How to Choose the Best Perfume Oil for You

A fragrance has the power to change energy, mood, and motivation completely. Thankfully, tapping into this superpower is as easy as rolling on the aromatherapy blend of your choice. As the oils merge with your skin, the scent unfolds. The room—and everyone in it—transforms. 

But it’s more than just a gorgeous smell. Unlike their mainstream counterparts, Yoke perfume oils provide concentrated doses of natural plant extracts known to promote physical and emotional well-being.  

The Mayo Clinic recently published an article explaining that aromatherapy “works by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions.” Ultimately, aromatherapy plays a small, but vital role in living a holistic life.

Perfume Oils are a simple addition to an already established holistic (wellness-based) lifestyle (or an even simpler first step in that direction). And now, more than ever, we could all use a little help balancing our emotions (and the energy that follows). Aromatherapy offers us a holistic, natural way to take back control of our lives. Replace stress with comfort or anxiety with excitement; design the life you want with scent. 

Of course, not all scents are the same. Understanding more about aromatherapy can help you enhance, and create, an environment that supports you. The more you become familiar with scent and aromas you can easily improve your mental state, immunity, and home environment.

If you’re wondering where to start, we recommend first deciding how you want to feel or what you want to accomplish. Below, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite aromatic groups for any desired outcome. Whether you wish to be relaxed or rejuvenated...

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Help You Focus and Find Clarity

Setting your mind to a task is challenging with the number of distractions we have built into our busy lives. 

When you need to focus, look for aromatherapy oil notes that include grapefruit, lemon, ginger, eucalyptus, jasmine, or sweet orange. These fragrances are stimulating and are known to enhance mental focus while energizing your mood. Roll-on right before a meeting or a test. Keep one on your office desk for inspiration. Try Venice, Kapha or Jasmine to get focused.

Enhance Your Mood and Increase Cheerfulness

Life can be overwhelming but using aromatherapy is one of the best self-care treatments — used for centuries — to improve your mood. If you’re looking for a scent to help trigger a state of optimizing, cheerfulness or well-being look for notes like patchouli, sage, jasmine, neroli and rose. Roll on during a busy workday, or keep one by the tub to help you release from a chaotic day. Try Flow or Ubud to manage your mood.

Deepen Your Meditation Practice

In today’s world, settling down for your meditation practice can be difficult. Eyes close, but thoughts buzz. Your body may be tense, and your energy may be agitated from a long day or a restless night. Sound familiar?

If so, look for perfume oil with grounding scents. Scents with grounding notes like frankincense, cedar, vetiver, lavender and patchouli are known to help to settle your mood. Place the perfume oils in this scent group wherever you practice meditation (or yoga!). We also recommend leaving one on your bedroom’s nightstand to help you calm down before sleeping. (As an added bonus, it’ll make your bedroom feel extra luxurious.) Try Pitta or Nomad to get centered and relax.

Relieve Anxiety and Tension

If you’re looking to relax the nervous system and reduce anxiety look for perfume oil with aromatherapy notes like mandarin, blue spruce, lavender, sandalwood, orange, rose, frankincense and chamomile. Try keeping one on your bed stand and roll-on a few hours before sleep to help relax as you create a slowdown/unwind exercise. Turn off your devices and read something positive or listen to relaxing music. Try Rasa and Vata to help with anxiety.