Perfume Types


Fragrances can mean one thing to you, and something completely different to someone else. But there’s no denying the calming and relaxing effects of these comforting notes. When you’re having a bad day – or you need a bit of tranquillity in your life – these are the ingredients to look out for…

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What it does for you: helps with depression. Feeling a bit down? The scent of this plant is thought to help the brain regulate feelings of stress and anxiety. It’s also great for calming nerves and is commonly used as a natural remedy for depression because of its uplifting properties. And if that isn’t enough, it’s also an aphrodisiac. Try The Body Shop White Musk L’Eau EDT, from R285.


What it does for you: gives you that loving feeling. Nicknamed ‘liquid gold’, oud is a rare resin that’s formed when the bark of the agar tree becomes infected with a particular type of mould. Not the prettiest of descriptions – but the payoff is worth it, as this seductive scent can give the wearer a feeling of deep tranquillity and harmony, perfect for spritzing in the Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue Royale EDP, R795; it’s a fresh take on the traditional oud scent.


What it does for you: lifts anxiety. Ylang-ylang is well known for its aphrodisiac properties, but it also relieves anxiety, thanks to its sedative effect. A whiff of this sweet scent can also induce feelings of euphoria. Need to feel calm and happy? Gucci Bamboo Limited Edition EDP, from R1 400, will give you a boost in a bottle.


What it does for you: restores balance. If you need a little help with getting away from the daily grind, this is the note for you. Vanilla’s balmy, warm, sweet fragrance can soothe, relieve inner tension, and put you in a good mood. You’ll love the timeless scent of Lancôme La Vie Est Belle EDP, from R1 014. It combines iris, patchouli and, of course, vanilla to give you feel-good vibes.


What it does for you: There’s a reason we love rose so much. It’s a big hitter when it comes to heightening emotions, encouraging positivity, we rely on to put us back into a better frame of mind. We’re obsessed with Giorgio Armani Si Rose Signature EDP, from R1 634. It’s pricey, but it’s the ultimate feel-good bouquet.


These revitalising scents will put a spring in your step and get you ready for the day ahead. But how, we hear you cry? Well, our sense of smell is directly connected to the part of the brain that enhances our sense of well-being, meaning a simple sniff can boost concentration, lessen fatigue, and even help us to exercise harder. Here are invigorating ingredients…


What it does for you: gives you oomph! It’s no surprise that the scent of coffee has an active effect on your brain’s wake-up area, making you feel invigorated and energised. It’s also a fantastic mood-booster. Try Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Floral Shock EDP, from R1 245, which has a sensual combination of coffee and orange blossom – the citrus scent will certainly put an extra spring in your step.


What it does for you: resets your mood. If you’re having a dull day, a sniff of this fresh scent will take you right back to your last beach holiday – you’ll feel the sun on your skin and the warm sand between your toes. We’ll take some of that! Try Essence Like a First Day in Spring EDT, from R129.


What it does for you: boosts concentration. Zesty lemon is pretty powerful stuff, with studies showing that it can improve concentration and mood. It also contains calming and clarifying properties that are helpful if you’re feeling angry, anxious or run-down. Need to go get ’em? Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue EDT, from R800, will undeniably improve your day.


What it does for you: makes you happy. Ah, the lovely peony, such a joyful bloom. Its delightful fragrance is subtle in its lift but highly effective; it’s romantic Missoni EDT, from R705 – it’s girl power at its very best.


What it does for you: energises and de-stresses. Like a cup of OJ, these citrus scent twins will hit the refresh button in your brain, which instantly gives an energy boost – but surprisingly they’re also extremely restorative. Their calming and relaxing properties are perfect if you’re feeling stressed out and overworked. We love Revlon Love Her Madly Breathless EDT, from R320 and Yardley London Bond St No. 33 EDP, from R309,95. Spritz either of these fragrances to get your A-game back on.


Look for notes of jasmine, sandalwood or cedarwood. Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean EDP, R595 for 100ml; Elie Saab Le Parfum EDP, from R885.


Look for notes of passion fruit, pear, caramel, or lily of the valley. Davidoff Cool Water Woman EDT, from R650; Revlon Pink Happiness Sheer Delight EDT, from R320.


Look for notes of pink pepper, saffron, or leather. Michael Kors Wonderlust EDP, from R910; Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss, from R915.


Look for notes of mimosa, iris, peony, or lily. Stella McCartney POP Bluebell EDP, from R815; Bvlgari Splendida Iris D’Or EDP, from R1 500.

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