Our sense of smell is one of our most powerful senses. Not only can it not be consciously turned off, but scent has the power to affect our moods, behaviors, and even our memories. That's why scent can be part of our self-care practice on a daily basis. Scent is self-care you take with you everywhere you go.
Studies reveal that when we’re surrounded by smells we like, we experience an emotional and creative boost. So if you’re having a particularly stressful day, a whiff of your favorite scent can provide an instant pick-me up.
A favorite smell can have calming effects and help facilitate relaxation or peace of mind. This is why scent and self-care go hand-in-hand. The best part about using scent is that it’s a quick and easy way to take a few minutes and make them self-care experiences.
4 Ways I Add Scent To My Self-Care Routine
1. Cozying Up With Vanilla
Vanilla is always a favorite, I think its because it reminds us of our childhood. It’s cozy, and comforting and has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. This is why I love using Cashmere Sweater to fragrance rooms. A candle, room spray, or Pura diffuser are easy ways to scent the room and all you have to do is take a moment to stop and breathe it in.
2. Berry Scents While Bathing
Did you know that berry scents are associated with reviving your mind and body? That makes our Rose and Berry scent perfect for practicing self-care in the form of a mindful shower. Use this daily ritual to recharge your mind, focus on your breathing, and be present in the moment.
Begin by acknowledging the temperature of the water as it allows your muscles to relax. Let the sound of the water soothe your brain, breathe in the steamy scent and allow any thoughts and feelings to be washed away.
3. Boost Happiness Quotient
Citrus scents can boost your body's production of serotonin — the hormone that makes you feel happy. Sign me up for that! In addition, citrus smells have been shown to increase mental stimulation, which is perfect when you need an emotional boost!
I like to wash my hands with Mount Marcy soap and take a moment to smell the citrusy bloom as you lather your hands. This is a great way to add some self-care throughout your day.
4. Freshen Up Sleeping Areas
Every morning when I make my bed, I spray the linens and sheets with my bedroom scent, which is currently Whiteface Hike. When it is time to go to bed I am surrounded by this gentle scent that lulls me to sleep.