Here’s a challenge for you: match your favorite city in the world with an essential oil scent.
It may sound a little obscure and tricky at first, but just like each state is designated a type of bird and flower, we want to create an “unofficial encyclopedia” for matching a particular scent with a city. So welcome to our MONQ Cityscape, where we’re applying the relaxing, soothing, healing, intoxicating, delicious, and many more scents to a variety of people’s favorite city in the world.
Now, just like the state bird or flower process isn’t exactly a science, neither is our process. For example, the cardinal is the state bird for six different states. Similarly, the popular and relaxing scent of lavender applies to more than one city. Some writers may have used logic, like the smell of hops to represent the numerous breweries in Edinburgh, Scotland, and others used personal experiences on how a particular scent brings them back to their favorite city. Either way, our sense of smell can take us to great heights of nostalgia, sentimentality, or very close associations.
From a small town in Michigan to the other side of the world in Melbourne, Australia, the places chosen have powerful stories behind them that can be remembered through a specific smell, just like you may think of your grandma’s house when making her famous lasagna recipe. Let’s take that feeling a bit further and apply it to places around the globe. This way, in addition to reminiscing about the smell of lasagna cooking you can also diffuse the nutmeg essential oil to take you all the way to England to the Sheffield Christmas Markets.
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MONQ Essential Oil diffusers can help in using essential oil blends to remind you of the city that makes your heart sing, but they also make it easy to enjoy those essential oils during your travels. It can be taken on most airplanes, as long as it’s not in a checked bag. So, our Zen personal diffuser can help to relax you during any airport stress, and our Sleepy diffuser can help you to fall asleep on an overnight flight with its blend of chamomile, lavender, and kava essential oils. Of course, you may not be able to use them on an airplane. Whether you use the diffuser to remember your favorite city, or while you’re actually traveling there, it’s a great way to be a part of MONQ’s Cityscape.
There are no right or wrong answers to this guide, but take a dive and focus on some of the stories, and maybe learn a little bit about the world and how scents and essential oils can be associated to any city, even your favorite one.