Smelling good is the main reason we wear perfume, but did you know that there are many more benefits to wearing perfume?
Perfume has many different uses besides being worn as a fragrance. For example, perfume can be an aphrodisiac, help trigger memories, and even cure headaches. It also makes you appear more confident and attractive.
If you’d like to find out some of perfume’s awesome benefits, then keep reading.
What Do We Use Perfume For?
We use perfume for all kinds of different reasons, besides to smell good, which is the most obvious reason. For starters, perfumes can have a positive effect on the human body. They can give us greater confidence, make us appear more attractive to others, and even aid with health issues such as headaches and insomnia. Perfumes can also be used as a tool in aromatherapy.
Let’s take a look at the different benefits of perfume now, shall we?
1. You Smell Amazing
Perfume is mainly used to make you smell good. If you have unwanted B.O. or just enjoy smelling pleasant throughout the day, then a few spritzes of perfume will do just the trick. Most fragrances include natural and organic additives to complement and balance out a person’s natural body odor.
And including Eau de Toilettes in your collection (over heavier, more concentrated Eau de Parfums) helps you from spraying the dreaded “too much” – if you find yourself to be an occasional perfume over-sprayer. Hey, we’ve all done it!
If you are looking for a long-lasting scent throughout the day, reach for a Parfum or Eau de Parfum over an Eau de Toilette, Eau Fraiche, or Eau de Cologne. You can read more about the different types of fragrances and how long they last here.
2. Perfume Is Something That Signifies ‘You’
Some people do their eyebrows. Some put on their favorite watch before heading out the door. Others spritz on some perfume. No matter how they do it – and whether they know it or not – many people accessorize or do ‘something that makes them feel like themselves. Fragrance can be a way to make you feel put together and like ‘you’ quickly.
You may also know this as a signature scent; a scent you always wear that’s become synonymous with you!
3. Perfume Can Trigger Memories
We’ve all smelled something and been transported back in time (in our minds at least!) to where we first smelled that scent. For example, think of your father’s Drakkar Noir cologne, the smell of sunscreen which instantly ‘takes’ you to the beach, or that new-book smell from the pages of a brand new chapter book, whisking you away to your childhood bedroom.
Part of your brain called the olfactory bulb, which runs along your nose to the base of your brain and which contains several types of nerve cells that operate your sense of smell – has direct connections with other parts of your brain: the amygdala, which is responsible to processing emotion, and the hippocampus, which is linked to storing memories.
Because of this close physical connection between these brain regions, neuroscientists believe that this may be why a smell can so potently trigger memories.
Another cool trick you can do is apply a ceratin fragrance when you’re on holiday somewhere. Your brain will link this certain scent to the place you visited, taking you back every time you smell it!
4. Perfume Can Boost Confidence
Get a whiff of your favorite perfume, and your mood will likely go from good to great. Why? Because perfume is a confidence booster, and your mind can rest and focus on other things besides your possible body odor.
My personal favorites include Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540, Creed Aventus, and Tom Ford Oud Wood. If you need a confidence or morale boost, start spritzing!
5. Perfume Makes You More Attractive
If you want to be more attractive, spraying yourself in perfume is one of the easiest ways to do so, as scent is the most powerful sense we have. Yes – it can even beat out sight, taste, hearing, and touch! Amazing right? Our scent is thought to be the most powerful sense because it’s connected to parts of our brain that control our cognition and memories. When we smell perfume, parts of our brain become activated. Perfume can also make you seem more attractive to others this way.
Most perfumes are loaded with pheromones, which are like hormones. Pheromones work outside of our bodies to communicate and change the behavior of those around us – almost like a subtle “look at me!” effect. Even though it’s thought that we naturally produce pheromones in our skin glands, wearing perfume to feel more attractive is never a bad idea.
When you first walk into a place, and you’re wearing perfume, people will be attracted to you, and you’ll likely leave a pleasant and lasting first impression in their minds. If you’re on a date or a job interview (and want to be back!), it’s a good idea to put on some perfume!
6. Perfume Can Make You Appear More Professional
Just as perfume can make you appear more attractive, wearing the right one can also make you appear more professional. Some scents just really give us the feeling of authoritativeness and professionalism when we smell it.
This is usually true for the powerful but subdued perfumes. Those that are present but don’t drown out the room. Next time you go to work, try wearing an inoffensive but extremely classy scent and you’ll instantly be perceived as more professional and taken care of!
7. Perfume Can Be Used For Aromatherapy
Regarding aromatherapy, we typically are not talking about the traditional perfumes and colognes that we can get at Ulta or Sephora (though perfumes with florals, citrus fruit, and spice help soothe and calm the mind). Instead, when people use fragrances for aromatherapy, they inhale or topically apply essential oils extracted from plants by distillation. Essential oils are the “essence” of the plants from which they were extracted.
While there isn’t much scientific evidence to back up claims that essential oils in aromatherapy work for everybody — there is some evidence of positive physical effects for some individuals. Several studies have shown that inhaling ylang-ylang lowers blood pressure; others suggest that smelling lemon oil can boost positive feelings through norepinephrine (a stress hormone and neurotransmitter) release.
8. Perfume Can Improve Concentration
Thanks to a decrease in stress and anxiety from wearing the perfect perfume to elevate your mood, you’ll have greater levels of focus and concentration. That’s just the thing you need at work, school, or the office!
Our sense of smell is also linked to the part of our brain that triggers memory (which we covered above!), so if you want to be clever about reminding something, spray a perfume while doing that certain thing. The next time you smell the scent, your brain will bring up the memory of when you actually did the thing.
9. Perfume Can Boost Your Health
To recap, we’ve discussed several benefits of perfume, including how it can enhance your mood, boost your confidence, and make you more attractive to others. We’ve also discussed how smelling perfumes can make you feel calmer and more at ease, particularly with concentrated essential oils.
Whether you’re dabbing on essential oils or are walking around wearing your signature scent, you can easily reap the health benefits of perfume. And the fact that you simply feel more confident and better about yourself is great for your mental wellbeing as well!
10. Perfume Is An Aphrodisiac
As we mentioned above in section #5, many perfumes are chock full of pheromones, so wearing perfume out on a date or in the bedroom is like having invisible superpowers! Besides a perfume’s pheromones working their natural magic on your (perhaps potential) love interest, you’ll also feel sexier, more confident, and ready to rumble.
This makes total sense – especially when you get a good whiff of your significant other’s tantalizing perfume.
11. Perfume Can Help You Sleep Better
Many perfumes come with calming properties and notes, which in turn eases the mind into relaxation and preps it for a good night’s sleep. Smells produce both a physiological (body) and psychological (mind) response. When you smell a good smell – a perfume that brings back pleasant memories and makes you feel happy and relaxed – your body can respond with relaxation and let go of tension.
We’ve all had those rough nights when you just can’t seem to shut off your brain. Help induce relaxation and fend off sleeplessness with perfume.
12. Perfume Can Ease Headaches
Reach for perfumes that include the notes below and essential oils that contain these plant extracts to help make that nagging headache go away:
- Peppermint oil: Contains menthol, which relaxes the muscles and eases pain. Apply diluted peppermint oil to the skin to get relief from tension headaches and migraines. To apply, dilute with another carrier oil such as coconut oil.
- Lavender oil: One of the most common essential oils, lavender oil has strong evidence for treating headaches. Per a 2013 study, people reported having significantly less pain 15 minutes after breathing in lavender oil. Use a diffuser or apply diluted lavender oil to the skin. You can also add a few drops to a warm bath.
- Rosemary oil: Having been used in folk medicine for hundreds of years, rosemary oil is known for its potent analgesic (pain-relieving) and anti-inflammatory properties. It can also reduce stress, relax the muscles, and improve circulation. To apply, mix with a carrier oil like coconut oil and massage into the affected area, like your temples or neck. Of course, you can breathe it in, too.
- Eucalyptus Oil: If you have headaches caused by sinus issues, then reach for eucalyptus oil. This oil is excellent at opening up the nasal passages, clearing the sinuses, and relieving that awful tension that comes with these headaches. To use, apply a drop of oil to a carrier oil and apply it to your chest, so the scent rises up to meet your nose. Or, add a few drops to a glass of hot water and breathe in the vapor and its benefits.
- Chamomile Oil: Chamomile oil is great for relaxing the body and soothing sore and achy muscles, though it’s also a superhero in treating tension headaches, anxiety, and insomnia. The latter two are considerable contributors to causing headaches. To use, mix a few drops of chamomile oil with a carrier oil to your bath or mix and breathe in the steam from some hot water.
13. Feel Fancier And More Sophisticated With Perfume
Unless you’re an A-list celebrity, you probably don’t have the funds for fancy jewelry and high-end watches that can run up to thousands of dollars. However – if only occasionally – you may be able to splurge on a sophisticated perfume, like Dior, Chanel, Kilian, and Acqua Di Parma.
Personally, if I wear a more expensive, sophisticated perfume (over something more classic and affordable such as Calvin Klein), I feel a notch or two fancier than I would sans fragrance or with a cheaper alternative.
14. Perfume Can Enhance Your Mood
Your mood is how you feel at any given moment, and perfume is a great way to enhance or change your mood. You can even use it to express how you feel to others — think playful perfume at a party, sultry scents on a late-night date, and aquatic notes for the beach. Perhaps the next time you’re spring cleaning, reach for florals and citrus to energize you.
So the next time you need a slight mindset shift, spritz on a perfume with notes that compliment the occasion’s mood, and you’ll be all set.
15. You Can Be Eco-Conscious With Natural Perfumes
Some brands are better than others at sourcing eco-friendly and ethically sourced ingredients. There are plenty of brands on the market already that offer eco-conscious only options, such as Sana Jardin, Abel, Maison Louis Marie, Hermetica, Heretic, and PHLUR.
These brands offer non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free perfumes with eco-friendly packaging. Some, like Amsterdam-based brand Abel, use an organic food-grade alcohol base.