Scented oils, perfumes and other fragrances have been adorned by people since early civilization. Today, fragrances can be found all around, from scented candles, to all your favorite bath and body products. There are numerous reasons why people wear perfumes, but ultimately it boils down to the fact that they make us feel happy. The reason we feel happy is heavily dependent on the individual, but can range from the presence of pheromones, memories the scent invokes, a feeling of escape, and the ability to show individuality through fragrances.
First, Pheromones are scent triggered hormones which stimulate sexual appetite. Logically this hormone plays an important role in human sexuality and desire. Analogs of the natural human hormone can be found in some perfumes where these scents trigger increased sexual appetite. The list of known pheromones is growing continually. Though, most of the currently recognized pheromones only work on men. As such, women wearing these types of perfumes instill greater sexual desire in the men surrounding them, and in return, boosting her own self-esteem as her feelings of being attractive and adorned grow. This, certainly, makes any woman feel happy. However, though pheromones influence our sexuality, the results are fleeting. Therefore, their presence in a perfume plays a secondary role to other reasons why we wear perfumes.
Second, there is a strong connection between fragrances and memory. For instance, we may be somewhere shopping and smell something from a nearby bakery that reminds us of something our Mother made for us when we were little – like chocolaty brownies, or a homemade raspberry pie. Then, we find a perfume or lotion that smells like chocolate and raspberries and instantly feel at home with that fragrance. The same goes for hundreds of other scents out there that connects us with warm, positive memories – such as the smell of a husband’s or boyfriend’s cologne on their sweater, the smell of particular holidays, the smell of rain or snow, and so on. Connecting ourselves to these memories through easily obtainable fragrances makes us happy.
Third, we all need escape. Whether we’re tired Mom’s, teenagers, Grandmother’s, working Mothers, or stressed Husbands, we all need a place of escape and that escape is often found in a bath, shower, or massage with the use of fragrances. Therapeutic or not, fragrances can take us to a place of calm and serenity. They can rejuvenate our minds and energize our senses. When we surround ourselves with a fragrance we like, we are in essence, placing ourselves in a protective bubble that minimizes the stress of everyday. We are instantly comfortable.
Lastly, and maybe even the biggest reason we wear fragrances, is to show off our individuality. With so many fragrances to choose from out there a person can truly be original in what they decide to fragrance themselves with. They can change the way they smell to match their mood, the occasion, or anything they like. One day they can smell like pomegranate and the next day, as their preference changes, they can smell like roses and musk. The ability to have this kind of individuality through scent directly influences our confidence and self-esteem.
The ability of a fragrance to make us feel like desired beings, connect us with memories, help us to escape and help us show individuality is phenomenal. This boost of positivity in our everyday life increases vitality, improves our drive to accomplish, and increases resistance to failure. Find today the fragrance that makes you happy and reap the benefits continually thereafter!