The Smell of Money (and the Power of Other Workplace Scents)

The other night I was watching a rerun of my Shark Tank on which an entrepreneur pitched his Liquid Money perfume, in His and Hers scents, of course. The entrepreneur didn’t manage to land a deal with one of the sharks, but it sparked enough curiosity in me to investigate further.

With a quick online search, I discovered there are actually studies that have been done in Japan on ambient sensing. Yes, that’s what it’s called. And in Japan, studies suggest that pumping the smell of money into factories does in fact increase productivity. I assume they pumped in the scent of crisp-from-the-mint dollar bills versus the moist, well-circulated ones that find themselves crumpled in the bottom of pants pockets. Eww.

Here’s a better idea… let’s try more commonly pleasing scents that can improve your mood and productivity. These suggestions taken directly from Entrepreneur:

1. Lemon. This scent promotes concentration and has calming and clarifying properties that are helpful when you’re feeling angry, anxious or run down.

2. Lavender. This essential oil has calming properties that help control emotional stress. Lavender has a soothing effect on nerves and can relieve nervous tension and depression as well as treat headaches and migraines.

3. Jasmine. Like lavender, jasmine is also used to calm nerves, but this oil is also commonly used as an antidepressant because of its uplifting capabilities that produce a feeling of confidence, optimism and revitalized energy.

4. Rosemary. In addition to improving memory retention, rosemary has stimulating properties that fight physical exhaustion, headaches and mental fatigue.

5. Cinnamon. The stimulating properties in cinnamon can help fight mental fatigue and improve concentration and focus.

6. Peppermint. Try peppermint when brainstorming. An energy booster, this scent invigorates the mind, promotes concentration and stimulates clear thinking.

Well, I’m off to buy a series of candles to try a little workplace experimentation. If nothing else, the office will smell nice.

– Jane Olvera Quebe, President

2 thoughts on “The Smell of Money (and the Power of Other Workplace Scents)


  1. Sweat. The scent of sweat reminds all workers that John Calvin may have been right! Even if the scent of sweat doesn’t lead to eternal salvation, it surely increases productivity!

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