March 25, 2022
Our sense of smell is closely associated with our memory, so the smell of your home can be surprisingly emotional, invoking certain feelings with a penchant for nostalgia. For that reason, creating certain scents throughout your home is a good way to improve your environment. Here are some perfect fragrances for every room in your home.
Let’s first start with some good tips and considerations that will help inform your choices.
It’s unlikely that you’ll want to stick with the same scents all the time, as different scents complement different seasons. Take into consideration the temperature, aesthetics, and other traits of the season. Furthermore, different seasons often affect your mood in various ways, and finding the right scent is a great way to curb negative associations and enhance positive ones, such as the joys of Christmas or the abundance of life in summer!
It’s best to choose artful blends rather than single scents. Unless they’re natural and high-quality aromas, a single-scent candle can often become too overwhelming and prove to be irritating. A single distinct scent draws attention to itself and is incredibly distracting to anyone in the room.
Keep your rooms clean and hygienic; regardless of what scent you use, a manufactured aroma will always be overpowered by unpleasant smells. Even if the odor doesn’t overpower your scented candle completely, the two scents will mix to create an unpleasant smell. You’ll soon come to hate the scent you picked because you think it smells bad.
Now we can begin considering fragrances for your home. Let’s start with some good general-purpose scents that can work as the perfect fragrance for every room in your home. These are basic scents like citrus or vanilla-based fragrances that are pleasant, if a bit generic. Many people are familiar with these scents and often don’t have strong associations with them, meaning they make for a good neutral scent when you want something more subtle.
Just because we refer to these scents as general-purpose or generic doesn’t mean they’re unremarkable or not worth your time. These scents can make for a great palate cleanser for more complex blends because the citrus cuts through odors and any lingering scents from your last scented candle. Citrus and vanilla are classics for a reason!
When it comes to freshening up the scents of your kitchen, things can get a little tricky. On one hand, the scent of a home-cooked meal is typically overpowering but fairly enjoyable. However, on the other hand, scented candles are a great way to eliminate lingering odors after you finish your meal. As previously stated, citrus is fantastic for eliminating odors, so it’s well worth considering for your kitchen. Other fragrances you should consider for the kitchen include spice and herb garden scents. Such an aroma is not only pleasant but will mingle well with the smell of food as you cook.
When it comes to the dining room, you absolutely do not want to have strong and overpowering fragrances nearby. There are already many aromas floating around the space from all the food. And smell is a big part of enjoying the taste of a dish, so a scented candle may ruin the dining experience for you if it’s too powerful. Light, refreshing scents are best; just be sure to avoid the floral aromas. Creating a unique scent in your dining room is a delicate balancing act, so don’t be discouraged if you have to try multiple scents before finally finding one that works.
The scent of your living room should encapsulate the general feel of your home. After all, it’s where you’ll likely be entertaining guests and is often the central room of the home. Earthy scents are a popular choice for living rooms; these fragrances remind someone of the woods and may replicate the scent of fresh pinecones or capture the rustic nature of the countryside. Alpine scents are a great way to give your living room a pleasant, wooded smell that can be very soothing. A more refreshing choice would be floral scented candles, something that smells like a garden in full bloom and feels very clean and energizing. Some good floral scents to try are simple scents like cotton, geranium, or roses.
Perfecting the scent of your bedroom can do wonders for helping you sleep at night or providing a romantic environment for you and your partner. Lavender is king when it comes to calming scents that help lull you to sleep, providing a floral aroma that is sweet and contains notes that are soft, powdery, and even smokey. Jasmine scented candles are a close second choice, as the sensual, sweet, and rich smell has been described as nearly intoxicating.
For something more romantic, richer scents are the way to go. Amber Noir candles are a good example that provides a rich, creamy sandalwood scent that is a bit heavier but can still be refreshing and set the mood. If you prefer something with smokey notes, Feu de Bois candles are well known for providing a pleasant fireplace smell.
The bathroom is a place where people go to refresh themselves and begin their day, so the ideal bathroom smells should be clean and refreshing. To turn your bathroom into a true sanctuary of personal grooming, you want to use scents that remind you of spas and the tranquility they bring. Blends of dry wood, citrus, and herbs are a common favorite, but other good choices include scents such as pinewood or vanilla.
There is a massive selection of scented candles for you to choose from, and some scents have greater personal and emotional meaning to some people than others. In order to perfect the scents of your home, don’t be afraid to experiment and try different fragrances. You may find one that brings out the best memories, or you may find a scent for you that allows you to build completely new memories.
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