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Olous Armatique Room Spray, Aesop
Notice a boost in mental focus when you take a good whiff of Olous' crisp and uplifting scent. It awakens the senses with the refreshing forest-like scent of galbanum, complemented by the sparkling note of grapefruit. A hint of jasmine and warm spices in the background pulled this room scent together elegantly. Key notes: Galbanum, grapefruit, jasmine Available at Aesop for $73
Cotton Poplin Room Spray, Byredo
If you're adjusting to your office space after months of working from home, this fragrance might help you with the process. It fills your space with the comforting scent of clean linen, sweet musk and blue chamomile. Hints of dry and woody cedarwood help to maintain your focus so you don't drift into slumber while working. Key notes: Blue chamomile, linen, white cedarwood, sweet musk Available at Escentials for $145 (for 250ml)
Cedre 11 Room Spray, Le Labo
One way to cosy up to your long abandoned working space is with Le Labo's sophisticated Cedre 11 room spray. It combines smoky notes of cedar and birchwood that get you in the mood to get to task. Trust us, this is one scent your desk neighbours will also appreciate. Key notes: Cedar, gaïac, Birchwood, musk Available at Le Labo for POA
Pure (Sage + Tea) Room Spray, Maison 21G
Nothing shakes the senses better than Maison 21G'S Pure home scent. The clean and refreshing blend of earthy mate tea and aromatic herbs like rosemary, sage and basil may sound like something you'd find in the kitchen, but they perked us up when things begin to get dry and dreary after lunch. A simple spritz or two of this potent room spray is all it takes to get you alert before meetings. Key notes: Sage, mate tea, rosemary, basil Available at Maison 21G for $60
Breathe Room Aura Mist, Mmerci Encore
An effective way to fend off workplace blues and lethargy is by spritzing your space with Mmerci Encore's Breathe Room Aura Mist. Not only does it do a good job at deodorizing the stale and musty scent of congested workspaces, it also lifts your mood and increases focus and mental clarity with a therapeutic blend of rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon and lavender. What we also like to do is to spritz this on to a piece of tissue and take a deep whiff to dissolve any accumulated tension and stress. Key notes: Lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon Available at Mmerci Encore for $40
The sprightly citrus notes from the lime and mandarin combined with savoury hints of basil of this Jo Malone number transports us to a seaside holiday at first whiff. Because it puts us in a good mood, we suggest spritzing this when you're in need of inspiration. Key notes: Lime, basil, mandarin Available at Tangs for $110
Baies Interior Scent, Diptyque
We love Baies' clean, crisp and luxurious scent so much that we've used up almost half a bottle of it within a couple of weeks at home since its purchase. The combination of blackcurrant leaves and Bulgarian rose transforms any space into a sophisticated territory, so we might just get another bottle of this classic from Diptyque especially for the office. Key notes: Blackcurrant leaves, Bulgarian rose Available at Escentials for $92
Brace yourself. Returning to the office after two-plus months of Circuit Breaker can mean walking into stale, musty air. Certainly, that isn’t the best thing for your health and well-being, or your spirits. That said, the situation can be fixed quite easily with some choice therapeutic room fragrances.
After all, scents can lift the mood as well as offer other beneficial effects. Studies show that the right combination of fragrance notes can boost your focus and spark inspiration – something we’ll need for tackling the new realities of life now. Scent can also bring down stress levels by notches. And god knows, our nerves are constantly frazzled just from scrolling the news of the world and the economy at this point in time.
Not sure where to look? Or perhaps you’d like a recommendation from among the new brands? Here are some therapeutic room fragrances we’ve tried recently, and enjoyed.
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