Fragrances For What Ails You?


Post by Ainslie Walker


Hello fragrance fans, I’ve realised some members of my fragrance collection have become a fragrant first-aid kit for my more common ailments. Grabbing fragrances based on how I am feeling physically, loosely based on the aromatherapeutic properties of their notes, cheers me up no end.

*Please note all the below has only been tested on one human being, no animals and are not recommended without perhaps some other medications, where prescribed

Fragrances For What Ails You?

Tilda Swinton Like This Etat Libre d`Orange FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Nausea – Etat Libre d’Orange – Like This – full of carminative baked ginger cookie smell this warm combination can ease waves of nausea like no tomorrow. Dosage: spritz on stomach 2 x per day

Aqua Allegoria Lavande Velours by Guerlain FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Insomnia – Crawling into bed and suddenly my eyes pop open and my brain comes alive with activity!! So I reach for Aqua Allegoria Lavande Velours by Guerlain, which stays, on my bedside table. Sprayed onto my pillow and sheets the powdery combination of lavender, iris and sandalwood takes me off to the land of nod in no time.

Chanel Sycomore Chanel FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Muscular Aches, Pains and Tension – Sycomore by Chanel Les Exclusifs Earthy vetiver and grounding sandalwood I just love this fragrance sprayed just above a hot steamy bath, or when I’m feeling “extravagantly ache-y” a capful poured into the bath does wonders for ridding my body of all tension, aches and pains.

Potpourri Santa Maria Novella fragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Run Down and Generally Germy – Potpourri by Santa Maria Novella’s mix of Italian herbs rosemary, thyme, patchouli and cloves make this an immune booster for those days when you know you’re coming down with something. Despite some prettier notes of carnation, bergamot, and peru balsam this fragrance smells deliciously medicinal and purifying.
(Side note, the Santa Maria Novella Collection will soon be available from Peony Melbourne)

Jeux de Peau Serge Lutens FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Chills – Serge Lutens – Jeux de Peau warms me up and makes me feel cosy and comfy. Almost like having a cup of hot milky tea and a massage with the warmest of warm hands. Use this fragrance when you feel chilled to the bone. A few spritz 1-2 x per day, once sprayed it just keeps on getting better and better as osmanthus reveals itself amongst the warm baked bread and buttery toasted coconut notes. Divine!

Mitzah Christian Dior FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Sore Throat – everyone knows a teaspoon of honey with cinnamon and spices soothes a sore throat and Mitzah by DIOR is the queen bee that soothes mine. Dosage: Spritz throat/chest area and wrap neck, where possible, with a leopard print scarf to stay warm and glamorous.

Green Comme des Garcons FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Headache – nanah mint features in Comme Des Garcons’ Play Green and applied to my temples and back of neck it cools and refreshes when I have a headache. Supporting notes of Basil, lime and juniper mean even when I am brain fatigued and lacking concentration this fragrances helps put some life back into me.

I think you can find samples of all of these at Surrender To Chance<<JUMP

So my fine fragrant friends tell me if you too use fragrant for your ills and if so in what combinations?

Xx Your Fragrant Nurse, Ainslie ;D

14 thoughts on “Fragrances For What Ails You?

  1. Ha Ha ha ha! Another spectacular post Ainslie. LOVED THEM ALL.
    Thanks for the fun, wonderful choices.
    Obviously i choose Shalimar in times of need.
    Portia xx


  2. Guerlain Lavande Velours eh?
    Expensive pillow spray! My own choice has been Chanel Jersey…totally relaxing and equally indulgent!
    Thanks for the heads up about SMN coming to Peony too.


  3. I also like Chanel Jersey for bedtime lavender! I usually travel with one or two sample sprays for that very reason. Anythings with neroli is good for depression or grief (or stress as well) – my favorite is Annick Goutal’s Neroli. A lemony cologne is great when one is overheated or can’t tolerate strong smells (sinus infections come to mind) – Chanel’s is my favorite but there are many others, including Couvent des Minimes.


    • Nice!! I find orange blossom good for uplifting me when I’m sad or troubled, but I’ll now try Neroli too. I had not thought about sinus but will definitely hit it with something lemony!! Maybe Arquiste’s L’Etrog x


  4. Hi Ainslie,
    Loved this post! Thank you for the fun. Perfume and laughter really are the best medicines! For me the big tuberose fragrances and Olympic Orchids Elektra work to counteract insomnia. I use a good oud for general malaise, Pirouette’s Wild Spruce and Tobacco for headaches, Peety to calm my nerves and AgarAura’s Al-Jazzab for cold and flu symptoms. Coty’s old Les Muses gives me energy. Anat Fritz Tzora and Micallef Jewel for Her just make me happy.
    Azar xx


    • Glad you liked it!! There will be more! Love your input I will try all your suggestions, thankyou! I think Le Galions Tubereuse might be good for sleeping -it’s nice and rounded. Thanks for the tips! X


  5. I really enjoyed your post. I have used essential oils for years for whatever ails me but have never thought of using perfume. I must say though that I do always reach for Origins’ Ginger Essence whenever my tummy is feeling off. On those days, other perfumes seem like too much. I’ll have to try some of your other recommendations. I like Starbucks’ Chai Latte when my throat is bothering me so I may just have to try Mitzah for that as well (though Starbucks is probably cheaper 🙂 )


    • Ha ha ha! Kandice! Starbucks: Dior smack down?!?! I’m positive Mitzah will win!! Thanks for mentioning origins ginger-been a while since I’ve smelt it but I can imagine it feeling carming to the tummy! You must try “like this” x


    • Hi there, oooooh lavender-phobes!! Other relaxing herbs/oils include bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, orange blossom, orange, rose, sandalwood, jasmine….why not try
      Samsara – Guerlain (sandalwood)
      Feminite de Bois _ Serge Lutens (cedar)
      or Nuda – Nassamatto (Jasmine)

      I find all of these lovely in bed

      x sweet dreams!! xxx


  6. Love this post – great concept! I agree wholeheartedly about using the wonderful Lavande Velours as a bedtime spritz. I find it very soothing and relaxing. Great application of the ginger in Like This. Will have to give it a go! 🙂


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