Sleepytime Monday: Best bedtime scents

This is one facet of being a perfumista that I’ve never experienced: wearing a scent specifically for bedtime (we’re talking strictly sleep here). Usually what I’ve had on for the late afternoon or evening is in its final drydown stages by then and I’ve just let it go without thinking about it. I know some of you do this, as I’ve seen a few of you mention it in comments.

bedtime 2 But lately I’ve been having some trouble heading off to Zzzz-ville, so I figured that trying a scent nightcap might be worth a shot. I also have some new bedtime tea that I’m going to try.

So please share with me, what fragrance do you spritz on at night that helps carry you off to dream land?

Does it change with the seasons? For instance, I can imagine a warm, cuddly scent might not work so well on a hot, humid evening. And by the same token, a chilly fall or winter night might not go so well with a brighter, fresher fragrance. Or am I way off on this?

Also, I would think that an intricate, complicated scent could be a bit too stimulating when you’re ready to relax and turn in for the night. I can’t even begin to imagine spritzing Amouage Interlude Woman before bedtime. If and when I finally did get to sleep wearing this, I’m guessing that some crazy dreams might result!

Anyway, I’m hoping that you all will have some good suggestions as you always do, and perhaps even some non-perfume tips that help when sleep eludes you. Thanks!

98 Comments
drummagick July 4, 2013

In the warm weather I use an eau de cologne linen spray that I make myself with essential oils: bergamot, lemon, rosemary sweet orange, neroli, lemon verbena and about 10 other things. In cool or cold weather I like Opium on myself or Bal a Versailles EDT on myself or my sheets & pillowcase. Bal is strangely comforting at bedtime.

Merlin July 4, 2013

Most of my life I hated the smell of lavender but I'v had some trouble sleeping in the last 6 months and have started to find it soothing. Badger Balms have one balm called 'Night-Night' and another too (can't remember the name) that help a little. They contain a variety of essential oils and I rub it on my hands. I also have a L'occitane lavender candle; its a relaxing scent, but doesn't really switch me off! I'v found, however, that since I'm awake so long I prefer smelling something wonderful than something ok, intended, but failing to induce sleep;) Then (since its cold here now) I go for something warm like Carthusia's Ligea or (I only have a sample but really need to get it) L'artisan's Sevile. Another one I'v found I like is Fourreau Noir. I only have the wax sample but its so far my favourite lavender perfume - no surprise since I adore Chergui!

Jan Lasy July 3, 2013

For me, night time is the time for good ol Demeter, there's a slumber scent for everyone and it doesn't break the bank. I already spray a paper towel with Gingerale and put it in the bottom of my wastebaskets in the summer, winter is Mulled Spices. To spritz my bed in this ugly hot weather, Pink Lemonade, for the grandkids, Marshmallow. Thunderstorm, Sex on the Beach and Gin & Tonic work well too.

Catherine July 3, 2013

Vintage L'Heure Bleue is my absolute favorite bedtime scent, but I've been really enjoying Eau de Lingerie as well. I'll also wear lots of vanillas, ambers and incenses to sleep.

Beth July 2, 2013

I have a lot of different samples and I'll just pick one and spray. I just like to smell good when I'm drifting off to sleep. If it's a really good scent I'll smell my wrist a few times before I go to sleep.

gatorgirlinmo July 2, 2013

My favorite bedtime scent is Sonoma Scent Studio To Dream. Love it. I don't know why I like it for bedtime, particularly. It reminds me of home, so it is comforting. A lovely scent anytime though. Nicole

Tanya @ Jillian Body Revolution July 1, 2013

Lavender is the main one in our family, the kids love it. We also use a couple of drops of melatonin which we call sleeping potion. Works like a charm for a perfect nights slumber:)

maggiecat July 1, 2013

I wasn't impressed with Chanel's Jersey when it first came out, but I do like it as a sleep scent. Jasmine is definitely soothing, and Lollia has a new hand lotion out called Midnight Garden and Wildflowers that works well as both a sleep aid and a hand lotion! I also love to use shower gels and body lotions that are too soft and subtle for day before I go to bed. Good luck finding something that works for you!

kizzers July 1, 2013

I used to use Lush Sleepyhead massage bar when I couldn't sleep - it worked a charm. In fact, all I had to do was open my bedside cabinet and catch a whiff of it and I relaxed instantly. It's discontinued now, but apparently they brought it back in the Retro section (website order only) but it is now called "Ego". Perfume for bedtime would be Chergui or Orris Noir, something spicy and rich. A warm bath, followed by hot milk before bedtime with a little grating of nutmeg or a tiny pinch of cinnamon are also worth a try, or hot chocolate with whipped cream just for the sheer indulgence! Hope you find something that works. Here's wishing you a full 8 hours of restful slumber x

solanace July 1, 2013

I find dewy, simple roses very soothing. My favorite is AG Rose Splendide. Also like something cuddly if it is cold, such as Shalimar, Hypnotic Poison, l'Heure Bleue or AG Vanille Exquise.

Beth July 1, 2013

I don't use my perfume at night either, but I DO use my scented bath products. I don't like using them in the morning, as they interfere with my perfume, but they're great to use at night. Also, it provides a bit of a night time ritual which helps to put you in the frame of mind for sleep. My prescription: Hot shower with a scented body wash, followed by scented body cream. Then I make myself a hot tea latte. The way they make them at the coffee shop here is to heat milk, then steep your tea in that. And I use a sleepy time tea with a bit of honey. Good luck, I hate struggling with not sleeping.

MontrealGirl July 1, 2013

It seems to me that the ultimate luxury is to have a perfume just for bedtime! I've been planning to treat myself on my birthday to Penhaligon's Lavendula solely for that purpose. Unlike most lavender perfumes it is gentle and fresh and smells exactly like sweet English lavender. It is perfect.

Meg O. July 1, 2013

I go through phases: for awhile, it was lavender and sandalwood essential oils, then Shalimar EDP, and now it's CB Black March, every night. I'm ordering a decant just for this purpose. :) I don't know why, but the smell of freshly-turned soil really comforts me.

Ellen Covey July 1, 2013

My favorite bedtime scent is Olympic Orchids DEV #3, an all-natural woody-spicy-incensey fragrance. When I was working on it, I discovered almost by accident that it was very relaxing, and promoted lots of interesting dreams!

malsnano86 July 1, 2013

I do have bedtime scents, and the weather does matter. In cooler weather, I go for Emeraude or Shalimar Light, or Tabac Aurea, or Smell Bent One. In summer, I like my light roses -- YSL Paris Pont des Amours, or AG Petite Cherie.

Tiara July 1, 2013

I reach for Dior Homme on nights when I'm too restless to sleep. Love it's ability to calm me down!

Sherri July 1, 2013

I don't wear fragrance to bed for fear of dh waking up with a migraine, but I do use lots of Lady Primrose bath products. Tryst and Royal Extract powders are gentle and great for lightly scenting the sheets. Powder is great in the summer, thoughI can't say anything I've ever tried has helped me with insomnia except time, waiting for hormones to calm down, etc. Benadryl works, but turns me into a zombie the entire next day! Sweet dreams and hope you'll be sleeping soundly soon, dear Ann! :-)

Martha July 1, 2013

I like Lumiere Blanche or Mohur. It seems as though something that has a lot of sandalwood is helpful. Last night though, I dabbed on some Tubereuse from a DSH sample because earlier in the day I had sprayed Carnal Flower. It was just right, not too loud or in your face. I'll have to check and see if it has some sandalwood in it.

Lynley July 1, 2013

I forgot an important one :-) if I'm having a crappy day and want comfort, then a small spritz of Lyric. I always feel better in Lyric.

Lynley July 1, 2013

Oh Ann you're missing out! ;-) Years ago I started wearing perfume to bed when an old bf bought me Byzance, but it gave me a headache during the day. Now in cool weather I often wear the pink girly scents I'm too self-conscious wearing out like Mor Marshmallow and ELdO Encens et Bubblegum and Divin Enfant. In summer or if I have a bit of a headache or am overheating I'll wear Cologne du 68, Jour d'Zhermes, Escale a Portofino, or my favourites for bedtime, Voyage D'Hermes edt or parfum. Hope we can can convert you to the joys of scented bedtime! :-)

Austenfan July 1, 2013

Caron Pour un Homme, (imho) the best lavender out there!

Giuliana S (@bassavina) July 1, 2013

L'Heure Bleue works for me with it's nighttime theme and comforting almond/heliotrope vibe. I find either of these two jasmines soothing: Donna Karan Essence Jasmine and SL Sarrasins.

lucasai July 1, 2013

I love neroli for going to bed so Atelier Cologne Grand Neroli or Houbigant Orangers en Fleurs are the best options for me.

annemariec July 1, 2013

In summer, Guerlain's AA Flora Nymphea (orange blossom and honey) or Nuxe Huile Prodigiuese. In winter, Kenzo Flower. Flower is powdery, but weightless - not stifling. And comforting, very comforting for me. I can't actually conceive of wearing it outside the house. It would be like wearing my pyjamas to work!

Portia July 1, 2013

Hi Ann, Great question. I love to spritz old favourites like No 5 and Shalimar before bed but if I'm having trouble sleeping or my mind is too active a really interesting and complicated fragrance gives me something to focus on other than my sleeplessness, and makes it easier for me to drop off. The Neela Vermeires or 1000 or La Via Del Profumi are all excellent choices at that time. Portia xx

jilliecat July 1, 2013

I used to try drinking a cup of camomile tea, or a mug of hot milk, to help me sleep and they did ..... trouble is, taking in liquid just before bedtime invariably means that I then have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, thus undoing the good sedative work of the drink! Like some others, I have never found lavender particularly relaxing. Rose, musk or vanilla give me sweet dreams. I used to like Yves Rocher's Rose Absolue which was a soft take on this combo, but is now sadly discontinued (of course).

Isabelle July 1, 2013

Tam Dao for me. It doesn't last much on my skin, but works wonderfully lightly sprayed on my pillow. These days I also use Hermes Eau de Narcisse Bleu, which I find inexplicably comforting in a snuggly, white, cotton-cloudish way.

Emily S July 1, 2013

I often dab on just a little Muscs Koublai Khan before bed. It's cozy, warm, animal, and so enveloping. It takes the place of the dog I can't have living in an apartment! And even better, I love it in the warm weather just as much as the cold.

rivercitylizzyLizzy July 1, 2013

Summers here are usually hot, sometimes (not often) humid--regrettably, it is both right now--and I'm drawn to soft and light notes for bedtime, like vanilla, sandalwood, rose, neroli, and lavenders that are more fruity than camphorous. Lavanila's Vanilla Lavender is easy and uncomplicated; the vanilla really takes the edge off the lavender. A Wing And a Prayer's Honeysuckle Rose is a lovely way to ease from day into dreams. And believe it or not I have a hair rinse that includes rose water, neroli hydrosol, and essential oils of rose, neroli, and sandalwood that lingers for days; when my head shifts as I settle down to sleep I get a whiff of it and my whole body just EXHALES.

Lisa D July 1, 2013

Hiya, Ann! I don't often wear perfume specifically for bed, but when I do, I like jasmine scents. There's something oddly narcotic about jasmine that settles my mind, which is good for sleep. Most recently, it's been Soivohle's Yin Hao. Puts me right to sleep.

rosarita July 1, 2013

Hi, Ann! Except for winter when I most often wear Hypnotic Poison or Shalimar eau de cologne to bed, I like to wear musk scents at night. I'll wear Kiehl's and Clair de Musc both day and night, but Musc Samarkind and Coty Wild Musk (I have a really old bottle) are bedtime only. Give bedtime fragrance a try, it's a nice part of the bedtime ritual :)

Annamaria July 1, 2013

A rose and sandalwood body lotion by Innoxa, or Calypso Christiane Celle Violette.

shaney July 1, 2013

I always pick out a nighttime scent. Tam Dao is also a go to of mine for summer evenings. Other summer favorites: Dune, Ninfeo Mio, Nuit Etoilee, Encens Flamboyent. In the winter, my range is much wider and much cozier and heavier!

eldarwen22 July 1, 2013

I've taken to wearing Jicky in EDT form for going to bed. The EDP version is way too hard to find or too expensive to wear for bedtime. Or I'll wear Infusion d'Iris. Mainly it has been the latter because it has been so hot and sticky and the skank of Jicky keeps me up in hot and humid nights.

Jackie b July 1, 2013

I love Chanel Jersey and used up a whole decant just to sleep in. Lavendery vanilla, delicious. Also Mor Marshmallow hand cream

patrick July 1, 2013

I like to spray sandalwood or frankincense fumes. I use Tam Dao the most. Frankincense soliflores are my second go to like Rock Crystal by Durbano.

Pklagrange July 1, 2013

I love Marc Jacob's cranberry or biscotti splash. I fall asleep smelling delicious and the scent is gone by morning.

Mary P. July 1, 2013

I love warm, cozy fragrances for bedtime like Lostmarch's Lann-Ael - the shower gel and body lotion are nice before bed too. I also like Songes by Annick Goutal, as well as Shalimar edt. I know that lavender is supposed to be soothing and calming but I haven't yet found a lavender fragrance that really floats my boat.

Rina July 1, 2013

Ann, it's not really a fragrance, but Shea Moisture makes a lotion with frankincense and myrrh that I find comforting as sleep inducing when used on my hands and arms before bed. Origins used to have a great sleep line with a lavender inhaler that you sniffed to help fall asleep and dang of it wasn't effective! Def. try something lavender!

ncmyers July 1, 2013

Karma by LUSH. That orange patchouli is so delightfully comforting, like an old friend. The body cream is really nice too.