We are officially in the darkest and coldest time of the year!
It is time to take out the hard artillery against SAD!
Today I am going to cover scent and color therapy. Adding a scent that brings you positive emotions and looking at or wearing a vibrant color will enhance your mood.
Banana soap, anybody?
Byredo "Eleventh hour" features Ban timmur pepper, bergamot, carrot seed, rum, wild fig, tonka bean, cashmere woods notes. It really creates an anticipation of a party, sets one free from limitations, invokes senses. It is sexy, warm, mysterious.
April Aromatics "Calling all angels" features incense, labdanum, vanilla, honey, amber, precious woods, opoponax, elemi resin, tonka bean, benzoin, and frankincense. The scent is announced to be dark and complex angelic scent, with a sweet incense/ honey-like note, implementing the elements of Earth, Ether and Air. To me it appears as frankincense resin, it reassures everything will be good (that feeling of prayer being heard).
Woody and leathery scents
Laurent Mazzone Perfumes "Patchouli Boheme" features Egyptian Leaf Geranium, Precious Wood, Indonesian Patchouli, Virginian Tobacco, Leather, Musk, Balm from Tolu, Tonka bean notes. This is the scent of fall-warm and comforting. Patchouli lovers will appreciate this one.
Fueguia 1833 "Biblioteca de Babel" features only three notes - Cedar, cabreuva (woody note), cinnamon. The scent brings up the Cedar shelves and heavy leather book bindings in mind. This is not Okanagan Library atmosphere, this is the complex environment of an old European Library. I personally see the golden/orange color with this fragrance, uplifting.
Parfum d'Empire "Cuir Ottoman" is ideal scent for cold days: jasmine, leather, iris, benzoin, balsams, resins, incense. It is very warming, nurturing, supporting.
Jo Malone London "Oud and Bergamot" smells like bergamot, cedarwood, oud wood. This is the only fragrance I like from Jo Malone house and it has staying power. It is super uplifting!
Sweet floral fragrance
Laurent Mazzone "Sensual Orchid" is a super sexy scent featuring notes of Mandarin, Almond, NeroliOrchid, Sambac Jasmine, Lysiana, Peony, HeliotrVanilla, Musk, Blond Wood, White Cedar, Labdanum, Benzoinope. This fragrance brings out a light within you.
Byredo "Gypsy Water" is a super positive scent with notes of Bergamot, lemon, pepper, juniper berries, incense, pine needles, orris, amber, vanilla, sandalwood. People compare this fragrance with cashmere sweater, agreed! I want to spray myself over and over again!
Nicolai Perfumes "Rose Pivoine" is a tender pink peony scent that reminds about warm summer days and blue skies.
These fragrances belong to niche category and priced accordingly (sigh).
A few tips : samples can be purchased from lucky scent website and cost is somewhat affordable. Some of these fragrances are sold through Sephora, which has 20% coupons from time to time.