Home fragrance is an addiction for some but a complete mystery for others. The market has come a long way since scented lavender drawer liners and barely there fragranced candles. Now, home fragrance has become an art form, from the vast selection of styles and types to the myriad of aromas to choose from, adding more than just a simple scent to your interior.
Fashion designers and distinguished lifestyle brands have moved from creating just perfume ranges to creating fragrances specifically for the home. Orla Kiely, Kelly Hoppen and Fornasetti are but a few of the big names that have created beautiful aromas for the home. Many of us wouldn’t leave the house without a spritz of perfume so why would we leave a room unscented? Scented candles, fragrance diffusers, scented spheres and more are now available and are often used as much as for their aromas as they are for their stylish designs.
The first point of call is choose your weapon, or home fragrance style. Scented candles are by far the most popular and traditional choice. Available in the biggest variety of aromas scented candles are a good choice for most rooms, and have additional benefits such as creating an ambient atmosphere. Fragrance diffusers are a more modern option and are great for a hassle free, no lighting, aroma. They also let you choose the intensity of fragrance, simply insert the wooden reeds into the bottle of fragrance and reverse them again for an aromatic burst. This ingenious fragrancing option works by the reeds gently absorbing the fragrance oil and diffusing it around the room, most scents will require reversing once a week. Room sprays are ideal for a quick & easy freshen up, perfect for unexpected guests or to refresh a kitchen after cooking. There are many more options available in the market today including catalytic diffusers, scented crystals and of course the traditional scented lavender bags to name a few.
The style really depends on where & why you want to use a home fragrance, each has its charms. Of course the aroma is just as important, choose wisely thinking about your personal preferences, the room it will be used in and the real purpose. Think about your own perfume or after shave, what notes tend to be in your signature scents? A relaxing scent is great for the bedroom and bathroom, an invigorating aroma can be a great aid in the study or living room, and many scents work well in the dining room and kitchen. Look at the main scent notes of the home fragrance you are interested in, this will give you a great indicator of the main aromas it will release. Think herbal lavender and musk for a relaxing atmosphere, fruity and floral are good for refreshing and energising, and musk and vanilla are good all round scents that can be used throughout the home.
The best way to master the art of home fragrance is trial and error, experiment with different styles and see what suits you and your home best. As for the right fragrance, start with what you know and like and stick to those main base notes, looking for different combinations when you fancy a change. Home fragrances are created with as much care and attention as the latest perfumes with the added bonus of being stylish decorative accessories too. Create the perfect atmosphere by choosing the right design and scent for your style as well as your home’s.
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