Introducing Melissa Allen Mood Essentials™, the unisex fragrances designed to enhance your soul and psychologically affect your mood. Melissa Allen Mood Essentials™ are improving everyday lives through aromatic fragrance, uncovering emotions influenced by scent. From stress relief, through to boosting confidence, Melissa Allen Mood Essentials™ have a profound physiological and psychological effect on those inhaling the fragrances. Infused with 100% natural essential oils, Melissa Allen Mood Essentials™ are formulated to positively improve emotional state and influence behaviours. Take advantage of the wonderful wellbeing properties Melissa Allen Mood Essentials™ provide just by spraying the scent.
The exploration of scents and how they affect our mood is the foundation of Melissa Allen Mood Essentials™. As humans we're capable of distinguishing between thousands of different smells and these smells are deeply connected to our emotional state. Fragrance has been known to have a huge influence on our behaviour, affecting our moods, stress levels, self confidence and even our cognitive performance.
The scientific terminology for sense of smell is called olfaction and research has uncovered that humans can have specific psychological reactions to certain scents. During inhalation, odor molecules travel throughout the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the -emotional brain'. The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control the heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance. This relationship helps explain why smells often trigger emotional responses. Through this knowledge, we can hypothesise how inhalation of fragrances can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects.
Question: Can a fragrance really affect our mood?
Melissa Allen: Yes I truly believe so and I think most people will have their own personal experience of how a scent has actually affected their mood. Whether it's the smell of apples that makes them feel nostalgic because it reminds them of their grandma's apple pie, or the scent of a cologne that makes you feel happy because it reminds you of your partner. There's been quite a bit of research into the science behind scent which shows that smell is linked to memory which has an emotional affect on us. Additionally there have been certain studies that show scents having an effect on many aspects of our lives – whether it be the smell of lemons improving our efficiency when performing tasks, or orange, lavender and vanilla scents reducing anxiety and allowing us to relax. I believe scents are so powerful and perhaps even underrated when it comes to helping our overall wellbeing!
Question: How does a fragrance soothe our travel anxieties?
Melissa Allen: Many people experience feelings of anxiety, stress or fear when it comes to travelling, whether it's fear of flying that can make someone feel extremely anxious, or stress related to being in a foreign country and getting lost. By inhaling scents that have a calming and soothing effect, we can help ourselves to de-stress, relax and just enjoy the ride. I created I Have Calm to help in these kind of situations as it contains some amazing ingredients that work together to create a powerful scent that helps to calm and relax you.
Question: What essential oils are used in the I Have Calm blend?
Melissa Allen: I Have Calm harnesses the power of lavender, which has been known to calm and soothe the mind and body. Infused with a combination of 14 natural 100% essential oils including lavender, bergamot, sandalwood and patchouli, I Have Calm is also great to spray on your pillow (or travel pillow) as a way to relax you before sleep.
Question: Can you tell us about the Melissa Allen Mood Essentials range?
Melissa Allen: The range has been carefully created to target those everyday feelings that so many of us experience. You might be experiencing lack of confidence before a job interview which is where -I Have Confidence' comes in, or you might have had a busy day at work and need -I Have Calm' to allow you to relax a bit when you get home. There's also -I Have Focus' which is a great fragrance to spritz on at the beginning of each day, which can help you to get tasks done without being distracted. I also created -I Have Joy' because I think everyone should have joy in their lives no matter what, and it's a positive way to enhance your life everyday. Each fragrance comes in a 50ML size, plus a handy travel size so you can literally take Joy, Focus, Calm or Confidence with you anywhere!
Question: Which of the blends do you use the most and why?
Melissa Allen: Hard question as I love all my Mood Essentials but… I regularly use I Have Calm both throughout the day and also at night - it helps me unwind after a busy day and de-stress when the day gets hectic (especially when I am wearing many hats and jugging more than one activity)!
I also use I Have Calm at night by sprayin
g it on my pillow – it helps me to relax and unwind after a busy day, but more importantly, it helps me to have a better night sleep.
I get quite nervous when I have to do any public speaking so I Have Confidence comes in handy for me when I am needing to do any activity that brings out the nerves and requires that extra bit of confidence to get through!
I love the smell of I Have Joy as a perfume, it is a fun type of scent, so this is my go-to for any type of day!
Question: What inspired the creation of Melissa Allen Mood Essentials?
Melissa Allen: I created Melissa Allen Mood Essentials™ in 2017, with the purpose of making a positive difference to people's lives through fragrance. I've been a lover of fragrance from the very beginning and actually had dreamt about the concept for a long time. Initially it was as a way to enhance my own life but I quickly realised the powerful affects these fragrances had on myself and everyone around me. I believe happiness starts with a positive mindset, and I think that everyone deserves the right to enjoy life and be truly happy. More than just a fragrance, I believe Melissa Allen Mood Essentials™ is a lifestyle tool that literally enhances everyday lives in a unique way.
Question: What other benefits do essential oils have?
Melissa Allen: Essential oils are often used in skincare as they can have some amazing benefits in helping to treat an array of skin concerns. Oils are also often used in cooking as there are some versions that are ok to digest however do always make sure you are purchasing the right ones as not all oils can be consumed!
I Have Confidence
The fragrance designed to have you igniting your personal best
Melissa Allen Mood Essentials™ -I Have Calm' is a 100% natural alternative fragrance to perfume or cologne, designed to not only smell great, but to enhance your confidence. Conquer the day with I Have Calm, the natural solution to boosting self esteem and taking on the world with positivity, clarity of mind and mental strength. Whether it be walking into the boardroom, boosting your self image or taking charge of your attitude, with Melissa Allen I Have Confidence you can inhale confidence and exhale doubt! A refreshing 100% natural fragrance, I Have Confidence combines 21 natural essential oils including grapefruit, rosewood, mandarin and & bergamot.
Melissa Allen Mood Essentials™ – I Have Confidence | 50ML | RRP $47.95 | Also available in travel size of 7ML for RRP $23.95.
I Have Joy
The fragrance designed to put a bounce back in your step
Melissa Allen Mood Essentials™ -I Have Joy' is a 100% natural alternative fragrance to perfume or cologne, designed to not only smell great, but to bring happiness into your day. When you want to put a bounce back in your step and a smile back on your dial, spritz some I Have Joy! An enchanting citrus fragrance, oils are derived from natural fruits that have been known to lift spirits and make even the greyest day seem a bit brighter. A happy and fresh fragrance, I Have Joy is a cheerful blend of 20 natural essential oils including grapefruit, orange, howood and bergamot. Bringing a sense of happiness and delight into your day, encouraging good life decisions, bolstering relationships and opening the doors to great opportunities, all with an inhale of I Have Joy!
Melissa Allen Mood Essentials™ – I HAVE JOY | 50ML | RRP $47.95 | Also available in travel size of 7ML for RRP $23.95
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*All of Melissa Allen Mood Essentials™ are 100% natural fragrances and cruelty free (not tested on animals).
Interview by Brooke Hunter