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You already know that lavender is great for relaxation. Here are a few other scents that’ll help you wind down.

Pristine white sheets layered beneath a blush cotton coverlet, fluffy pillows perched at the head of the bed, a textured woven throw at the foot — creating a restful retreat in the bedroom is an art.

For obvious reasons, your bed is the focal point, but other accessories play a crucial role too. Candles, specifically, can make a huge difference, especially when it comes to helping you relax and decompress after a long day.

lavender flowers on a nightstand

Not sure where to start? Here are a few scents that are particularly great for sleeping and melting away tension (Or, perhaps putting you in the mood for a little something else entirely).


Lavender. Studies have shown that lavender can be used to combat insomnia and depression, as well as boost concentration. Lavender oil features a delicate floral scent that brings to mind fields bursting with the vibrant purple blooms.


    Peppermint. The sharp, invigorating aroma of peppermint also offers a host of benefits, such as improving alertness and mental clarity. (Think how pepped-up you feel after brushing your teeth in the morning.)


      Lemon, Rosemary, and Orange. These scents have been reported to help cognitive function. Lemon and orange offer a citrusy, just-peeled fragrances, while rosemary gives off an herbaceous, woody aroma.


        Cedarwood. The warm, woodsy scent of cedarwood — think a cozy cabin in the woods or a cedar closet  — can help you drift off to dreamland, while easing tension and stress.


          Rose. With its delicate scent, rose is known as an aphrodisiac. Other alleged libido-boosting aromas include jasmine, neroli, clary sage, and ylang-ylang.


            Selecting a Scent

            Since scent is oh-so-personal, make sure you select a bedroom fragrance you don’t associate with stress (like that baby powder perfume you doused yourself in throughout those awkward teen years).

            Ideally, the scent you choose will conjure up fond memories — maybe lavender takes you back to a summer you spent on Cape Cod, or perhaps you’re partial to the forest fragrance of pine because it transports you to the crackling fires of summer camp.

            If you share a room with a partner, make sure whichever scent or candle you select is one on which you both agree.

            Allswell Modern Glam Bedscape with Candle on Nightstand

            Use, Diffuse, Then Snooze

            Here are a few ideas to make that bedtime routine truly scent-sational:

            One of the easiest ways to set the mood for relaxation is by lighting a candle (or a whole bunch of them).Candles cast a warm glow in the bedroom and gently release fragrance. Choose a clean-burning candle made of natural ingredients like soy or beeswax with a cotton or paper wick. Not sure where to start? We personally love these, these, these and these.

            If you’re planning to drift off, skip the candles and use an essential oils diffuser instead. (After all, safety first.). Simply add water and a few drops of your favorite scent, and let the smell gently waft over the room. Diffusers aren’t super cheap, but here’s a simple one that’s not too pricey.

            There are plenty of other methods for incorporating oils into your bedroom space if you don’t have a diffuser. Add a few drops of soothing oils like lavender to a bottle of distilled water, and spritz your bedding for a refreshing linen spray. You can also refresh your clothing by tucking sachets into your drawers and closets.

            Light a scented candle, spritz a linen spray, or plug in your diffuser — whether or not you believe the hype of scents and essential oils, you have to admit that at the very least, they smell great. And if they help you relax just a tiny bit, you can call that a win-win.