Shut out any distractions and put your feet up for a scroll through the perfumes that the Mood Scent 4 turn to when they want to kick back. I’ve chosen four very difference fragrances that all induce a feeling of calm in me. Not everyone uses fragrance for mood-altering purposes but I find it particularly useful for this and regularly choose my Scent of the Day based on how I feel that day, or how I’d like to feel.
Slowdive by Hiram Green
Neroli, Orange Flower, Tobacco Flower, Dried Fruit, Beeswax, Tuberose and Resins.
Imagine floating in a warm pool of honey while watching a beautiful orange-tinted sunset. That is the blissed-out feeling you get when wearing Slowdive. This tobacco/honey fragrance is full of the mellow fruitiness and hazy sunlight of early autumn. The languid feeling of summer still lingers but without that season’s oppressiveness. Walk through the orchard at harvest time and look ahead to an evening cosying-up with the comforting scent of woodsmoke in the air. The hint of floral creaminess from tuberose adds to the languor.
Passage d’Enfer by L’Artisan Parfumeur
White Lily, Frankincense, Aloe Wood, Benzoin and White Musk
I associate quiet incense perfumes, such as this, with peace and a kind of meditative tranquillity. Instead of being restricted to the room where you’ve lit that stick of Nag Champa, you can take that soothing incense with you. Not all incense fragrances are relaxing though. Avignon by Comme des Garcons is an exemplar of the genre but it’s too powerful to enable me to unwind. Passage d’Enfer is a low-key, woody incense with the soft, waxy petals of lily to aid its gentility. You’re entering a cool, musty church and taking a moment to soak up the mystical atmosphere. I wear it on days when I’m feeling the need for a bit of centring.
Iris Silver Mist by Serge Lutens
Iris Pallida, Galbanum, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Clove, Incense, Vetiver, Labdanum, Musk, Benzoin and White Amber
This is the fragrance that descends on me like a calming fog; obliterating all annoyances. It is the one I turn to when life is feeling just a little too harsh and I need something to buffer me from the world. The rooty iris is grounding, beautiful and supremely relaxing to the point of anathesatic. The stark, breath=taking beauty of it is enough to make the earth stop turning for a brief moment. It’s a fragrant form of respite and an escape route to another place where is all is well.
Rahele by Neela Vermeire Creations
Green Mandarin, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Violet Leaf, Osmanthus, Rose, Magnolia, Jasmine, Iris, Violet, Cedar, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Patchouli and Leather.
I’ve always found osmanthus to be a dreamy floral scent. Its the aroma of ripe apricots caught on a cool breeze. Rahele is a composition based on osmanthus, accented with other muted florals to create a perfume with the same meditative quality you sometimes get when spending time in nature. It possesses space and air, giving the wearer lots of room to breathe.
While you’re taking time out to do a bit of reading, carry on at Megan In Sainte Maxime, I Scent You A Day and L’Esperessence to see their laid-back perfume choices.
Is there a perfume in your collection that you find relaxing?
15 responses to “Mood Scent 4: Relaxing Perfumes”
Some intriguing choices there Tara. I love your description of how incense has a kind of meditative peace about it. So true. You’ve definitely whetted my appetite for the Hiram Green and the Neela Vermeire. I already like the other two. xxx
It took a while to find my perfect incense perfume, Sam, but now I have it plus a back up bottle 🙂
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Oh yes. Always have a back up! xx
I think that Caron pour un Homme and Les Plus Belles Lavandes de Caron are amazingly relaxing. Also, Hammam Bouquet relaxes me and takes me back to the times when Sheila Pickles owned Penhaligon’s and the Wellington Street shop was amazing. Just thinking of those times, makes me all relaxed and happy.
Ah those are lovely memories, Prince Barry. A pleasing association like that can make a fragrance very soothing.
I’ve never tried Hiram Green either, sounds lovelt
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It’s a great fragrance from a stand-out natural collection, matty.
Fab choices, Tara! Loved reading them. It’s interesting to see how each one reacts different to fragrances. I love to relax with Slow Dive as well but Iris Silver Mist didn’t feel relaxing to me at all, a bit like wearing a corset. Have to try Rahele! Xx
I really think you should try Rahele, Esperanza. Portia wore it to her wedding and finds it rose-forward.
These all sound like lovely choices, Tara. A recent relaxing choice for me would be Elizabeth Arden White Tea.
Oooh I love a tea perfume and don’t think I’ve tried that one.
Great choices Tara. Loved your description of Slowdive. It reminds me that I must find mine and wear it. ✨
Megan, it will be great as summer fades.
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Since I am a sensual person. Great perfume post.
Glad you liked it. Thanks!