Beauty & Style

Perfume can make you appear younger and thinner


Most people wear perfumes as an afterthought, to smell good while stepping out. But scientists claim, depending on their notes, specific scents can make you seem physically more desirable: so, you can appear slimmer, younger or even more professional at work! Fragrances work by affecting the human sub-conscious and alter how we perceive others. We discover what different notes signify in perfumes…

Vanilla to amp up sex appeal

Vanilla has been used as a natural aphrodisiac, because it arouses sensations of pleasure across the central nervous system and enhances libido; hence, many perfumes use its sensual notes as a base.

Floral, citrus for youth and energy

Subtle floral scents of peony, lily of the valley and orange blossom often evoke images of spring and youth. Hence, when these notes are worn, they appear to take years off a woman, making her seem youthful. A study by Rutgers University, US, found that even fragrances with fruity notes like apple and mango were associated with younger women. Scents with citrus hints like lemon and grapefruit bring to mind images of wellness, making one appear healthier.

Chypre to appear competent at work

Want to be perceived as focussed and proficient in office? Opt for chypre notes like oakmoss, cedar and vetiver in your fragrances, as they inspire confidence. These warm, woody and earthy odours are masculine and when worn by a woman, makes her appear more authoritative at work.

Hint of spice for a svelte appearance

Wearing a spicy-floral fragrance can make a woman appear lighter than her actual weight (by almost 5 kgs) to a man, according to a research by Smell and Taste Research Foundation in Chicago. Spices indicate movement, an activity you don’t associate with plump people. The effect is similar to how the use of vertical or horizontal stripes in clothes can cause a person to look thinner or broader.

Rose to look prettier

In a study carried out by neuroscientists and psychologists in the US and Sweden, women’s faces were rated as more attractive in the presence of a pleasant fragrance like rose oil. Results showed that this scent directly influenced the ratings of facial attractiveness.

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