Many of us are completely unaware of the smell of our own homes, or else, try to get around it with a combination of candles and diffusers to create a pleasing background aroma
Yet, our home fragrance choices are a key consideration that we need to get right. This is because scents play a crucial role in how you think, as smells get processed in the same part of the brain as our emotions and memories.
Yet with so many aromas and scents to pick from that it can sometimes feel daunting to pick the right one. To give you a helping hand, we’ve spoken to Lifestyle Packaging, who has compiled a room-by-room guide on how you can transform your room with a fragrance makeover…
Your hallway and entrance will be the first impression for many of us. When you pick a scent that works in this area, avoid one that overwhelms your nose. Instead, subtle wood-based fragrances lend themselves to an entrance, as they don’t overwhelm your nose as you step in the front door.
Look out for ingredients that include cedar, oud, bergamot and fir; this helps to create a subtle yet warming space.
The kitchen is the trickiest area to maintain a fresh smell in; it’s the space where you cook, eat and store waste, and subsequently, it’s hard to keep odours at bay.
By choosing a citrus-based scent – ie, lemon, lime, grapefruit and tangerine – you achieve the neutralise the more unsavoury smells, while also getting to enjoy some bright, fresh scents.
Steer clear of spicy and overly sweet scents; these can clash with smells that come from food and could put you off yours.
When you’re dealing with an open-plan kitchen that backs onto a living or dining room, you’re best off picking a spray, as it presents you with a great chance to achieve a fresh smell without overwhelming a space.
There are many different scents to opt for in your bedroom, varying from a relaxing, calming atmosphere to a more romantic one.
Are you finding it tricky to drift off to sleep at night? Well, there are some scents that have been scientifically proven to help with insomnia, and with it, promote your sleep quality. For instance, lavender is particularly well-known for this, helping to reduce the heart rate and lower blood pressure, subsequently helping us to relax and drift to sleep. Vanilla also helps to set the scene for a good night’s slumber, as it eases would be sleep disturbances as it increases the theta brain activity which can point to drowsiness.
If you’re looking to create a more romantic setting, floral scented candles in the room could be perfect (this includes rose, jasmine or peonies) for helping to set the mood.
Bathrooms will have smells that are harder to control, as they’re essential oils that are the best option, subsequently giving you the opportunity to purify air and with it, remove airborne bacteria. More powerful than other home fragrances, you pretty much ensure you have a bathroom that smells like an oasis all day long.
A spa-like experience can be created by using ginger, peppermint or eucalyptus to help you unwind, or alternatively, how about breezier scents that will remind you of the sea? Sea salt, seaweed and driftwood all come to the fore here.
If it seems like your diffuser is losing its strength, turn the reeds upside down to reveal the scent-soaked ends.
The living room
Your living room is normally the area where you socialise the most, while also getting to enjoy some much-needed downtime. As a result, try experimenting with different scents, based on the situation. If you’re after a cleaner, fresh feel, scents featuring basil or sage, or fruits like green apple or pomegranate, could be the way to go.
When the colder months are upon us, a deeper and richer note is worth going for, including amber, ginger, blackberry, almond and cardamom, all of which play a great way in adding warmth and atmosphere to proceedings.
Candles seem harmless; just make sure you take care when picking yours, as there are many different cheap-scented candles that use paraffin wax, subsequently releasing the toxic carcinogen benzene when it gets burned.
Get around this by instead picking scented candles that use natural wax like soy, rapeseed, plant and beeswax. Burning slower, they subsequently last longer to.
Do you have small children or pets? If so, make sure you keep your candles and diffusers out of their reach to make sure there’s no accidental burns or ingestion either.