In the bleak mid-winter, pep yourself up with a spritz of scent to lift the soul.

Dark mornings and grey days can leave us in a bit of a funk at this time of year. Yet something as simple as the fragrances we reach for in our morning routine can help to boost our mood and kick start the day on a positive note. Choose from uplifting citruses, invigorating herbal blends or energising white florals to take you from meh to mega in just one sniff. Below are some scent notes to look out for with uplifting aromatherapy benefits, plus nine products to try in your morning routine this winter.

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Peppermint: boosts energy
Lavender: busts stress
Bergamot: uplifts
Rose: reduces anxiety

Lemon: invigorates
Rosemary: improves focus
Ylang Ylang: soothes irritability

9 Products To Lift Your Spirits


Shower Bomb, £3

A gorgeous hit of citrusy fizz with Sicilian lemon oil and exfoliating ground rice to leave you smoothed and with a zing in your step. Buy it.


Uplifting Candle, £38

Candles aren’t just for evenings. Try lighting this stylish white votive from Cowshed as you get ready in the morning, with notes of bitter orange and grapefruit to sharpen your senses and uplift your mood. Buy it.

Neal’s Yard Remedies

Uplifting Reed Diffuser, £38

A great aromatherapy blend to diffuse throughout your home, with notes of energising grapefruit and petitgrain for a naturally uplifting effect. Buy it.


Basil Lemon Shower Gel, £14

From Greek pharmacy brand Korres, this hydrating gel-to-foam shower gel has aloe vera and wheat proteins to balance skin’s moisture levels as well as a green, fresh scent of basil and lemon. A splash of summer sunshine for even the darkest of mornings. Buy it.

Ila Spa

Body Scrub, £47

A brilliant antidote to dry, dull winter skin with detoxifying mineral salts and essential oils of lavender, geranium and lemongrass to boost circulation and invigorate. The rich Argan and rosehip oil base leaves skin silky and deeply nourished. Buy it.


Happy Vibes Pulse Point Roller, £6.40

A great little pulse point aromatherapy treatment to keep in your pocket if you’re feeling sluggish. It features balancing lemon, uplifting bergamot and comforting nutmeg to help you pause and reset on a happier note. Buy it.


Ginger and Grapefruit Uplifting Body Cream Trio, £40

A great gift idea (self-gifting counts too), this trio of Origins body soufflés deliver whipped, luxury body creams in revitalising scents of ginger and grapefruit. A great size for travelling, too. Buy it.


Uplifting Bath, Body and Shower Oil, £20

A brilliant multi-use, nourishing oil with an unusual blend of lemongrass, spearmint and coriander. Add a capful to your bath for an uplifting soak or apply to wet skin post-shower to lock-in moisture for a hit of skin-softening nourishment. Buy it.

Jo Loves

Cobalt Patchouli and Cedar, £75

Created by Jo during lockdown to boost her spirits, this clean, fresh cologne feels exhilarating with notes of vetiver, patchouli and cedar wood. A great spritz to start your day on a positive note. Buy it.

Lydia Mansi
December 2022

Lydia Mansi

Lifestyle Editor

Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.