Now that it's finally fall, it's time to chase the ever-present summer scents of chlorine and sunblock out of the air. Instead, we're welcoming in the autumn spirit, and with cooler weather comes turkey roasting, pie baking, crunchy leaves and, of course, pumpkin everything. But on the off chance that you're not into dead leaves being strewn about your home, we've got more subtle ways to bring the smell of fall inside. After all, scents can have a pronounced effect on your mood — so why not bring in something that smells good?
Certain scents can relax you, while others promote joy or improve your memory. In fact, essential oils can have all kinds of amazing uses. And candles are always a great way to set the mood. But instead of just buying whatever's in this year's fall lineup, why not find a scent that can actually help set the atmosphere you're looking for in your home?
Skip the generic "sweater weather" and "fireside" candles this fall. Instead, check out all the different scents that can bring the seasonal spirit while actually boosting your mood. "Odors do affect peoples mood, work performance and behavior in a variety of ways," explains Rachel S. Herz, an assistant professor of psychology at Brown University. And while some of that has been proven based on the chemicals in certain scents, herbs, or oils, another part of it has to do with your mental associations with scents.
Basically, your brain processes certain scents and links them with the emotion you're feeling at the time. Peppermint might be soothing to some people while stressful to others, depending on their experiences. So if you're looking for the perfect fall scent for your home, just check out our gallery below. Not only will these scents come with scientifically backed mood-boosting benefits, but the right one for you will also bring back some seriously happy memories.
Check out these seasonal fall scents to find the perfect one for your home.
The scent of vanilla can help promote both joy and relaxation — two things we're often seeking at home. Not to mention, the scent of vanilla reminds us of baking, and the idea of freshly made cookies promotes even more joy. Medical experiments have demonstrated the smell can also reduce stress and anxiety. Smells good to us.
Try diffusing Plant Guru's vanilla essential oil.