Is fragrance the secret to better wellbeing? Scent affects every day, affecting our wellbeing and mood… here’s why.
I love fragrance. I mean really LOVE it. I can’t imagine a day without having fragrance punctuating it from dawn to dusk…whether it’s the scent of flowers or my body wash, lotion and perfume, the candles that I burn etc…
Our sense of smell is powerful, and is considered by many to be our most powerful sense, it affects us all in various ways every day of our lives as it taps into our limbic system triggering memories, emotions and consequently can affect our wellbeing and mood and yet it’s something that we take for granted most of the time…
In fact “The limbic system comprises a set of structures within the brain that are regarded by scientists as playing a major role in controlling mood, memory, behaviour and emotion”. https://www.fifthsense.org.uk/psychology-and-smell/
There’s been a big increase over the last couple of years of products that bring mood changing fragrances into our homes and onto our bodies… Whether we’re talking about a room mist, a pillow mist or a spray or perfume.
As we’ve all spent much more time in our homes over the last couple of years it’s easy to see how we all become much more conscious of the smells around us and the impact that they have on our mood.
Most of these fragrance offerings are natural and harness the power of aromatherapy to impact on our moods. A basic search on aromatherapy will tell you that essential oils like lavender and chamomile are calming, while EO’s like lemon, rosemary and bergamot can be uplifting and energising.
I’ve curated a selection of my favourite mood changers to share with you, some you may have tried already and some which will be new to you ….rest assured every single item here has the ability to elevate your space, shift your energy….calm you, energise you etc…
The Nue Co
When it comes to the creation of serious mood changing fragrances you have to check out the NUE CO who have taken the concept of transformational fragrances to a new level by harnessing the power of cognitive science with the power of nature. I’ve included two of their innovative fragrances because they are quite different from each other, each serving a specific purpose and I like all of them….a lot…not just because I like wearing them but because they deliver a mood boost.
Functional Fragrance – this is designed as an anti stress fragrance, perfect for those moments of stress and anxiety! It smells kind of woody and addictive and does make you feel centered thanks to the inclusion of bergamot, palo santo and green cardamom.
Forest Lungs – this is designed to be like forest bathing in a bottle and is again meant to work to relieve stress and calm those anxious moments. It smells kind of smoky, woody and green and aims to smell like the compounds that trees emit that are thought to be stress busters.
Aromatherapy Associates: Forest Therapy Wellness Mist
This rollerball is an uplifting blend of pink pepper, cypress and ho wood designed to remind you of being in the forest. Just apply to pulse points when needed or take your mist and spritz your body, linens and the air around you.
Anatome ‘Support + Protection’ Rollerball
Anatome’s ‘Support and Protection’ rollerball is designed to purify your personal space and support body protection. How, I hear you asking; well in this rollerball, there are 24 powerful essential oils that have natural antiseptic and antimicrobial properties to shield your body in crowded urban spaces or during travels. Love that! This is a potent blend of oils like Thyme, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Myrtle and Sage who have proven antiseptic properties that will protect and boost your natural defence system. Alongside the soothing effect of Peppermint, the freshness from Grapefruit, Sicilian Lemon, Neroli and Eucalyptus will improve breathing.
I love how the brand blends aromatherapy, nutrition and skincare to help to create bespoke wellbeing solutions.
Skin Alchemists Aromatherapy Pulse Point Oil
Her own personal needs inspired founder Theresa to create the Equilibrium pulse point oil after developing anxiety and panic attacks from being in public during the infamous first lockdown of 2020. She hopes that this intuitively blended formulation can help a wider community.
This rollerball is a wonderful on-the-go wellbeing tool for those times when you need to regain your equilibrium!
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LBB Skincare Flight Mode Mood Rescue
The fabulous LBB’s Flight Mode Mood Rescue rollerball is a potent blend of 9 essential oils designed to support you whenever you just need a moment of space…. with 9 essential oils, this isn’t just any old rollerball…. this is specifically formulated to work on stress in its various manifestations… whether emotional in terms of anxiety or brain fog or physical in terms of tense, achy muscles.
Nnenna, the Fempreneur behind the brand, initially created It based on her own experience of a transatlantic corporate lifestyle; she realised that those with hectic lifestyles that often included lots of travel or running around needed something ‘on the go’ to provide a supportive pause. Flight mode delivers that.
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Aromatherapy Associates clear mind rollerball
This rollerball compliments the Clear Mind bath oil and harnesses the power of chamomile, lavender, frankincense and bergamot essential oils to deliver its effect. Although this is a light, delicate blend it delivers when you need to take time out to gain clarity and focus.
Tisserand De-stress Rollerball
A roller ball feels like it should be an essential item in your handbag for that wellbeing support when you’re on the go. Tisserand make beautiful essential oil roller balls and their destress roller ball a beautiful addition. This oil features Patchouli, uplifting Orange and nurturing Rose combined in a nourishing base of Jojoba oil.
THERAPIE Slumber Pillow Spray
This is a dreamy infusion of essential oils and natural floral waters. This hypnotic blend will wind even the most agitated mind down into a deep, blissful slumber. With a calming concoction of lavender, hemp and chamomile grown and distilled in the UK and enhanced with frankincense, orange blossom and witch hazel, this spray is all you need for a sound night’s sleep and a refreshed morning.
Wild Planet Deep Slumber Pillow Mist
Deep Slumber smells gorgeous… seriously addictive. It’s a pillow mist, but I use it as a bedroom mist as well because it creates a lovely sense of calm. This is a creative blend of lavender, mandarin & vetiver – I say creative because the lavender is transformed into something akin to a perfume…love! Also love that the power of crystals is included- namely amethyst in the bottom of the bottle for calming.
Sunday of London Botanical Sleepy Mist
Ilapothecary Beat the Blues Room Spray
Corrine Taylor Calm Aromatherapy Room & Linen Mist
If you love gorgeous fragrances you’ll love this lush aromatherapy room and linen mist from this fab organic brand. This really does transform any space with its lovely blend of organic patchouli, lavender and frankincense….it’s addictive! It helps you to exhale and is perfect on bedsheets too!
These are pure fumes and are quite light, leaving a sense of fresh air ….totally different to your typical air freshener.
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