The One Scent That Calms My Anxiety

Hi, how are you today?

Today I organized my perfume samplers and separated those which evoke a feeling of peace and calm to keep me company in this time of panic and crisis. I actually have two but I am not mentioning the other one because it is the fragrance that I want to wear on my wedding day so I don’t want to ruin it and associate the scent to days spent in quarantine. The other one is what I will be sharing with you today.

Do know that I don’t do in-depth fragrance reviews, I only stick to surface-level descriptions so that the content can easily be understood by people of all levels of knowledge in perfumes.

Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee

This is the one. This is what I like smelling as I listen to relaxing podcasts, as I crochet all afternoon, as I drink tea and as I relax in my comfy bed and ready for sleep. This is it. I have been hoarding samplers of this because the brand is not available in the Philippines, I have not seen it anywhere so I just have to settle for sample sizes being sold at 4$ a piece.

Vanille Insensee by Atelier Cologne is a unisex fragrance released in 2011. It has top notes of coriander, lime, and citron; middle notes of vetiver, jasmine, and oakmoss; and base notes of vanilla, oak and amber.

Vanille Insensee directly translates as insane vanilla by Google translate that is, and the first time I smelled it I was reminded of my dusty old Harry Potter books in our deteriorating wooden shelf from our previous house, the one where I grew up.

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It is a nostalgic scent for me because I grew up in a tiny rural place surrounded by rice fields and in our backyard, we have lime trees that I can smell soon as I step my foot outside our door. Our house on the other hand is an aged one built of some concrete and some wooden parts and inside, we have lots of wooden cabinets that have been there for as long as I can remember, piling up dust and decaying.

When I splash this on my skin (the sampler is a splash type), I immediately get transported to my summer late afternoons just before sunset where I would run around the backyard, playing tag with my sister. Strong winds would tangle up our hair, blow the dried leaves off the big trees, and spread the sour-ish scent coming from the lime trees. Vanille Insensee starts off as a citrus fragrance, bright and fresh just like the ripe lime fruits ready for harvest.

As it dries down I get the dusty, woody smell and a dry, dark vanilla scent and I am pulled back to the summer days of my childhood where everything is nice and peaceful.

It reminds me of the hot days where the limes are abundant and the smell of the citrus fruits outside blends in with the crumbling wooden cabinets inside the house and then combines harmoniously with the scent of a sweet, mysterious, iced dark juice my mom always makes for us. Magic moments and precious time.

As for the performance of this perfume, it stays more than ten hours on my skin but what I love about this the most is that it leaves a trail after I’m gone. My fiance would always walk behind me whenever we are outside and I am wearing this fragrance. He says, my scent is left in the air as I walk along.

Do you have a comfort fragrance too? In this alarming time of a contagious disease spreading around, it is good to have something that gives us peace amidst the chaos.

If possible, stay indoors and do stay safe everyone. Lovelots.


Hello! Thank you for reading this from The Mindful Modus.

Hello my name is Princess of The Mindful Modus, a blogger on a mission of helping people redirect anxiety by integrating mindful practices to everyday, mundane self care routines. All the contents of my blog are decaf-initely free but a coffee can greatly help me stay awake! Thank you so much!

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