How Scent Can Improve Our Motivation: Our Top Five Essential Oils Blends

When it comes to tips to improve our motivation, we usually think: set measurable goals, create routine and rituals, develop a mantra… And we seem to forget the power of scent.

But we shouldn’t.

Smell is the strongest of the senses and the only one that is directly connected to the brain. The smell receptors in the nose communicate with the same areas of the brain that store memories and process emotion and learning. This is why scent can greatly influence brain activity.

And when we need that extra zing, here is how scent can help.


Have you ever noticed that certain scents seem to stimulate a flood of energy and improve motivation? Here is our selection of top five essential oils that we found help us get the boost we need to stay focused and motivated throughout our day.

Mandarin can relieve stress.

Stress is a part of our every day, and our hectic and busy lives can leave us feeling tired and depleted. Reducing stress is crucial to help us stay focused, energetic and motivated. This is when Mandarin essential oil can help relieve stress, as it is well known for its calming and relaxing effects.

Lemongrass improves our mood and lifts our spirits.

Lemongrass essential oil has anti oxidant effects and can help improve our immune system. With its fresh, citrusy scent, we love using Lemongrass when we need an emotional boost, or when we need help focusing.

Bergamot gives us that uplifting feel you love.

Bergamot is known for its powerful mood stabilising properties. It is great for promoting clarity and its mood elevating effects are most revered. We find that Bergamot essential oil helps us reduce sluggishness, complacency and melancholy, lifts up our mood and improves our energy and motivation levels.

Basil helps stimulate our mind and improve our focus.

Basil essential oil is a natural stimulant, it can help improve mental alertness and restore strength and energy. We love using it when we feel sluggish, or mentally and physically fatigued, as it helps us clear our mind and reduce the symptoms of brain fog, improving our focus and concentration.

Nutmeg helps support our motivation.

Warm, spicy and somewhat woody, Nutmeg essential oil helps us with exhaustion and anxiety. We also find it very stimulating as it helps improve our concentration, motivation, and energy.


Zing Energizing Essential Oils Soy Candle can help improve our focus, energy and motivation
The name says is all, get this baby crackling for a dose of zing.

We believe that the power of scent can and should be harnessed not only to create a beautiful ambience in our homes but also to help improve our emotional and physical balance.

Since we started Lumen + Luxe, our research and personal experience taught us how important scent is in helping us face the challenges life throws at us by giving us that little extra zing we often need to conquer our day.

This is why we created our very own Zing! essential oils candle that combines the amazing natural benefits of Mandarin, Lemongrass, Bergamot, Basil and Nutmeg essential oils to help us stimulate the senses at any time of the day.

In addition to our Zing! we have a range of beautiful essential oils home fragrances. We have carefully chosen them not only for the ambience they create but also for the natural benefits they bring to our days.


Lemon Myrtle + Mandarin

Relaxing and uplifting, our Lemon Myrtle + Mandarin combines Lemon Myrtle’s relaxing properties and Mandarin’s uplifting and tonic properties. Together Lemon Myrtle and Mandarin are a great help with stress and insomnia, and with optimizing your respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.

Lemon Myrtle + Mandarin Essential Oils Soy Candle can help improve our motivation
Fresh and gentle, this is our go to lift-me-up scent.

Lavender Patch

Our Lavender Patch is great used in the bedroom as a sleep helper, we light it when we need a smooth, peaceful, and calming ambience or when we want to escape to a lush field of relaxation.

Body + Birth

Our Body + Birth combines relaxing ylang ylang and uplifting sweet orange. Ylang ylang essential oil helps us fight depression and relax our body, driving away anxiety, sadness, and chronic stress. Sweet orange essential oil helps us create a happy, relaxed feeling, it works as a mood lifter, and is also a mild aphrodisiac.

Body + Birth Relaxing and Uplifting Essential Oils Soy Candle
Want your home to feel like the spa? Light this baby up!


A fresh and clean scent, our Peppermint is revitalising and refreshing. A great fragrance to use in the kitchen as it clears up lingering cooking smells, Peppermint is also a natural insect repellent.

Knock Me Out Essential Oils Pillow Mist

Our Knock Me Out pillow mist has a soft, gentle aroma, it is made with natural ingredients and mix of essential oils including:

  • Mandarin, to help keep away the stress
  • Cedarwood atlas, to help us stay positive
  • Lemon, to give us that extra energy we can always use
  • Lavender maillette, to help us stay us relaxed
  • Bergamot, to give us that uplifting feel we love
  • Chamomile roman, to help calm and nurture our mind and body
Knock Me Our Relaxing Pillow Mist
Great sleep helper + travel partner Xx

Get in touch if you would like to learn more about how scent can bring positive energy into your life.

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Tell us about your your experience with scent by leaving a reply below, we would love to hear your stories.

Marina. x

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