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Enhancing Mood | Your Top 10 Scents

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In my recent article on enhancing mood with scent, the question I asked ‘What is your favourite scent?’ elicited an array of aromas and there were clear winners from your replies for your top 10 scents:

top 10 scents

Do you know the properties of the scents you love?  Here’s the lowdown on 5 of your top 10 scents.

  1. Vanilla

Your top favourite is an antioxidant, aphrodisiac, anticarcinogenic, febrifuge (reducing fevers and fighting infection), antidepressant, sedative, relaxing and tranquilizing.  As an essential oil it works well with orange, neroli, jojoba, chamomile, lavender and sandalwood.  Read more about the properties on Organic Facts.

  1. Citrus

Energising, uplifting, cleansing, purifying, renewing the spirit and the mind.  Find out more information on AromaWeb.  There’s a section for making up your own aromatherapy essential oils into recipes for emotional well-being, holiday blends, skin beauty and hygiene plus tips.  Well worth a read.

  1. Fresh Linen

You may be surprised to learn that there are fragrances that specifically smell like fresh laundry.  The Library of Fragrance Fresh Laundry is reasonably priced at £15 for 30ml.  Hand blended and bottled in the USA it’s available in the UK at Amazon and Boots.  For those of you who loved the smell of baby powder, the beach, Play-Doh and rain … they’re also available from the Library of Fragrance!  You’ll also find baby powder, fluffy towels and clean cotton candles from Yankee Candles.

  1. Lavender

I think Lavender is probably one of the best known essential oils (which quite a few of you use for relaxing).  It’s also great for fungal infections, wound healing, hair loss, anxiety disorders, dental anxiety and premenstrual symptoms.  It may also have an effect on insomnia, depression, migraine, vomiting and acne.  Head over to Medical News Today to watch a video on how lavender essential oil can be used for relaxation.

  1. Coconut

Coconut might remind you of holidays (sun protection lotion) or social times (cocktails) but it also has a myriad of health benefits which include preventing obesity, improves heart health, high in dietary fibre, low GI, reduces sweet cravings, improves digestion and a quick energy boost.  Find out more on Coconut Secrets.

The remaining 5 of your top 10 scents in order:



Cut grass


Freshly baked bread

top 10 scents

Other scents you love in descending order:

Musk, coffee, fruity, ocean breeze/beach, gingerbread, patchouli, bergamot, freesia, strawberry, sandalwood, floral, salted caramel, meadow, Christmas tree, bluebell, aniseed, mixed berries, sweet pea, Nag Champa, birthday cake, cranberry, rain, Play-Doh, bonfires, baby powder, full English breakfast, bacon and creosote!

If you want to find out more about essential oils, Oshadhi’s A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils is a great place to start.


Are any of these on your top 10 scents? Will you be lighting your vanilla candles or squeezing the peel of an orange to release the essential oil?  Or will you be experimenting in picking your own and blending?  How do you use your favourite scents?

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