Beauty of the Senses
SMELL: Use common scents
Your sense of smell is part of your body’s limbic system, which also regulates memory, so fragrance is more intertwined with emotion than any other sense, says Alan R. Hirsch, M.D., F.A.C.P., board-certified neurologist, psychiatrist and founder of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. “You not only experience the smell, but the emotion you experienced along with it in the past,” Hirsch explains. Studies also link scents to specific moods and mental states. For instance, people exposed to jasmine proved more alert than those who didn’t sniff the scent. And the smells of lavender and grass are thought to reduce anxiety.
1) Spray Demeter Naturals Lavender Fragrance ($29 for 1.7
ounces; demeterfragrance.com) on your pulse points for an
instant calming effect.
2) Amp up your energy by applying Soap & Paper Factory
Jasmine Solid Perfume ($18; soapandpaperfactory.com) to
your neck and wrists for an enduring light scent, or use the
pure jojoba and beeswax blend as hair pomade.
3) Soothe yourself with the 100 percent organic ingredients
in Honoré des Prés Nu Green ($84; spiritbeautylounge.com),
including notes of fresh-cut grass and mint.