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Why Fragrance Zoning can actually boost your mood

Why Fragrance Zoning can actually boost your mood

After almost a year of lockdown and remote work/learning, we all need something to boost our moods: A scented candle, essential oils.  Our ace correspondent Jillian Tangen has the story on why fragrance zoning is the hot new self-care trend to boost your mood, along with recommendations on 12 luxury products to use, including scented candles and essential oils, if you want to give it a try.

Why Fragrance Zoning can actually boost your mood

We don’t know about you, but after nearly one full year of lockdowns and remote work, we’re feeling just a wee bit of COVID-19 fatigue. This year has been a lot.

Why Fragrance Zoning can actually boost your mood

Why the fragrance zoning trend can boost your mood, including scented candles and essential oils to try.

Having our home turned into equal parts office, school, gym, restaurant and movie theater has been anything but easy.  In fact, the set-up has made it rather difficult to differentiate between professional and personal life – despite our newfound love of living in nap dresses 24/7.

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Fortunately though, there’s a heavenly new self-care trend called fragrance zoning that might be able to help all of us start setting up some much needed boundaries.

This recently much buzzed about trend is hardly anything new, though.  According to Katie McClain of the Brooklyn-based perfume company, MCMC Fragrances, hotels have been fragrance zoning their properties for years to help delineate areas and activities across properties – not to mention leave you wanting to come back for another stay.

Why Fragrance Zoning can actually boost your mood

Why the fragrance zoning trend can boost your mood, including scented candles and essential oils to try.

what is this fragrance zoning trend?

So what exactly is fragrance zoning and how can it help you create some structure in your home and life?  Fragrance-zoning is the art of using fragrance to boost your wellbeing and also your mood. It can be with candles, perfumes, room mists or even oils.  And as we’ve learned through our previous research on fragrances, certain scents can send subconscious triggers to our brains.  Whether it’s setting the mood at a dinner party, conjuring a favorite vacation destination or enhancing a seasonal wardrobe, smell has the power to both transport and transform.

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To get started with the fragrance zoning trend, McClain suggests using one scent for working hours. Then use a totally different scent when it’s time to wind down. You can even incorporate a different scent for workout hour, for energy and for concentration too.

In the mornings McClain recommends a dab of MCMC’s clean and bright Mocium Perfume Oil ($55) or any otherwise invigorating or citrusy scent to jumpstart your day.  And for your afternoon pick me up?  Consider an attention grabbing herbal essence like the brand’s eucalyptus filled Sea Glass Atmosphere Mist ($38) in lieu of coffee to see you through your back-to-back Zooms.

Why Fragrance Zoning can actually boost your mood

Why the fragrance zoning trend can boost your mood, including scented candles and essential oils to try.

Then in the evening when it’s time to unplug, unwind with a soothing lavender spritz or a woody, rich fragrance like MCMC’s Hunter Candle ($48) your living room – you get the idea.

So with McClain’s advice and our own interest, we peaked into setting some new scented boundaries for ourselves in 2021. Here are out some additional fragrances to help you get started with this sweet-scented self-care trend of fragrance zoning.

Below, find 12 picks to help you get out of the doldrums and into the zone.

12 Luxury products perfect for fragrance zoning

1. mcmc desert rose atmosphere mist

To begin our list of products to try if you’re game for this fragrance zoning trend, we begin with a wake-up call. Try a spritz of MCMC’s juicy Desert Rose Atmosphere Mist ($38) in your bathroom or kitchen to boost your morning mood.

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2. harlem candle company sugar hill candle

The fresh and sunny notes of Buddha’s hand lemon and bergamot together with delicate orange flowers make Harlem Candle Company’s Sugar Hill Candle ($45) a perfect pick me up.

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3. neom happiness candle

Neom’s Happiness Scented Candle ($52.50) is like a positive mood in a box thanks to its combination of white neroli, woody and powdery mimosa and zingy lemon.

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4. molton brown orange & bergamot aroma reeds

Not sure if it’s the notes of bergamot, mandarin, and lemon or the bright, sunny color but Molton Brown’s Orange & Bergamot Aroma Reeds ($55) just makes us want to smile.

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5. aromatherapy associates inner strength rollerball

Filled with anxiety-soothing clary sage, mood-lifting cardamom and emotion balancing geranium the Inner Strength Rollerball ($32) from Aromatherapy Associates works anytime and anywhere to raise positivity when you need it.

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6. qualitas peppermint leaf candle

Feeling scatter-brained? Set out Qualitas’s Peppermint Leaf Candle ($75) peppermint candle to boost motivation, cognitive stamina and performance.

 

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7. mcmc garden perfume oil

MCMC’s Garden Perfume Oil ($48) was inspired by the Ananda Harvest, a group of urban farmers that come together each weekend in upstate New York to teach themselves and others how to farm.  If that doesn’t motivate you for your afternoon meeting, we don’t know what will.

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8. boy smells cameo candle

The Cameo Candle ($76) from Boy Smells is not only pretty, but pretty uplifting too thanks to its notes of crystallized ginger, warm vanilla and rose.

 

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9. mcmc cloud clover atmosphere mist

Ready to relax? Spray MCMC’s Cloud Clover Atmosphere Mist ($38) throughout your home for instant serenity.

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10. lafco master bedroom classic chamomile lavender candle

In addition to smelling downright heavenly, lavender has a major calming effect.  With their Master Bedroom Classic Chamomile Lavender Candle ($65), Lafco mixes the plant’s oils into the candle wax to give any room a spa-like ambience.

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11. aromatherapy associates relax candle

Infused with essential oils of West Indian bay and myrrh Aromatherapy Associates’s Relax Candle ($69) creates a supremely relaxing ambience.

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12. mcmc fragrances white temple candle

We close our review of the fragrance zoning trend with a product from our expert. Laced with frankincense, MCMC’s White Temple Candle ($48) is smokey, warm and cozy – perfect for a calm evening at home.

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Fragrance Zoning and the luxury products to try

That’s our report on why the new fragrance zoning trend can actually boost your mood, along with some recommendations on the luxury products to use, including scented candles and essential oils, if you want to give it try. ‘Cause who doesn’t want a few lovely scents to help you with your day – from start to finish?  What do you think, dear reader? Is one of these your top pick to start fragrance zoning?

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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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