My obsession with perfume is very real. I truly believe that scent is the most powerful of the senses. Certain scents bring up very specific memories and times in my life. Whenever I walk by Abercrombie & Fitch at the mall, the whiff of Fierce instantly transports me back to my middle school days, the football games and wearing boys’ sweatshirts. I have a travel lotion of Oh Lola! by Marc Jacobs that brings me back to my freshman year of college and going out with my friends on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night without ever getting a hangover the next day. Speaking of going out – I now try to avoid smelling tequila at all costs unless it’s Don Julio.
But one thing you might not associate a specific scent with is sleep time. Why would you spray on perfume before going to bed? I recently started doing this for a few reasons, so let’s get into it!
I am very type-A (also a Capricorn) and my mind is constantly running. It can be very hard for me to relax and settle down, especially before bed. I’ve tried the breathing trick, counting sheep, and other things of that nature and they just don’t work for me. I end up getting very focused on the counting and then get stressed if I miscounted so then I have to start over – it’s a vicious cycle which results in less sleep. In addition to smells being very reminiscent, they also work as behavioral cues. For example, if you smell something burning you know something is probably on or about to catch on fire.
This blogger who I follow on YouTube talks about wearing perfume to bed in this video because it keeps her sheets smelling yummy and adds a relaxation factor. I had never thought about wearing perfume to bed, but I recently started and am LOVING it. Like I was hoping, it has become sort of a behavioral cue for me to shut down and go to sleep. I know I’ve talked about doing a temple massage with my favorite essential oil from Origins, but the perfume is more for my actual bed. It makes my sheets and pajamas smell AMAZING. You guys have to try this.
I do NOT suggest dousing yourself in Dior Addict before bed. Super decadent and heavy scents like that would probably do the opposite and keep you awake at night. I would wear an Eau de Toilette version of a fragrance since it is lighter than an Eau de Parfum. Eau de Toilettes are also cheaper too since they’re less concentrated! I have a bottle of White Musk by The Body Shop (a 90s cult classic) that I love. While I used to wear it to the office because it’s very light, I now ONLY wear it before bed to mentally train myself that it’s time to sleep. Make sense?
Musk, lavender, vanilla, chamomile – all scents that promote relaxation and alleviate stress. If you have trouble sleeping, I would absolutely try out this trick and take a look at the notes in the fragrance you’re interested in! White Musk is my absolute favorite. Plus it’s only $26.00! The Body Shop almost always has a buy 2, get 1 free deal going on and the fragrance counts. I’m just saying.
Do you guys think this is SUPER high maintenance? I kind of thought so too until I tried it. Let me know what you guys think in the comments section below!
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Photography by Rebecca Rollolazo.