September 20, 2022
Gone are the days where dried potpourri in a bowl on the coffee table was enough to fancy up your home. The new home fragrances are much more elevated: elegant, varied, layered and as interesting as those you wear on your body. And though we spend a lot of time searching for – and finding – a signature scent for ourselves, the home is often an afterthought. Which seems ridiculous really, considering how much time we actually spend in our home environments. With the power to embed and recall memories, creating a home scent that’s unique to your space will not only add to the ambience, it will invite you, and anyone else who enters your home to always think fondly of your abode. But first, you have to choose which type is right for you (and no, potpourri isn’t an option). Read on to discover the different variants available and find your perfect home fragrance.
Incense: Once reserved for alternative stores (Off Ya Tree anyone?) modern incense is anything but the headache-fuelled obnoxious scents of its predecessors. New versions are boutique; handcrafted with delicate blends and layered in the same way a personal fragrance is so you are taken on a scent journey. Fast burning and intense, incense creates an almost spiritual ambience and similarly to candles, has meditative qualities and calming effects.
Try: This is Incense Noosa Incense, $39; This Is Incense Tasmania Incense, $39
Room Spray: A relative newcomer to the market, room sprays have gained in popularity over the last few years because they are an easy, elegant way to add scent to your home. Formulated differently to personal scents (which are designed to sit on, and cling to the skin) these lighter scents are made to hang in the air. One of the best things about a room spray is that the effect is instant and they’re a no-brainer to use – just spritz and go. They can also be used to freshen up a space by spritzing over linen, into cupboards or on cushions.
Try: Urban Apothecary Coconut Grove Room Spray, $65; Al.ive Body Australia Pink Salt and Citrus Room Spray, $28
Candles: This category needs no introduction: scented candles have gained in popularity at an astounding rate over the last decade with more boutique candles available now more than ever. With a burn time of approximately 60 hours, candles have the ability to scent an entire room, and aside from being beautiful to look at, the warmth they create injects a soothing ambience in the home.
Try: Lollia Always In Rose Boxed Candle, $75; Urban Apothecary Smoked Leather Large Boxed Candle, $75; Drift Trading Co Bergamot, Cedar and Tobacco Extra Large Amber Candle, $39.95
Reed Diffuser: Currently enjoying a bit of a resurgence thanks to the elegant forms of modern versions that look like intentional decor pieces, reed diffusers release a continuous scent throughout the day, so you don’t need to think about it - just choose a scent you love and leave it, rotating the reeds as needed, and replacing every 3-6 months.
Try: Drift Trading Co Cucumber and Melon Boxed Reed Diffuser, $39.95; Urban Olfactory Halcyon Luxury Tin Diffuser, $55