Anyone that knows me, knows I love candles and always have them burning in my office and at home. I love how the right scent can compliment or change your mood. While I have a few tried and true brands and scents, I am always looking out for new ones as well – especially if they also have beautiful packaging (I’m a sucker for good branding and pretty things)!
When I came across this article from My Domaine, the scents I tend to select on a given day/mood made so much more sense! Some of my favorite scents (not necessarily these scents as a stand alone but mixed with others) are sandalwood, lavender, coconut, sage, jasmine and of course, champagne – to name a few. There was a method to my madness because different scents lend themselves to different moods, feelings, and overall well-being.
Here are some of the best tips from this article and some of my favorite candles linked below!
Looking to Calm Down?
If your stressed or anxious, instead of working on your breathing or popping a xanax – light a candle and calm down with more floral scents or forest scents – like cedar, sandalwood, etc. or to relax and wind down, lean towards a vanilla scent. (source)
Ginkgo Biloba in Candle Form?
Memory and attention is always something we can improve upon, right? Or is that just me?…Either way, scents can boost our memory because we link it to certain people, moments, etc. (source) For better attention, memory and “improved cognitive functions” go for cinnamon or try citrus scents for a boost (source).
Looking to get rid of a little ADD?
We all get distracted, especially when we have a lot going on. But, believe it or not, certain scents can help improve our ability to focus and concentrate. A spicy aroma (ex. cinnamon) can help improve your focus, but lavender – which we often associate with relaxing – can improve concentration (source). Who knew?!
Let’s be honest, ones sense of smell is subjective and we just like what we like. So these aren’t a must to improve/change our moods but interesting to note if we wanted to branch out of our usual candle box. Wondering where to look for new scents? When I’m looking to check out new scents and don’t want to spend $20+ per candle, I go to Home Goods, Marshall’s or Tj Maxx. Let me tell you, there are soooo many to choose from at those stores and most are averaging about $7.99 each. #winning
Want some more insight? Also, check out this article from the Huffington Post for more.
photos by Laura Metzler Photography