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8 Easy Ways To Enjoy Scent At Home

8 Easy Ways To Enjoy Scent At Home

Scented candles? Of course! But here are several other ways you can enjoy scent at home

By Lora O’Brien

We all have scents that we remember. For me, the aroma of coffee will forever remind me of my favourite cafe, while lavender reminds me of my grandparent’s house. Certain smells are often at the forefront of many memories, and there’s a reason for this. The part of the brain which processes our emotions also processes scents. This is why we, as humans, associate emotions and memories with certain scents: memory and emotion are delicately entwined.

Scent is such a huge part of life, it can affect our emotional state profoundly. For example, the scent of citrus often energises us, while peppermint and eucalyptus clears the mind. Gingerbread and vanilla offer feelings of comfort and warmth, while lavender and chamomile calm us down.

Our houses are the perfect place to use scent consciously to bring about various states of mind.

Here are 8 ways to enjoy scent at home any time.

1. Treat Yourself To A Bouquet

They’re pretty, they’re natural, and they smell amazing. So why not treat yourself to a gorgeous bouquet of seasonal flowers? This is one of the easiest – and most gorgeous – ways to enjoy scent at home.

Try: Apparently the most fragrant flowers include: lilies, roses, gardenias, tuberose and lilacs.


2. Use An Aromatherapy Oil

Perhaps the most common method of using essential oils is to apply them directly to the skin through a massage, bath, or skincare product. But did you know you can also dab them onto light bulbs to impregnate your home with scent? The heat from the bulb will spread the perfume of the oil around a room for hours!

Try: We love the natural aromas of Arithmos Superfine Body Oils. Rub a few drops onto your palms, inhale deeply, then massage it into your skin.

7 Ways To Enjoy Scent At Home

3. Do Some Slow Cooking

Baking is probably the most delicious of all the many ways to enjoy scent at home. But do you really want to do that every day? Probably not! So a wonderful alternative is to simmer something natural on the stove. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and it’s even eco-friendly, too!

Try: For a warming scent, simmer some raw ginger in a shallow pot of water over a low heat. For a more zingy aroma, throw some orange, lime or lemon peels into a pot and simmer. Prefer spicy scents? Stud an orange with cloves instead!

7 Ways To Enjoy Scent At Home

4. Mist Your Pillows With Scent

As night falls, prepare yourself for a restorative sleep by misting your pillowcases and linens with a soothing pillow mist! You’ll naturally promote wellbeing and reduce anxiety levels, leaving you refreshed and revitalised upon waking.

Pillow scents work to calm us down by using scents that are known for promoting restfulness and relaxation. These can include: lavender, chamomile and sandalwood, for example. These fragrances help you to transform the way you sleep, helping you to fall asleep faster and sleep deeper.

Try: OSEA’s Vagus Nerve Pillow Mist boasts a blend of chamomile, juniper berry, lavender, lemon tea tree and Moroccan rosemary. These oils soak away signs of stress to relax the mind and body, creating a calming atmosphere to transform bedtime into a soothing moment of zen.

7 Ways To Enjoy Scent At Home

5. Soak In A Scented Tub

Why does it seem that everything in life can be solved by a warming bath? Well, there is a scientific reason for this: when we bathe, our parasympathetic nervous system is activated, which is the part of our body responsible for relaxation. 

Settle and soothe your nervous system by getting into a nice, hot bath, no matter what the weather. But make it even fancier with the addition of a luxuriously scented bath milk. This will really give your home that spa vibe! Just sit back, relax and wait while the stresses of life simply melt away. This is definitely one of my favourite ways to enjoy scent at home!

Try: Unwind with Lola’s Apothecary Queen of Roses Bath Milk. Their luxurious bath milk is a modern British interpretation of Cleopatra’s legendary bathing ritual. Indulge in a creamy, rose-scented bath strewn with rose petals and emerge with baby soft skin. Apparently, Emma Watson is a huge fan of the stuff!

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Lola’s Apothecary Queen of Roses Bath Milk

6. Inhale A Cup of Tea

This might be one of the more unconventional ways to enjoy scent at home, but it’s also one of the most delicious! Make your tea time a beautiful ritual. Boil pure, filtered water, use your favourite tea cup, and while your tea is infusing, breathe in its sent deeply. You’ll appreciate that first sip all the more, and surprise yourself for not having realised what a pleasure the scent of tea is before!

Try: Stash’s Breakfast In Paris is a delightful twist on Earl Grey. It adds a hint of lavender and vanilla to make a tea that you’ll wish was also a perfume!

7. Roll It On

Everyday life can be challenging, and I think it’s fair to say we all have moments where we need to take a moment to find our inner calm. A roll on scent is the perfect way to help take you from stressed and overwhelmed to delightfully calm and centred.

Simply pop your favourite scent into your bag and pull it out when the moment calls for some relaxation.

Try: Unwind with Nemat Sandalwood Oil Roll-On. It features a warm, woody and rich fragrance that’s sensual and relaxing. But the best part? It comes from sustainably harvested oil from the heart of the Sandalwood tree. This is a sacred tree whose wood and oil have been used for generations in religious ceremonies across the world.

sandalwood oil

8. Use A Diffuser

Got a dog stinking up the house? Or maybe it’s cigarette smoke? Or just city pollution? No worries! A diffuser is one of the more subtle yet effective ways to enjoy scent at home. But as with candles, ensure yours is flooded with natural essential oils instead of potentially toxic synthetic fragrances. Pure essential oils are also known to regulate moods and reduce anxiety, and so choosing the right scent will allow you to unwind, destress, and create a serene environment.

Try: The beautiful  Le Jardin Retrouvé Osmanthe Liu Yuan Scented Stem Diffuser. It is composed of a reusable Limoges porcelain jar, decorated with a handmade apricot-coloured enamel; a porous porcelain fragrance stem; a perforated lid made of Jura beech; and a 125 ml refill made of recycled and recyclable aluminium. Place it near your favourite reading nook or seating area to ensure you get a whiff as often as possible. 

Le Jardin Retrouvé Osmanthe Liu Yuan Scented Stem Diffuser

Lora O'Brien
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