Being a scientist at heart, i had to do my own research into scented candles to see if they really improve your wellbeing or if it’s just a marketing ploy. what did i find? see for yourself!...
Reduce stress and ease anxiety
Numerous studies have shown how pleasant smells can boost your mood, and reduce stress and anxiety. not only can you feel calmer in your emotions, but in your body too - studies also showed how pleasant smells reduce the physical sensations of anxiety - increased heart rate, clenched jaw and muscles, restlessness etc.
the smells that reduce anxiety varies between individuals, but it also varies within individuals. this means that a scent that had a calming effect on you before won’t neccessarily have the same effect again, and your brain can get used to background smells. to counteract this, we suggest rotating your favourite scents!
kontaris, i., east, b., & wilson, d. (2020). Behavioral and Neurobiological Convergence of Odor, Mood and Emotion: A Review, Front. Behav. Neurosci. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2020.00035
bringing back happy memories
BETTER IMMUNE SYSTEM
Your sense of smell is the best sense (out of hearing, seeing, smelling, touching and tasting) to bring back happy memories! this is because of the link between smell and a part of the brain that controls memory - the hippocampus.
A study by Matsungaga et al (2011) found that participants exposed to nostalgic (memory evoking) scents experienced better mood, comfort and happiness states, and a decrease in anxiety. They also had reduced heart rates and improved immune system functioning.
Matsungaga, M., isowa, T., yamakawa, K., kawanishi, Y., tsuboi, h., kaneko, H., sadato, N., oshida, A., katayama, a., kashiwagi, m., & ohira, h. (2011). Psychological and physiological responses to odor-ekoved autobiographical memory, nerv super redviva, 53(3):114-120.
love & attraction
FIND A PARTNER OR FRIEND
Going back to when humans were cavepeople, our sense of smell was originally ‘designed’ to sense food, danger, home, a sexual partner and a social group.
certain scents can make the brain produce oxytocin (the ‘love hormone’). these scents are different for each individual (a lot depends on your memories and pheromones), but when activated, can increase your ability to find a sexual partner, a social group, and can even enhance orgasms!
Oettl, L. L., Ravi, N., Schneider, M., Scheller, M. F., Schneider, P., Mitre, M., et al. (2016). Oxytocin enhances social recognition by modulating cortical control of early olfactory processing. Neuron 90, 609–621. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2016.03.033
better sleep, concentration & more energy
IMPROVED SLEEP QUALITY
Aromatherapy means the use of essential oils for their therapeutic effects, and they come under the umbrella of complementary and alternative medicine. certain essential oils have been used for centuries for their different qualities.
our aromatherapy range uses pure essential oils to get the most of these benefits. each candle uses different essential oils so we have written about the specific therapeutic effects on each product page.
aromatherapy is becoming more and more popular and is used in medical and hospital settings to help with a variety of conditions.
Watt, g. (2008). Aromatherapy in nursing and mental health care, Contemporary Nurse, 30:1, 69-75, DOI: 10.5172/conu.6184.108.40.206