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Our sense of smell is such a powerful trigger for pleasure. When we taste food much of the experience is due to what we smell – just think how tasteless food is when you have a cold! Given that we often associate food with celebrations and comforting childhood memories, it’s no surprise that the right aromas mean a lot to us too.
Whilst many of us might not think we’re the aromatherapy types who stock up on exotic essential oils, we do still enjoy enhancing our homes with wonderful smells. Beyond giving the house an appealing impression of cleanliness, the right home scents can help us relax, feel invigorated or simply cheer us up.
Whereas our mums might have been happy to spray heavily perfumed concoctions around the hall before visitors arrived, nowadays many of us hanker after more natural home scents in our fabric conditioners, shampoos and room fragrances. But what are the best scents for your home?
Floral tones offer a lovely light home scent and the bring the pleasure of being outdoors inside. Delicate fragrances such as lilac, gardenia and jasmine are a good choice for rooms you use during the day.
Be careful with rose scents though. While they are capable of producing the most wonderful aroma of all flowers, if they are too intense, they can begin to smell harsh and almost vinegary so be sure to select a subtle floral scent.
When working out how to make your home smell good, think about how you use each space and pick home scents accordingly. Relaxing scents are great for the bedroom, but can also work in the right living room, too.
Lavender is popular because it can aid relaxation, ease headaches and help get you off to sleep. Some people might find lavender a little old-fashioned because their grandmothers would have used it a lot, but it has come back in vogue.
Pretty jasmine has a powerful smell and can improve wellbeing and reduce anxiety. It can be a little soapy if used in small enclosed spaces but when the windows are open and it mixes with fresh air, its distinctive aroma is much more enjoyable.
In the sunnier months of the year, fresh scents like apple and citrus fruits can be the best scents for your home, and are particularly suited to the kitchen and bathroom. Try lime as it’s good balance of the sweet and sour somewhere between orange and lemon. Soaps infused with scents like mint are also wonderful for this time of year.
For autumn and winter, as we swap salads for heartier casseroles and bathtime is more about soothing chill-out time than the quick daily showers of spring and summer, home scents such as ginger, cranberry or cinnamon are more suitable.
Most of us have probably never even thought about using a linen spray, but just because we don’t have acres of white tablecloth to iron, scents like French Linen are making a real comeback in candles and room sprays. It’s a fresh, light tone that suits any room. Similarly, green tea has a refreshing tone that is just as clean and modern.
With ingredients like exotic fruits and flowers proving popular scents for your home, many forget the old-school appeal of scents such as pine and sandalwood. Cedar is fresh and clean, perfect for rooms you use mostly by day, while the rich muskiness of sandalwood is ideal for bedrooms and the bathroom.
If woodland aromas are too strong for you, opt for leafy scents – maple, ivy or even tomato leaf bring the outside in to stunning affect all year round.
What are your favourite room fragrances?
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