Here at Domestic Science we love a good candle! So much so that there is no doubt that you’ll be enveloped in scent each time you enter one of our stores! Its fair to say that home fragrances are one of Domestic Science’s staples – they make the perfect gift (gift to self included!), they have the ability to transform a space and can help provide a setting for almost any occasion. Autumn marks the perfect time to write a blog post on home fragrances as we look forward to cosy evenings in! And as scent has the power to alter our perception of a space, now marks the time to delve into the world of home fragrance! We hope that this guide provides with you just the right amount of information and inspiration to develop a love for fragrance as deep as ours!
Creating the atmosphere
Scents create atmosphere and help transition a space from season to season. There is no season like Autumn to think about decorating your home with beautiful scents to create a warm, cosy atmosphere! Perfect for nights drawing in and spending time by the fire with a hot chocolate!
Thinking outside seasons, scents can equally be used to enhance moods and atmospheres you are trying to create; helping to calm or revitalise your sense of self, create a romantic atmosphere or reinforce a relaxed mood.
Choosing a scent
Scent is very personal; our scent preferences are based on a huge number of factors that we don’t necessarily even realise. With this in mind the first step is to understand your own preferences and start by identifying the fragrance families you like the most:
Floral: Light or heavy, floral fragrances incliner hints of rose, lavender, jasmine and lilac
Woody: Rich, natural scents characterise woody fragrances and include hints if sandalwood, cedar, moss and patchouli.
Citrus: Bright and zingy scents like, orange, grapefruit, lemon and bergamot.
Fruity: Sweet and juicy fragrances including hints of fruits like fig, blackcurrants, peach and raspberry.
Fresh: Light and aquatic, fresh fragrances which are reminiscent of crisp, clean linen.
Green: Natural, herby aromas like bay leaf, grass, green tea and bamboo
Spicy: Warm, rich and peppery spicy scents feature hints of cinnamon, pepper, ginger, clove, nutmeg and saffron.
Sweet: Reminiscent of delectable treats and fresh baking and include hints of vanilla and almond.
As well as personal preference, scents can also be matched to particular rooms settings and situations, for example, clean and fresh citrus fragrances are best suited to the kitchen, spicier fragrances are perfect for bedrooms and beautiful floral scents work well in the bathroom. Scents can also be adapted to when spending time alone or entertaining, its can be the difference in having scents which are warm soft and subtle, or having a louder scents which incorporate sweeter or richer notes such as vanilla for example.
Considering the varieties of fragrance styles
We boast a variety of room fragrances, including candles (of all sizes and styles), diffusers and room sprays – which are suited to different occasions and spaces and situations.
- Candles add warmth and atmosphere, and are perfect for any space, given that they are supervised.
- Diffusers are perfect for rooms where you want a constant light fragrance, in an unattended space.
- Room sprays offer an instant hit of fragrance to your home – perfect for freshening a space.
Adding the finishing touches
Candles and reed diffusers are as decorative as they are practical – they are ideal in adding the finishing touches to your space. Candle holders add a bit more flair to a setting, helping to create an additional dimension. This can be modern and contemporary, or classic and romantic, for example. Holders can be used as statement pieces or subtle additions to enhance a specific theme. It is worth considering how specific shapes and textures f can be used to complement a spaces’ design; for example, glass holders enhance a classic feel whilst metallic are great for creating more of a luxe, modern appeal.