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What Does Lavender Smell Like?

Peer out on a field of lavender and you will see a serene landscape of purple waves. And the smell of lavender is quite similar. Restful, serene and floral, lavender is one of the most beloved scents we use today. Its soft purple buds clustered around a tall sprig symbolize grace, calmness and even luxury. Lavender is so synonymous with serenity that it is associated with the crown chakra, known for its spiritual connection.

But what does lavender smell like? In this scent guide, Homesick explores this elegant flower and offers lavender-scented candles that are sure to send you good, calming vibes.

The Many Benefits of Lavender

Due to its calming qualities, lavender essential oils and scents are used in all sorts of products, from beauty products and sleep aids to candles like ours. Furthermore, they are also frequently used in wellness-related spaces such as luxurious day spas and yoga studios. But what makes lavender create this calming effect on us?

The primary reason lavender works so well at reducing anxiety? In a word: linalool. Linalool is the alcohol component in lavender that puts out its unique odor. According to a study published in the Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience journal, smelling linalool produced a strong anxiety-reducing effect, similar to taking a Valium.

It’s not the first time lavender has been studied for its anxiety-reducing effects. Lavender oil, in particular, has always been known for its profound anxiety-reducing effects and the treatment of neurological disorders. However, this direct study of linalool proves how the lavender scent, alone, offers serenity.

So, What Does Lavender Smell Like?

Lavender has a very distinct smell. Once you’ve smelled lavender, you will recognize it instantly. Overall, it has a floral scent, but one that is light and fresh, without being too pungent or overwhelming. It can also have a sweetness to it with herbal, balsamic undertones and notes. Generally speaking, lavender is a milder scent that many find pleasant. However, it can also be camphorous or lend a subtle scent of pine.

Because lavender smells so lovely and offers a stress-reducing scent, it is used in all sorts of self-care products. From lavender-scented candles to lavender-infused Epsom salts you sprinkle in bathwater, lavender is one of the most common scents you will find. You can even find a sprig of fresh lavender on hotel pillows made to lull guests to sleep.

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