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Fragrance has the amazing capability to totally change your mood and mindset, so utilising it as a tool in
your home—as you transition from breakfast, to gym, to work, to me-time—is undeniably
helpful in making your days feel as dynamic and ‘normal’ as possible. For those that are now working from
their abode—sometimes struggling with motivation and distraction—just a whiff of certain scents
(like vetiver, ginger and rosemary) will help to boost productivity, prolong your attention span and improve
your memory. Let these notes—and products—assist you in getting that to-do list crossed off.
Turns out, rosemary is good for more than just roasted lamb—its welcoming, herbaceous aroma has
been proven to increase alertness, improve memory and strengthen cognition, making it the perfect scent to
fill your home with ahead of a brainstorm, or during a highly collaborative Zoom meeting. It’ll also help
you memorise numbers and images, so if you’re about to talk stats, get a rosemary-spiked candle burning…
Find it in:
Byredo Bohemia Candle, accompanied by rum, geranium, moss, sandalwood and vanilla.
This earthy, woody note is often compared to the smell of grass on a warm day. Fresh and green, it’s one
of those scents that’ll bring the outdoors, in. In an aromatherapy-sense, it is pretty game-changing in
its abilities to improve brain function and increase concentration—vetiver has even been proven to
contain components that increase oxygenation of brain cells, allowing you to focus more intently. This
added level of focus and concentration makes it the perfect scent for when you need to buckle down and get
(sh)it done—especially when you have housemates or family members lingering around.
Find it in:Byredo’s Vetyver Hand Wash and Lotion, accompanied by pomelo,
jasmine petals and violet.Diptyque’s Orange Ambre Candle, accompanied by incense, spice, patchouli and citrus.
Spritely and refreshing—like a palate cleanser between meals—the scent of peppermint has been
proven to sustain attention for prolonged periods, enhance memory accuracy, and assist in concentrating on
demanding tasks for a much longer time than usual. It’s a natural stimulant that is just as invigorating
in the air as it is applied to the skin. While not ideal, if you find yourself working into the
night—or to an impending deadline—welcome minty notes into your home for some mental
Find it in:
Buly 1903 Alabaster Alexandrie Scented Stone,
accompanied by lemon, blackcurrant, ginger, vanilla and moss.Malin+Goetz Mojito Candle, accompanied by lime, bergamot, jasmine, freesia and sandalwood.
Sure, the smell of cinnamon might have you salivating at the thought of freshly baked cinnamon scrolls
(or at this time of year, hot cross buns), but truth be told, it’s actually a pretty powerful stimulant,
working to increase your motor response and heighten your attention. Alas, cinnamon and similar warm
spices make great additions to diffuse into your home if there’s a lot on your to-do list, and if you plan
to power through back-to-back, fast-paced meetings.
Find it in:
Byredo’s Chai Candle,
accompanied by ginger zest, clove buds, violet and birch tree.
Warm and spicy, with a subtle kick, ginger is infamous for fighting fatigue—whether that be by way
of a hot ginger tea, or its peppery aroma filling your home. With an increase in screen time and therefore
tired, heavy eyes, ginger is a super scent for lifting the spirits and serving up a boost of energy. It’s
the perfect aroma to help you power through a deadline, or complete repetitive tasks.
Find it in:
Diptyque’s Gingembre Hourglass
Diffuser, a home fragrance of pure, freshly cut ginger.
Fresh and fruity, zesty citrus scents are proven to shorten response times, while keeping you awake and
alert. A study in Japan even found that typos were reduced by more than 50 percent in the presence of
citrus scents, making it the perfect home fragrance to power up with before and during an important,
rapid-fire afternoon meeting or study session.
Find it in:
Diptyque’s Oranger Hourglass
Diffuser, accompanied by the leaves and bark of the orange tree.Jo Malone’s Lime Basil Mandarin Scent
Surround Diffuser, accompanied by basil and amberwood.
Diptyque Citronelle Candle, accompanied by lemongrass, verbena, neroli and orange blossom.
Le Labo Verveine 32 Candle, accompanied by kaffir lime, eucalyptus and violet.
They may not realise it, but those that flee to cafes to work and study have the right idea: the
intoxicating aroma of roasted beans helps to enhance analytical reasoning and promote
attentiveness—and that’s before you’ve even taken a sip. If you’re in the mood to make power moves
on a call or Zoom
meeting, a candle with coffee notes will not only transport you from the confines of your four walls
into the inviting aromas of your local café, but will undoubtedly help you in kicking daily goals.
Find it in:D.S. & Durga’s Breakfast Leipzig,
accompanied by pastry, tobacco leaf, butter and leather upholstery.
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