Did you know that fragrances have the power to affect your moods and perceptions? Studies have shown that a pleasant odor makes us more cheerful, relaxed or excited. The feelings that are aroused by scents largely depend on what thing, event or experience we have previously attached to it. So if you remember coming home to the smell of home baked chocolate chip cookies, chances are the smell of cocoa will remind you of a happy childhood. Frolicking on the beach with the ocean breeze on your face, a liking for citrus fruits or waking up to the smell of a garden in full bloom will give you memories that later on will affect the way you react to the same or similar kinds of scents.
A good friend recommended that I try the scents of SMELL CHIC. She swears by the line’s Classic Audrey body wash and told me, “Go ahead, try it. It smells like that cologne you hoard from Singapore!” Intrigued but skeptical, I ordered a bottle of the body wash online. Oh my! It did have hints of my favorite nectarine and honey blossom cologne from JO MALONE! It immediately set me in a good mood. The label even reads, “I believe the happiest girls are the prettiest girls.” Great way to start that particular Monday!
One week later, I sat down with two of the four owners of SMELL CHIC – Cathy Cruz and Vanna Garcia (Maui David-Chua and Lisa Rossiter were both indisposed). “We wanted to come up with a fragrance line that would suit the different moods of a cosmopolitan woman,” says Vanna.
“Some days are easy and laidback while some are highly-charged and busy. We have scents that match the persona that a woman wants to exude in whatever kind of day she’s having. Our brand now carries a compact line composed of hand sanitizers, body wash and linen sprays. In the future, we plan to add eau de toilette, colognes and even insect repellants,” Cathy further explains.
The BQP’s Top Picks
Smell Chic has seven fragrances for both the body wash and the hand sanitizers (Beach Aura, Boyfriend Sense, Casual Petite, Classic Audrey, Sophisticated Grace, Royal Diana and Charming Impression). You may also want to try the linen sprays which has four scents (Olive, Fresh Bamboo, Lavender and Green Tea). According to the girls, the names of the scents were specifically chosen to capture the mood that they seek to create.
My top three picks are Sophisticated Grace for the body wash (P379 for 500ml). It has a fresh and very mild floral scent that makes me stay in the shower longer than I should. A spritz of the Classic Audrey for the hand sanitizer (P99 for 50ml) assures me that my hands are clean and leaves my palms smelling like nectarine. I also recommend the Olive spray (P479 for 500ml) for the bedroom. Again, there’s no need to spray a lot. A squirt or two will leave your beddings smelling squeaky clean and fresh. Perfect for a restful slumber.
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With a pocketful of glitter,
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