Under the weather Monday: Good comfort scents

weatherSorry to report that I’m feeling a bit under the weather today (back and wrist acting up, among other things) and have decided it’s probably for the best that I just take it easy and lie low for a day or two.

But first, some comforting aromatherapy. I do think that the right scents can help take your mind off your aches and pains. So perhaps I’l indulge in a dab of my happy place Le Labo Tubereuse 40 on one wrist, and Le Couvent des Minimes Eau des Missions Cologne on the other.

Speaking of which, I actually found this a while back at a nearby Ulta. It wasn’t in with the regular spray fragrances, but was over in the bath area. Very cool, and I was so excited to actually see it on the shelf that an SA came over to see if I needed help. After I went on and on about it, I got her to sniff it and she loved it, so think I made a convert.

Anyway, back to comfort: What scent(s) do you turn to when you’re feeling under the weather?

Although, the more I think about it, with this hot, humid weather we’re having here in my neck of the woods, shouldn’t everything be good and warmed up with no problems? I always thought chilly, rainy days made creaky joints, old injuries, arthritis, etc., act up, but I guess not always.

26 Comments
Neyon August 20, 2015

I feel like a lovely sweet violet fragrance is great for dull days...there is something about violet that is introverted and dewy, making it suited to cloudy rainy days, and at the same time is delicate and magical, making it dreamily uplifting (Penhaligon's Violetta)

March July 28, 2015

Oh sweetie! I just saw this. I hope you feel better soon! PS LOVE that Missions cologne.

tiffanie July 27, 2015

Thanks for the reminder about Le Couvent des Minimes. I stopped by Ulta after a dental appointment this morning and tried two. I came home with a bottle of Eau des Minimes (the white label). The other one I tried was Eau des Matines (turquoise label). I would have liked to bring that one home, too. Self-restraint is stronger in the morning. I'm looking forward to draining my new bottle over the warm summer months, so I can indulge in another.

Tiara July 27, 2015

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I'm finding hot weather is great for my back and knee. Hot HUMID weather not so much. Last week we had several days with low humidity and temps were high 70's, low 80's. Everything felt great. Back to higher dewpoint days and I can tell. I obviously need to slowly cruise my local Ulta--haven't seen that here but will certainly look more closely now.

Queen Cupcake July 27, 2015

Sorry you are not feeling well, Ann. I am trying to think of a comfort scent myself... tricky knee, hot & humid weather, plus I don't think I can face going to work today. Probably Jardin Sur le Nil because I always reach for it in sticky, thunder-stormy weather. Or maybe one of my other summer favorites: Floris Edwardian Bouquet. Feel better soon! XO

Portia July 27, 2015

Get well Ann, Always go with my ultimate faves when I'm ill. Shalimar, No 5, MdO Vanille and Liberte. Portia xx

Sonia July 27, 2015

I love all the Le Couvents scents- the price is terrific and I think any of them is great in this humid, hot weather. I'm starting to think for some of us, any extreme weather is hard on the body- sigh.

leathermountain July 26, 2015

Hope you feel better soon! Absolutely great scents help with all kinds of pains and distresses. For me it's not one particular scent but the fun of experiencing good scents. The closest thing I have to a go-to is Roses jojoba-based roll-on from Enfleurage Inc. It's just a couple of rose absolutes diluted in the oil, and it's simply lovely.

elisa p July 26, 2015

@ Nemo: Yes, very office friendly.All of their colognes are light and good for warm weather, even the vanilla. And they are very affordable.

Kate C July 26, 2015

Hope you feel better soon - I can relate because my health is precarious too. My comfort scents are: MiKMOI Ao on one wrist and MiKMOI Aldwych on the other. It's a dreamy combination.

Nemo July 26, 2015

I have been cuious about Les Couvents products for a long time! It sounds like this one might be okay in hot/humid weather, and would you say it is work-friendly? :) It is amazing to me still, after being in the perfume world for a few years, how much of a different a teensy bit of perfume can make to the mood (if not the back, unfortunately!). All sorts of things can make my back act funny, even things you would think would help (like exercise, seconding Elisa P above). I hope you feel better soon!

elisa p July 26, 2015

Sorry about the aches & pains and I feel you on that. Aside from some chronic back stuff I have an exercise injury in my back/ribs and as soon as it gets better, I do it again! I always suspected exercise was bad for you ;-) .Fragrance helps 1) because I love it 2) because it's a passive activity but distracting and stimulating at the same time. As far as comfort scents: I also own and love that Les Couvents. It's just so easy and friendly without being too sweet or synthetic. It layers well especially with my Tokyo Milk Bittersweet, not so sweet cocoa. Another comfort scent is Rochas Femme which probably sounds crazy. It just hits that G-spot in my brain :-) It's as comfortable after work as taking off the tailored clothes and donning the old sweats. And if I remember correctly from nursing school: heat is better for rheumatoid arthritis, cold for regular "osteo" arthritis. Hope you feel better!