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Beauty Find: Come On, Get Happy With Anti-Depressant Perfume!

February 3, 2008 by katie
shefinds | Style

What: Smiley: The Very First Anti-Stress Perfume, $28-$90

Why: Let's face it. We’re all looking for a quick and easy way to beat the winter blues (minus a trip to the couch). Why not try out the Smiley Happy Therapy Line, which promises prescription-free happiness in a bright yellow bottle?

The fancy French aromatherapy experts at Smiley claim to have devised a scientific formula which combines two scentless molecules – theobromine (an adrenaline blocker most often found in chocolate that lowers stress and creates a sense of well-being) with phenylethylamine (which creates feelings of joy, euphoria and excitement)— to create a scent which they say will “activate happiness” with just a few spritzes.

The perfume has fruity top notes of bergamot and orange, with a heart of cocoa and praline and base notes of patchouli and musk. It’s sparkling and spicy. (Just like you.) Smiley offers the mood-raising formula in a few forms, from traditional eau du toilette to bath gel or deodorant. I particularly like the looks of the Smiley Emergency Kit and plan to keep it on hand in case of true emergencies. You know – break-ups, boss drama, or bad hair days.

Not into the scientific mumbo-jumbo? Here's a smattering of a few of the traditional perfumes that make me feel smiley:

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Baby Doll by Yves St. Laurent is a light scent with hints of grapefruit, wild rose, freesia, ginger, cinnamon, pomegranate, grenadine, and peach.

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Spring Fever from Origins features springy and uplifting aromas like artemesia, apple, marigold, linden blossom, mandarin, cypress, and watermelon.

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Clinique Happy bottles notes of ruby red grapefruit, mandarin blossom, citrus, mountain laurel, boysenberry bush flower, morning dew orchid, mimosa blossom, white lily, and magnolia.

 

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