Why These Are The Top 10 Best-Smelling Essential Oils Globally

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While they may not hold an official title, the worldwide appeal of these essential oils solidifies their position as the most fragrant choice, captivating both seasoned fans and newcomers alike.

Lavender’s floral aroma and Eucalyptus’s refreshing scent consistently rank well with people. And it’s not just in North America; you get the same response worldwide, but what else do people love?

1. Lavender

lavender essential oil

Lavender is known as the Queen of all essential oils; people love its smell, and to be honest, I agree. You can’t go wrong with this essential oil. It has lots of therapeutic value and helps you relax and calm. For a long time, Lavender’s calming aroma has captured the hearts and minds of a massive audience and earned its place as the best smelling essential oil.

2. Eucalyptus

eucalyptus essential oil

The smell of this essential oil invigorates and energizes me. It’s a bit like marmite; you either love or hate it. However, similar to marmite, Eucalyptus is very popular on a global scale. Think vapor rub, and you are almost there, and that’s why it’s great for respiratory issues and clearing the mind.

3. Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil

I love the crisp smell of peppermint; it awakens my senses in the mornings like no other essential oil. It’s one of many essential oils that I like, and it never fails to hit the spot, whether making use of it in a diffuser or mixing it with a carrier oil so that you can massage it in to help soothe tired or aching muscles.

4. Lemon

lemon essential oil

In my opinion, lemon essential oil is the best-smelling citrus e/o. It is closely followed by orange, which I also love, but the uplifting scent of lemon essential just wins out for me. Bursting with citrusy freshness, lemon oil is Known worldwide for its top cleansing properties and mood-enhancing effects. 

5. Tea Tree

tea tree oil in the amber glass bottle and fresh tea tree leaves

The potent aroma of tea tree essential oil really highlights nature’s purifying power. This oil is known worldwide for its anti-microbial properties and has long been used to cleanse, heal, and rejuvenate the skin. It smells great, too!

6. Rosemary

Rosemary essential oil

Rosemary is one of my favs. It has a lovely woody fragrance; for me, it evokes memories of sun-drenched gardens and forest landscapes. This oil is known to help stimulate the mind and is excellent for memory; this invigorating scent definitely leaves a lasting impression.

7. Sandalwood

A bottle of sandalwood essential oil with pieces of red sandalwood

Another woody fragrance, Sandalwood, is known for having a calming effect. When I use it, I try to transport myself to a tranquil woodland retreat where I can relax in peace. It’s no surprise to me that this oil is often used for meditation and mindfulness; the exotic scent of Sandalwood indeed soothes my soul.

8. Bergamot

Bergamot with aromatic spa of bottles essential oil

This essential oil has a lovely citrusy, floral scent, like a breath of fresh air on a warm summer’s day. I use it to pick my spirit up if I’m feeling a little down, as it’s known to help balance my mood. Alongside its loved ability to aid relaxation and well-being, it has many skincare benefits, so it’s another essential oil I use heavily in my DIY beauty recipes.  

9. Frankincense

A bottle of essential oil with frankincense on a table

Frankincense warrants a place on this list of the best-smelling essential oils. It has been used for centuries and is known to many as a symbol of purification and enlightenment. It has a lovely earthy fragrance that I kinda love, but for me, it’s on this list for its many skincare properties, not for its spiritual significance. 

10. Ylang Ylang

ylang ylang essential oil

The exotic aroma of ylang-ylang essential oil takes me off to a tropical paradise filled with the scent of flowers. This oil is well known for its euphoric properties. It has been cherished for centuries as an aphrodisiac and mood enhancer. This is the main reason it is so popular for diffusers. Knowing that fact, how could I leave it off my list of the best smelling essential oils?

Learning More About Essential Oils Online

best smelling essential oils

Over the years, I’ve learned much about essential oils and what brands to trust. Many of the leading experts in my industry won’t hesitate to buy their products & I recommend them to friends on a regular basis. Here is a list of more than 40 essential oils with their properties, pairings, substitutes, and descriptions.

Author: Angela Wills

Title: Founder and Author - Savvy Homemade

Expertise: Beauty Recipes, Skincare Formulation, Soapmaking, DIY Crafts, Parenting


Angela Wills is an author, founder, and the driving force behind Savvy Homemade. With over fifteen years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to every post she writes. She is fearlessly dedicated to creating tried and tested beauty recipes, skincare formulations, soap recipes, and many other DIY crafts that will work for everyone. Angela has a Diploma in Skincare Formulation, is a proud member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, and infuses each DIY product with her passion and expertise.

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