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We knew it. We knew IT. That spa smell, freshly cut grass, clean sheets, a new perfume – no this isn’t our adaption of that The Sound of Music classic hit - these scents make us happy. Until now we thought it was just because we liked them, but there are certain scents, which ARE more uplifting than others and have a positive impact on the majority of people.
Don’t just take our word for it; it’s backed by the big-guns in science too. There is proof that nostalgic memories are evoked from scent. Not just because scent is the most powerful of the five senses, but because they trigger the emotional centre of our brain – hence the warm fuzzy feelings when you get a wiff of freshly baked cookies, pine tress around the festive period and Davidoff Cool Water, which reminds you of hot Ben from school.
But what is it about particular scents that we find so elevating? According to Nicola Elliott Creative Director & Founder of Neom Organics, it’s all in the timing. ‘The Mimosa in our Happiness range is picked only in the week when the flowers are in full bloom, as this is when you get the freshest scent.’ Think of it a bit like you in the morning when you’re half asleep, compared to mid morning when you’ve had a coffee and are full of energy and at your best. The scent from the flowers, acts the same (92% of their testers agreed to feeling happier). What a mood-perker!
Similarly for citrus notes – ‘We cold press the lemons as this is the way to harness the most refreshing essence of the oil,’ explains Elliott. Sniffing a citrus fruit can also increase alertness and energy.
To get the most out of these scents Elliott advises ‘breathing the uplifting fragrance from your oil or perfume in through yout nose for seven seconds and out through your mouth slowly for 11 seconds. Repeat as often as required to create a sense of balance and calm.' Excellent at the end of a stressful day, it’s like a mini yoga session in your bathroom - but way less effort.) ‘With the candles, we always suggest burning for a minimum of two hours and a maximum of four, letting the seven purest possible essential oils fill the room.’
So next time your boyfriend, parents or your annoyin friend try and talk you out of buying that new candle, declare with as much dramatic flare as possible, ‘It’s actually essential for my mental wellbeing’. No one will stop you. They'll probably buy it for you.