By Shy Hossieni

Six Scents That are Essential for De-stressing

While smelling gorgeous is the main reason people buy perfume, the sign of any great scent is in how it relaxes you. Scents to reduce stress are becoming more and more common.

Scents have a direct impact on your mood. 75% of emotions are generated by smell, so wearing a fragrance that calms you down can do wonders for your stress levels.

At Shay and Blue, we have a variety of fragrances which are perfect for dealing with the stresses of everyday life. We’ve extracted oils from real flowers, fruit and spices - with no chemicals or toxins included - blending together a wonderful mix of delicate, delicious, and calming fragrances.

Here are six scents to reduce stress and their ingredients that help you relax and decompress.



Found in: Sicilian Limes

Rosemary is known to lessen anxiety and is commonly used in aromatherapy. Simply smelling the earthy, enticing scent is proven to lower cistoral levels, keeping anxiety and stress at a minimum. 

Our Sicilian Limes fragrance has heart notes of rosemary combined with a rush of salt, limes and masculine moss. The Cedar Woods base has resonances of the late summer air making this an unapologetically sharp and sophisticated fragrance. Just close your eyes and let the scent make you feel like you’re lying on a Sicilian beach. What could be more relaxing than that?


Found in: English Cherry Blossom

Bergamot is what gives Earl Grey Tea its signature scent. A 2017 study found that bergamot oil improved positive feelings, making it an ideal choice as one of our scents to reduce stress.


Shay and Blue’s English Cherry Blossom fragrance contains some of the prettiest and most delicate scents in England. Bergamot and green mandarin give the blossoms a sparkling citrus lift while the black cherries and honeysuckle round out the heart notes. The Iris base gives this fragrance a soft finish that has charm, innocence and sweetness.




Found in: Amber Oud Ahad

When inhaled, neroli can help the brain release serotonin, reducing stress hormones.

This sweet floral fragrance can be found in Shay and Blue’s Amber Oud Ahad, a warm, spicy mix that is as captivating as it is calming. Full of sensual mystery, our unisex blend of neroli, iris, and oud is a must for winding down.




Found in: Blueberry Musk

Another fragrance that reduces stress is the soothing scent of magnolia. It’s been known to aid sleep as well as lower adrenaline and other stress hormones.


You can find magnolia in our Blueberry Musk blend, a light floral scent mixed with blueberry and orange zest. The citrus notes combine with creamy warmth to keep it enticing. The cashmere woody base makes this a rich, refined and spellbinding combination of fruits, a wonderful option for calming the mind.




Found in: Blood Oranges

According to research, breathing in the scent of oranges can help you unwind. If you prefer a citrusy zing to help you relax, then our Blood Oranges fragrance is perfect.


Blood Oranges are an exotic fruit that is all-consuming and grabs your attention. The oranges in this fragrance ooze dark, citrus juiciness but the underpinning of musk and balanced notes of hot napa leather create a scent that is mysterious, warm and relaxing for both men and women.




Found in: Atropa Belladonna

Jasmine has been used for centuries as a natural remedy to calm nerves and aid depression. A 2010 study found that it can be as ‘calming as valium’. Jasmine is a heart note in our award-winning Atropa Belladonna perfume. The warm bourbon vanilla, decadent cassis berries, and floral scents of narcissus and jasmine make this fragrance a mesmerising yet soothing pick.


These are just some suggestions for scents to reduce stress, but it’s all down to you. Choose whatever fragrances you enjoy and make you feel calm. Just the simple fact that you like it and it brings you joy is enough!