The Japanese fruit you need (to sniff) to combat Blue Monday

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Georgia Drew
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How yuzu fruit can help boost your mood

Blue Monday might be here, but don’t worry, science has your back. Studies have found that the smell of a certain Japanese fruit can help ease stress and anxiety.

A study has found that Yuzu - a citrus fruit that resembles a grapefruit-mandarin hybrid - can help stabilise your mood.

The researchers concluded that the “inhalation of the aromatic yuzu oil significantly decreased emotional symptoms of anxiety, depression, hostility, and confusion, as long as 30 minutes after the olfactory stimulation.”

This is a welcome discovery considering that January, particularly Blue Monday, is widely considered the most depressing time of the year. If sniffing some citrus scents every half hour could help boost our mood, then by all means we’re here for it.

Stylist has found all the best yuzu-scented products to help fill your January with some fruity joy. 

Rituals Samurai Yuzu Shower Foam

Yuzu scented mood booster Rituals Samurai Yuzu Shower Foam
A yuzu-scented shower foam to boost your mood
What better way to start your day than with a lovely hot shower and some yuzu-scented goodness? Who doesn’t love a shower foam anyway? The way it explodes like a school science experiment can only be joyful.

LookFantastic, £8.50

Diptyque Oyédo Eau de Toilette

Yuzu scents Oyedo Eau de toilette
Yuzu scented perfume to boost your mood

There’s few things as universally loved as Diptyque scents and this Yuzu-inspired eau de toilette is no exception. Notes of raspberry and thyme compliment the citrus base creating the ultimate mood-lifting fragrance.

Diptyque, £70 for 50ml

Liberty Yuzu & Grapefruit Scented Soap

Yuzu and Grapefruit Scented Soap Liberty
Bar soap is making a big comeback this year with its minimal packaging and nostalgic memories. Try this yuzu version from Liberty and elevate your evening bath to zingy heights.

Liberty, £6.95

Honest Japanese Yuzu Candle

Honest Skincare Yuzu Candle
Burning a candle is an easy way to get your dose of yuzu. And dont worry, soy-based candles like this one are non-toxic and from a renewable source, giving you 35 hours of sustainable bliss. 

Honest Skincare, £30

Tangent GC Yuzu TGC102 Organic Soap

Tangent GC Yuzu Organic Hand Soap

This French soap is made with natural and organic ingredients to spread the yuzu-joy. Froth it into a lather and have a good smell of the bubbles to help ease your tension.

Opumo, £20

Boy Smells Prunus Scented Candle

Boy Smells Prunus Candle Yuzu
The yuzu fragrance is accompanied by fig, plum and oakmoss in this fruity candle. A blend of coconut and beeswax make for a luxurious burn, spreading the scent round your house.

Selfridges, £32

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