Our sense of smell is powerful because it holds the key to our psychology. The intimate relationship that our sense of smell has with our mind means that scents can trigger certain memories, start or stop cravings, alter mood and behavior, and even enhance sexual attraction.
Understand the notes in the perfumes that you own and start to manipulate how you want you or those around you to behave, by subtly influencing them with the fragrance that you wear.
1. You are meeting a furious client
What you want: Your client to listen to you calmly
If you’ve already gone to see them prepared, and also presented your best attitude, you can further increase your chance of diffusing the situation by wearing perfumes that carry ylang ylang as an accord. This is a stress-reliever that can make people feel less frustrated.
Try: Chanel N°5 Eau Premiere
2. You have to give an important presentation before a huge audience
What you want: You won’t suffer from stage fright
It can definitely be nerve-wrecking. But if you’ve already practised several times and also have solid points to raise, try wearing a perfume that contains the neroli note to make yourself feel less nervous. This scent is able to reduce anxiety and can definitely help you calm your nerves when you’re at the podium.
Try: Dolce&Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops
3. You are meeting a prospective client
Want you want: Gain trust
A recent study shows that there is a direct correlation between the scent of lavender and fostering a sense of trust. According to this study, subjects that are in rooms that are scented with lavenders are more likely to place their trust in strangers. With this, you may want to consider wearing a lavender scent when you are attending a negotiation meeting, or if you’re closing a sale.
Try: Annick Goutal Eau de Lavande
4. It’s your first day of work
What you want: Socially-pleasant new colleagues
First day of work can sometimes be awkward – after all you’ll be meeting many fresh faces and in an environment you’re not familiar with. Consider wearing a floral scent. According to a study by Rutgers University, subjects who entered a floral-scented room are more likely to describe a life event using words that are perceived as “happier”. Apply this result to your daily life: wearing a floral scent can definitely help create better vibes. (Psst, you can also wear a floral scent if you’re going on a blind date!)
Try: Marc Jacobs Daisy Delight
5. You are attending a long brainstorming session
What you want: People to stay focused
If you want everyone – including yourself – to have a perky and fresh mind, the potion that could help should contain orange, lavender, coffee or licorice. According to a research, subjects tend to look more frequently and longer at visuals when they smell these scents, which means that they can help to increase visual attention span.
Try: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
6. You are on a vacation
What you want: To feel more relaxed
Studies have shown that the vanilla scent has a relaxing effect on people and can help you also evoke an increase in joy. Wear a vanilla scent when you’re on holiday to be even more sure that you’ll feel even more laid-back and have more fun.
Try: Victoria’s Secret Succulent
7. It’s a special day for you and your beau
What you want: Seduce him
Pheromones aren’t proven to work on human beings yet, but what come close may just be this – you won’t believe it – the combination of pumpkin pie and lavender. A study from the Smell and Taste Treatment Center in Chicago finds that this combination (out of more than 30 scents) increase penile blood flow 40% more than others. We’re not sure if this will work, but let us know the result when you’ve tried it!
Try: A mix of Demeter Pumpkin Pie with L’Occitane Lavender Eau de Cologne