Packed full of goodness, essential oils can do wonders for our senses and offer the perfect remedy for feelings of stress and restlessness. If you have trouble relaxing or struggle with anxious thoughts, introducing oils and diffusers into your everyday routine is a great way to instil peace and harmony.

There are many different essential oils, each with its own unique scent and benefits. Read on to discover five relaxing scents to totally transform your mood and help you unwind after a long day.

What are the most relaxing scents?

The best scents to help you relax and unwind include:

  1. Lavender
  2. Chamomile
  3. Geranium
  4. Jasmine
  5. Vanilla

Let’s look at the properties of these five soothing scents. We’ll recommend some products too, so you can reap the benefits as part of your regular routine.

1. Lavender

Having trouble sleeping? Lavender might be just the thing to help you nod off. As one of the most popular essential oils used in aromatherapy, the healing qualities of this gorgeous purple plant have long been known. With anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, lavender can help tackle everything from insomnia and depression to eczema and nausea.  

We recommend the WoodWick lavender spa ellipse candle for total relaxation before bedtime. Or, if you’d prefer something to keep in your bag when you’re out and about, give the YSL Libre eau de parfum spray a go.

The soothing, piney floral scent is loved by people all over the world. It is excellent for lowering blood pressure, calming the body, and helping you to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

Lavender as an ingredient in skincare products has superb anti-ageing and moisturising effects, too. Incorporate the DECLEOR lavender fine light day cream 50ml into your skincare routine for a healthy, relaxed complexion every day.

2. Chamomile

The daisy-like chamomile plant has been used for centuries. It’s great for encouraging healthy sleep and reducing anxiety. If you struggle to relax, try spraying your bedding, adding drops of chamomile essential oil to a bath, or lighting the Wax Lyrical homescenter lavender chamomile candle.

Chamomile also works incredibly well in skincare products. Not only does it smell amazing and soothe the skin, but it also helps to brighten the complexion and prevent skin damage. We love The Organic Pharmacy rose & chamomile cleansing milk for all of these reasons. Perfect for those with sensitive skin, this gentle cleanser washes away all traces of makeup whilst calming the face and promoting total relaxation.

3. Geranium

One of our absolute favourite relaxing scents for stress and anxiety, geranium is great for soothing the muscles, alleviating stress and improving overall emotional wellbeing. Pelargonium Graveolens, the essential oil derived from the leaves and flowers of the geranium plant, offers a rich, rosy aroma.

If you’re struggling with the stress and worry of modern life, inhaling geranium can help ground and calm you, and can totally transform your mood. Try out the BAMBOO oudwood & geranium large jar candle 210g and feel the full benefits for yourself.

Once used by the Ancient Egyptians for beautifying purposes, this essential oil is also beneficial for improving acne, controlling oiliness, and promoting a healthy glow to the complexion.

We recommend the Alteya Organics vanilla and geranium facial cleanser 150ml to achieve calm and refreshed skin in no time. With the added benefits of vanilla thrown in, this cleanser is excellent for smoothing texture and leaving skin feeling soft and healthy.

4. Jasmine

When the pressures of everyday life become overwhelming, essential oils are ideal for creating that fragrant atmosphere to relax and unwind in. Incredibly sweet and wonderfully refreshing, jasmine is a popular scent which can help calm nerves and reduce worry. In turn, this can boost mood, lift spirits and improve self-confidence. No, really!

Inhaling this sweet scent can do beautiful things for your state of mind. Oil reed diffusers like the Cristalinas night blooming jasmine reed diffuser 40ml can infuse your home with this lovely aroma. They make fabulous decorative features for bedside tables and mantlepieces, too. For a gloriously floral fragrance, the Millefiori milano jasmine ylang diffuser 250ml is another excellent option. With the added ingredient of Ylang Ylang, this scent contains bottom notes of rosewood and patchouli.

5. Vanilla

The ultimate scent to transform your mood and balance emotions, the sweet smell of vanilla essential oil has been favoured by many for years. Not only is it perfect for creating a warming atmosphere in your home, but it can also help settle restlessness and hyperactivity. Whether it’s by lighting a candle or investing in a diffuser, vanilla is one scent you should consider adding into your bedtime routine for a great night’s sleep. If the mouth-watering scent of freshly baked biscuits is your kind of thing, we recommend Price’s sweet vanilla reed diffuser 100ml. Super soothing and delicious, this diffuser will fill your room with the familiar, comforting aroma to help you get your forty winks. Or try the Yankee Candle vanilla cupcake car air freshener 3 Pack and fill your car with this gorgeous aroma, ideal for when you’re on your travels.

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