As we step into the holiday season, we all begin preparing our homes for those occasions where we invite our family, friends, and colleagues to share the joy and company of one another in our space. Often, this involves a dose of fall cleaning and perhaps some decorating, but it should also include updating your home fragrances.
While it was once believed the olfactory sense had little importance to humans, in the last decade, scientists have discovered quite the opposite. Just like it shapes the way other living creatures interact with their surroundings, smell plays an extremely important role in how humans experience their environment. Therefore, even if you’re planning to tantalize your guests with the aromas of your home cooking, there’s always an opportunity to create a moment that triggers positive reactions to your space via enchanting scents. It could be in the bathroom where your family will wash up before dinner or the guest bedroom your sister and brother-in-law will stay. If you’ve gone through the effort of designing and preparing your space for them, you can elevate it even higher with a wonderful home fragrance. To help you pick the right one for your home, we’ll give you five of our favorites so you’ll have a quality selection from which to choose.
JO MALONE: POMEGRANATE NOIR
We don’t want to call this scent our favorite, but there’s a reason it’s at the top of our list. It pleases everyone. Period. Just recently, we were photographing one of our home designs and our design assistant kept commenting on the fantastic smell of the client’s home. We informed her it was Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir and our two other colleagues broke out with emphatic nodding and praise because they too obsess over this scent.
NEST: MOROCCAN AMBER
NEST consistently produces fan-favorite home fragrances (and perfumes), but Moroccan Amber truly is a classic. While coming in both the candle and diffuser, we tend to favor the candle, as it produces a lovely smell even when unlit.
The legendary, Parisian perfumery, Diptyque, creates some of the most elegant, high-end fragrance lines on the market. While encapsulating the scent of freshly picked berries, blended with roses, Baies (berries) extends its warm-weather notes and can be appreciated during any season.
APOTHEKE PUR: CHARCOAL
West Elm’s Apotheke Pur Charcoal reed diffuser is an easy go-to for us. The simple, black design complements any modern space, and the scent that fills the air is one of white cedar and sandalwood.
ANTHROPOLOGIE: CAPRI BLUE VOLCANO
“This candle smells exactly like Anthropologie’s Capri Blue Volcano” is how other candle stores try to pitch their similar smelling, but inferior, products. This Anthropologie home staple is highly sought after by those trying to recreate the olfactory atmosphere so beloved by the store’s customers. While the candle also comes in a standard container, this iridescent jar carries a bit more style.
The great thing about these home fragrances is that they also make great gifts! So while you’re out picking up your NEST Moroccan Amber or Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir, grab one for someone else and you can cross that person off your gift list!