Smell Your Way to Happiness
Smell your way to Happiness…
Scent plays an important role in our everyday. It can trigger memories, evoke emotions, and even influence our moods. Home fragrances are an increasingly popular way to enhance our living spaces and create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of fragrance in boosting mood and share some tips for incorporating home fragrances into your daily routine.
The Science of Fragrance
The sense of smell is closely linked to the limbic system, which is responsible for our emotional responses and memory. When we smell something, the olfactory bulb in our nose sends signals directly to the brain, bypassing the thalamus which processes other sensory input such as touch or sound. This direct connection between smell and emotion is what makes fragrance so powerful.
Studies have shown that certain fragrances can have a positive effect on our mood and wellbeing. For example, lavender has been found to have a calming effect and can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation, one of our best selling Lavender products is our organic, vegan Lavender Marjoram Reed Diffuser. Peppermint has been shown to improve cognitive performance and alertness, while citrus scents such as lemon and orange can boost mood and energy levels. It certainly explains why our customers love our Ginger & Mandarin candle so much. It smells of absolute Spring in a jar!
The Benefits of Home Fragrances
Home fragrances can have a number of benefits for our physical and emotional wellbeing. Here are just a few:
- Creates a welcoming atmosphere: A pleasant fragrance can create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home, making it more welcoming to guests and family members alike. When customers enter our Wild & Rust Henley-on-Thames store, they always comment on how amazing it smells and we have proudly become the ‘Best smelling store in Henley-on-Thames!’
- Boosts mood: As we mentioned earlier, certain fragrances can have a positive effect on our mood, helping to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Masks unpleasant odours: Home fragrances can help to mask unpleasant odours in your home, such as pet odours, cooking smells, or musty air. Our Sage range is very popular at eliminating odours.
- Enhances relaxation: Certain fragrances, such as lavender or chamomile, can help promote relaxation and improve the quality of sleep.
- Boosts productivity: Citrus scents such as lemon or grapefruit can help increase energy levels and improve cognitive performance, making them ideal for home offices or study spaces. We love our all natural Neroli & Bergamot Diffuser which adds a summery feel to any space in the home.
How to Incorporate Home Fragrances into Your Daily Routine
There are many ways to incorporate home fragrances into your daily routine. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Use essential oils: Essential oils are a natural and effective way to add fragrance to your home. You can use a diffuser, we love this quirky hand made copper and oak essential oil burner, to disperse the scent throughout your home, or add a few drops to a bowl of water and place it in a sunny window.
- Light scented candles: Scented candles are a popular choice for adding fragrance to your home. They come in a wide variety of scents and can be used in any room of the house.
- Spray a room mist: Room mists are a quick and easy way to add fragrance to a room. Simply spray the mist into the air or onto fabric such as curtains or bedding. Our best selling own blend Wild & Rust Botanical No 1 Room Mist is a beautiful all year round fragrance bosting hints of Jasmine, Clary sage, Rosewood and Vanilla.
- Use fragrance sachets: Fragrance sachets are small bags filled with scented beads or potpourri. They can be placed in drawers, closets, or even in your car to add a pleasant fragrance.
- Wax melts: making a comeback, these come in all shapes and sizes and can be used to create different moods. Pop into store and choose your favourites from our brand new pick ‘n mix selection of wax melts.
- Invest in a reed diffuser: Reed diffusers are a stylish way to add fragrance to your home. They consist of a bottle of scented oil and a set of reeds that absorb the fragrance and release it into the air. Our best seller is our very own essential oil based reed diffuser called Wild & Rust Botanical No. 1. Shop the whole Wild & Rust Botanical Collection.
With so much variety and choice, it can be difficult to choose the perfect fragrance as it can vary depending on personal preferences and cultural trends. However, some fragrances are more commonly used than others due to their pleasant aroma and versatility.
One of the most popular home fragrances is lavender. Lavender has a calming and soothing scent that can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. It is commonly used in aromatherapy and can be found in a variety of products such as candles, essential oils, room sprays, and bath products. Lavender is also a versatile fragrance that can be used in any room of the house, making it a popular choice for many. Our Fruits of Nature Lavender Range has truly captured the beauty of this fragrance so well in this Mini 100g Lavender Candle. We love!
Another very popular collection, which includes Lavender and Frankincense, is our Sleepyhead Range, with it's wonderful calming blend to aid rest and a good night's sleep. Made by hand with love and attention to detail, it has fast become a favourite amongst our loyal customers.
Citrus scents, such as lemon and orange, are also quite popular in home fragrances. They have a fresh and invigorating aroma that can help boost energy levels and improve mood.
Vanilla is another popular home fragrance due to its warm and comforting aroma. It can help create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere in any room and is often used in candles, room sprays, and diffusers. Vanilla is also a versatile fragrance that can be paired with other scents such as lavender or cinnamon to create unique and inviting fragrances.
If you have little people in the home or pets, there are many safe and natural options for home fragrances that are safe to use around animals and children. Beeswax candles, for example, are a natural alternative to scented candles and can be used safely in homes with pets and children. Soy candles and diffusers that use water and natural essential oils are also safe and effective options.
Home fragrances are a simple yet effective way to enhance your living space and improve your mood. Whether you prefer the scent of essential oils, fragranced oils, scented candles, or room mists, there are many options to choose from. By incorporating home fragrances into your daily routine, you can create a warm and inviting atmosphere that promotes relaxation, productivity, and wellbeing.