Like primer and foundation, cleanser and moisturizer, doughnuts and fashion bloggers, scent and memory are a deeply intertwined duo. That may sound like a grandiose statement, but it’s actually science. The olfactory bulb is part of the brain's limbic system (an area so closely linked to memory and feeling it's sometimes called the "emotional brain"), so a scent can conjure up memories and powerful responses almost instantaneously.
That made me start wondering how a certain type of scent might link to your mood, or even personality. To test the correlation between how I smelled and how I acted, I decided to wear three very different perfumes over the course of the week and observe what happened.
Read on for the fragrant results.
After a week of rotating between floral, citrus, and woodsy scents, I felt a little jumbled. As with anything, there’s a sense of comfort in the familiar, and I felt foreign without my normal fragrances keeping me company.
I’m not sure that any of the three scents changed my personality on a deep level, but they did draw out certain moods within me—affecting my makeup, fashion, and even culinary choices! It’s interesting to access the less prevalent parts of yourself—in my case, the mysterious, sultry, and sentimental. While I’ve kept Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt in my regular rotation, I’ve laid the other two fragrances to rest, for now. I’m moody enough as it is without the added triggers.
Have you ever noticed a fragrance changed your mood, or even your personality?
I’d love to hear!
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