Scents can perform a multitude of tasks, from stimulating the senses to relaxing the mind. We use scent in our fragrances, laundry powder, bath oils, candles, and air fresheners. Our sense of smell is the most powerful sense we have, so it’s no surprise that scent can have such a strong affect. The problem is, with so many different scented oils to choose from, picking the right one can represent a huge dilemma!
Before you go scent shopping, you need to think carefully about how you intend on using your scented oil. Scented oils can fulfil many requirements, so to help you choose the right scent here are some of the most popular uses for a bottle of scented oil.
Scented oils are commonly used to add a pleasing fragrance to a room. The right scent can mask unpleasant odors, create a sense of wellbeing and relaxation, and make a room so inviting visitors can’t bear to leave.
Lavender and vanilla are soothing mood boosters, and perfect if you have had a stressful day. Alternatively, use coffee, oven fresh bread or chocolate scents to make a home feel inviting – this one is great if you are selling a property, as prospective buyers will be subconsciously wooed the minute they step through the door.
For a special occasion, use festive holiday scents such as chocolate orange, apple pie, orange spice or gingerbread. Delicious!
Rest and Relaxation
Use scent to help you relax and calm down. You can add a few drops of scented oil to a warm bath at the end of the day, or add scented oils to a room diffuser. Lavender oil is ideal for a bedroom, as it will help you settle down for a good night’s sleep.
If you need a pick-me-up, pine oil or eucalyptus are both refreshing and invigorating, and great for a bathroom. Strongly scented oils like eucalyptus are also useful if you are feeling under the weather with a cold, as the strong scent clears congested nasal passages and makes it easier to sleep. Try adding a few drops to your pillow if you can’t sleep. Peppermint is another good pick-me-up oil.
Nothing beats the smell of freshly laundered clothes, so if you want that scent to follow you around all day long, add some scented oil to your laundry or sprinkle some scented oil on a tumble drier sheet. You can use any scent you like, but floral oils or inviting scents like vanilla, coconut, fresh cut grass, ocean breeze and lotus flower are all good choices.
Aromatherapy oils are often combined with massage oil to create a relaxing or sensual massage experience. Use lavender and vanilla if you need some stress relief, or try citrus scents for a more sensual massage. Remember that your sense of smell can be used to great effect in foreplay, so experiment with different scented oils and maximize your experience.
Decide whether you need a relaxing, refreshing, or invigorating scent and choose accordingly.