If you’re a sucker for all things scent but can't make it down to our Meet The Experts events in store, don't fear – we’ve asked connoisseurs of the fragrance world to explain the science behind smells and how they can affect your mind and body.
How does scent affect how we feel, you may ask?
Neom Organic's co-founder Nicola Elliot explains: “An essential oil is a complex compound of chemical constituents taken from a single plant source that is volatile, so it evaporates easily and hits your limbic system, which is your 'emotional' brain. Essential oils are really powerful, as they work both on the emotional and physical level. When you inhale essential oils it can affect how you feel in 3-7 minutes, so our body learns quickly whether we like or dislike an aroma by the release of hormones.”
It’s clear there's a scientific link between scent and your emotions, but even more interesting is the fact that the particular scents you're drawn to can reveal something you’re lacking, such as sleep. Certain scents like lemon are linked to energy, while lavender holds incredibly effective sleep-inducing properties, as does chamomile, that not only helps to de-stress, it also calms skin irritation and can help with sleep issues.
Check out our top picks below for products that have the ability to evoke a certain state of mind...