Self-Care: Aroma Training 

Smell is one of the most powerful of the human senses. Aroma molecules trigger the brain by connecting into our olfactory receptors;  specialised brain cells which wire directly to the limbic system. The limbic system is a powerful, primal brain centre responsible for emotion and memory. That's why smells can evoke vivid memories, negative or positive emotions such as fear and anxiety, to nostalgia and desire. These mystery aromas are selected for their calming effects.  When you're ready, you can reveal the answers below!

Tips on smelling: 

Avoid undiluted contact with the skin. If you're having trouble smelling, try removing the plastic stopper or drop a little of the contents onto a tissue.  Smell gently, and then smell deeply. 

When trying to guess, try first asking yourself which broad category it belongs to: fruity, herbal, vegetal, earthy, gourmande, mineral? And then triangulate your way down from there.  

These aromas may also be dropped into a bath for a soothing self-care ritual! Do not use undiluted.

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How would you describe the aroma? What does it remind you of? How does it make you feel? 

AROMA ONE

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How would you describe the aroma? What does it remind you of? Does it bring up any memories?

AROMA THREE

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How would you describe the aroma? How does it make you feel? Does it bring up any memories?

AROMA TWO