top of page

The Psychology Behind Candle Fragrances: How They Affect Mood and Emotions

Updated: Aug 12, 2023

Candles have been used for ages in many cultures to improve relaxation and set a calming mood. Candles are renowned for more than just their soft glow and peaceful presence—they also have distinct scents. The aromas that candles generate have a big impact on how we feel and how we feel about things. The interesting world of candle scents will be explored in this article, along with the psychology behind them and how they can alter our mood.

Have you ever noticed how certain smells may elicit certain memories and feelings? It's amazing! The limbic system in the brain, which is responsible for emotions and memory, intimately links our sense of smell to both. A fragrance that we inhale bypasses our conscious minds and immediately affects our emotions.

We feel more at peace when certain scents have a relaxing influence on our neurological system. Popular scents that are known for their relaxing effects include lavender, chamomile, and jasmine. For its capacity to lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, promote sleep, and ease anxiety, lavender has received the most attention.

Our Sapphire Snow Lavender candle is all about relaxation and the Christmas season. Having that hot cuppa in the blanket with your partner, cozy bonfires with family or just watching a cute christmas movie by yourself. Saphire Snow brings all those feelings with it. Made with love and warmth.

On the other hand, some smells can energize and boost us. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit smells, among others, have an energizing effect that makes us feel refreshed and fights tiredness. We also get an energy boost from peppermint and eucalyptus, which are known to increase alertness and mental clarity.

If we take a look at the comforting and emotional side of candle scents, like those of baked goods, cinnamon, and vanilla, make you feel cozy and familiar, and remind you of home. They inspire images of warm environments, get-togethers with family, and joyful events. These scents evoke feelings of security and comfort, making them excellent options for unwinding and establishing a warm environment.

Our Mulled Comfort Candle is infused with cinnamon and dried orange, making it a perfect comfort companion on cozy days indoors. You should definitely try it for a warm, fuzzy feeling!

What if I told you that some candle smells can even increase productivity? It is true! According to research, the aromas of sage and rosemary can enhance cognition, focus, and memory. Lighting candles with these scents can therefore aid in creating a conducive environment for work, study, or creative endeavors if you need to increase your concentration or productivity.

A wonderful additional method of utilizing the advantages of candle smells is aromatherapy. Utilizing essential oils derived from plants in aromatherapy can improve mental and emotional health. Different scents have particular advantages, including rose for boosting mood, peppermint for headache relief, and lavender for relaxation. You can enhance the therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy by using candles that have these scents. Our Rose Allure candle most definitely uplifts the mood as its fragrance of fresh roses captivates the air and brings about a sense of peace.

Candle scents have the ability to affect our mood and emotions beyond just providing a pleasant aroma. We can purposefully choose scents that correspond with the desired emotional state by being aware of the psychology behind candle fragrances. The ideal candle aroma can aid in fostering the kind of environment you want, whether you're looking for calmness, concentration, or an upbeat mood. Your entire well-being can be improved and your candlelit occasions can be even more delightful by experimenting with various scents.

Thanks for reading!

13 views0 comments


bottom of page