Lavender fragrance cleansing gel effects on relaxation

Tiffany Field, Miguel Diego, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Wendy Cisneros, Larissa Feijo, Yanexy Vera, Karla Gil, Diana Grina, Qing Claire He

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Alertness, mood, and math computations were assessed in 11 healthy adults who sniffed a cosmetic cleansing gel with lavender floral blend aroma, developed to be relaxing using Mood Mapping®. EEG patterns and heart rate were also recorded before, during, and after the aroma session. The lavender fragrance blend had a significant transient effect of improving mood, making people feel more relaxed, and performing the math computation faster. The self-report and physiological data are consistent with relaxation profiles during other sensory stimuli such as massage and music, as reported in the literature. The data suggest that a specific cosmetic fragrance can have a significant role in enhancing relaxation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-222
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Neuroscience
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005


  • EEG
  • Heart rate
  • Lavender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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