Words: Viola Levy
Looking for ways to boost your concentration while working from home? As well as listening to energising music, scenting your workspace can add an interesting new dimension. While in an office you might have to put up with smelling your colleague’s microwaved lunch, indoors you can get creative with home fragrance. Scent has long been renowned for its ability to affect our emotions – as well as helping us to relax – and it can also get us feeling energised and focused. Take your pick from the following fragrant cheerleaders to give your productivity levels an extra little push!
Empowered Candle by ME
Sunny citrus notes don’t just transport us to the blissful Mediterranean coast, they’re also used in aromatherapy for their uplifting properties – helping to boost our spirits if we’re experiencing an energy slump. Look out for fragrances that contain essential oils like bergamot, mandarin and lime. Citrus is at the heart of this revitalising candle from The Perfume Shop’s new and exclusive ME. Range, which is geared around creating scents to suit every mood. (The candle will look great on your Instagram grid too, just FYI.)
Geranium Diffuser by Orla Kiely
Eucalyptus oil is often used in aromatherapy for stimulating the brain and promoting a sense of vitality. It’s blended in this cheery scent with pretty white floral and calming clary sage to ensure your desk space remains a haven of tranquillity and productivity. (Top tip: make this fragrance strong or as mild as you want by adding or removing diffuser reeds to suit your preferences.)
Nothing Prosecco Can't Fix Reed Diffuser by CANDLELIGHT
There’s no better motivation than Prosecco, right? Although the prospect of bottomless brunch with the girls may seem very far away right now, this fragrance is a great morale-booster and can help you to look forward to a fun-filled Friday night once you’re finally allowed to leave the house! With a pretty aroma inspired by the sweet, fizziness of Prosecco, we defy you to stay in the doldrums after catching a whiff of this! And there won’t be a hangover the next morning either!
Vitalite by VALEUR ABSOLUE
While you might be tempted to make yourself a cuppa every 20 minutes, copious amounts of tea and coffee can ultimately give you an energy crash and heighten your stress levels. So why not get your caffeine fix through scent instead? VALEUR ABSOLUE’s Vitalite candle contains sharp notes of black tea together with blackcurrant buds to stimulate the senses and make working from home a breeze. It also packs a serious perfumed punch with a high concentration of fragrant essential oils – as well as being 100% vegan and natural, so it’s kinder to the planet too.
Pink Pepper and Cedarwood Candle by Ted Baker
If floral fragrances aren’t for you, the spicy, warming notes of this Pink Pepper and Cedarwood candle might tickle your wick instead. The scent of pink pepper is renowned for helping to dispel fatigue and ‘brain fog’ – ideal if you’ve been up late, and burning the candle at both ends (so to speak!).