5 feel-good fragrances guaranteed to boost your mood

8 July 2021

Looking for a quick way to uplift your mood? Reach for a scent from Fashion Quarterly's round-up of the season's best new fragrances that are bound to leave you feeling good.

WORDS BY Nicole Saunders

Flower Power

The latest iteration of Marc Jacobs DaisyEau So Intense, 50ml EDP, $129 – is guaranteed to delight loyal fans of the iconic fragrance and those who have just discovered this cheerful scent. 

Inspired by breathtaking sunsets of lush daisy fields, the mood-boosting fragrance opens with a burst of fresh strawberry and pear before revealing a heart of sweet honey and rosebud. Base notes of vanilla and green moss give this one an unexpected twist.


By the Ocean

If the ocean’s untamed beauty is what helps you find an inner sense of calm, reach for Aesop Karst, 50ml EDP, $265 – part of a new trio of scents by the beauty house – the Othertopia collection.

Aesop’s long-term fragrance partner and nose behind the new trio, Barnabé Fillion, juxtaposes the fleeting yet permanent nature of the shoreline with Karst’s redolent herbaceous and marine-inspired notes.

Soak up the Sun

If you’ve got Cook Islands travel bubble envy, we don’t blame you. But fret not: you can pretend you’re off on a mid-winter, sun-drenched escape with a spritz or two of diptyque’s latest scent, Ilio, EDT 100ml, $225 from Mecca. 

Ebullient notes of prickly pear, bergamot, iris and jasmine are sure to transport you—or at least your senses—somewhere sultry in no time at all.

Bright Spark

If this vibrant and joyous little bottle isn’t enough to grab your attention, a spritz of Costume National Supergloss, 100ml EDP, $245 from Smith & Caughey’s will do the trick.

Said to excite hearts to the point of falling in love with its seductive notes of rose, lily of the valley and patchouli, this is one daring scent that’s guaranteed to delight whenever you choose to wear it.

Golden Hour

Leave it to Tom Ford to transport us to a sun-dappled oasis with just one spritz of the mesmerising Soleil Brûlant, 50ml EDP, $530. 

This multifaceted fragrance opens with sparkling citrus notes of mandarin and bergamot and a pinch of spicy pink peppercorn. And, of course, it just gets better with time. Base notes of amber, resins, woods and a hint of vetiver make this irresistible scent unforgettable. 


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