The Power of Fragrance

All our senses prompt memories but without doubt the most powerful is scent. It’s widely acknowledged that particular fragrances or scents jog our old grey matter and we’re taken back to a place and time. This according to the Scientists, it is due to a direct correlation between the emotional part of our brain and sense of smell. So whether it’s the smell of sea air or the combination of cinnamon and orange that triggers your memory bank, it can be a very pleasant diversion to your daily life. As a result, a lovely scented candle is a great way of providing our own little emotional pick me up.

Aside from memory inducing powers, scent can also offer some pretty significant benefits for our body and mind. We’re probably all familiar with Lavender being recognised as great to calm and relax us however what about some of the others outlined in the table below:

Source FragranceBenefit Willow & White CC.
Fragrance Match
CinnamonBoosts brain power, recognised to improve cognitive functions such as attention span and working memoryWinter
Pine Aids relaxation and alleviates stress levels and depression Blackberry & Bay
Citrus - Lemon/Orange, Grapefruit/Mandarin/Tangerine/NeroliEnergising, boosts energy and alertness levelsLemongrass & Ginger
Basil & Neroli Blossom
Pear & Freesia
Lime Basil & Mandarin
Eucalyptus Lemon & Mint
Amber & Lavender
Vanilla Promotes relaxation and calmness. Improving overall mood and happiness levelsAmber & Lavender
Peppermint Improves cognitive stamina, motivation and overall performanceEucalyptus Lemon & Mint
Jasmine Eases depression and uplifts overall moodBasil & Neroli Blossom
Sage Soothes nervous system and lightens moodSea Salt & Wood Sage
Cedarwood Calming effect on nervous system, aids confidence levelsSea Salt & Wood Sage
Basil & Neroli Blossom
Lavender Relaxes and calms the body and mind , aids sleep Amber & Lavender
Nutmeg & Ginger
Cardamon Calming, suppressing anger and frustration Pomegranate
Lemongrass & Ginger
Nutmeg & Ginger

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