As humans, we go to a lot of effort to build our environments around our activities. Noise-cancelling headphones on the desk for better concentration, cushions on the couch for cosy nights in, expensive triple spring mattress on the bed for the ultimate night’s sleep… you get the picture.
But there’s one crucial element of our environment that we overlook 99% of the time. It’s an invisible element that can, if you get it right, increase your output and productivity, significantly reduce cortisol levels, and even make you happier.
Best of all, it’s right under your nose. What is it? You guessed it. It’s scent.
Scent is one of our strongest senses, and yet how many of us make a conscious effort to take scent into consideration when setting up our environments?
Of course, different scents have different effects, and so, different activities and vibes will require different mixes. With that in mind, here’s a list of our top scents for different moods.
Whether you’re spring cleaning the house or need to get that report submitted by 5pm, the best scents for energy and productivity are citrus scents (think orange, lemongrass, lime and kiwi), as well as green tea, or even white tea.
For a great mix, combine one or two citrus scents with a green or white tea. Citrus scents are fresh and uplifting, and great when you need that motivational boost to keep powering through your day.
There’s one killer scent for all things discipline and impulse-control: mint. Mint has a host of benefits, including acting as an appetite suppressant, suppressing urges, and improving energy levels. Plus, it just feels clean and fresh, and who doesn’t like feeling like they’ve got their life under control?
So, if you need a help with discipline, whether in the office, kitchen, or even a few drops in your gym bag in the morning, go for a fresh peppermint essential oil blend.
Christmas time is near, you’ve decked the tree, hung the mistletoe, and stuck tinsel and fairylights everywhere but the kitchen sink—but it still feels like something’s missing. Enter, Christmas smells.
Aside from baking gingerbread cookies and Christmas pudding (which you should definitely, definitely do), the best ways to get your house smelling festive and fun are with traditional Christmas scents such as pine, cinnamon, fig tree scent, and cedarwood.
For a little step back in time, be adventurous and try some frankincense or myrrh!
Everybody wants more loving—and with the right scent in the room, you can certainly make this possible. Among the many known aphrodisiac fragrances are rose, neroli, patchouli and jasmine. Other sweet alternatives for getting your partner in the mood include lilac, honeysuckle and sandalwood.
General happy vibes
Got no plans, but just want to boost your mood around the house? Try mixing scents like vanilla, coconut, and musk. These light, summery fragrances are familiar to noses young and old, evoking memories of sunshine and happy summer vacations, and are known to boost happiness levels.
For extra happy vibes, try Scent Australia’s Sweet Vanilla Patisserie blend (but be warned, it’ll make you hungry!)
It’s no surprise that the ultimate fragrance for relaxation and peaceful vibes is lavender. But there are a few other fragrances whose calming benefits are lesser known: these include ylang-ylang, rosemary and chamomile. As a bonus, these scents can also help to wind down hyperactive children—try turning them on an hour before bedtime for some secret parenting magic!. Be sure to try out one of these scents if your home needs a little chill!
So there you have it! The perfect scent for every mood or activity.