Addicted to Happy

Jo Malone and Origins deliver happy in a bottle.

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When I was seven years old, I decided that I was going to make orange perfume. I couldn’t get enough of that fountain of deliciousness that sprays from a breaking orange peel. To this day, when I peel an orange I bring it up to my face and squeeze the rind together so it will bless my cheek with its magic elixir. I needed a vessel for my perfume lab, so my mom reached high up in the kitchen cabinet to retrieve what I deemed the most appropriate "beaker" — a brandy snifter. I filled it with a couple of inches of water, added the peel of two oranges, gave it a couple of swirls and placed it carefully on my laboratory shelf, i.e. on top of my dresser.

I was so excited for the results. I dreamed of bottling it. For the first couple of days it seemed to be working. I remember boasting to my classmates that I was making perfume. Too soon, though, the peels started turning a shade of green, and the concoction was, of course, losing its life.

Since then, I have been desperately seeking an orange in a bottle. I am ecstatic to say that after four decades I have found it. Sadly, it doesn’t come in one bottle, but it does come in two and together they join to create magic.

The first ingredient hails from the genius aroma goddess Jo Malone. I have been a fan of her scents for many years. I am a huge fan of Nectarine Blossom & Honey, Pomegranate Noir, and even Grapefruit, which was reminiscent of the citrus refreshment I have been seeking.

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But, I just discovered a Jo Malone scent I had previously dismissed — Orange Blossom. I had always thought it smelled too sweet when I sprayed it on a test strip. I sprayed it on my skin this time, and it was perfect. Our body chemistry changes and so does our reaction to perfumes. Grapefruit used to smell great on me, but doesn’t anymore.

A few days later I found myself drawn to a new Origins creation, aptly named — Gloomaway Grapefruit Body Mist. It is tingly refreshing. Paired with the Jo Malone Orange Blossom it is none other than the creation I would be bottling at age seven. Happy, happy! Joy, joy!

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The science of aromatherapy tells us that citrus scents really do make us happy. I have to say I am hopelessly addicted to this joyous elixir. As I was driving the other day, I caught a whiff of “happy” and thought I’d be devastated if either Jo Malone or Origins stopped making either product. I imagined myself hearing of impending discontinuations and running out to amass an arsenal of happy.

It’s funny how we become so easily attached, holding on so tight to the happy. Maybe the next elixir will be found in one bottle! Being attached to one form of happy only narrows the playing field of life. When one aromatic door closes, another one opens.

In the meantime, I am delighted to have created a happy laboratory experiment with the help of two excellent products that you too can find... until the next happy comes along.

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Bridget Fonger is the co-author of “The Lazy Woman’s Guide to Just About Everything,” a book that helps women become happier, more passionate and fulfilled by living the “Lazy Way,” aka with less stress and more joy! Ms. Fonger has been featured on HGTV several times with her home décor and…

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