Talking Scents: Uplifting Ingredients

Can scents really affect our mood?
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When it comes to how a smell makes you feel, it’s all in your head.

No, really! The part of your brain that’s responsible for your sense of smell (the limbic region) is also where you process emotions. Aromatherapy (the art and science of smell) works by first stimulating scent receptors in the nose. These receptors send messages via the nervous system to the brain, which end up stimulating not just scent memory, but also emotional memory.

We’ve all experienced that moment where we get a whiff of an uplifting scent and suddenly our moods are brighter, outlooks sunnier and we have more energy. When we create new products, we study which ingredients will work well together—and because we all have different experiences and memories, these combos will affect us in unique ways. An uplifting scent means something a little different to everyone. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite uplifting scents, but it’s up to you to sniff out the one you like best!


When you need a little something to get you going, your first thought may be to reach for coffee. But have you considered how the scent of summery citrus fruits could deliver the same energizing blast? Virtually every member of the citrus family, from lemons and limes to bergamot and grapefruit supply a fresh, invigorating experience.

Our desire to capture a little bit of summer sunshine explains why so many of our winter and holiday products are loaded with bright, tangy fruits: Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb fills your tub with pops of Brazilian orange oil mixed with sweet honey, Satsuma Soap lets you lather up with a sweet and bubbly orange-scented orange and Cranberry Fizz Lip Scrub adds fizzy elements of ginger and lime to its fruity base for a lip-smacking dose of cheer.

Sprinkle on some spice with the Gingerbread Man Sparkle Jar

A picture of someone applying the Gingerbread Man Sparkle Jar to their skin


Imagine the energizing feeling of a brisk walk in the woods, breathing in the fresh air from giant redwoods, or strolling through a crisp pine forest. That sense of clarity and energy is the effect that woodsy, earthy fragrances like sandalwood, rosemary, cedarwood and pine can have on your mood. By tapping into a fresh and earthy mentality, you’re free to let go of stress and focus on enjoying the beauty around you.

One of our new holiday fizzers, Holey Night Bath Bomb, includes a soothing element of sandalwood mixed with soft florals like rose and bright bits of lemon, while Gingerbread Man Sparkle Jar offers a spicy twist on a refreshing scent with pine oil, ginger and clove.


There’s a good reason why mint is one of the most popular flavors for toothpaste and chewing gum: because of the refreshing, uplifting blast it delivers! If you love the fresh feeling of peppermint, cinnamon or tea tree, it’s easy to liven up your mood the herbal way.

Christingle is back this season with its cool, refreshing blast of both peppermint and spearmint—along with hydrating shea and murumuru butters. And if you’re craving that classic pumpkin spice scent, Cinders Shower Gel—available in both bottled and packaging-free versions—is a soothing blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove and allspice that lets you smell and feel bakery-fresh all day long.

Whether you find lemon, mint, pine (or something else entirely!) uplifting, one of our fragrant inventions is sure to bring a sparkle to you eye and a spring to your step.

Visit your local shop to sniff around, have a browse online, or call our friendly customer care team for a personalized product consultation at 1-888-733-5874.

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