The importance of a neutral scent starting point:
The lingering scent of roast potatoes on a Sunday evening can be a welcome source of solace in your home, but prolonged cooking smells or dog-walk-soaked trainers by the door can throw off the overall aroma of home. Establishing a neutral scent within your space is the first step to achieving a great smelling home, and in practice requires minimal effort to achieve. Periodically opening your windows, whether it be to air through condensation from a particularly steamy cooking marathon or long drawn out bath is the perfect way to cleanse your home, carrying indoor air pollutants out of the air, whilst also offering physical and mental health benefits too.
During the depths of winter when conserving heat is essential, homemade deodorising mixtures can help to absorb unwanted scents in a simple and cost effective way. Try mixing one cup of baking soda with 15 drops of essential oil and an optional teaspoon of dried herbs (such as rosemary, lavender, or mint) before shaking thoroughly and placing in a small dish. Alternatively, simmering stovetop potpourri (which can be altered seasonally to include sweet smelling cinnamon or fresh lemon) is another simple way to neutralise odours in the home, and welcome in a naturally fresh aroma. Regularly ensuring food waste is taken outside undoubtedly contributes to an overall cleaner and more neutral scent in the home, allowing you to create a purposeful and curated scent experience in each room.
Spoilt for choice - Candles, oils, incense or diffusers:
The differing ways in which fragrance can be introduced into a room offer differing benefits, and the desire for subtle versus impactful scents can alter the means in which you decide to scent your space. For long lasting and continued fragrance, reed diffusers offer a continuous, gentle fragrance that forms an ever present aspect of a room’s identity. Eym Naturals Rest Standard Diffuser is a one such soothing addition to a room, offering a subtle yet calming aroma that makes it perfect for placement in a bedroom or reading nook.
For occasions in which a more potent scent is desired, the addition of a candle provides both a strong injection of fragrance and a soft ambience to a room, whether it be for a cosy evening alone or an intimate dinner with loved ones. Candles can fill a room with fragrance very quickly, making them the optimum choice for times in which adding a feeling of renewed energy to a room is the aim.
Perfect for those whose home is a treasured space for relaxation and recuperation, burning incense not only adds a powerful scent to a room, but also promotes a sense of mindfulness and perhaps a welcome moment to pause and unwind. Incense generally burns for less than an hour, offering a quick burst of fragrance that lingers in your space, whether it be scenting a long soak in the bath or time dedicated to meditation and journaling during your evenings. Vyrao’s Witchy incense makes a case as the ultimate choice for moments like these, with thorny rose, frankincense and nutmeg providing an enchanted fragrance for your space, designed with raising your energetic field in mind.
Whether used with an oil burner or diffuser to naturally scent the room, or as part of a DIY home fragrance spray when diluted, oils bring a lost lasting scent to a space that can be used to refresh soft furnishings or as a permanent fragrance in any room. Opt for a lavender infused scent to induce sleep in the bedroom, or fresh citrus for a boost of energy in a home study, and lap up the cleansing benefits of essential oils in the home. Cedar’s Sulis essential oil blend of eucalyptus, lavender and mandarin is the ultimate antidote to stress, adding a welcome sense of calm to your home and making for the perfect long soak in the bath accompaniment.
Scent makes us feel, and the meaning and benefits of a beautifully fragranced home run deeper than simply triggering our sense of smell. Yasmin Sewell, founder of wellbeing and fragrance brand Vyrao, emphasises the transformative power scent has in improving our sense of wellbeing and health.
“When creating Vyrao I was thinking about how we can heal and change the way we feel through scent and our space and home. All of the fragrances and candles that we make are created to specifically evoke certain good emotions.” A great smelling home can contribute to our overall wellbeing.