You know it makes scents

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Homes & Interiors -

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

fra­grance. They might fra­grance.

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.

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