12 best mood-boosting perfumes for an immediate scent escape

From relaxing notes to energising scents, these mood-boosting perfumes will invigorate your senses

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The best mood-boosting perfumes come to the rescue when we're in need of a pick-me-up during busy or stressful moments.

If you're a fan of some of the best perfumes of all time, then you'll appreciate the power that scent has on our mind, body and soul. Your sense of smell is closely linked to the part of the brain responsible for emotion and memory, so it's no wonder that fragrance notes can be used as a tool to influence our feelings, as certain scents are renowned for their ability to change our mindsets, moods and totally transport us. "Some of our favourite memories are summer holidays, so scents which nod to these joyful times can bring a dose of positivity," Emilie Bouge, perfumery expert for Miller Harris explains.

We've rounded up 12 of the best mood-boosting perfumes, which also double up as some of the best long-lasting perfumes and the best perfume dupes on the market. All of these mood-altering scents promise to uplift, calm, energise and relax your senses - perfect for busy parents looking for a temporary escape from hectic family life.

12 best mood-boosting perfumes

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Citrus scents to feel uplifted and positive

"Citrus scents such as lemon and orange are often associated with feelings of positivity and freshness, so can be a great way to bring some energy and zest to your day when incorporated into your morning routine," explains perfumery expert Emilie Bouge.

Earthy notes will energise you

"When it comes to looking for fragrances that will energize, look for earthy scents that work to stimulate the mind," suggests Bouge. "Peppermint and Rosemary can work well, helping to bring a boost and keep you feeling alert. Ginger is another energising scent that has a warming, spicy aroma and can help to improve circulation and boost energy levels."

Florals make you feel grounded and calm

Florals are a popular choice in fragrance for many reasons. The beautiful scents of jasmine, rose, honeysuckle and lily are all favourite floral scents often found in perfumes and they each create a sense of calm, as well as being such a versatile and wearable option.

Herbal notes help to relax busy minds

Just like lighting your favourite relaxing candle to wind down after a long day, you can use your perfume as a tool to calm your senses or destress the mind, body and soul. Herbal notes work especially well at this, says Bouge. "For winding down, lavender is a common choice with relaxing and anxiety-reducing properties. Sandalwood with its warm, comforting woody aroma is another option, often used in aromatherapy to reduce stress," she reveals.

How we tested the best mood-boosting perfumes

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Each one of these mood-boosting perfumes has been tested by a member of the GoodtoKnow beauty team. All the fragrances in the round-up contain ingredients which are known to help boost your mood or help relax, uplift, energise and calm your senses. We wanted to make sure we had a good balance of brands, budgets and scent options to ensure there's something for everyone in this roundup.

How fragrances affect your mood

"We can use fragrances to help influence our moods, and specific scents are renowned for their mood-boosting properties. All kinds of feelings can be boosted by your brain attaching scent to memory," Bouge explains.

She continues, "There is a complex link between fragrance and our past, and it is because our brains can’t accurately describe smells. To compensate, we have adapted by storing our scent bank within our memories. Our brains are instantly triggered into finding associated memories to help us identify what we are smelling. And this is why there is so much emotion in the fragrance industry. You can catch a sniff of something, often by chance and instantly the mind is transported to a place, a person, a time."

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Emilie Bouge

Emilie entered the ISIPCA school, where she studied perfumery for 3 years. Born into a family of perfumers, she chose to follow her heritage out of passion. Her daring creativity led her to work with surprising accords based on wood, sugar and spices. Since 2012 she has been a perfumer specialising in fragrance development for the Middle East region.

Annie Milroy
Beauty Writer

Annie Milroy is the Beauty Writer for Woman & Home and other publications.

She spent three years studying Journalism and English Language at the University of Portsmouth before starting her career in magazines in 2017.

After 5 years working as a Fashion & Beauty Writer, she refined her career and is now working at Future as a Beauty Writer.