The first whiff of a signature scent is the ultimate temptation — it evokes emotion deep within, igniting all the senses. Be it classic aphrodisiacs or plant-derived essential oils, spraying a wellness-inspired fragrance aids in relaxing and rejuvenating your mind, body, and spirit.
Invite feel-good sensorial experiences into your everyday life by adding smells of the natural world that double up as instant pick-me-ups. Explore earthy perfumes with the stress-relieving benefits of aromatherapy (a holistic practice that uses natural plant extracts to promote well-being) as well as woody, citrusy, and floral scents (think sandalwood, grapefruit, and rose).
Whether you’re a modern-day nomad, a fashion-forward millennial, or an advocate of wellness, we’ve rounded up 10 invigorating perfumes that will inspire, enlighten, and awaken the wild femininity inside you. Explore this list of mood-enhancing fragrances from leading perfume houses and niche brands alike to find your new favourite scent.
- The Nue Co. – Forest Lungs
This woody and smoky scent is inspired by the Japanese practice of forest bathing (known for its science-backed therapeutic benefits). Trees produce an olfactory compound called phytoncides that stimulates our parasympathetic (rest) nervous system, reduces stress, and banishes anxiety. This perfume emulates that exact smell using synthetic phytoncides, so that you can experience the healing fumes of nature in the comfort of your home.
- Berdoues – 1902 Gingembre Vert
This refreshing perfume combines the goodness of ginger, citrus, menthol, and nutmeg, creating a scent that’s equal parts fresh and spicy. With one spritz that lasts through the day, it’s a classic pick for adventurous and fun-loving women who prioritize their well-being and relish spending time in nature.
- Air Company – Air
A perfume made from air? That’s right! Air Eau de Parfum defies conventional wisdom with its limited-edition fragrance that is made by converting carbon dioxide found in air into carbon-neutral ethanol. Inspired by the Earth’s vital elements of air, water, and sun; this scent instantly brings up top notes of orange peel, and fig leaf. Its heart notes feature jasmine, violet, azalea, and sweetwater, that evenly balance out its musky tobacco base.
- Etro – Patchouly
Inspired by oriental fragrances, this perfume for women brings together the old-world charm of patchouli and amber, combined with modern-day vanilla and gardenia scents. With the first whiff, you are sure to be transported to a breezy lemon farm. As the scent settles onto your skin, the velvety rich base notes will leave you feeling nothing less than glamorous!
- Houbigant – Quelques Fleurs Royale
Founded in 1775, The House of Houbigant perfected the art of olfactory as the official perfumer to European royals. Quelques Fleurs Royale was crafted for a 19th-century princess, but today, it is befitting for the modern-day woman. This perfume pays an ode to femininity, incorporating the fruity scents of blackcurrant, Sicilian bergamot, and grapefruit with the floral accords of jasmine and rose. Woody base notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, vanilla, and musk round it off, leaving behind a captivating fragrance that lingers on the nose.
- Jean Paul Gaultier – Classique Pin-Up
This compelling concoction features a mélange of joyful notes — we’re talking aphrodisiacs like ginger and lemon mingled with sweet-smelling orange blossoms. Meanwhile, base notes of vanilla and amber transform this perfume into a seductive scent that leaves behind a mysterious trail.
- Juliette Has a Gun – Magnolia Bliss
Reminiscent of a late summer evening, this deliciously intoxicating scent borrows heavily from evergreen magnolias. Dominantly a floral perfume, its pleasantness is brought to life with a blend of petitgrain, lemon, ginger, nectarine, freesia, peony, amber, musk, vanilla, and tonka bean. Altogether, it is a powerhouse of relaxing bliss stored in one bottle.
- Nobile 1942 – La Danza Delle Libellule
This glamorous gourmand features heartwarming top notes of apple and bergamot infused with middle notes of cinnamon and cocoa. A woody finish of musk, vanilla, and cedarwood balances out the light-hearted scent, all-in-all serving as the perfect reminder to not take life too seriously.
- Heretic Parfum – Bergamusk
Citrusy scents like bergamot and lime are renowned for their energizing, mood-boosting properties. All you need is one spritz of Bergamusk to lift your state of mind and help you feel more productive. Crafted from a blend of natural and safe synthetic ingredients, its top notes combine bergamot, lavender, thyme, lime, and verbena with a heart of jasmine and cedar. An alluring base of white musk and sandalwood ensures a long-lasting fragrance.
- Rahua – Palo Santo
This plant-based oil perfume is designed to capture the sacred scent of Palo Santo, the weather-aged holy wood indigenous to South America. This perfume adds hints of citrus and gardenia for a soothing and uplifting touch. The sweet, sophisticated, and woody scent is loved by shamans for its spiritual healing benefits of promoting positive intentions and cleansing bad vibes.
Shweta Gandhi | Contributing Writer