Life bottled: calming scents to help you relax

By Sophie Bronstein

You’re meeting the other half’s parents for the first time, or you’ve got an interview for your dream job – and it’s exciting… really exciting. But along with excitement comes a bit of stress at the prospect! Even if you usually stick to one signature scent, now may be the time to try our selection of calming perfumes. You’ll be helped through anything life throws your way with these relaxing fragrances…

Meeting the other half’s family

1For her: Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Pour Elle Sparkling

They say you never get a second chance at a first impression, and this is one family who you REALLY want to impress. Go for a floral scent that’ll have you smelling like a dream for the entire intro dinner and calm those oh-my-gosh-I’m-meeting-my-future-in-laws nerves at the same time. Lacoste Pour Elle Sparkling has wild rose, orris, raspberries and jasmine to calm you, along with sandalwood, ambrox and cream coconut for added sophistication.

For him: Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Unlimited

You’re meeting her dad, which is enough to make even the manliest of men shake in their boots. You’re busy trying to find the perfect outfit to make a good impression, so take our word for it when it comes to fragrance – this one is invigorating and masculine, with notes of mint, grapefruit and cinnamon, but it’s also calming, with its iced violet leaf, rose and sandalwood. You’ll be sorted with Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Unlimited.

2The job interviews

For her: Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pure

You’ve rehearsed the right things to say and spent ages on your make-up – you’re feeling ready, but you’re nervous. So what better way to complete your interview look than with something fresh and soothing? Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pure has notes of jasmine to help ease nervousness, and damask rose for extra calm. Think Zen in a bottle!

For him: Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de l’Homme

Suited, booted but still feeling a bit uptight about nailing this interview? With heart notes of lavender and Virginian cedar, Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de l’Homme will be sure to chill you out – and with its notes of vetiver, cardamom and Sicilian bergamot, you’ll also leave them knowing who’s boss.


For her: Elie Saab Rose Couture

Mexico sounded like a good idea at the time – but now the time is nearing and your fear of long-haul flights is creeping up on you again. But don’t fret. What you need are subtle, calming notes, like peony and rose – so Elie Saab Rose Couture is the perfect choice. What’s more, it’s so long-lasting that you won’t even have to top up when you step off the plane.

For him: Paco Rabanne Invictus Aqua

Oh dear, you never really did grow out of that fear of flying, did you? So if you’re looking for something that will keep those pre-flight nerves at bay (not that you’re letting on to anyone, of course) and keep you smelling fresh during the trip, Invictus Aqua is the one you need, with its delicate notes of violet and amber accord.  

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