A Scent to Uplift your Mood
Of all the senses, smell remains the least understood by science, creating a tantalising void for magic and mystery, supposition and speculation. One theory gaining gravitas in scientific circles is the argument that a fragrance is composed not so much of molecules but of vibrations, each one perfectly calibrated to resonate with the bespoke scent receptors in our brain.
If this ‘vibration theory’ of fragrance holds, surely certain scents can give off good vibrations – and couldn’t we all use some of those right now? Regardless of where science lands on scent vibrations, a handful of notes have been found to have uplifting and mood-boosting qualities. If you’re searching for a pick-me-up, here’s what we recommend…
A BURST OF CITRUS
Fresh, uplifting and with the right amount of zest, it’s no surprise a citrus scent can bring on a natural high. Piercing notes of grapefruit and red currant make Citrus Petals delightfully sparkling, while honeysuckley and guava induces a heady summertime feel.
A HINT OF PEONY
Peony is known for boosting energy levels and improving focus. If you find yourself flagging during a mid-afternoon work-from-home stint, burning My Oud is just like a sophistication of oud and plum but without the post-caffeine comedown.
THE SERENITY OF SANDLEWOOD
Searching for a boost that’s calming and grounding instead of zingy and uplifting? Sandlewood is the answer. This earthy scent has long been prized for its ability to promote a blissed-out feeling of relaxation. Find it in Havana Wood and Room Spray.
ROSE FOR ROMANCE
There’s a reason this scent has long been associated with the lovestruck: rose is known to promote relaxation and harmony. When you just want to get along, light up the intoxicating scent of Rosey Fig.
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