The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration, but for many of us, the post holiday period can be a difficult time. The pretty lights, festivities and cheer is over, it gets dark earlier, and the long, cold months of winter stretch ahead. But there is one simple way to chase away the after-holiday blues: lean in to the cozy.
The Scandinavians know a thing or two about making winter more bearable. Hygge - meaning taking time away from the daily rush to be together with people you care about or even by yourself - to relax and enjoy life's quieter pleasures. Cuddly blankets and soothing scented candles are definitely part of creating a hygge home.
Fragrancing your home can have a powerful impact on your mood, and it's a great way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. Here are five ways that home fragrance can help lift the after-holiday blues:
Aromatherapy: Certain scents have been shown to have a calming effect on the mind and body. For example, lavender is known for its soothing properties, while citrus scents can help to boost energy and mood. Our Lavender Crème Mint Candle we're about to launch as part of our "Forward To Florals collection is the perfect blend as the notes of lavender soothe your senses, the fresh mint provides a bright and invigorating scent. Or try our Lavender Linen Spray to add a touch of freshness and relaxation to your home.
Memory association: Scent is closely linked to memory, so using a fragrance that you associate with happy times can help to evoke positive memories and lift your mood. Cinnamon's warmth reduces stress and provides a burst of positivity and is great to soothe the winter blues. Our Cinnamon Spice Cake Candle is sure to trigger a memory or two. (BONUS - And it's on sale while they last!)
Creates a warm and inviting atmosphere: A home that smells good is a home that feels good, and a warm and inviting atmosphere can help to chase away the post-holiday blues.
Improve your overall well-being: Not only does home fragrance improve the ambiance of your home, it can also have a positive impact on your overall well-being. For example, diffusing essential oils can help to purify the air, and can also help to reduce stress and anxiety. Or for a rich, strong scent without any special tools or ingredients, try a simmering stove top potpourri using leftover natural materials and food you may already have on hand after the holidays. Think herbs like fresh rosemary, and spices like cinnamon sticks and clove, throw in some evergreen stems, and citrus slices.
Customizing the fragrance: One of the best things about home fragrance is that you can customize it to suit your own preferences. Whether you prefer a light, fresh scent or a warm, cozy fragrance, there is something out there to suit everyone's taste.
There are many different ways to add fragrance to your home, from candles and diffusers to potpourri on the stove and room sprays. And with a wide range of scents and products available, it's easy to find something that will help to lift your mood. So if you're feeling down after the holidays, don't hesitate to invest in some home fragrance. Your mind and body will thank you!"