A BRIEF GUIDE TO HOME FRAGRANCE
WHY USE HOME FRAGRANCE?
Our home says a lot about us, the furniture we choose, the art on the walls, the books on our shelves and unsurprisingly... the smell. Our home is our own comfortable space where we can be ourselves and have everything the way we like it. Thanks to home fragrance we get to choose exactly how we want our home to smell, either for our own enjoyment or to set a great ambience for visiting guests.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HOME FRAGRANCE?
These days there are a wealth of options available for fragrancing your home, here we explore just a few:
Scented candles are a great way to fragrance your home occasionally, rather than all the time. Lit as a special treat, or at times when we want to relax, they are synonymous with indulgence.
Scented candles are hugely popular because they not only fill a room with fragrance but they also create a great ambience. There's something about a crackling, flickering flame that is instantly relaxing and inviting.
Room sprays are another great method of adding occasional fragrance to your home, or workplace. If you have friends or family coming over room sprays are a cost-effective way to instantly refresh a room, your linens or soft furnishings.
Reed diffusers differ from candles and room sprays because they emit a constant fragrance. They work by drawing the fragrance oil up through the microscopic channels within the reeds to fragrance your room safely and naturally.
Whilst the initial outlay for a reed diffuser is usually more than a candle they are actually very cost-effective, with a typical 100ml bottle of reed diffuser oil lasting up to 6 months.
Room diffusers work differently to reed diffusers in that they use water and ultrasonic waves to disperse tiny breathable particles of essential oils into the air. The added benefit to releasing the essential oils into the air is the pleasant aroma the oils emit. Room diffusers are again ideal methods to provide temporary fragrance to your home - with the added benefit of being therapeutic too!
Another great way to provide occasional home fragrance. Incense sticks are cheap to buy and attractive to look at while burning. One incense stick may provide fragrance for up to a few hours.
Careful attention needs to be paid around incense sticks, young children and pets however as the hot ember at the end of the stick can easily catch alight to anything it comes into contact with. The best way to ensure the ember is extinguished is to rub the stick against a hard non-flammable surface until the ember goes out.
What was once a popular way of fragrancing the home has now been largely overshadowed by more modern techniques. Potpourri is typically made with decorative pieces of wood or dried flowers that have been saturated in fragrance. Presented throughout the home within ornamental bowls or small drawstring bags that can be placed in wardrobes or drawers they are still a great way to add fragrance to the home.
WHAT IS THE BEST HOME FRAGRANCE?
You could argue that spicy cinnamon notes would be best suited for winter and fresh peonies for spring, or mandarin and lime to invigorate you, or chocolate and caramel to relax... but ultimately the best home fragrance is the one that makes you happy!