“Looking across the square at the chocolaterie… and my mouth fills at the memory of its perfume, like cream and marshmallow and burnt sugar and the heady mingling of cognac and fresh-ground cocoa beans. It is the scent of a woman's hair, just where the nape of joins the skull's tender hollow, the scent of ripe apricots in the sun, of warm brioche and cinnamon rolls, lemon tea and lily of the valley.” ~ Joanne Harris, Chocolat
Your sense of smell is the unsung hero, and villain, of your emotional life.
Take a moment. Relax. Now, bring your memory to the smell of your grandmother’s kitchen – is it vanilla? Think about the smell of your mom’s neck while she holds you – is like sun-kissed flowers with hints of soap? What about a hospital room – is it astringent, laced with fake lemon? How do those moments make you feel?
According to the 2019 Global Wellness Report “75% of the emotions we generate on a daily basis are affected by smell and, because of this, it is believed we are 100 times more likely to remember something we smell over something we touch.”
I believe it.
In 2014 I was diagnosed with post-partum depression, and it was hell that I’m only able to admit the depth of six years later. I was a grateful patient of the Women’s College Hospital Mental Health program; with individual and group therapy for nearly four years. Part of the therapy included a module on simple self-care, like going outside to breathe fresh air. As a smell-loving person, I realized that giving myself simple “smelling breaks” was sometimes exactly all I needed to get a bump of enough positive emotion to keep moving forward. I knew that real citrus smells were shown to give a measurable mood-boost, that lasted up to thirty minutes.
I needed to run with this. Don’t we all deserve to savour the wholesome pleasure of smells? Getting “high” on happy smells became a fascination and a passion – and eventually a purpose. Using my past experience in the perfume industry, combined with my psychology degree and communications background I began to create, and test, and build my own line of natural botanical perfumes. I had some serious ground rules:
Hundreds of trial vials of perfume and nearly a year of development later, I birthed my fourth child: MOOD HONEY botanical perfumes. As one customer said, “These are NOT your basic b*tch perfumes!” Seven incredible fragrances that exceed my wildest expectations in terms of ethics and quality. With $1 of every perfume sold going to the Women’s College Hospital Mental Health Program, I know I’ve created something that makes you feel good AND does good.
How do you know which of the seven MOOD HONEY fragrances is your new mood-sweetening smell?
So, stop and smell the roses. And the vanilla. And the lemon. And the lavender. And definitely smell the chocolate. Then apply them liberally to your pulse points, and be that woman who can’t get enough of her own scent. Get high on some happy smells, and sweeten your mood naturally, today.