Our November issue, on newsstands October 18, features a story about fragrance: How different scents can affect your mood, what they mean psychologically, and how to choose a perfume you'll love.
Natural perfumer Mandy Aftel was a great resource for this story, and after we interviewed her, she offered to make a brand-new scent for Whole Living, based on the theme of optimism. “Optimism seemed to me to be a combination of cheer and hope—moving forward in a positive way,” says Aftel.
The fragrance, which Aftel named Candide after Voltaire’s glass-half-full hero, blends pink grapefruit, blood orange, and black pepper with jasmine and frankincense, the two dominant notes. We wore Candide for days, and it did smell uplifting—sweet but not cloying (the pepper and frankincense provide a smoky undertone), upbeat but not manic.
Now, we're spreading the optimism by giving away eight mini bottles!
Update: This contest is now closed.