A dear friend of my mine is dealing with stress issues in her life. One way or another many of us do, these days. This got me to think about fragrances which can help to relax and unwind. Fragrances which help me personally are A Lab on Fire What We Do In Paris Is Secret and Carner Tardes. I find Tardes to be especially relaxing. Both fragrances have an almondy gourmand scent (probably due to the heliotrope in both fragrances) which I love. I do not find them too sweet but have read some do.
While doing research on the internet and in aromatherapy books I found lavender (true lavender) to work soothing and comforting and clear the head (this will not come as a surprise) and neroli to help with anxiety and stress related conditions. A lavender fragrance which is easily available online is Caron Pour Un Homme and one more exclusively Chanel Jersey.
Some of my favorite neroli fragrances are Atelier Cologne Neroli, Penhaligon’s Castile, Roja Dove Neroli and Chloe Eau de Fleurs Neroli. I used to spray Chloe Eau de Fleurs Neroli before going to bed. Hermes will introduce Eau de Néroli Doré in its cologne collection this month. This is a release I really look forward to. Yves Rocher has a neroli fragrance in its Secrets d’Essences line with matching body products which one could use before going to bed.
All these fragrances could help you to unwind and relax, but this is always personal. So it is worth to try different fragrances and experience what works for you.
Which fragrances are relaxing for you and do you use to unwind?
Carner Tardes official notes: top Egyptian Geranium, Bulgarian Rose, Rosewood, Almond mid: Virginian Cedar Wood, Celery, Plum. base: Venezuelan Tonka Bean, Musk, Heliotrope
A Lab on Fire What We Do In Paris Is Secret official notes: top bergamot, honey, lychee
Mid: Turkish rose essence, vanilla, heliotrope, base: tonka bean, tolu, sandalwood, ambergris
Sources Aromatherapy books: Jennifer Peace Rhind: Fragrance and Wellbeing, Julia Lawless: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatheraphy
Disclosure: all fragrances in this article were bought by me, photography by me