I’ve been noticing the approach of autumn in the last few days. Not just in those misty mornings, in the dew laden grass and the faint nip in the air past sundown. But the smell of autumn too. An almost imperceptible whiff of wood smoke, damp earth, and very soon the scent of ripening apples will start to permeate the air. Isn’t scent wonderful? And evocative too. Sometimes a perfume will immediately take you back to happy memories, remind you of an old friend, or transport you to a place you once visited. And probably because I’m so tuned into smell (and I do have a big dog) I love to fill the house with pleasant aromas too.
Make it Personal
Fragrance in the home isn’t just for special occasions. It’s a daily ritual for me to burn a stick of incense in the mornings, and to light candles in the evening. My preference is for light, floral perfumes but this is very personal. You may prefer masculine, woody scents, or fresh citrus y smells. By choosing the right fragrance for you and using it every day, you can develop your own signature scent in just the same way as you may have a favourite perfume that you wear. It may be a single scent or a combination of the things you use. Either way, it’s welcoming for visitors, and makes a house smell like home. With the added bonus of giving pleasure, and making every single day feel just that bit more luxurious and self-indulgent.
Candles are the obvious choice for scenting the home. There’s nothing nicer than lighting that wick once the evenings start to draw in. It’s a signal for me that the working day is over and that it’s time to relax. Or I have to admit that on dark afternoons I may light one on my desk too. There’s no such thing as spoiling yourself too much in my book. You do have to be careful though, and make sure that you don’t leave a candle alight when you leave the room.
By contrast, diffusers can carry on working away when you leave the room, and even when you leave the house. I like to have one in the hallway. It’s the first thing visitors smell when they enter the door, and in such a high traffic area it creates a waft of perfume every time you walk past. I tend to limit the amount of reeds at any one time (5 is usually enough). It makes the diffuser last longer and creates a more subtle aroma.
This is not for everyone but I love it. It reminds me of calming yoga routines and immediately transports me back to India. One stick seems to permeate the entire house for several hours, although it does create some dust. A small price to pay I think.
Featured candle is the magnolia blush in a ceramic pot from Parks London.
Room sprays are something I haven’t tried until recently and now I’m a convert. The perfume doesn’t last long, but if you want a quick burst of something (just after feeding the dog perhaps?), they certainly do the trick. Stay away from chemical based sprays and choose one that you love. I’m using a fig, ginger and cedar spray at the moment and even though it’s not a floral perfume I love it.
Of course, nothing beats the smell of real flowers and these should be in your perfume armory too. Lillies are my favourite but I’m also fond of hyacinths, freesias and gardenias too. The added advantages with a vase of fresh flowers is that they smell divine and look beautiful too.
For a really helpful Definitive Guide to Scent visit Parks London.
This post was written in partnership with Parks Candles but all views are my own. I only work with companies that I like, would recommend, and that I would buy from.
The luxury Egyptian 400 count bedlinen is from Soak and Sleep (gifted). And now I’ve had the opportunity to slip between the sheets, I can say it’s the softest, silkiest bedlinen I’ve ever had the pleasure of sleeping in.
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