Enhancing Well-Being through Fragrance

Jul 24 / M.J. Nightingale
Enhancing Well-Being through Fragrance: Discover Your Signature Scent with Dr. Joachim Mensing.

In the realm of personal well-being, we often seek various avenues to enhance our daily experiences and create a harmonious environment. Fragrance, with its powerful ability to evoke emotions and memories, has long been recognised as a potent tool for influencing our mood and overall sense of well-being. But how can we navigate the vast world of fragrances to find our perfect match—one that truly resonates with our personality and desires?
Enter Dr. Joachim Mensing, a clinical psychologist, esteemed researcher and author renowned for his work on the magical effect of perfumes on well-being. His groundbreaking book, "Schöner RIECHEN: Die magische Wirkung von Parfums auf das Wohlbefinden" (Beautiful Scent: The Magical Effect of Perfumes on Well-Being), explores the intricate relationship between fragrances and our inner selves.

Dr. Mensing's research goes beyond mere scent appreciation;
he delves into the fascinating interplay between personalities, colour preferences, and fragrance choices. Drawing from his extensive studies and employing innovative colour charts and personality tests, Dr. Mensing offers a unique approach to discovering one's signature scent—a fragrance that resonates deeply with our individuality and enhances our well-being.

In this blog post, we will explore the captivating world of fragrance and delve into Dr. Joachim Mensing's invaluable contributions. We will uncover the connection between fragrances and well-being, discover how personality traits and colour preferences influence our olfactory preferences, and learn how to consider our emotional needs when choosing a signature scent that truly aligns with our authentic selves.
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Above: Dr. Joachim Mensing

Scent-Scapes: Harnessing Fragrance for Well-Being

Did you know that when people experience depression or stress, the hippocampus—the region of the brain associated with memory—can shrink by 25%? Furthermore, research has linked stress to Alzheimer's disease, as dysfunction in the hippocampus can lead to memory impairments. In his book, Dr. Mensing explores the profound impact of fragrance on well-being, introducing the concept of Scent-Scapes as a therapeutic tool.

In simple terms, Scent-Scapes involve using fragrances that bring happiness and using natural scents rather than synthetic ones. Natural volatile smell particles found in essential oils have shown positive therapeutic effects at a molecular level. Whether it's a single essential oil or a carefully crafted blend, the aroma may trigger a sense of joy—an experience that Dr. Mensing refers to as a Scent-Scape.

Our sense of smell is often underestimated, yet it holds incredible power. Losing the ability to smell can make life feel one-dimensional. The limbic system, which is closely linked to memory and our most primal emotions, plays a key role in our olfactory experiences. When we encounter different scents, they have the ability to trigger emotions. Therefore, it's crucial to use fragrances that evoke positive emotions.

Scent-Scapes have proven to be beneficial not only for mild depression but also in stressful situations. However, it's important to note that Scent-Scapes should not be seen as an alternative therapy but rather as a complementary approach alongside other treatments. For individuals dealing with severe depression, it is essential to seek medical advice and explore additional treatment options. Scent-Scapes can be incorporated alongside modern medicine to enhance overall well-being.


Studies have indicated that individuals who are depressed and stressed often gravitate towards rosy smells. Natural rose essential oil contains around 400 molecules, but researchers are still unravelling which of these molecules contribute to feelings of happiness. Lavender is commonly associated with relaxation, although the specific molecule responsible for its soothing effects has yet to be identified. Rosemary has also shown promising results in certain depression studies, although further research is needed to draw definitive conclusions.

In scientific research, double-blind testing is utilized to mitigate bias. The placebo effect can influence participants' responses when they are aware of receiving a specific oil and its expected effects. Additionally, the energy and aura of the person administering the treatment may impact the individual's relaxation response. Hence, double-blind studies are crucial to ensure rigorous research methodology and unbiased results.

Personality Test: Unveiling Your Fragrance Identity

Have you ever wandered into a department store, only to be overwhelmed by the multitude of fragrances that assault your senses? It's no wonder that after sniffing six or seven scents, we become "nose blind" and the whole endeavour seems futile.

That's where Dr. Mensing’s fragrance/colour rosettes come into play. They help us navigate this olfactory maze by identifying our preferences based on our personalities.
These rosettes contain a combination of colours, all very different, and the research and science shows that a person’s colour combination preference leads to their personality type which leads to their preferred fragrance theme, Chypre, Floral, Oriental, Fresh etc.

For example
, my preference of the simple black and white rosette reveals that I am: Emotionally Ambivalent. And here’s what it says about me:
As a result of their basic psychological make-up, these perfume users are highly sensitive and have finely developed feelings. Their moods are ambivalent. Daydreams and romantic, sentimental fantasies from a firm part of their reality. How they experience life manifests itself in their characteristics, attitudes and behaviour patterns:
Sometimes, they are ready to conquer the world, while on other occasions, they cannot get up the energy to do any real work – They reject everything that is too sober and rational – They enjoy dreaming about things that cannot possibly even come true – An aversion to having their moods and feelings restricted – They enjoy cosy evening at home with lights dimmed.
Their desired lifestyle does not display any uniform traits. Their interest in fashionable new trends is appeased by emotional ties to old artifacts that they have grown to love.
Fragrance need: Aldehydic-floral.”

And I have to say the first time I read this it blew my mind! It describes me to a tee! Plus, if you follow me on social media, you’ll know my fave fragrance of all time is Chanel No5!

As you observe the rosettes, you will find yourself drawn to a particular colour combination which will lead you to your perfume preference, perhaps an oriental fragrance—a sensual and exotic scent. But wait, not that exact oriental fragrance, because it contains Violet, which triggers memories of an ex-boyfriend. Instead, it could be another oriental fragrance, one devoid of that particular note, which evokes pleasant associations or happy times.

Taking a fragrance test helps narrow down the options. You choose three oriental fragrances, for example, and ones that resonate with you, but here's the beauty of it: the test doesn't just provide an 80% accuracy rate in pinpointing your fragrance preferences; it also eliminates a staggering 90% of fragrance types that you wouldn't enjoy. For instance, if you prefer oriental scents, the citrus/fresh types are unlikely to be your cup of tea. At least not right now anyway, fragrance preferences can change over time and with the seasons or your moods.

But here's an interesting fact: When choosing a fragrance, people often overlook their emotional needs. The fragrance they truly desire, the one that brings them comfort and a sense of well-being, is often cast aside due to societal expectations, lifestyle considerations, or the image they believe they must project to the world. Many individuals aren't true to themselves when selecting a fragrance; they base their choices on trends, popular opinion, or what others say is "nice" or "in." Unfortunately, this often leaves their emotional needs unfulfilled.

That's precisely why so many women have an assortment of fragrances. They may possess one that caters to their emotional needs, but they reserve it for private moments. In public, they conform to the perceived expectations of society, opting for fragrances that align with current trends or the lifestyle they think they should embody. Lavender, for example, might be deeply relaxing and appealing to some, but it may not be considered trendy, especially when compared to the allure of Baccarat Rouge or a Tom Ford fragrance.

The key is to strike a balance—to embrace a fragrance that not only captivates others but also satisfies your emotional well-being. It's time to break free from the confines of external expectations and delve into the world of scents that truly resonate with your authentic self.

Dr. Mensing has taken the colour rosettes to a new level by transforming them from a simple wheel into various shapes, drawing inspiration from the renowned Russian painter and art theorist, Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky, considered a pioneer of abstract art, profoundly influenced Dr. Mensing's work. The incorporation of shapes into his personality charts stems from the understanding that just as people in art are drawn to different colours, they are also attracted to various shapes.

These shapes reflect and resonate with different personality types. For example, introverts, who tend to be more introspective, are often inclined towards darker and moodier paintings, while extroverts are drawn to abstract art with brighter colours. The book delves deeper into these fascinating connections, discussing how shapes and colours intertwine to reveal facets of our personalities. Dr. Mensing's exploration of shapes adds another dimension to his insightful approach, creating a truly unique and comprehensive framework for choosing a fragrance that aligns with our individuality.

Curious to learn more about the colour rosette test? Look no further than the book itself! Delve into its pages, and all will be revealed. Previously only available in German, the book holds the secrets of the test's intricacies. However, exciting news awaits...an English version is now available! And my copy arrives on Wednesday!
OR click on the image below to get your copy from Amazon! 

Let's conclude this post with a truly captivating fact that will leave you in awe. Brace yourself for this remarkable revelation: THE SKIN CAN SMELL SANDALWOOD.

Yes, you read that correctly. Scientific studies have proven that even individuals who are anosmic, lacking the sense of smell, can still perceive the enchanting aroma of sandalwood through their skin.

This phenomenon holds tremendous significance, particularly in the realm of Ayurveda remedies. It seems as though the ancient wisdom of the Indians understood the power of sandalwood long before modern scientific research caught up.

Sandalwood, in its purest form, is renowned for its remarkable benefits, especially in the context of aromatherapy massages. This revelation resonated deeply with Dr. Mensing, affirming the belief that massages hold the key to unlocking the full potential of these therapeutic experiences.

So, the next time you indulge in an aromatherapy massage or encounter the delicate scent of sandalwood, remember the profound connection between our skin and this aromatic wonder. It's a testament to the wisdom passed down through generations and the ongoing discoveries that continue to illuminate the magnificent world of fragrances.

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