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August 27, 2021 3 min read

Fragrance is an underrated feature in many products. Our sense of smell is one of the most evocative—scents act as a gateway to memories and experiences because the olfactory system is directly linked to the brain’s emotional center. The perfume you wear on a date, for example, will evoke romantic feelings long after the event has passed.

Besides conjuring memories and feelings, you can also use this link between scent and memory to change your mood and alertness. For example, lighting a coffee-scented candle will likely make you think of working hard if you associate caffeine with mornings and productivity. If you want to boost your mood and become more productive, try these soy candle scents!

1. Pine

Pine is a solid and comforting scent, and researchers have found that it can reduce stress and promote well-being. It makes sense—for some people, pine smells like holidays or long and relaxing hikes. You don’t need to book a trip to the mountains to enjoy it; simply light a candle and be transported to the woods!

2. Vanilla

Vanilla is a luscious scent, and it is the favorite of romantics everywhere. According to research, it has a strong positive effect on mood. It uplifts and relaxes, and its sweet smell is perfect when you’re trying to set a romantic scene. It also helps curb cravings—lighting a vanilla candle could help you keep your sweet tooth in check.

3. Jasmine

Are you feeling anxious about something? Soothe yourself with a jasmine-scented candle. Floral scents, especially jasmine, increase the brain’s beta wave activity, putting you in a positive mood—no wonder this scent has been used in aromatherapy rituals for centuries.

4. Citrus

If you’re looking for something that can brighten your mood, you can light up a citrus candle. Citrus invigorates and energizes, and this scent is linked with efficiency, focus, and concentration. According to research from a Japanese company, citrus and lemon scents result in typing efficiency and fewer errors in their employees. 

In a separate study at Ohio State University, researchers found one possible reason citrus works this way. They linked the smell of lemon with raised levels of norepinephrine in the brain, a chemical crucial for decision making and motivation. Next time you have to beat a deadline, just light a couple of citrus candles and start working!

5. Lavender

If your schedule is too packed for a quick gym or yoga session, you can try to relax by lighting a lavender-scented soy candle. This scent helps decrease your heart rate, promotes calmness, and is a natural remedy for insomnia and mild pain. Using lavender during your downtime will relax and energize your body and mind, preparing you for the tasks ahead.

6. Cinnamon

When you have an afternoon meeting and need to focus, use cinnamon to sharpen your mind. Research shows that cinnamon helps people concentrate better. The spicy aroma of a cinnamon candle will perk you right up and diffuse the 3 P.M. haze.


Today, aromatherapy candles are popular for stress relief. Aromatherapy works by targeting scent receptors in the brain and prompting it to react with chemical changes. At times, simply lighting a candle and breathing in a scent is enough to alter your mood, help you relax, or make you more productive!

Find uniquescented soy candles at Lovespoon. Our online store offers a large selection of premium candles and decadent fragrances—whether you like fresh and crisp or spicy and warm, we have you covered. Browse our catalog or contact us today for inquiries!