Not ev­ery room can be filled with cut flow­ers, which is why flo­ral home fra­grance is a good idea. Make your own pot-pourri, buy an or­ganic room spray, or make a scented can­dle in an old mug

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1 MAKE Petals or flower heads from blooms with strong scents (roses, laven­der, jas­mine) can eas­ily be turned into pot-pourri. They work best com­bined with slices of orange, ap­ple and spices like cin­na­mon or cloves. Spread on a bak­ing sheet and bake at 110C/Fan 90C/Gas 1 un­til dry, then put some­where dry for two days to get rid of any resid­ual mois­ture. Mix well, bruis­ing slightly to re­lease fra­grance, then store in a lid­ded jar for at least two weeks. Re­move, put in a wide bowl and in­hale.

2 BUY When it comes to buy­ing home fra­grance, it’s best to stick to or­ganic prod­ucts to pre­vent chem­i­cals cir­cu­lat­ing in the air. Made in Corn­wall us­ing dis­tilled water, Jas­mine, Rose Gera­nium & Lemon Ver­bena Room Mist, £15, above, by Tre­varno (tre­varnoskin­, is a lovely pure spritz to freshen up any room. Neom’s Hap­pi­ness Home Mist, £18, is a more ex­otic blend of mi­mosa, neroli and lemon (neo­mor­gan­ics. com). Both com­pa­nies also sell scented can­dles and dif­fusers.

3 CUS­TOMISE Melt 20 or so white can­dles in a bowl over a pan of water. Add a few drops of flo­ral es­sen­tial oil suit­able for can­dles (eg, gera­nium pure es­sen­tial oil, £8.50, tis­serand. com). Stir with a chop­stick. At­tach a pre-waxed wick to a sus­tainer (£2.50 for 9, hob­by­ then fix to the bot­tom of an enamel cup (£9, fal­co­ne­namel­ with a drop of wax. Tie wick around a chop­stick balanced on cup rim to cen­tre wick. Care­fully fill mug with melted wax. Cut ex­cess wick and leave can­dle to set be­fore light­ing.

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