The Mood Lifters

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Just like a morn­ing juice, these re­vi­tal­is­ing scents will pep you up and get you ready for the day. But how, we hear you cry? Well, your sense of smell is di­rectly con­nected to the part of the brain that in­ter­prets mem­o­ries and emo­tions, mean­ing a sim­ple sniff can in­crease con­cen­tra­tion, lessen fa­tigue and even help us to ex­er­cise harder. Here are your in­vig­o­rat­ing in­gre­di­ents – take note…


What is does for you: gives you oomph! Ac­ti­vat­ing your brain’s wake-up area, mint is great for clear think­ing – and it can also help you get fit. A study found that sub­jects who ran in the pres­ence of pep­per­mint per­formed 23 per cent bet­ter and felt less fa­tigued than those who ran nor­mally. Spin stu­dio not on board yet? Try Jo Malone Grape­fruit, £86. Com­bin­ing mint with grape­fruit (obvs), it’s our ul­ti­mate get-fit fra­grance.


What it does for you: watches your waist­line This sparkling, fresh scent not only im­proves de­pres­sion and en­hances mem­ory – re­search shows that it ac­tu­ally boosts me­tab­o­lism and re­duces food crav­ings. We’ll take some of that! Try The Li­brary Of Fra­grance Pink Grape­fruit, £15.


What it does for you: beats anger Zesty lemon is pretty pow­er­ful stuff, with stud­ies show­ing that it can im­prove con­cen­tra­tion and mood. It also con­tains calm­ing and clar­i­fy­ing prop­er­ties that are help­ful if you’re feel­ing an­gry, anx­ious or run­down. Need to go get ’em? Dip­tyque Oyedo, £60, will un­de­ni­ably im­prove your day.


What it does for you: makes you happy. Ah, the lovely pe­ony, so en­er­gis­ing and joy­ful. This de­light­ful fra­grance is more sub­tle in its lift than the cit­rus jolt. For cen­turies pe­ony has been used to pre­vent all kinds of ail­ments, in­clud­ing bad dreams, and it’s also a bit of a ro­man­tic. We can’t stop sniff­ing Bronn­ley Pink Pe­ony & Rhubarb, £14.50 – it’s girl power at its very best.

orange Blos­som & Man­darin

What it does for you: energises and de-stresses Like a cup of OJ, these cit­rus scent twins hit the re­fresh but­ton in your brain, which in­stantly gives you a pep in your step – but sur­pris­ingly they’re also ex­tremely bal­anc­ing. Their calm­ing and re­lax­ing prop­er­ties are per­fect if you’re feel­ing a lit­tle stressed out and over­worked. We love new Pen­haligon’s Orange Blos­som £110 and Jo Loves Man­drine, £65. Spritz ei­ther of these to guar­an­tee your A-game is firmly back on.

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