Guest Author - Melissa Hardiman
Before you can create or set a mood, you must first consider what mood you are trying to invoke. Are you trying to invoke a calming mood or sense of serenity, or maybe an energetic mood. You may be trying to alleviate a stressful, or fatigue filled day. Whatever mood you are trying to set or symptom you are trying to alleviate the sense of smell can be a very valuable tool. There are literally thousands upon thousands of scent combinations to choose from.
Floral scents, like rose, lavender, and lilac are said to invoke feelings of comfort and relaxation. Citrus scents, such as, lime, orange, or lemon are said to invoke an energetic vibe. Herbal scents like peppermint and spearmint are also said to have energy invoking properties as well as providing mental clarity. Your spicy notes can go either way when paired with a complementing scent. Scents like cinnamon, and ginger can be used in a calming fashion when used with floral notes, or an energetic mood with paired with citrus type scent. Fruity and bakery type scents are more of a playful nature sometimes bringing back memories of childhood. Natural type scents such as fir, and cedar, and eucalyptus all have different mood types. Fir and evergreen scents may bring about a holiday feel, while eucalyptus is said to have medicinal properties to alleviate cold symptoms. Using scents that are considered to have aphrodisiac properties could set a romantic mood. Patchouli, musk, jasmine, ylang/ylang being the more obvious choices, while scents like vanilla and cinnamon also invoke a romantic feel.
Mixing different scents is also a good idea when creating a mood, maybe mixing a cinnamon, and orange for a different energy feel. You could also tone down a spicy note by adding a floral note and thereby creating a different mood. Adding a sweet scent such as a vanilla to a spicy or a citrus could tone it down slightly, and create a more calming effect as mentioned above.
Having a better insight to what scents invoke what moods is a useful tool when choosing everything from your bath and body products to your home fragrances. Whatever you may be trying to say with your scent, donít be afraid to mix and match to find the perfect scent to create that perfect mood. There is no wrong way to create your mood, however be sure to keep in mind what might work for you, may not work for everyone.