In these unsettling times when it seems the already-crazy world has turned upside down and inside out, it can be hard to find a moment of peace from the onslaught facing us in our everyday lives. We’re bombarded via news outlets, social media, the emptying shelves at the grocery stores, etc., and we could all probably use a little relief. And that’s where fragrance rides to the rescue. Just one whiff of a comforting scent on our wrists can offer us an opportunity to stop, take a breath and just be at peace, if even for a moment.
What scents do this for you? I have quite a few, depending on the season. But right now, I’m reaching for the cozy, gentle embrace of Costes 2, the vanilla goodness of Indult Tihota, and the vanilla goodness plus calming incense of Le Labo Vanille 44. But I do have one slightly unexpected choice: Guerlain’s Mitsouko. I have a few little dabs of the vintage parfum and I find wearing it gives me pause for thought. Even though folks have differing opinions on it, and few would call it a cuddly kitten of a scent, it’s really quite beautiful, elegant and calming on my skin. I’ve discovered that wearing it gives me a much-needed sense of perspective. Think about it: Look back on all the turmoil, upheaval and world events that this legendary fragrance has been witness to, and it’s still going strong and is enjoyed to this day. Kind of a scented reminder that “this, too, shall pass.” I know it may sound kind of lame, but it makes me feel good and improves my mood. And isn’t that one of the great gifts of fragrance?
So please do share what you wear when stress, daily life, etc., feels like a tidal wave swamping you.