How to Make your Home Smell Fabulous
HOW TO SCENT YOUR HOME FOR A PEACEFUL, SNUGGLY NIGHT IN, OR HAVING FRIENDS OVER FOR A GET-TOGETHER? HERE'S HOW TO SCENT YOUR HOME TO SUIT THE MOOD YOU WANT TO RECREATE.
Tell me I smell good, ‘oh thanks’! Tell me my home smells good…now that’s a huge compliment! An extension of our personality, our home is the showcase to our soul, (hang on while I tidy up) …so it’s got to smell as good as it looks, right?
It's the ultimate space for us to rest, recline and relax. We walk in the door at the end of a long day, and by the time your bag hits the floor, the aroma of your home has filtered through your nose, up to your brain, calling ‘I’m home’ to the rest of your body. A millisecond later you breathe out, shoulders drop… you RELAX. Where else should we crave and yearn to be the most if not at home? And now more than ever, in our crazy, chaotic stressy lives, I truly believe we need to surround and immerse ourselves in a cocoon of contentment and security.
HOME FRAGRANCE IS SO IMPORTANT FOR CREATING AN ATMOSPHERE AND EMOTION IN THE HOME. TRY SOMETHING CALMING AND RELAXING IN THE BEDROOM AND THE BATHROOM, OR MAYBE IN YOUR COZY LIVING ROOM. BUT FOR THE KITCHEN AND HALLWAY AREAS, YOU NEED SOMETHING A BIT MORE UPLIFTING.
Light: Over a quarter of British homes now regularly burn a candle. It’s in our blood. Having a signature home is a way of really owning your surroundings and it is more personal than simply wearing a scent since people have to be invited into your home to experience it. Start with just one candle in your bedroom and see the difference in your mood after a great night’s sleep. At this point, I’m going to JOGB SLOJO Relaxing Candle with lavender, geranium, patchouli, and labdanum – but if you’re not after sleep perhaps you’d like to try JOGB MOJO Sensual Candle with coriander, ambrette seed, and sandalwood.
Spray: Over bedlinen, curtains, napkins and even your tablecloth alfresco, choose a mood-enhancing essential oil-based spray, body mist or flower water that is alcohol-free over chemical-based room sprays. This way if it falls on your skin, that’s OK, and I think disinfecting in the home is overrated. I love Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, £18, and on the duvet This Works Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray, £26, with lavender, vetiver, and chamomile, works like a dream.
Diffuse: Reed diffusers are a slightly more elegant and effortless version of air freshener, gently permeating a fragrance you love throughout the home. The trick is to turn the wooden sticks every five days to get the full impact. I have a soft spot for the spicy woods in Jo Malone Scent Surround Diffuser in Pomegranate Noir, £62.
Heat: An essential oil burner is still rather a gentle way to scent a room. I use a Bodi-Tek Aroma Stone, £22, in my office with my own blend of lemongrass, eucalyptus, and frankincense essential oil that I’ve named ‘GOJO’…or check out my JOGB GOJO Uplifting Candle
Smoke: Incense sticks, cones, and flat coils are a fabulous, traditional way to smolder aroma in your home. My all-time favourites are Nitiraj Incense in Pavarti, around £3.99 from wildeones.com, with, yep, you guessed it…sandalwood, cinnamon and patchouli; and Ila Incense Aroma of Purity and Peace, £12, with sandalwood and jasmine. I took these on holiday to Greece last year and now when I light one at home the whole family feels the vibe!