Scents of Well-Being: Fragrances to Give You All the Feels

Mood-boosting spring fragrance

Need a pick-me-up? Choose a fragrance with mood-boosting notes.

We could go on and on listing the reasons why fragrance makes us feel good. There’s nothing like that fuzzy feeling when a scent brings back a romantic memory, or the spike of confidence you get from spritzing the final touches onto your beauty look. And while perfume has the overall power to make us happy, the specific scent notes within it can help improve mood and mindset in their own ways. Make a mental note to look for these scents in your next bottle.

Shake off the winter blahs with a zesty floriental or mandarin-infused cologne. The scent of citrus can up energy levels, increase alertness and even improve concentration. Bam!

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Floral Shock Eau de Parfum
Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Spray

Not just a classically delicious ice cream flavour, studies have shown vanilla can help reduce stress and bring on feelings of joy and relaxation when you breathe it in. Try it in Mugler’s mouth-watering gourmand or the newest edition of Le Mâle. We’ll have seconds, please.

Mugler Angel Eau Sucrée Eau de Toilette
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Mâle Essence de Parfum

The smell of these pretty white flowers can have both an invigorating and soothing effect. Opt to stay cool, calm, relaxed and revived by dabbing on Lisa Ray’s scent, including Indian-grown jasmine essential oil, or Michael Kors’ ultra-feminine bouquet of jasmine varieties.

The 7 Virtues Lisa Ray Jasmine of India Eau de Parfum
Michael Kors Glam Jasmine Eau de Parfum


Turns out this herb can refresh more than just your breath––it’s been known to alleviate fatigue, increase focus, and boost motivation. Wake up to the cool minty notes in this stimulating scent, appropriately housed in a mint-hued bottle.

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Eau de Toilette

Freshly Cut Grass

Never mind that it smells like sunny summer mornings (which we would bottle if we could), research has shown the earthy scent of a just-mowed lawn releases a chemical in the brain that helps improve memory. Plus––no big surprise––it can make you feel happier. Take it with notes of green tea in Guerlain’s crisp concoction.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca

Photography by David Pike.