Stock Up on Mood-Boosting Scents to Get Through Winter

This time of year bums out so many people that someone gave it a name—S.A.D. Maybe it’s due to the limited daylight hours (Vitamin D deficiency makes the struggle real) or intolerable weather conditions (although so far it’s been quite balmy) or that said circumstances turn most of us into Netflix-binging (not in the Netflix and chill sense), couch-sore forming, takeout-ordering shut-ins. Whatever the reason, there are still at least another three months of crappy forecasts ahead so we’re here with a game plan of sorts. You might think aromatherapy is the stuff of New Age weirdos, spas, and your mom, but it can’t hurt to give it a shot. Immersing yourself in mood-boosting scents, like lemon and rosemary, might be just the thing to snap you out of that grey-for-days funk.


Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Shower Gel

Put a spring in your step by lathering up in the morning with this body wash spiked with revitalizing rosemary, which is said to ease mental and physical exhaustion. Consider it a pre-coffee pick-me-up.


Le Labo Pin 12



The scent of these particular conifers has been proven to reduce anxiety, which can be at an all-time high around this time, so spritz this pine-infused home fragrance liberally and often on sheets, towels, pillows, etc.

Fresh cut grass

Cire Trudon Balmoreal Cut Grass Candle

Inhaling the scent of a freshly mown lawn can decrease stress levels and have a calming influence so you have two choices: If you have a yard, grab that mower and get down to business or light this candle that approximates the scent of the most aromatic lawn in the world. Probably go with the latter.


The Art of Shaving Peppermint Shave Cream

Lift the brain fog and raise your spirits (and get into the spirit of the season) with a whiff of peppermint, like say, while shearing off stubble in the morning with this candy-cane-scented shaving cream. Double down on the happiness by downing a hot cocoa—chocolate is also a mood booster—spiked with peppermint schnapps.

Citrus Fruit

Acqua di Parma Colonia Club

0 for 1.7 fl. oz.,

$100 for 1.7 fl. oz.,

Suffering from malaise? Sniffing lemon, grapefruit and orange is a healthier route towards revival than say chugging cases of Four Loko. This fresh fragrance is packed with a trio of citruses, Sicilian lemon, mandarin and neroli, along with other proven mood enhancers like lavender and mint.


C.O. Bigelow No. 1951 Eucalyptus Body Lotion

Like smelling salts, sniffing the oil from this aromatic leaf can clear the inevitable congestion that will strike us all this season. It also works like gangbusters to motivate and energize thus preventing the trench you’re wearing into the couch from becoming permanent so this lotion might be a life/furniture saver.