Our sense of smell is possibly one of our most valuable assets. Because so many cherished memories are connected to certain scents, it's important for us to surround ourselves with the ones we love the most. Here, we tell you how to bring lasting, beautiful scent into your home, without it being overly cloying, and appealing to everyone who live there or visits.
Candles are the easiest - and usually most affordable - way to introduce fragrance into your homes. Remember: the better the quality of the candle, the less artificial the scent. If you want to create a more eco-friendly environment in your home, choose soy candles which are made from vegetable oil (versus paraffin candles that are made of petroleum oil). Whichever candle you choose, make sure to gently run your fingers around the wick to release the fragrance, when you feel like they're losing their efficacy.
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Reed diffusers will give you a scent that is longer lasting than a candle, without the hassle of fire and wax. Reed diffusers come in two parts, the reeds and the container. You can pick from a variety of fragrant oils - lavender, sandalwood, rose, lemongrass and so much more - so that the room you place your diffuser in will always be filled with a scent that makes you happy, calm, energized, or a mix of all!
Room sprays are another easy and effective way to quickly spread a scent in a space - be it to just make a room smell fresh, or to cover up certain unpleasant odours. If you're feeling 'green,' consider creating your own room spray - simply choose your favourite essential oil, combine it with water and pour into a spray bottle. Voila - your eco-friendly freshener is ready.
Choosing your Scents
Consider a room and the kind of mood you want to invoke. The scent of a room should be at the same volume as background music during a dinner party, not too loud but definitely present. For a living area that is frequently used, you may want a scent that is refreshing, bright and citrus-inspired. For the kitchen, we would suggest avoiding fruity aromas that will compete with cooking smells, and instead opting for something clean like a mint or sage. For the bathroom, a clean fruit flavour like grapefruit will get rid of other unwanted smells. Bedrooms are made for relaxation, so a lavender or jasmine would work well here.
Whatever your preference, using scents is always a good idea. You will create a lasting impression on your guests along with creating great memories, and maybe bringing up a few forgotten ones as well!
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