We’ve covered home fragrances to help zen our ‘home offices’ in the form of candles and diffusers, but what about perfumes and aftershaves themselves, and how fragrance changes your mood…
According to research, fragrance can move us in many different ways. From taking us back to bittersweet memories to relaxing us down and boosting our energy.
The part of our brain that processes smell also stores our memories. So when a scent comes wafting our way that is stored and linked to a memory, that memory is re-triggered. In one way, these scent-evoked memories can also affect our mood; whether it’s a cacophony of happy times that lift our spirits, or the bittersweet recollection of missed ones that bring a tear to our eyes.
Memory and olfactory cognition aside, selecting the right ingredients can effectively alter your mood, too. From lifting, energising, boosting productivity and calming, research shows a strong relationship between scent and our mood.
Let’s find out…
Cinnamon – A ‘spicy’ note that brings feelings of warmth, cosiness and utter relaxation, cinnamon is often used to stimulate energy and focus, relieving feelings of fatigue. This satisfying note will give you that well-deserved energy boost whilst also offering a pleasant reminder of warm memories.
Jasmine – Sitting firmly within the floral family, jasmine is a comforting scent that promotes rest (and can also be sleep-inducing), meaning it’s an ideal option to calm whilst we traverse through these uncertain times.
Bergamot – Shown to reduce stress and promote relaxation, bergamot can help reduce negative emotions by lifting your mood and fatigue, leaving you feeling awake and refreshed – perfect for those ‘down days’.
Vanilla – A popular scent in the cosmetic industry (and cooking for that matter), vanilla is a bright and refreshing note. Found to elevate feelings of joy, vanilla can help clarify, inspire and energise your mood. So if you’re looking for a stimulating energy booster, vanilla is where it’s at.
Sandalwood – This deep, warming and lingering scent is most often used as a middle or base note in perfumes or aftershaves. A grounding scent that will aid in emotional balancing, it’s no wonder sandalwood is linked to meditation. Often considered to be an aphrodisiac, this note also promotes feelings of comfort, security and well-being.
Rose – Another member of the floral family, rose is typically a feminine, powdery, romantic and even poetic note. Considered classic and timeless when it comes to perfume, rose will help balance your mood and promote a comforting, restful state of mind. So, if you’re in need of a little ‘you time’, rose may be just that addition.
Lavender – Known to help reduce stress and anxiety since the art of aromatherapy has been practiced, lavender is found to have a healthy impact on the mind. This favoured relaxation-inducting note stimulates a tranquil state of mind, known to lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone). Find your inner peace with lavender.
Citrus – Rather than outlining every citrus note in the family (such as lemon, orange, lime, lemongrass, grapefruit and more) let’s talk ‘citrus’ as a whole. These vibrant fruity scents are fresh, clean and energising, helping uplift and boost your mood, whilst emotionally balancing mood to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. A stimulating aroma family that will re-invigorate your ‘self’.
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