Migraine is very common to a lot of working mothers. Despite the bulk of work we do as working mommies, we should stay smelling fresh and presentable to others. However, the scent is one of the most common causes of migraines. In this post, I will share with you highly recommended perfumes for migraine sufferers like you and me. You will also see how to manage aura migraine symptoms
What is Migraine?
It is severe throbbing pain or a pulsating sensation usually on one side of the head. Migraine can last for long hours and even days. It could be so severe that it can affect daily activities. Migraine attack differs from one person to another; that is why people need to learn how to identify the warning symptoms and the contributing factors causing it.
For more information visit: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/symptoms-causes/syc-20360201
Migraine has different stages called prodrome, aura, migraine attack, and post-drome. However, not all people experience all stages. Many wouldn’t even recognize prodrome and aura. As a migraine sufferer, it is essential to be keen on aura symptoms because this can change how the attack will affect you.
The cause of aura migraine isn’t entirely understood. Migraine aura is like a “signal” before a disaster strike. It includes temporary visual or other disturbances that usually strike before other migraine symptoms. The common symptoms include intense or light head pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. I have halos and or flashes of lights in my visual field. If I experience that, I already know that I will have a migraine attack. It usually happens to me when I am exposed to a very intense smell, especially perfumes.
Migraine Caused by Smell/Odor
You need to identify the contributing factor to avoid migraines. As for me, too much sweet (like chocolates and soft drinks) and strong smell (good or bad) cause my migraine. Yes, the odor can cause migraines. While migraine is still a field that cannot be entirely understood, scientists suggest that smelling a strong scent can cause a person’s blood vessel to swell and dilate. This process will cause the activation or stimulation of pain receptors in the brain, and this will then cause migraines. Osmophobia or heightened sensitivity or dislike of smell can be part of the aura before migraine attacks.
I love perfumes and I like wearing them all, however, I suffer a lot when I choose the wrong scent. I have tried a lot of perfumes and I just know from the first hour if this will cause me migraines. So if I start feeling the “aura”, I immediately take medication (as prescribed by my doctor) and stop using that perfume.
Personal Experience about perfumes
My mother was an OFW who worked in perfumes and cosmetics for more than 20 years, so basically, I had the privilege to splurge to different perfumes (even the expensive ones). I can say that I have very good exposure to different scents from almost all brands since I came to Qatar in 2009. You can find almost all the signature brands in Qatar because people here like perfume so much.
For 5 years I have been transacting and selling perfumes and makeups. There was a time that people come to my unit asking for an available item. It was a good business. But when I got the promotion, I was obliged to stop that side hustle.
And so because of my experience, I have tested a lot of perfumes that don’t suit me. Let me share with you the list of my main scent that do not cause me migraines. These are the perfumes that are in my dresser up to now. They are highly recommended for all of you who suffers from migraine.
Disclaimer: I don’t have financial relationship with any brands mentioned here.
Working mommies must have perfumes for migraine
1. Miss Dior -Blooming Bouquet (Eau de toilette)
For me, this is a perfect subtle fragrance. It is very feminine, romantic, and enchanting. The floral smell gives the feeling of luxury and glamour. I discovered this when I visited my mom in her shop and is wearing this scent. I asked her to buy for me, and this became my old-time favorite. This is the extract from Calabrian Bergamot that brings its radiance to the top notes. The base notes are adorned with an interplay of White Musks for a spring-like floral signature. You will love this for sure and should be one of your “must-haves”. This perfume should be on the top of your list of perfume for migraine
2. Miss Dior- Forever and Ever (Eau de toilette)
I have been using this perfume for 14 years. It was a gift from my mother way back in college, and I got addicted to it. Up to now, I keep stocking it because of its freshness and classy appeal. You can wear it all year round with its classic light aroma. This is made from Freesia and Jasmine petals blended with Bulgarian Rose that makes its tender and delicate fragrance. I have smelled the different limited edition, but some are not compatible with me, so I still go for the original.
3. Chanel Chance (Eau Tendre)
This is the newest on my list. I love the brand of Chanel but I wasn’t able to get something that suits me until a friend gave me this. At first, I was hesitant because I know that most of the Chanel perfumes have caused me migraines, but this time I am really happy. What I like about it is that it gives you a whirlwind feeling of happiness, fantasy, and radiance. I feel so fresh and classy at the same time whenever I use this scent. This is from a green and fruity Grapefruit-Quince accord intertwines with the softness of Jasmine and the smoothness of White Musks for an intoxicatingly light, floral trail.
4. D&G Light blue
This is my to-go scent when I want to feel sexy. It boosts my confidence through its breezy, sexy summer scent. You will be able to distinguish the fresh notes of lime and cedar which brings an image of the South woods on the seashore.
5. Lanvin Eclat D’Arpege Eau de Parfum
This is my everyday office scent. I bought it for myself after watching a video of my favorite actress claiming that this is her favorite scent. Since she also has frequent migraine attacks, this one suits her. And yes, she was right. I shared this also with my sister-in-law and she adores it. I like to use it with the body lotion which lasts for the rest of the day. It smells fresh, clean, and young. At the top are notes of Sicilian lemon and green lilac. In the middle are wisteria blossoms, red peony, and peach blossom notes. Musk, amber, and cedar make up the base notes. The perfume has soft sillage and moderate longevity, making it ideal for spring and summer day wear.
6. Victoria Secret-Pure Seduction
I remember that I stopped using colognes and or perfumes when I started having frequent attacks of migraines until I got this gift from a relative way back in 2003. From then on, I hoard this mist whenever there is a sale.
The notes are a balance of fruit and floral with a twist of the tropics thrown in for an exotic punch. You will be embraced with the subtle sweetness of freesia, which has a unique fragrance parallel to strawberries. Complementing this scent is the aroma of plum, a mouth-watering mix of berry juiciness, rich wine flavor, and a lingering fruity scent. Guava evokes the image of tropical paradise while the final note, violet, add a touch of the ethereal with an airy, powdery, and dewy aroma.
With its focus on blossoms, this perfume is an excellent option for spring outings. I like using this at night after a nice warm shower. Oh, I love this so much. I feel like I cannot live without it. This is an affordable perfume for migraine.
Tips to avoid aura migraine
I have been suffering migraines since I was 13 years old, and I cannot tolerate most of the attacks. Luckily, I was able to identify the contributing factors that resulted from lesser offenses. I also learned about the warning signs, including “aura” which helped me manage it better.
1. Smell Coffee!
Yes! It relieves me a lot during my migraine attack. I don’t drink coffee whenever I have a migraine because It worsens the attack though, for some, they are relieved. I smell coffee beans and it somehow clears my nose and restarts. This will be effective if you will be able to recognize the “aura”from the very beginning. This will not be effective if you will fail to do so. If that is the case, I end up drinking pain reliever. For severe attacks, oral medication does not relieve my pain. Sadly, I have to take the Diclofenac suppository to be relieved. Again, check with your doctor to have the correct medication for you.
2. Drink, drink, and drink water!
Yes. Staying hydrated can help prevent dehydration migraines/headaches. This may occur after sweating when the body loses essential fluids to function properly. Sometimes the body loses fluid faster than it can be replenished that can lead to dehydration. When the body is dehydrated, the brain has a mechanism to pull away fluid from the skull and then, cause headache. Working mommies like us has tons of work to finish. Most of the time we forget to keep hydrated, I am guilty of that too. Put alarms on you phone to remind you on drinking water.
3. Develop a good sleeping and eating pattern.
This is proven and tested. When I have less sleep, I get easily stimulated by pain and it is the same when I feel hungry. You have a more sensitive smell when you are hungry so eating at the same time every day will help.
4. Relaxation techniques.
This can work when you will be able to identify the aura. Once you figure it out, go to a quieter room with a neutral smell. It will really help if you can meditate and or do breathing exercises. You can wash your face or place a cool cloth, or an ice pack wrapped in a towel or cloth on your forehead or at the back of your neck.
5. Take a Nap!
Nothing beats migraine than a very good nap. After a nap, I always get a reset and go back to normal me.
Migraine is a disturbing pain that can affect your daily activities. You need to identify your contributing factor to avoid it. One of the common triggers of migraines is the smell of perfumes. And if this is your trigger, you must be careful in choosing the scents that you are going to wear. This is because the intense smell can stimulate pain receptors in your brain. I have listed 6 of my favorite Scents that do not cause me Migraine. Again, it will be different for every person.
So If you are still looking for the scent that will fit you, try these scents. Some migraines will have an “aura” or a signal before it strikes. If you have this, try to prevent it as soon as you can by smelling coffee beans or coffee spray if you have. You should also develop a good sleeping and eating pattern. Use relaxation techniques and take a nap as soon as you can.
Do you have an aura migraine? What are the strategies that you use to avoid it? Do you have other perfumes that you can recommend?