Fragrances for what ails you: The Hangover Part 2


Post by Ainslie Walker


Fragrances for what ails you: The Hangover Part 2

Today’s focus is HANGOVERS Part 2.

*Please note: we at APJ do not recommend drinking irresponsibly.

Continuing our journey through the hung-over eye, this week we observe cases and their miraculous fragrant cures!

Ormonde Woman Ormonde Jayne FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

“Take me away from this nasty place” hangover. You cannot fathom sorting “life” out today. “Adulting” is near impossible. You look at your partner/ children without recognition. Irritation, loss of patience and violent visions are rife. You must escape!! Ormonde Woman by Ormonde Jayne is the answer. Creamy, comforting and magical, you can easily fly far far away on your broomstick with it’s delicious high-dose of hallucinogenic black hemlock. You will cackle with delight as your zoom away from your self-created disaster zone.

“I don’t feel pretty” hangover. You look in the mirror; your skin is pale and has broken out. You feel ugly. You’ve been drinking too frequently. You’ve lost your pretty. We could fake pretty with numerous light floral options, however I’ve found a way to coheres the real pretty back from the darkest depths. Le Labo’s Sandal 33 resets my system like a breath of fresh cool country air. Moist woods evolve into a gorgeous, sexy mess. The dense woods are interspersed with pretty violet notes, peaking out shyly from the forest floor….”here pretty, pretty” you call.

Vaara Penhaligon's FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Hangover of doom: you wake up mentally feeling like a lead balloon. Your head is stuck in an unrelenting dark cloud. The only remedy is “happy.” For me this is usually orange blossom, but I can also opt for Penhaligon’s Vaara, as long as I am not feeling too woozy. It is robust happiness in a bottle. Juicy and uplifting, rose, quince, orange, freesia and magnolia work magic on dehydration. Coriander and saffron create the warmth and depth of a satisfying hug. Cedar and sandalwood earths you so as not to become too giddy.

Hangover on an important day You got carried away just one night too early. You have to face a job interview/family reunion/child’s christening/long drive. You are not a bad person; you were just a very fun person last night. A simple, yet head turning work of magic is Eccentric Molecule Molecule 01 smelling like the inside of a cedar wood chest you long to hide in if you were still small enough. To others you smell amazing, attractive and unique all of a sudden. You ooze cool to the point they ask, “you smell great, what is that?” No one will suspect a thing, the ultimate cover-up for your irresponsible sins.

Sunshine & Pancakes 4160 Tuesdays FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

The Hangover you have no time for: You wake up and need to be out of the house in 30 minutes “what happened last night? My head hurts” “why do I do this to myself?” It’s time to dart around, get ready and take a teaspoon-of-cement. Suck it up buttercup! – YOU did this and now you’ll be paying for it. Coffee and carb-laden food is a must along with a squirt of 4160 Tuesdays Sunshine and Pancakes. Comfortingly zesty it instantly uplifts. Creamy buttered sandalwood goodness melts in to play becoming a breakfast on the run. Rosewood helps with acceptance and makes for a beautiful, balanced start to the day!

How do you cope with a hangover?
Ainslie Walker xx

14 thoughts on “Fragrances for what ails you: The Hangover Part 2

  1. I don’t drink often, and on the off chance I do, fragrance is usually the last thing I want. I have found however that ELdO’s La Fin Du Monde extremely good for wearing whilst feeling a bit seedy.
    I think if I were to really over do it, I might just drown myself in something with some decent throw. Oud Ispahan maybe?, or anything from Montale or Slumberhouse. Something strong enough to make me forget my poor life choices.


  2. Hey there Ainslie!
    You seem to be completely obsessed by booze and its effects lately. Is there something you need to tell me?
    This series is so fun and I love the way you’re able to match scents to shame. I was smiling the whole read.
    I don’t really drink much but sometimes I wake up seedy and I love to spritz the bright fun stuff like Liberte or Bronze Goddess.
    Portia xx


  3. Brilliant writing, Ainslie. Particularly enjoyed Molecule 01 and the hangover on an important day.

    Loved your frag pics too. OJ Woman has become a comfort scent for me after initially being scared of the black hemlock. The opening to Vaara is gorgeous and perfect for the morning after.

    I now really need to try that Le Labo…


    • Ha ha! You don’t need it! You’re plenty pretty Tara!!

      Yes, ormonde Jayne woman is so beautiful and comforting. I need a FB stat!

      Yes I have a real love for Vaara and its cheer

      X thanks for your comments!


  4. Oh I want to smell that OJ Woman. I love your description, Ainslie!

    My hangover remedy is drinking a lot of non-alcoholic liquid and getting some sweet sunshine.


    • A simple yet effective sounding hangover cure, Willa!

      Yes you must try Woman it’s seriously good. Peony stocks it and also an Ormonde Jayne sampler kit.

      I might buy a FB soon so hit me up in a few weeks in case I have



  5. Hi Ainslie!

    I love your hangover series! I can actually imagine overindulging just to test out your remedies. Thank goodness you have explored this arena as I’m certain that if I ever do have a hangover, I will not be inclined to do the research myself.

    Holly xo


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