WHEN THE CITY'S overwhelming mugginess is all but suffocating your weather-beaten senses, you can crank up the air con, take a dip in the pool or drown your sorrows in icy mai tais. Or you could take a slightly more scent-sual approach….
Studies have shown time and again that aromatherapy isn't just the domain of New Age gurus and aestheticians. In fact, by acting on specific receptors in the brain and conjuring up associated memories, certain scents can measurably alter mood and behaviour. For instance, peppermint can invite a more alert state of mind, lily of the valley encourages a laid-back attitude, cypress lavender and ylang-ylang quell aggression, and green apple can ease anxiety associated with feeling cramped or claustrophobic.
Since Hong Kong is never more cloying – or, ahem, aromatic – than during the dog days of August, we've sniffed out a slew of fresh new scents that will help restore, refresh and otherwise reinvigorate your mind, body and spirit.
1. Dior Addict Eau Fraîche
Full of joie de vivre. This sparkling scent is infused with uplifting hints of Calabrian bergamot and freesia, as well as soothing lily of the valley.
2. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Escape to Panarea
A burst of Calabrian bergamot, crisp pear and orange blossom gives way to warm accords of ambergris, patchouli and Tonka beans.
3. Viktor & Rolf Bonbon
Sweet and satisfying. This delicious elixir comes alive with effervescent mandarin, orange blossom and peach while delectable caramel and amber bring a soft silkiness to the equation.
4. Thierry Mugler Alien Eau Extraordinaire
Designed to inspire a more positive state of mind. A bouquet of fresh citrus and day-blooming flowers, including bergamot, neroli, tiare and heliotrope, evoke the energy of the sun's rays.
5. DKNY MYNY
Spontaneous and playful. Lush raspberries and aromatic galbanum mingle with spicy pink pepper, sensual Egyptian jasmine and earthy patchouli.
6. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Eau de Toilette
Evokes a fresh, green femininity. Zesty primofiore lemon, blackcurrant bud and violet leaf ease into soft notes of peony, jasmine and brown sugar.
7. Van Cleef & Arpels Rêve Elixir
Sunlit and sophisticated. Fruity notes of peach blossom and juicy pear are balanced by the green floral freshness of neroli, frangipani and iris flower.
8. By Terry Bleu Paradis
Airy and light. Tropical lychee and transparent rose are blended with smoky cedar and amber for a captivating aroma that incites daydreams of an exotic escape.
9. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino All-Over Body Spray
Reminiscent of the Italian Riviera. Bracing notes of Tunisian neroli, Italian bergamot, Sicilian lemon, mandarin and lavender make this refreshing scent suitable for both men and women.
10. Estée Lauder Modern Muse
Mirrors every woman's duality. Vibrant honeysuckle, jasmine, tuberose fleur and fresh lily are underscored by sleek woody accords of patchouli, Madagascar vanilla, amber and musk.