rattan diffusers, soaps and even matches, the range encapsulates 11 plant essences such as oregano, tomato and marihuana — excellent as an ice breaker for when guests pop in.