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The smell of fresh cut grass and the perfume of garden blooms are just some of summer’s sweet scents. They instantly evoke memories of sunny days and happy times no matter what our location or the weather!
But there’s no need to wait for the temperature to rise or yearn for balmy evenings in the garden.
Home fragrances are now so sophisticated that they can capture the natural essences of an infinite variety of those scents and aromas and recreate them for rooms.
“The power of home fragrance is enormous. Fragrant candles create ambience in the home and can transform a home’s atmosphere,” says Debbie Wild, international lifestyle director for Jo Malone.
Follow our guide to home scents to suit the summer months, your mood and your pocket. SUMMER’S BLOOMS
“Fresh, floral fragrances are always the most popular at this time of year,” says Rebekah Fice-Thomson from the St Eval Candle Company, Cornwall.
“The crisp scents of thyme and mint or the sweet aroma of apple and elderflower are also captivating.”
Traditionalists would love the company’s Rose Garden Floral Pink Candle, £10.60, which releases the warm, soft scent of tuber roses. Marks & Spencer has an excellent value fragrance range, including An Orange Blossom Flower Diffuser gift set, £15. Reed diffusers are gaining in popularity partly because they’re safer than lit candles. Roman At Home has a ‘bathtime’ reed diffuser, £16, which can be used anywhere in the home. It releases sparkling top notes of citrus, suggestions of apple peel and fresh florals with a background of spice.
STAR SCENT: The White Company’s Flowers scent is described as ‘like a fresh summer garden’ with a combination of jasmine, rose, neroli, lavender and geranium. Signature candle, £18, home spray, £12. JOURNEY WITH SCENTS Transport yourself to foreign climes, or bring back holiday memories with scents that are characteristic of exotic locations.
Embrace the invigorating scents of South Asia with Oriflame’s Teatime in India candle, spiced with fresh tea leaves to evoke the tea plantations and vanilla.
It also has Autumn in Tuscany, with crisp notes of fig and cypress, and Breakfast in Paris, a rich, mouth-watering chocolatey scent to evoke the essence of French cafés and patisseries. The candles and fragrance spray are £8.95 each.
Whisk your senses to the lemon groves in the Mediterranean with The White Company’s Verveine collection.
It combines verbena, orange and lemon with clary sage, lemongrass and cedarwood. A Verveine signature candle, £18. Home Spray, £12.
STAR SCENT: Yankee Candle has a World Journeys Collection featuring French Lavender to evoke the tranquil scent of Provence’s lavender fields as well as a spicy clove, cinnamon and vanilla aroma for Madagascar Spice. Candles start from £7.99. GOURMET SCENTS Food-inspired scents create a comforting, homely atmosphere, but avoid using these, or any strongsmelling home fragrance, while you’re eating as the aromas may conflict with the natural odours of the food you’re serving.
Lily & Lime’s ‘Kitchen and Larder Candles’ include a mouth-watering range of scents including Summer Pudding, Rhubarb & Custard, and Lemon Drizzle Cake, 14.95 each Cooks might enjoy its Victorian Herb range with Bay & Rosemary, Bergamot & Nettle, Celery & Herb. They start from £3.75. STAR SCENT: Strawberries and Cream or Apple Pie & Custard Aroma Coasters release their scent when a hot drink is placed on them. They are re-usable and a set of five is £5.95 from Getting Personal. MOOD BOOSTERS Scents influence our emotions, and fragrances such as lavender, orange, or rose may help reduce anxiety.
Most ranges include lavender, and a Lavender & Lime soy wax candle, £10, from Shearer Candles could soothe.
Alternatively, you could pick fragrances specifically designed to conjure or suit a mood.
The Therapy Candles range, from Gift Republic, has 12 choices. Bring a smile to your face with Be Happy, with cheery essential oil such as lemongrass to calm and inspire, uplifting lime and refreshing orange.
Romantics could try the Aphrodisiac candle, with a blend of essential oils such as reviving cardamom, fiery pepper and sensual patchouli. Or, on a more practical note, a Snore Ease candle contains eucalyptus to ease the sinuses, frankincense to soothe and slow the breath, and clary sage to calm. All candles are £12.99 each.
Don’t forget the boys Pot with citronella when it comes to home and lemon balm
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appreciate a manly blend of wood, amber and moss to recreate the atmosphere of an old library.
True Grace Reed Diffuser, £39, in Library from Velvet Brown.
STAR SCENT: Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir home fragrance candle, £38, is my favourite as it’s warm but delicate fruit spice sent is both comforting and relaxing. GARDEN SCENTS Make the most of sunny days by relaxing and enjoying the outdoors with scented candles that also helps to keep away those irritating bugs.
Citronella is used in most of these candles. It can be grown as a plant and is said to repel biting insects. The scent is rich and lemony and mixes well with summer florals and isn’t too intrusive.
STAR SCENT: Shearer’s On the Terrace Collection blends Citronella with Lemon Balm and includes Waxed Filled Pots, from £4.50, candles in Garden Tins, from £5, and Garden pillar candle, £7.
Breakfast in Paris candle, £8.95 and Breakfast
in Paris fragrance spray, £8.95, from Oriflame.
Orange Blossom Flower
Diffuser gift set, £15, from Marks & Spencer.