Exploring Scent & Wellness
The Global Wellness Institute describes wellness as the ‘active pursuit’ of health and wellbeing. In pursuit of both, smelling natural oils can help to quieten the constant whirr of our inner monologue and focus our minds.
What are your favourite smells?
Can you describe what it is about the scent that you like?
Do you enjoy wearing fragrances?
If so, is that a ‘signature’ fragrance or do you prefer to change up the scents you wear?
How do you feel when wearing perfume?
Are different scents able to affect you differently, for example do you have a scent you wear for an extra dose of confidence?
The way the brain processes fragrance means we tend to have strong emotional connections to our scent memories (the memories created when we smell a scent for the first time). This means scent can have a very powerful effect on how we feel.
Aromachology investigates the influence of odour on human behaviour. It has been suggested we have a great affinity for natural scents because our ancestors would have relied heavily on this sense to find food, look out for danger, etc. Scent is very personal to the individual and as such we can all have very varied responses to the same smell.
As well as diving into the scent of a natural essential oil it can be interesting to learn about its origin, the type of plant or tree it has come from, where it is grown, what it looks like and what wellness properties it may possess.
For example – Jasmine:
Jasminum grandiflorum is a climbing deciduous shrub with pinnate leaves and white star shaped flowers, belonging to the Olive family. The wellness properties of this oil include a reduction in feelings of anger, depression, anxiety and stress and the promotion of positive, constructive emotions such as happiness and confidence. The scent is an opulent, sweet white floral with a subtle rich woody musk and a hint of green. Popular fragrances where Jasmin is a key ingredient include Gucci Bloom, Frédéric Malle Le Parfum de Therese, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint, Diptyque Olene and Chanel No 5.
If you are keen to delve into this fascinating subject in more detail, join one of our Scent & Wellness sessions. Here we explore which aromas elicit positive emotional responses, discovering new scents and maybe rediscovering forgotten ones. Whether you are looking to unlock the power of botanical oils to help calm, relax and unwind or to stimulate and embolden, or simply to learn more about which scents speak to you and what botanicals you might want to look for in your next perfume purchase. At the end of the session we hope you will have learned something new about fragrances, and perhaps something unexpected too!