Memory, emotion, mood—they’re all tied in with the senses. We all know scents can be powerful, but did you know distinct fragrances can evoke distinct emotions? Scroll through our list of pretty smells and their effects, then head to your local cosmetics counter, tea shop, or apothecary to curate the ultimate wedding-day potion. (Maybe a one-of-a-kind bridesmaid gift is in the cards?)
To put it simply, roses make us happy.
Wedding-party chaos got you a little cranky? Improve your mood with bergamot-scented perfume or Earl Grey tea.
Don’t like to be the center of attention, even on your wedding day? Sip or sniff hibiscus for poise and confidence.
You know the adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Apparently the same goes for just the scent. Breathing in notes of apple can help reduce blood pressure, improve metabolism, and lessen headaches—perfect for wedding-day prep!
Two words: nostalgia and relaxation. Vanilla is the floral equivalent of your favorite childhood blanket.
Add a little zest to your winter wedding with an appropriately seasonal grapefruit- or lemon-scented perfume. It’ll lift you up and prep you for the 12+ hour haul ahead.
Feeling a little blah on the seduction front? Get smoky with sandalwood, the ultimate scent to conjure intrigue and sensuality.
This sexy yet uplifting scent packs a pleasing punch. Indulge in a few drops to clear your head and turn up the confidence.
Lily of the Valley
A quintessential bridal bouquet of these sweet white blooms has an uplifting, de-stressing effect on the senses. You’ll basically float down the aisle.
Wanna feel productive on your big day? Take a whiff of lavender to calm your nerves and treat your lack-of-sleep migraine.
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