Good sense is having good home scents. No one likes a smelly house! Love on these ideas for a welcoming and inviting aroma in your place!
Don’t you love coming home to a sweet smelling house? I know I do. My nose is like that of a detection dog. It has its perks, but sometimes it’s the worst thing ever and I force myself to internally plug my nose so that I don’t have to get a whiff of something I don’t want to smell. That being said, I love it when a home, restaurant, store, etc. smells fabulous. I try my best to utilize the tools around me to get those delicious and fragrant aromas going in my own home. Some of the best ways to make your home smell great are pretty obvious like candles, reed diffusers, and simmer pots, but another great option, one not always considered, is fresh plants and flowers!
Candles are becoming more and more expensive, especially luxury candle brands. I don’t know why that is...it’s a piece of wax! How much does that need to cost, right? ? And sadly, a lot of the more inexpensive candles don’t always have good smells. Good smelling candles can be expensive. So there’s no reason why we shouldn’t spoil ourselves from time to time! It’s nice to splurge a little on something pretty every once in a while, like these Jo Malone candles. (English Pear and Freesia is my fave!)
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They’re costly, but worth it. They smell AMAZING and the packaging is a gift in itself. Jo Malone has a knack for knocking the scents right into you! Not only will these make any room in your house smell like a garden full of flowers, but when they burn to the end, you can give this DIY a try and turn them into (pretty) storage space. Who doesn’t like something that can be reused or repurposed? Best candles ever!
Another option to consider is a reed diffuser. I love these because they look nice and you don’t have to scramble for a lighter or matches to get them going. Just set it up and take (or should I say breathe) it all in. Plus, you can make your own scent combos with essential oils. How cool is that? Home decor tip: use it as part of your coffee table decor or in your bedroom on the nightstand or dresser. I can see it now!
As convenient and pleasant as it may be to constantly have candles and reed diffusers on hand, sometimes we come up short-handed. This is when you take matters into your own kitchen...and make a simmer pot! Stove pot scents are so easy to make and you can leave them running all day (if you’re into that sort of thing, like me). Just make sure not to let the water run out and to turn the stove off at the end of it all! Trust me, you don’t want to scorch the pot and burn what’s inside, unless you’re totally going for a charred smell, in which case just take care of your pot and don’t set off the fire alarm!
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My favorite DIY room freshener is to combine cinnamon sticks, cloves, rosemary, and pine needles (from the Christmas tree!). I usually get this going around the holidays or in the fall, so those supplies are never too far away. You can even add things like cranberries, anise, and many other winter type ingredients that you can easily find this time of year. Plus, it’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and make your house smell so fresh! Add some water and get to simmerin’!
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An alternative to the warm cinnamon-y situation is a mixture of lemon, rosemary, and vanilla! This creates a fresh scent that is perfect for spring and summer. Have fun with it and experiment if you have the time. There are tons of scents out there that work great with these ingredients already, such as sage, anise, other citrus, apples, and many others. You can add fresh or dried herbs and plants, or even essential oils to create a brand new fragrance profile. Then, after you do that, let me know what combos you tried out in the comments section below so I can try them too!
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Eucalyptus is one of the best, most relaxing natural scents in this great, big world. I love it! So much so that I had an eucalyptus plant chilling at my house before I moved. I really like plants indoors; I think they make a space feel lively and happy. So when they smell delicious as well, I’m all about it! From an aesthetic perspective, eucalyptus plants are easy on the eyes too. You can leave them be, or add sprigs in an arrangement like this one below. Bonus tip: take a sprig and tie it to your shower head so when you take a hot shower, the eucalyptus naturally sheds some oil, creating a spa like experience.
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I really like these scents for the home because it’s comforting to walk into a space that smells extra fresh and clean or has a scent that evokes a special memory. But enough about me, I want to hear about you! What are your favorite means of achieving a fragrant home? Do you prefer one of the methods I listed above or do you do something entirely different? Tell me all about it by sharing and commenting below!
**Featured image via Woolcott