For Your Home
Fragrance How to Choose a For Your Home
Many of us have a signature scent, a perfume that we have worn for years. There is often a specific memory tied to how we came to the signature scent and all the ensuing memories that surface each time we smell it. I have been thinking about the signature scent of my home and what that could ‘look’ like, or smell like. The natural fragrance of a home is one of the first things people notice as they enter your home, it is one of the first things you may notice as you walk into your home. Especially if you have been away for a while. As I set about exploring what the signature scent of my home could be I addressed what was for me the most obvious starting point: a signature scent, or various scents? I opted for various scents for various rooms in my home, though the idea of a signature scent for the entire home is still something that appeals to me greatly. Let me give you a somewhat olfactory tour of my home, the various fragrances I have chosen and the thought process behind them so that perhaps you may develop ideas of your own. Consider when a particular room gets the most use and find a fragrance suitable for that time of day. Prior to having a child, our lounge area did not get much use during the week days. It was an area that came alive at night, so I chose a fragrance with woody base notes with a somewhat exotic fragrance. It was fitting considering the worldly feel of our lounge with world music, and art and textiles picked up during our travels. In almost every space I have included a diffuser of the same fragrance as the candle to enhance the scent. Diffusers are also a wonderful way to introduce fragrance to a large, open space slowly and consistently. Where possible layer the candle with a diffuser of the same fragrance. Our kitchen, dining space and lounge are really one big open space but easily demarcated and ‘sectioned’ with furniture and décor. I love cooking but I do not like the lingering smell of food. For the kitchen I opted for a candle and diffuser with a tropical fruit medley fragrance which adds a subtle ambience when you walk into the kitchen in the early hours of the morning but instantly perks up and masks odour when pots and pans are clanging. Consider the purpose of the room and pick your fragrance accordingly. For instance something stronger in the kitchen to mask odour compared to a lighter scent for a bedroom. For our guest bedroom we wanted the space to feel lived in but also like a holiday home. Somewhere that our friends and family, could feel ‘at home’ but also with the air of excitement that a midweek getaway brings. For the guest room I chose a somewhat neutral fragrance, one that I felt was a perfect balance between femininity and masculinity. Instead of an energetic fragrance with happy, poppy notes, we opted for one that was more mellow and relaxing. Consider the energy you would like to introduce to the space. You might want something upbeat or perhaps a more relaxing tone. Just off the guest room is the guest bathroom. This is one of my favourite rooms in the house. The shower is huge, the room itself is spacious and there’s a lovely bath tub. This is the only room in the house where I do not have a candle. Instead I’ve opted for body care products from the same company whose candles and diffusers I used. The hand and body wash and lotions add not only an air of luxury to the room but are also texture-rich products that nourish and moisturise with a lingering scent. Having these products as a treat for my guests is perfect, alongside a gentle diffuser. Where possible add body care products of the same fragrance to your candles and diffusers. This works perfectly in guest bedrooms, the bathroom and even the kitchen. As I walk through each room in our home I cannot help but feel different. Each space with its art, décor and memories invokes different emotions and now with the thoughtful addition of fragrance I feel like the sensory journey is complete. I have used products from a New Zealand company MARACA (http://www.maracanewzealand.com/) but Pure Fiji also offers a wonderful life of candles, diffusers and bath and body products that can just as easily be used.