Aromatherapy is more than just smelling good; it's also about the wellbeing of the mind and body and it's a great way to lift our mood.
More than just fragrant scents, the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy are natural remedies that improve our wellbeing. Just take a whiff of uplifting orange, soothing lavender or divine jasmine in the evening and see how that hits you. We’re already looking to natural ingredients for our beauty regimen and harnessing the healing power of crystals – here, we let you in on all things aromatherapy in Singapore we’re loving right now, from local brands to workshops…
Candles of Light
Harnessing botanical scents from nature such as spices, herbs, essential oils and natural aromatic materials from the tropics and beyond, Candles of Light has a small curated range of soy and beeswax candles, room sprays and ‘scent elixirs’. Keep things light with the Dawn range (calming lavender, uplifting citrus and mint), get mysterious with Midnight (earthy vetiver, lush jasmine sambac and notes of peaty smoke) or indulge in Dusk (floral geranium, earthy patchouli and spice). For a little bonus, get the Gemstone Candle where a surprise hand-selected crystal will be revealed as you enjoy its burn.
Candles of Light, available online and at various stockists.
My Pure Earth
Created by eco-living advocate Marra Hensby, My Pure Earth believes in sustainably sourcing its 100% pure essential oils from farmers across the globe. You won’t find any preservatives or chemicals in its aromatic products, which include single scents such as Buddha wood, cinnamon bark, clary sage, myrrh and Roman chamomile. We love its relaxing Stress Less blend for times when work gets overwhelming and the Dreamtime concoction that gives a good night’s sleep with its mix of bergamot, lavender and sweet orange. Need a natural mood booster? Breathe in a few drops of Inner Joy for an uplifting fragrance made of geranium, bergamot and rose otto.
My Pure Earth, available online and at various locations.
Jam-packed with artisanal candles that are made entirely from organic soy wax and natural essential oils, Hush is one local love we’re proud of. Started from the scratch by two friends Nicole Su and Chelsea Low, its essential oils range from calming and detoxifying ones to uplifting and invigorating options, while the candles come in delightful scents like bergamot basil, sandalwood nutmeg, jasmine orange (our fave) and more. These candles aren’t just something to light up the mood and keep your home smelling fresh; they can also be used as scented massage oils when melted. Useful!
Hush Candle, available at various locations.
Created by former beauty editor Alli Sim, the homegrown brand is all about holistic spa regimes and feel-good rituals made to champion self-care. All the products are crafted locally with fresh, raw ingredients and the purest essential oils sourced from France and Australia. We’ve got our favourite picks too: Everyone loves the blood orange, bergamot and rose geranium Glow Elixir, a roll-on aromatherapy perfume that’s free of alcohol and synthetic chemicals. Plus, it smells just like heaven.
Mmerci Encore, available at various locations.
To Be Calm
This local label is everywhere with its luxe soy wax candles, reed diffusers and atmospheric room sprays. If you’re always on-the-go, fret not! Check out the travel collection, which allows you to carry around your favourite scent on a quick getaway or business trip. And with a name like that, how can we not feel at ease?
To Be Calm, available at various locations.
This Singaporean brand is run by organic beauty fanatics who only offer 100% natural and organic products and oils that free of GMOs and parabens. Its Juicier Luxury Face Oil is a necessary addition to your skincare wardrobe – made with 11 organic ingredients, it boosts moisture, renews skin, relieves inflammation and plumps with collagen protectors. For more mood-lifting scents, try the rosy or calming mists.
Frank Skincare, available online and at OUE Downtown Gallery #01-46, 6 Shenton Way, Singapore 068809
Houghton & Gough
What started as an experiment with essential oils to alleviate discomfort after surgery has since sparked a booming business for Emelda Houghton and her business partners and buddies, Ruby Gough and Irene Chew. Light up the soya wax candles in scents like grapefruit, Japanese pine and frankincense, or place a ceramic bowl candle at your balcony to keep the mozzies away with the natural aroma of citronella and lemongrass.
Houghton & Gough, available online.
A Dose of Something Good
Founded in 2011 by Robert Upton, the Singapore-based company specialises in making hand-poured scented candles. It uses the finest quality wax blends, hand-cast quirky porcelain containers (gotta love the noses in the snuff boxes!) and natural fibre wicks. As for the various candle scents, they are thoughtfully selected from a blend of the finest fragrance materials, natural extracts and essential oils. Think rose and lychee, violet woods and orange flower.
A Dose of Something Good, 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #02-78, Singapore 278115
A strong believer in holistic therapy, Hysses encapsulates the best of nature, from seedling to scenting, and naturopathy skincare solutions with its range of products. Divinely aromatic and pure essential oils, as well as natural botanical ingredients, are at the heart of every room spray, reed diffuser, candle and more. Try the bergamot geranium mist for stuffy spaces or light up a beeswax candle in the scent of ginger lemongrass, lavender or rose geranium.
Hysses, available at various locations.
Moving on from the luxury candles and magical room sprays, Wild Products shows that you can incorporate aromatherapy in everyday items like soaps, essential oils, shampoos and hair care products, facial products, baby products and body products. They’re all natural and organic, of course. Stock up on the essential oils and blends for DIY projects or sweeten up your room with brown sugar and fig soy candles.
Wild Products, available at various locations.
Inspired by trips to the Himalayan mountains, Rough Beauty offers handmade botanical soaps made with quality natural ingredients – think plant essential oils, as well as herbs and spices for natural scents and colouring. Some choice products are the Mint Rose bar, which gives skin an exfoliating treat with its blend of florals, citrus essential oils and dried herbs (it comes in liquid form too!), and the Scruffy Cleansing Grains in a delightful lavender blend. The brand also takes eco-friendly practices seriously – one of its initiatives is to offer package-free options for its products.
Rough Beauty, available at various locations.
Workshops to get your craft on…
Embark on your green beauty regimen with workshops by Frank Skincare as you learn all about the basics of skincare and find out how to blend your own natural clay mask.
Most of the candle-makers here started out just like this: A DIY project to create the ideal candle. Check into a class with To Be Calm and bottle up your favourite scents into your very own soy candle.
Essential oils and aromatherapy
Get started on the path to natural, sustainable and eco-friendly essential oils with workshops at My Pure Earth, which teaches you how to make everything pure, including beauty products, pest control items and cleaning supplies. Candles of Light also holds natural perfumery classes so you can create your own handcrafted scent for keeps.