In the last several days I came across three bloggers asking questions about perfumes influencing how we feel:
Normand (The Perfume Chronicles): When something unpredictable is ahead of me, I find myself reaching for Estée Lauder’s Azurée. It’s got that “Don’t mess with me” feel about it. In times of stress, I’m not interested in wearing things that pull people closer to me… no sexy ambers, no sublime chypres, no mouth-watering citrus scents, no well-behaved fougères. It takes leather… animalic, smoky and forbidding. Hermes’ Bel Ami is a good second choice… particularly with that cumin-peppery accord. […]
Birgit (Olfactoria’s Travels): Which scents make you happy? What perfume acts as the perfect antidote to the winter blahs for you? […]
Natalie (Another Perfume Blog): I feel the way I always want to feel at work: calm, focused, able to enjoy all the things I love about my job. My mood is being helped by my perfume. Borneo 1834 feels either like a projection of the “real” me or a projection of who I want to be, and it’s nice to be able to package this persona up and take her to work in the form of a fragrance. It becomes a kind of compass when all the minutiae of the corporate world feel overwhelming, and I start to lose myself in the crazy.
What perfume makes you feel pretty, confident, sexy, calm, irresistible, etc.? These questions are routinely asked and answered in the Perfumeland. Sometimes I participate but most of the time I skip the conversation.
The thing is, for me perfumes do not work like that. I wear them as an adornment, an accessory, a frill. I do think of them as of a place-, weather- or occasion-appropriate (or not appropriate), perfumes reflect my feelings but never work for me as mood modifiers.
I love perfumes. I rarely go a day without a perfume. Fragrances are an organic part of my life and I can’t imagine not wearing them. And while everything is great and I’m happy any of my favorite perfumes suited for the moment will work great. But if something goes seriously wrong I doubt any scent will help. I’m talking theoretically, I can only hope I’ll never get to prove or disprove that theory but just from knowing myself: I do not think I’ll stop wearing perfumes but I do not expect any mood boosts from them either.
What about you? Do perfumes have a power over how you feel? Or are they just ornamentation?