The Best Home Fragrance for Every Room
It has the power to lift the spirit and settle the mind, but what’s the best way to use home fragrance to set the mood? We asked the experts to walk us through, room by room.Read More
You already know, first-hand, the power of scent. How the bright, herbaceous scent of a spa makes your shoulders instantly drop, or how the warm, sweet smell of a bakery can instantly spark a smile. But are you utilising its mood-shifting powers in the most important space of all, the home?
“Scent is the first thing we notice when we walk into any space,” says Nicola Elliot, founder and creative director of NEOM Organics. “It’s incredible how essential oils are able to help us to feel more relaxed or happier.” Diptyque’s Amanda Morgan agrees: “Scenting a room or space completely changes the atmosphere. It's similar to how you would choose lighting, music or decorations; a beautiful scent can set the scene in the home and is another crucial element of the sensory experience.”
But how are its sensory powers best employed? That depends on the room in question. We asked the experts to take us on a tour...
For instant results, Morgan advises opting for a room spray which is ideal for hallways and passages, as it instantly creates the welcoming atmosphere. For comparison, the fragrance of a candle only emerges after 30 mins of burning. “The freshness of the Diptyque Figuier and Tubéreuse Room Sprays, £50 each, nuanced with fruity notes are great choices for welcoming guests in hallways,” says Morgan.
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The Living Room
Whether it’s mid-morning tea breaks, cosy Sunday afternoons on the sofa or entertaining of an evening, the living room plays many roles, each one requiring a different scent mood. “For living spaces, it depends on the time of day,” says Elliot. “Fresh and fruity fragrances are ideal for mornings or for beating that afternoon slump, whereas richer scents like frankincense, rosewood and cedarwood are best for Friday nights with a glass of wine.”
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The inner sanctum, the bedroom is a room best preserved for total relaxation, and your home fragrance choices can help get you there. “The bedroom is a place of rest and tranquillity so you may want to choose a scent that helps you to relax,” says Morgan. “The Diptyque Roses Candle, £60 is like a freshly picked bouquet to help ease stress. The Feuille de Lavande Candle, £51, is ideal for helping you unwind. And for a more romantic setting, the scent of the Jasmine Candle, £51 is sensual and voluptuous.”
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Spaces made for self-care, you want the bathroom to feel both comforting and uplifting, which in fragrance terms means leaning on the freshest notes you can find. “In the bathroom, I like zesty and fresh scents like pine or eucalyptus,” says Elliot. Candles are great for when you’re spending a fair amount of time in the room, perhaps during a long soak in the tub, but for a continuous stream of scent, try a diffuser like NEOM’s Feel Refreshed Reed Diffuser, £39.
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Wherever you’ve set up (home) office, be it a dedicated study or corner of the kitchen table, a well-selected home fragrance can help you stay focussed on the task at hand. “The invigorating aroma of citrus notes focuses concentration and enhances productivity,” says Morgan. Elliot agrees. “I like uplifting and invigorating scents so I would opt for lemon, mandarin or grapefruit.” Try NEOM's Happiness Scented Candle, £35 or Scent to Boost Your Energy Essential Oil Blend, £35.
Also consider your scent method. “Immediate surroundings such as a workspace will benefit more from a slow and gentle diffusion method,” says Morgan. “The Diptyque Hourglass diffuser , £138 was designed to fragrance cosy spaces, delivering scent in a delicate way.”