An Aromatherapist Thinks You Should Have These 5 Candles at Your Desk for Focus

Is it ironic that I procrastinated writing a story about helping people focus? Perhaps, but it's all the more proof of why it's such a relevant topic right now. If you're like me and still working from home, your desk could probably use a bit of a refresher now that we're over 14 months into the pandemic. And even if you're not living the WFH life, who couldn't use a bit of a boost right now?

I was recently shopping online for candles for my desk and wanted lovely smelling scents that were specifically primed for focus and concentration, but I didn't know where to start. So I tapped Chrissy Cabrera, a certified aromatherapist and the founder of botanical-based brand Naturally London, for her expert advice. Scroll down to read Cabrera's tips and to shop for the best candles for focus.

1. Rosemary

"The most common choice to help concentration is rosemary," Cabrera said. "This essential oil does wonders for mental clarity, sharpens your focus, boosts memory, and increases alertness. Rosemary is a stimulating essential oil that improves overall brain function."

Lafco Rosemary Eucalyptus Office Classic Candle ($42)

Anthropologie Hive & Wick Market Ceramic Candle ($26)

Terrain Sydney Hale Candle, Rosemary + Lemongrass ($36)

Tique and Stone Elderflower Vetiver Onyx Brass Candle ($45)

Coco Benjamin Rosemary Eucalyptus and Mint Candle ($19)

M. Baker Rosemary & Ivy Natural Soy Wax Blend Candle ($13)

2. Vetiver

"I recommend selecting several scents for a layered effect," Cabera told us. "The base note is vetiver, which has grounding properties. Vetiver essential oil stems from a root that grows downward into the earth alleviating stress and anxiety. Vetiver is a top selection for focus and concentration due to increasing oxygenation to your cells."

Terrain Sydney Hale Candle, Coconut Milk + Vetiver ($36)

Paddywax Spark Candle in Vetiver Cardamom ($20)

CLCo. by Candle-Lite Company Scented Vetiver Oakmoss Single-Wick Jar 14 oz. Candle ($15)

Pottery Barn Mason Ceramic Scented Candle ($30)

Paddywax Eco Candle in Bordeaux Fig & Vetiver ($22)

Nature's Wick Lemon Vetiver Candle ($13)

3. Lavender

"Vetiver pairs lovelily with lavender, which improves your concentration too. Combine this with its ability to de-stress and alleviate anxiety, and you can see why this oil is a definite pick. Lavender overall helps with memory by calming the mind, allowing it to focus."

Sicily Hill Lavender Tea Triple Wick Candle ($69)

Diptyque Feuille De Lavande / Lavender Leaf Candle ($68)

Lafco Spike Lavender Media Room Sigature Candle ($65)

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Scented Soy Tin Candle With Essential Oils, Lavender Scented ($4)

Follain Candle No. 1 ($38)

Agraria Lavender & Rosemary Perfume Candle ($36)

Mixture Cube Fill Soy Candle in Lauren's Lavender Garden ($18)

Terrain Linnea Candle, Lavender Rosemary ($38)

Lafco Lavender Amber Signature Studio Candle ($65)

4. Jasmine

"Another selection is jasmine. The initial scent of this essential oil lifts your mood. Its aroma is a natural re-energizer, battling mental fatigue and promoting a positive mood. Jasmine has a physiological effect on your body. I don't know about you, but when I'm in a good mood, I'm more focused and get things done."

By Rosie Jane Leila Lou Candle With Pear, Jasmine, and Fresh-Cut Grass ($40)

Diptyque Jasmine Candle ($68)

Ellis Brooklyn Pseudonym Terrific Scented Candle ($60)

Store Jasmine Scented Candle ($20)

Lafco French Lilac in Pool House Classic Candle ($42)

Pottery Barn Frosted Glass Scented Candle in Amalfi Jasmine ($59)

5. Sweet Orange

"The top note that will bring everything together is sweet orange. It improves alertness and produces a mental boost. Any citrus essential oil can be inserted here, as they all improve cognitive function. This is the first burst of scent you will receive that instantly boosts mental energy levels."

Joel Nolan 191 Sutter Candle With Orange, Petitgrain, and Neroli ($59)

Molton Brown Orange & Bergamot Single Wick Candle ($50)

Acqua di Parma Luce di Colonia Candle ($75)

Aroma Naturals Orange and Lemongrass Scented Pillar Candle ($11)

Tocca Stella 10 oz Candela in Italian Blood Orange ($42)

Lafco Citrus Berry Breakfast Room Signature Candle ($65)

Capri Blue Sunrise Glass Jar Candle in Volcano ($34)

Voluspa Limited Edition Japonica Mini Candle ($12)

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