Why You Should Be Wearing Perfume Every Day, Even While Stuck at Home

Why You Should Be Wearing Perfume Every Day, Even While Stuck at Home

Some of my earliest childhood memories are watching my mom get ready for the day. She’d take the curlers out of her hair, fluff it out using her fingers, and delicately apply eyeliner and lipstick, before spritzing on a perfume from one of the luxurious looking bottles on her vanity. Then she’d say, “Women should always smell good,” leaving me with my mouth gaping in awe at the whole routine.

You can say that I caught the beauty bug early. One of the most memorable childhood gifts I’d ever received was a Tinkerbell body splash gift set. It was made to look like a bottle of fancy perfume, just like my mom’s. As I watched my mom get ready, I’d spray my own tiny spray, and my mom would say, “Little girls should always smell good.” And since then, I don’t think I’ve gone a day in my life without wearing some type of fragrance. It’s practically embedded in my DNA at this point.

In this time of sheltering-in-place, I’ve been trying to find ways to bring a little bit of joy to the mundane moments—and smelling good is part of that. 

And during this time of quarquar (yes, we’re calling it quarquar now), scent has taken on a new, more meaningful ritual for me. No one smells me except my dog and my boyfriend, but I still spray on my most luxurious scents every single day. In this time of sheltering-in-place for the foreseeable future (and by the recommendation of my therapist), I’ve been trying to find ways to bring a little bit of joy to the mundane moments—and smelling good is part of that. My perfume buying habit (which some might say is frivolous) has become one of my main sources of joy. And guess what? There’s actual science to back it up!

According to Psychology Today, our sense of smell is a key to our survival. Think about it—if you smell something rotten or off in the fridge, it’s our sense of smell telling us that we probably shouldn’t eat it. On the other hand, pleasurable scents, like freshly baked bread or jasmine flowers, are tied to happy memories and can give us a sense of comfort, exactly what we need during these confusing times.

 

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To get the maximum scent bang for your buck, after your shower, apply a rich body lotion (scented like or similar to your perfume is even better!). Then, spritz on your favorite perfume on your pulse points—your wrists, behind the ears/neck, in between your cleavage, and in the inside of your wrists. I also like to do a spritz or two behind my knees if I’m wearing a dress or shorts.

What perfumes have I been rotating heavily the past few weeks? Read on to find out!

 

Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau De Toilette

I’ve been wearing this perfume since I was 21 (over a decade!), and it’s still my favorite scent of all time. Each time I wear it I’m reminded of the days of my carefree youth—when I’d go to a club until 3 a.m., sleep for five hours, go to class, go to work, and do it all over again. It also helps that this is the perfume I get the most compliments on. It’s a heady, musk scent that smells feminine yet sexy and alluring. Oh, and it’s important to get the eau de toilette in the black bottle. The eau de parfum in the pink bottle smells completely different!

 

 

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Chanel Gabrielle Chanel Essence

I’ve never liked any Chanel perfumes until I tried this one. The bottle is ultra glam, and its bold, crisp white floral scent smells sophisticated without being too heavy. It reminds me of going out to get drinks with friends during happy hour at about 6 p.m.: The wind is blowing, the drinks are flowing, and the sun is just starting to set. Bliss!

 

 

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Frédéric Malle Musc Ravageur Parfum

This perfume is one of my most prized possessions. Literally. It costs a small fortune, but WOW is it worth it. One of my friends (in my head) OG perfume blogger Victoria aka @EauMG on Instagram, refers to this perfume as a sexy cinnamon roll, and honestly, it’s true. Imagine a spicy, sexy, cinnamon-y scent that smells both like a fresh baked good AND the sexiest human you’ve ever met in your life. It’s out of this world, and on the days I wear this perfume, I feel like I can literally conquer the world (or actually work at my desk and not my couch, which is a small feat in and of itself).

 

 

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So, are you wearing perfume while you’re staying sheltered? What’s your favorite scent? Let me know in the comments!

 

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