We know how essential oils and pleasant aromas can improve our mood, but in my experience, bad smells have just as much ability to put me in a bad mood as good smells have to put me in a good mood.

You know what I mean? When the kitchen trash smells super ripe, or the car has been sitting in the hot sun and baking in the dirty sock stench, or you accidentally leave rotten food in the fridge and have to clean it out...Yuck.

When I smell something stinky like that, it just puts me in a bad mood. Taking the garbage out is one of my least favorite chores because of the stench. If my car smells, I feel like I end up smelling musty when I drive it. When I’m traveling, if my shoes are smelly in my bag, they make all my clothes smell bad, and it puts me in a bad mood for my whole trip.

Being in a bad mood disrupts everything in my life: how I connect with others, how I handle stress, how I am able to do my job, etc. I’m a writer, and the ability to think creatively is necessary for my job. But when I’m in a bad mood, I have a hard time being creative. An article titled, “Do scents affect people’s moods or work performance?” from Scientific American describes the correlation between odor, mood, cognition, and behavior:

Downstream from how odors influence our moods is the way that moods influence how we think (cognition) and how we act (behavior). In terms of cognition, mood has been shown to influence creativity with the typical finding that people in a positive mood exhibit higher levels of creativity than individuals in a bad mood. Odors can also produce the same effects. When people were exposed to an odor they liked, creative problem solving was better than it was when they were exposed to an unpleasant odor condition.

Don’t let bad smells ruin your mood and your day! Here are my favorite fragrance products that help keep things smelling fresh so my mood stays unspoiled and I’m able to be creative:


Ultrasonic Diffusers with Belle Aroma® Essential Oils:

My favorite way to keep my home fresh is by diffusing Belle Aroma Essential Oils in ultrasonic diffusers. Essential oils are natural plant essences that are steam distilled. Belle Aroma offers 8 individual essential oils: Lavender, Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Rose Geranium, Lemongrass, Fennel, Ylang Ylang, and Clary Sage. With the Belle Aroma Essential oil singles, I can create a bunch of different blends to diffuse in every room of my home.

Here are some of my favorite combinations:

Spring Fields

  • 3 Drops Lavender
  • 2 Drops Clary Sage
  • 2 Drops Sweet Orange


  • 3 Drops Lavender
  • 2 Drops Clary Sage

Fruity Florals

  • 2 Drops Rose Geranium
  • 1 Drop Clary Sage
  • 2 Drops Sweet Orange


FlashScent® USB Aromatherapy Diffuser:

I also love to take my essential oil blends along when I’m on the go. Cars, computers, even some wall outlets have USB ports. Any power source with a USB port can be a power source for the FlashScent USB Aromatherapy Diffuser. I love using the FlashScent Diffuser in my laptop so I can diffuse peppermint or sweet orange essential oils while I work to help perk me up and keep the creative juices flowing.


PowerFresh® Throw and Go:

Running shoes, gym bags, carryon bags, travel laundry bag: they all could use some freshening when I’m out and about. My favorite fragrance product to have with me on the go is the PowerFresh Throw and Go. These small discs contain a powerful fragrance punch to refresh small spaces. I throw them in my shoes, in my gym bag, in with my dirty laundry when I travel, and anywhere else that needs some freshening.


ScentSlides™ Unplugged:

Another small-space fragrance product I love to take with me is the ScentSlides Unplugged. I use the felt pad replacements with Belle Aroma Essential oils for freshening the vehicle. I also love the Fragrance Wafers for freshening small spaces like a closet or laundry room.


Bad smalls don’t have to ruin your mood or your day. Keep your days smelling fresh and your mood high with fragrance products from The Gift of Scent. Try them all!

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Kate for TheGiftofScent.Com.

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