It’s a wonderful feeling when, after a long day, you walk into your home and it smells like a little piece of heaven.
A home that naturally smells good will impart a feeling of cleanliness and a sense of wellbeing for you, your loved ones and visitors. It can even help reduce anxiety and stress and leave you feeling inspired and uplifted.
People will often be reminded of your home when they encounter that smell again, because our memory is intrinsically linked to scent. That should be a nice smelling memory and not one that is tainted with bad smells and synthetic fragrances.
Throw away those synthetic candles and plug-in fragrances and make your home an aromatic haven the natural way. Often you just need a small amount of essential oils (maybe 3-10 drops per room) or some fresh flowers and plant material to create a beautiful, fragrant ambience the natural way.
Choosing the right scents for each room
Listed below are suggestions for different rooms in your house. Just 1 or 2 of the scents can transform a room’s ambience and turn your home into a fragrant haven.
Hallways and Entranceways
You want to create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere for any guests and loved ones that enter your home and of course, for yourself. Uplifting Citrus with a discreet dash of Spice or Lavender will create an inviting atmosphere without creating an overpowering scent that overwhelms. Some hallways are closed spaces where doors open up from every room in the home and smells from those rooms emanate into the hallways. If that’s the case in your home, try deodorising smells such as Lemon Myrtle, Peppermint and Basil in small quantities also.
Try: Lemon Myrtle Natural Room Spray or Sweet Dreams Natural Pillow Spray.
A lounge room is a lovely space where people retreat to or mingle with other people for conversation. If you create beautiful ambience with scent in your lounge you will create fond memories. Any one or more of Geranium, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Frankincense, Cinnamon, Pepper combined with Uplifting Citrus create an ambience that is calming and grounding.
Try: Sweet Dreams Natural Pillow Spray or Warm Spices Natural Wardrobe Sachet.
Bathrooms, Toilets & Laundries
Purifying and deodorising scents go well in these rooms. Citrus, Lemon Myrtle, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Pine, Eucalyptus are & Basil are generally uplifting, refreshing,
Try: Lemon Myrtle, Native Mint and Lime or Eucalyptus and Lemon Natural Room Spray
Bedroom fragrances may need to be calming, sensual or grounding and if a bedroom is shared then individual tastes need to be taken into account. So consider Lavender, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Citrus, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Rose, and Jasmine according to your aromatic preferences.
Try: Sweet Dreams Natural Pillow Spray or Relax Natural Wardrobe Sachet
Uplifting notes that are also deodorising (to combat certain smells such as fish, meat and onions) work well in the kitchen. Such notes are Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lemon Myrtle, Basil and Peppermint. A hint of spice is a nice addition also.
Try: Native Mint & Lime Natural Room Spray or Lemon Myrtle Natural Room Sprays
The dining room is an important room in the house. This is where you entertain and spend that precious evening meal with family. This is a space where it is best to ensure everyone feels at ease, so choosing the right scents is a lot of fun!
A blend that is calming, grounding, sensual and enlivening is ideal. Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Lime, Grapefruit, Tangerine would all work well. Add to that a hint that is reminiscent of food you are eating to create something truly special such as a hint of any spices you may be cooking eg Cinnamon, Clove, Pepper, Ginger.
Try: Lemon Love or Warm Spices Natural Wardrobe Sachet
Office and study spaces
This is a room where scent can assist in enhancing focus. A study showed that inhaling Lemon essential oil "mitigated exhaustion and maintained vigour" during work. Essential oils such as Peppermint, Rosemary and Basil are also good for memory enhancement, mental clarity and boosting concentration.
Try: Lemon Myrtle or Eucalyptus and Lemon Natural Room Spray
Other simple ways to to create scent in your home
Place some essential oil on some Epsom salts or Rice, mix well and wrap in some beautiful recycled paper. Top up essential oils as needed.
Bring the outside in
Fresh flowers & blossoms, eucalyptus leaves on a twig and bunches of aromatic herbs.
Make a simple room spray from a few drops of natural essential oils and distilled water or explore our range here.
Baking soda jars
Fill a jar with baking soda, add 4 -10 drops of your favourite essential oil and poke holes in lid & place in a room that you want to smell good. If the jar doesn’t have a lid – cover with cloth and rubber band. We have a great range of high quality essential oils and blends in stores and chemists and health food stores also carry essential oils.
Boil a pot of water and add coffee grounds (great way to reuse coffee instead of throwing out), Cinnamon and/or Cloves, Orange or Lemon Peel or Apples.
Place in bowl and use where needed to absorb odours – Great for the kitchen and fridge or where our furry friends and teenagers reside.
Bake and cook with aromatic foods – Apple and Cinnamon Cake, Rosemary Potatoes, Basil and Tomato Pasta Sauce plus so much more will fill you house with delicious smells that create an extremely warm and inviting atmosphere in your home.
Aromatic preferences vary greatly among people and often depend on the time of the year. Creating your own aromatic blueprint will turn your home into a fragrant haven and will evoke long-lasting and loving memories for your visitors.