The sense of smell is a powerful tool that can be used to evoke emotions, memories, and even intentions. When we inhale a certain scent, it travels through our olfactory nerve directly to the limbic system, the part of the brain responsible for emotion and memory. By being deliberate about selecting a particular scent, it’s possible to harness this power of fragrance to create a desired state of mind, such as confidence, creativity, or relaxation.
This makes scent particularly potent for setting intentions, goals or outcomes. When you set an intention, you’re essentially programming your subconscious mind to work towards that goal, manifesting desires into reality.
Finding the right notes
The fragrance notes that are best for setting an intention will vary depending on the specific goal that you’re trying to achieve. For example, citrus scents are often associated with energy and motivation, making them a good choice for goals related to productivity or creativity. With its zesty notes of blood orange and tangerine, Sicilian Citrus Candle helps to hone a productivity-related intention into focused action. By contrast, woody and mossy scents such as No.352 Leather & Cedar are grounding and stabilising, making them a good choice for goals related to focus or concentration.
Floral scents can be helpful for promoting relaxation and peace of mind, making them an ideal choice for goals related to self-care or stress relief. Bursting with a bouquet of jasmine, lily and rose leaf, La Primavera Candle is the perfect accompaniment to this type of goal-setting.
Where your intention relates to confidence or courage, the stimulating nature of a spicy scent such as Cuban Tobacco Candle – with its stirring notes of cardamom and cloves – provides invigorating inspiration.
Using scent in an intention ritual
Setting an intention requires a deliberate approach to thought that quietens the usual internal chatter of the mind to allow a single focused goal to emerge. The moments immediately following meditation can be some of the most powerful for setting an intention, as the still mind promotes a clarity of thought.
After selecting a fragrance that best supports your chosen intention, inhale it deeply and with focus. Close your eyes and repeat the intention to yourself, either out loud or in your head. Hold the intention in your mind for a few minutes, allowing the fragrance to help you to feel more connected to it. When you're finished, open your eyes and return to your day. Be consistent with your intention-setting practice and use the same fragrance each time so it becomes connected to your goal, helping you stay motivated and on track.
Written by Michelle Bateman