Nothing like a little aromatherapy to lift your spirits.

By Hana Hong
Updated March 02, 2020
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There’s a lot of things that directly affect our mood, but perhaps one of the strongest correlations is our sense of smell. Aromatherapy is valued by many for its use of natural and essential oils to promote relaxation, stress relief, and just general happiness. From mists and sprays to oils and creams, these essential oils are compounded into beauty products that you can roll on your temples, spritz on your pillow, or rub into your body to de-stress instantly.

Below, we’ve compiled the best scents for all your nose needs. They make great gifts for loved ones who seem a bit strung out lately, but if you’ve been feeling the pressure too (who doesn’t?), just grab one of these products and take a big whiff.

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The newest in-shower mists from JR Watkins bring the spa experience to your bathroom. Spike your shower with the Awake mist, which is packed with ingredients like coriander, bergamot, and cactus water, to help jolt you awake. Or if you’re a nighttime showerer, try Sleep, which is infused with lavender and orange therapeutic extracts to improve the quality of sleep and help you feel uber-refreshed come morning.

To buy: $15,

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If you’re having a hard time falling asleep at night, a light mist over your pillow can work wonders. L’Occitane’s grade-A blend of essential oils calms and clears the mind with a fusion of lavender, orange, and geranium essential oils, so you can breathe deep and rest easy.

To buy: $24,

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Close your eyes and imagine yourself transported to the middle of the woods—the clean smell of pine, a dash of spicy cypress, and a hint of berries are in the air. Now, imagine breathing in that outdoors smell indoors—every time you shower. Aromatherapy Associates’ oil is inspired by the smell of the forest to give you all the healing olfactory qualities of Mother Nature without having to step outside. Don’t you feel refreshed already?

To buy: $73,

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Just stop, grab, and roll: The perfect go-to for stressful work days, Elemis’ soothing temple balm is meant to apply on your temples or pulse points to give your brain a breather and reduce any stress or anxiety. It has a cooling effect when applied to your skin, and the formula soaks in instantly so you're not left feeling greasy.

To buy: $30,

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There are literally hundreds of different scents that can be used in aromatherapy, but eucalyptus and spearmint have to be two of the top MVPs. Bath and Body Works’ aromatherapy lotion merges the two into a creamy body lotion to clear your mind while moisturizing your body.

To buy: $13,

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Radha Beauty’s lavender oil is the purest grade stuff you can get. Whether you drop it into a diffuser, blend it into a bath, or rub it into your pulse points, just a couple drops can help you relax, relieve anxiety, and even mitigate headaches.

To buy: $17,

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