30 Calming Scents to Help You Unwind

30 Calming Scents to Help You Unwind

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The right combination of calming scents can help you feel relaxed, balanced and energized. Whether it's the relaxing tone of a chamomile, the reassuring smell of vanilla or the energizing crispness of mint, different scents are used to help calm and soothe mind, body and soul in a variety of ways.

We all know how important it is to put our best face forward. The same goes for putting our best scent forward. A beautiful aroma can leave a lasting impression on your clients and customers. Keeping your office smelling good can also increase productivity and make those afternoon meetings run smoother. With so many options available, choosing the right one isn't always the easiest thing in the world to do.

To help you get started with aromatherapy or increase the number of fragrances in your collection, we have compiled a list of the 30 most calming scents below. Use these calming scents as inspiration to create your own blend.

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Here is the list of calming scents you can select one or more to enjoy at home:

Bergamot - Try our Stillness, Discipline, or Detox candle

It is known that Bergamot helps alleviate depression symptoms by reducing stress and anxiety. Bergamot comes from the cold expression of the Bergamot fruit peel when the fruit is nearly ripe. There is a plethora of applications for Bergamot, from odor control to cosmetics. It can be used to make oils, gels, lotions, soaps, shampoos, sprays, other products, and candles. 

Cedarwood - Try our Woodland Trail, Girlfriend, or Discipline candle

The energizing scent of Cedarwood helps to repel insects and deodorize and freshen indoor environments. In addition, its antifungal properties aid in the prevention of mildew growth. Its invigorating quality is known to increase cerebral activity, and its calming quality is known to relax the body. When combined, these qualities help improve concentration while reducing hyperactivity. Cedarwood's calming scents is said to ease tension and harmful stress, which in turn promotes body rest, aids in mental clarity, and ultimately encourages the onset of restorative and reparative quality sleep.


Antioxidant and calming properties of chamomile is a useful natural remedy for conditions like acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help calm inflammation and redness on the skin. Chamomile also has been linked to improved sleep quality. In one study, 60 people were asked to take chamomile twice a day. By the end of the study, their sleep quality had significantly improved. And as a result of the compound alpha-pinene interacting with the neurotransmitters in the brain, chamomile also helps alleviate anxiety by acting as a mild sedative.

Cinnamon - Try our Thai Iced Tea, or Lemon Custard candle

Even though this spicy scent is commonly used in holiday fragrances for the winter, we believe it should be used all year round due to its numerous advantages. This can be used in aromatherapy, natural cosmetics, perfumery, food and beverages, and pharmaceuticals. Cinnamon Bark is reputed to improve mood due to its sweet, woody, spicy scent.

Citrus - Try our Lemon Custard or Flowers by the Sea candle

Because orange oils are adaptable and frequently blend well with a variety of other essences, there are numerous applications for the benefits of orange essential oil in natural perfumery and aromatherapy. Orange Oils can be used in a wide variety of blends to improve a wide range of moods due to their positive influence on the mind and general capacity to promote calm.

Clary Sage 

Its nervine and anti-inflammatory properties help with headaches and promote restful sleep, while its upbeat qualities boost mood, boost mental strength, and increase libido in both men and women. Its antispasmodic properties help alleviate the sometimes-convulsive symptoms of cholera, stomachaches, muscle cramps, and improper digestion. Additionally, Clary Sage supports hormonal balance, effectively eliminates unpleasant body odors, and relieves cough and cold symptoms.

Eucalyptus - Try our Spa Session candle

It is well-known for its ability to prevent infections and harmful bacteria on contact with surfaces and in the air. Among its many other benefits, it makes breathing easier, makes you feel more relaxed, makes massages feel more refreshing, relaxes nervous tension, and helps clear the mind. The oil's anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, and other beneficial properties are responsible for these healing effects.


Frankincense works as an expectorant to open the nose, alleviate congestion, and make it easier to breathe. Sedative and mood-enhancing, its sweet, woody aroma reduces stress and anxiety while also improving memory and concentration.

Geranium - Try our Lychee Tea candle

It is known to alleviate insomnia while simultaneously reducing stress, anxiety, sadness, fatigue, and tension. This improves one's overall sense of well-being and relaxation. It is an excellent ingredient to produce soaps, cosmetics, and perfumes due to its floral, sweet, and upbeat scent. In addition, the scent of geranium is known to improve concentration, cognitive function, and emotional and hormonal balance. It is known that its calming and tonifying properties regulate the respiratory and circulatory systems, among other body systems.


Ginger Oil is well-known for its energizing and reassuring properties, which can improve concentration and alleviate stress, sadness, anxiety, lethargy, agitation, dizziness, and fatigue at the same time. Additionally, it alleviates stomach and bowel-related discomforts like flatulence, diarrhea, spasms, dyspepsia, stomachache, and colic. Ginger Oil's analgesic property is known to soothe and reduce aches and inflammation when massaged into the muscles. This helps with headaches, migraines, arthritis, back pain, and contractions of the uterus, also known as menstrual cramps.

Honeysuckle - Try our Jasmine candle

The strong scent of honeysuckle oil may help you unwind. It has been demonstrated to alleviate depression symptoms and improve mood. Try combining it with vanilla or bergamot essential oils if the scent is too strong. Anxiety sufferers and insomniacs may benefit from a blend of honeysuckle and lavender essential oils.

Jasmine - Try our Jasmine candle

The calming properties of this sweet, full-bodied floral scent are well-known. This fragrance oil will help you relax and relieve stress if you're tired and stressed. In addition to being available as an oil, jasmine can be found in numerous soaps, candles, perfumes, alcohol, and desserts.

Lavender - Try our Woodland Trail candle

The use of Lavender for aromatherapy and other therapeutic purposes is highly recommended. They are emotionally uplifting, calming, and deeply calming. They are known to help heal scars, burns, insect bites, and inflammation, as well as support skin rejuvenation for cosmetic purposes. They are said to have antimicrobial, sedative, analgesic, and anti-rheumatic properties when used medicinally. The oils of this can be used for diffusion, massage, aromatherapy baths, skin and hair care, and more.

Lemon - Try our Sunny Mornings candle

The active chemical components of lemon contribute to the therapeutic benefits that have earned it the reputation of being an invigorating, purifying, and cleansing oil. Because of these components, it can be used to clean surfaces and the air in cosmetics, aromatherapy, massage, and cleaning products for the home. The oil's anti-inflammatory, astringent, analgesic, stimulant, antiseptic, soothing, energizing, and balancing properties, among other beneficial properties, are to blame for these healing effects.


For the treatment of pain and inflammation, it has been demonstrated that neroli is an efficient and therapeutic option. Additionally, it was discovered that inhaling neroli essential oil improves menopause symptoms and reduces stress. It can also lower cortisol levels and blood pressure. Neroli essential oil's chemical composition also has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, according to research.

Patchouli - Try our Woodland Trail or Girlfriend candle

The therapeutic benefits that have earned Patchouli the reputation of being a grounding, calming, and peaceful oil are due to the active chemical components of the oil. Because of these components, it is ideal for air and surface purification in cosmetics, aromatherapy, massage, and in-home cleaning products. The oil's anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, febrifuge, fungicide, sedative, tonic, and other beneficial properties are responsible for these healing effects.

Peppermint - Try our Evergreen Forest, Spa Session, or Mint Ice Cream candle

When used in a massage, peppermint has been shown to alleviate muscle spasms, flatulence, disinfect and soothe inflamed skin, and relieve muscle tension. In aromatherapy, the expectorant properties of peppermint clear the nasal passageway to promote the relief of congestion and to encourage easy breathing. It can work as a natural effective fever reducer when diluted with a carrier oil and rubbed into the feet. It is thought to increase energy, balance hormones, improve mental focus, reduce feelings of nervous tension, soothe feelings of irritability, and stimulate circulation. This analgesic oil's scent is thought to help alleviate headaches, and its stomachic properties are known to promote a feeling of fullness and suppress appetite. This digestive oil can lessen nausea when diluted and inhaled or rubbed in small amounts behind the ear.

Pine - Try our Sunny Mornings candle

It is thought to have purifying, energizing, uplifting, and reviving properties. It is known that its purifying and clarifying properties, when diffused, have a positive effect on mood by removing stress from the mind, reviving the body to help get rid of fatigue, improving concentration, and encouraging a positive outlook. It is also beneficial for spiritual practices like meditation because of these qualities.

Rose - Try our Girlfriend, Lilac Meadow, or Flowers by the Sea candle

Rose oil has a relaxing effect on many people. In one study, researchers applied rose oil to the skin of each participant, and then measured its effects on the most common symptoms of anxiety. The levels of cortisol, blood oxygen, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure all decreased. The subjects also said that the oil treatment made them feel much more relaxed. Rose oil reduced women's levels of anxiety during delivery, according to a second study conducted by Trusted Source and involving over 100 women who were giving birth.


It helps alleviate fatigue, support respiratory function, increase mental activity, encourage clarity and insight, and reduce stress and nervous tension. It is used to make people more alert, get rid of bad mood, and make it easier to concentrate, which in turn makes it easier to remember information. The aroma of rosemary essential oil is known to increase appetite and lower the level of harmful stress hormones that are released during stressful situations. Rosemary Oil helps relieve congestion in the throat and nasal passages by clearing the respiratory tract and boosting the immune system by stimulating internal anti-oxidant activity.

Sandalwood - Try our Spa Session, Girlfriend, or Detox candle

Due to its purifying properties, sandalwood oil is still used in a lot of traditional medicines. In controlled laboratory studies, it has shown anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidative activity. Due to the calming and uplifting nature of its scent, it also maintains a strong reputation for addressing emotional imbalances.


It is said that spearmint oil eases breathing by reducing nasal congestion brought on by an excessive buildup of phlegm and mucus in the nose and throat. By improving mood, concentration, and skin energization, it has a revitalizing and energy-inducing effect on the body. It’s refreshing, calming scent aids in mood enhancement and emotional stress relief.

Sweet Basil - Try our Evergreen Forest candle

It is ideal for inspiring psychological endurance and relieving headaches, fatigue, sadness, and asthma-related discomforts. It is also said to help people who struggle with concentration, allergies, sinus infections, or fever symptoms. In addition, the scent of Sweet Basil aids in insect repellent as well as the elimination of bacteria that contribute to unpleasant room odors. As a result, it effectively deodorizes stale indoor environments, such as automobiles, as well as unpleasant fabrics, such as furniture. Its digestive properties alleviate metabolic malfunction symptoms like constipation, nausea, hiccups, and vomiting.

Tea Tree 

When Tea Tree is inhaled, the scent is processed by scent receptors in the emotional powerhouse of the brain as calming, allowing the body and mind to relax. Similarly, by smoothing a few drops onto a pillow, it may speed up the onset of deeper sleep, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep quality. Additionally, Tea Tree Oil's expectorant properties make it useful for relieving congestion and respiratory tract infections. Tea Tree Oil can be used to treat a sinus infection by placing a few drops in a steaming bowl of hot water and leaning over it to inhale the fragrant vapors with a towel draped over the head and the bowl.


It is believed that turmeric helps the immune system function better and encourage a positive response. With its warm, woody, earthy, spicy scent, relax the mind and improve mood. It can increase energy and positive emotions take care of negative emotions like fatigue, a lack of appetite, headaches, and colds, fevers, and allergies as well. Can also manage respiratory conditions like asthma that make it hard to breathe.

Thyme - Try our Evergreen Forest candle

Thyme Oil is a tonic that makes you feel better and makes your mind and body stronger. During times of stress, fatigue, fear, or grief, inhaling its powerful scent can be beneficial. Psychologically, it is great at giving you confidence, perspective, and self-esteem, and it makes you feel brave when making decisions or when things are uncertain. It is also said to help with headaches and other body tensions, protect the body from common seasonal illnesses like the flu, and promote restful sleep.

Vanilla - Try our Toasted Sugar, Mint Ice Cream, Lemon Custard, or Brown Sugar Boba candle

Due in large part to the positive associations that most people have with the scent, vanilla can have a wonderful calming effect on the mind. Vanilla tends to bring back happy memories, typically from childhood, which can improve mood and general well-being. Vanilla conveys a sense of purity and simplicity that many people find grounding and is frequently paired with concepts of warmth, softness, and care. This makes it easier to relax and encourages good night's sleep. In addition, many people find Vanilla's velvety sweetness to be sensual due to its almost tangible sense of luxury.


It is reputed to effectively reduce feelings of anger, irritability, panic, and restlessness. Its sedative properties have made it ideal for use in relieving nervousness and restoring a sense of serenity. Vetiver Oil is an ideal tonic for easing mental issues, promoting restful sleep, and stimulating or enhancing libido due to its strengthening properties. It also improves immunity by balancing emotions to promote positive moods. Its scent can make a room smell better while also getting rid of any lingering bad odors, like those from cooking or smoking.

Wintergreen - Try our Snow Day candle

Wintergreen is ideal for boosting energy during times when the body feels lethargic because it emits a sweet, minty, and somewhat warming woody aroma that is said to be uplifting and invigorating. When diluted and diffused in a vaporizer, it has a clean, rejuvenating, and deodorizing quality that gets rid of stale or unpleasant odors in indoor environments. Its mood-elevating quality also helps improve negative outlooks, feelings of stress and mental pressure, and concentration for a better sense of emotional balance. Additionally, its strong aroma is said to enhance sensory perception.

Ylang Ylang

It is known that Ylang Ylang helps alleviate stress, anxiety, sadness, tension, and insomnia. Its pleasant floral calming scents makes it an excellent ingredient for aromatherapy and perfumes for men and women. It is said that Ylang Ylang Essential Oil has anti-depressant properties that not only address negative emotions like anxiety, shock, and fatigue, but also promote positive emotions like joy and optimism, which improves mood. Its aphrodisiac property is known to increase libido and enhance sensuality by addressing mental and emotional obstacles to romantic feelings.


Hopefully, we've inspired you to choose a few new calming scents for your home. If you do so, I've got one last bit of advice: pay attention to the room and situation and try out different scents with different scents. Just because lavender is good for sleep doesn't mean it's the best choice for your living room—choose something that fits with your mood, the time of day, and your home's situation. With tasteful experimentation, you'll have plenty of options on how to create a relaxing living space that perfectly suits you.

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