Home fragrance is a quick and easy way to change the feel of a room – as well as lift your mood. Find the right scent for you and your space with our expert tips
Fragrance families have certain notes or scents in common. Knowing which one you prefer can help you find the right fragrance for your home:
Fresh Bright, clean and uplifting scents evoking a sea breeze. Often contain notes of neroli, sea salt and jasmine.
Citrus The citrus family is refreshing and zesty with sparkling top notes including lemon, bergamot, mandarin and grapefruit.
Amber Distinct scents with full-bodied, rich and warming tones. Notes may include vanilla, leather, pepper, tonka bean and woods.
Floral Blossoming aromas that complement each other with notes such as jasmine, mimosa, rose, freesia and peony.
Herbal Botanical scents are believed to have soothing, relaxing qualities and may use notes of lavender, sweet orange, geranium and cedarwood.
Gourmand Mouth-watering ‘edible’ scents, with hints of vanilla, caramel, coffee, chocolate and honey.
Fruity Sweet berry bases or more tropical scents, often with notes of pomegranate, apple, fig or rhubarb.
Living room: Match scents to the occasion, or time of year, and avoid anything overpowering. Experiment with clean cotton or vanilla fragrance to create a calm ambience, or up the cosiness with spicy scents.
Electric diffusers: Essential oils leave behind a residue that can clog up electric diffusers, so it’s important to clean your diffuser regularly. After each use, wipe with a cloth to remove any excess oil or water. When the diffuser is in use, fragrance levels can be increased by adding more oil drops to the water base.
Candles: When using for the first time, ensure you burn for a few hours to allow the scent to develop and release. Keep the wax pool clear of debris, including matches and match heads, to ensure a safe burn. Keep wicks trimmed – a longer wick will create a bigger flame that can leave soot around the rim of the jar.
Reed diffusers: We recommend using five to seven reeds in your diffuser. In larger rooms, or for a stronger scent, add more diffuser reeds. Flip your reeds weekly to refresh the fragrance, and replace the reeds if you’re using diffuser refills. Avoid positioning by windowsills and radiators, as this leads to quicker evaporation.
Words: Dulcie Emerson