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Six Scents That Will Help You Relax and Unwind!

Six Scents That Will Help You Relax and Unwind!
Grace Walker
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Self-care is so important. We all lead extremely busy lives which means we can forget to put ourselves first. But, looking after yourself can make you feel so much better as well as increase positivity and happiness! But, despite how it can sometimes seem, self-care doesn’t have to take up a huge amount of your time. And it certainly doesn’t have to cost a lot either.

There are so many things you can do to unwind (go for a walk, read a book, take a bath) but aromatherapy is a great way to relax for sure (especially when used at the same time as other de-stressing techniques!). We all know that scents have a tendency to take us back to a certain time or memory, but that’s not all that they are good for; scents also have many health benefits as well.

So, whether you’re a newcomer to aromatherapy or an expert looking for new information and different scents, keep reading… Because we’ve put together a list of the six best scents that will help you to relax and unwind! And, with these scents infused into a variety of products - from candles to bath salts, reed diffusers to shower gels - you’ll be able to find a new scent in a form that’s perfect for you too. 


Lavender is one of the most popular ‘relaxing’ scents and it is most commonly used in aromatherapy. This fragrance oil has so many calming properties and it can help calm the mind and body almost instantly. Lavender has been found to be effective in reducing anxiety, and dealing with disturbed sleep, agitation, nervousness and depressive symptoms. Whether you're stressed from work or need to recharge your batteries after a busy weekend, lavender will help you calm down, relax and unwind straight away.

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This flower is more than just a pretty array of fragrant petals, as the oil derived from the rose plant has a range of benefits. The sweet, fresh and bright scent helps to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as helping to fully relax your muscles, so that your mind and body feel calm. It is also a great scent to combat headaches and physical exhaustion so, if you’re having a bad day, this is definitely a go- to scent!

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Sea Breeze

The sea breeze scent is perfect for anyone who loves being outdoors as it’s a fresh, strong and clean smell! This scent is great to lift the mood in a room and encourages you to chill out, just like you would do if you were at the beach. Think about how you feel when you’re next to the sea – you feel calm and relaxed, so this scent is sure to help you release tension.

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Ylang Ylang

Perfect for relaxing, Ylang Ylang is known for its calming properties. Inhaling this scent is thought to transmit messages to your brain to control your emotions, which will help to calm your nervous system and make you feel more relaxed. The combination of its floral and fruity scent makes Ylang Ylang an appealing option when you need that all important me- time.

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Chamomile, a member of the daisy family, is a sweet scent, but it’s one that will help relax your emotions, muscles and even your digestive system! As you can probably tell, this is an incredibly versatile herb as it’s used in teas, lotions and oils. Chamomile is also known for its stress-relieving and sleep- enhancing properties so, of course, this scent will be perfect to help you feel more at ease.

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Due to its sedative properties, vanilla is another great scent to help you feel zen. Not only does it make people feel at ease, it can also be seriously soothing and help you to fall asleep faster. In fact, there is evidence that vanilla has a positive effect on anyone that suffers from depression and anxiety. Vanilla also has a calming effect on the brain which provides relief from restlessness and exhaustion. Once again, this scent is ideal for you to burn in times of stress!

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Grace Walker
Writer and expert
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As someone who is skincare obsessed, it’s no secret that I have a huge passion for glowing skin! Over the years I have written many blog posts which specialise in skincare, so I have plenty of top tips to share to help you on your own skincare journey. I am always trying out new products and finding new discoveries that I can add to my collection. My go-to skincare product right now is definitely a hydrating face mask; they’re perfect for that instant hydration boost before you continue with your beauty routine!