By: Maria Conti 1/12/21
Touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell. All five of our senses impact our general wellness and mood, but some argue that none of our senses affect our moods quite as much as smell. The bad news? You’re forced to encounter a myriad of off-putting, unsettling and unexpected scents daily. The silver lining? You can use your sense of smell to your advantage. All you need are a few strategically-selected home fragrances to boost your moods, alleviate stress and cultivate an environment that meets your personal needs. Shop our favorite candles, diffusers and essential oils to reduce stress and elevate your home.
Elevate your nighttime routine with this calming, lavender-scented candle by NEOM. The scented candle uses a blend of 24 natural essential oils to wrap your bedroom in an intoxicating floral fragrance and melt away your stress with each burn. Snag this calming candle for your nightstand, and incorporate other lavender fragrances in your bedroom or ensuite to calm anxiety, alleviate stress and aid in a night of restful and restorative sleep.
$29.50 – $59 Pottery Barn
Looking for a way to keep midday stress at bay (without accidentally falling asleep on your desk in the process)? This fragrant Moroccan mint-scented candle may be your answer. You’ll love how the modern glass vessel looks in your workspace and how its spearmint top notes intertwine with calming basil, bergamot, cypress and Meyer lemon. Scoop up this minty candle for your home office, and use other peppermint or spearmint fragrances in your home to increase focus, reduce stress and banish mental fatigue throughout your workweek.
Fresh, earthy and cooling: Eucalyptus is a mainstay in spas around the world, and for good reason. The revitalizing scent is celebrated for its ability to stop stress in its tracks, combat anxiety and bring mental clarity. Burn Diptyque’s eucalyptus, artemisia and rosemary candle in your living room or home office space to create a soothing-yet-productive environment to get through your day. Pro tip: Hang a bundle of fresh eucalyptus branches from your showerhead to reap the stress-relieving and sinus-clearing benefits during your morning wash.
$48 Crate & Barrel
Bring this white vetiver reed diffuser into your bedroom to create the ultimate nighttime escape. Vetiver is known to reduce stress, combat agitation and improve sleep quality; its woody aroma is ideal for creating a moody ambiance in your boudoir. This bamboo reed diffuser comes with a frosted glass vessel and perfume grade oil mix composed of sultry vetiver, cashmere, lilac, sandalwood, amber and cedarwood. Best part? This set promises to wrap your bedroom with a warm, earthy fragrance for up to four years.
$18 P. F. Candle Co.
Usher warmth into your home and add a punch of fragrance to your laundry with this amber and moss room and linen spray. Amber essential oil is said to ease stress and improve cognition, making this aromatic mist a great flame-free fragrance for your bedroom, office and living room. The spray combines top notes of amber and moss with soothing lavender and sage to create a balanced, beautiful fragrance that lingers in your home for hours after use.
Create a cozy ambiance in your living room or den with this inviting orange- and lavender-scented candle. A mix of tart orange oil, orange bitters and barreme lavender work together to yield a luxurious, calming fragrance for your home. Like lavender, orange fragrance and essential oil are often used to alleviate stress, elevate moods and increase cognition.
Scoop up this four-piece essential oil set to diffuse soothing custom fragrances throughout your home. Each set comes with four organic essential oils to use solo or mix-and-match to suit your needs: rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint and coastal Pacific blend. Diffuse the herbal oils during the day to create a refreshing environment fit for focus and mental clarity. After hours, diffuse the same scents in your bedroom or primary bath to create a cool, calming environment that promotes relaxation at the end of your day.
Find your beach with this calming coastal reed diffuser. The refreshing diffuser is a must-have for your main ensuite or powder room because of its intoxicating fragrance of seal salt, ocean mist and coconut. Coconut essential oil is revered for its stress-reducing fragrance that inspires relaxation. Oh, and this smells like summer in a bottle which is always a plus, right?
If you’re in the market for a fresh floral home fragrance that combats your anxiety, you’re in luck. This bergamot rose candle will not disappoint. Both rose and bergamot aromas are noted to alleviate stress, reduce anxiety and uplift spirits which makes this dreamy candle is twice-as-nice for your home. Burn the blooming scent in your kitchen, foyer or dining room to set the tone for stability and relaxation in your home.
Make every day a good day by lighting this Origins Feel Good Candle in your living room or kitchen each morning. The candlemakers at Origins blend calming orange blossom-extracted Neroli oil with stress-reducing lemongrass essential oils to create a fragrance formulated specifically to boost moods and reduce anxiety.
Usher positive energy into your powder room or guest bath with this innovative scented hand soap by NEOM. This dual-purpose soap is formulated with a mix of cooling wild mint and uplifting mandarin oil to provide an instant mood-boosting, anxiety-reducing effect with each visit to the restroom.
Basil is touted for its ability to relieve tension and reduce anxiety. What better scent to incorporate in your home office or entryway, right? This purple basil market candle intertwines the aromatic benefits of basil with a kick of spicy ginger and softness of lily of the valley for a fragrance that’s earthy, soothing and energetic.