Pure delight for you and loved ones
It’s a wonderful feeling when, after a long day, you walk into your home and it smells like a little piece of heaven.
A home that naturally smells good will impart a feeling of cleanliness and a sense of wellbeing for you, your loved ones and visitors. It can even help reduce anxiety and stress and leave you feeling inspired and uplifted.
People will often be reminded of your home when they encounter that smell again because our memory is intrinsically linked to scent (1). That should be a nice smelling memory and not a recall tainted with bad smells and synthetic fragrances.
Throw away those synthetic candles and plug-in fragrances and make your home an aromatic haven the natural way. Often you just need a small amount of essential oils (maybe 3-10 drops per room) or some fresh flowers and plant material to create a beautiful, fragrant ambience the natural way.
Read below for more tips on how to use these materials and also which scents suit each room.
Here's Some Tips
- Scented sachets
Place some essential oil on some Epsom salts or Rice, mix well and wrap in some beautiful recycled paper. Top up essential oils as needed.
- Bring the outside in
Fresh flowers & blossoms, eucalyptus leaves on a twig and bunches of aromatic herbs.
- Room Spray
Make a room spray from natural essential oils. Feel free to pop in store and we will be happy to help you do this.
- Baking soda jars
Fill a jar with baking soda, add 4 -10 drops of your favourite essential oil and poke holes in lid & place in a room that you want to smell good. If the jar doesn’t have a lid – cover with cloth and rubber band. We have a great range of high quality essential oils and blends in stores and chemists and health food stores also carry essential oils.
- Boil a pot of water and add the following:
Coffee grounds (great way to reuse coffee instead of throwing out), Cinnamon and/or Cloves, Orange or Lemon Peel or Apples.
Place in bowl and use where needed to absorb odours – Great for the kitchen and fridge or where our furry friends and teenagers reside.
Burn essential oils in an oil burner or diffuser – see below for recommendations for individual rooms.
- Get Cooking!
Bake and cook with aromatic foods – Apple and Cinnamon Cake, Rosemary Potatoes, Basil and Tomato Pasta Sauce plus so much more will fill you house with delicious smells that create an extremely warm and inviting atmosphere in your home.
Place naturally scented candles around the place – we have Natural Candle Crafting Workshops to learn how to make your very own creations.
Choosing the Right Scents For Each Room
Listed below are suggestions for different rooms in your house. Just 1 or 2 of the scents can transform a room’s ambience and turn your home into a fragrant haven.
Hallways and Entranceways
You want to create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere for any guests and loved ones that enter your home and of course, for yourself. Uplifting Citrus with a discreet dash of Spice or Lavender will create an inviting atmosphere without creating an overpowering scent that overwhelms. Some hallways are closed spaces where doors open up from every room in the home and smells from those rooms emanate into the hallways. If that’s the case in your home, try deodorising smells such as Lemon Myrtle, Peppermint and Basil in small quantities also.
Calming. Any one or more of Geranium, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Frankincense, Cinnamon, Pepper combined with Uplifting Citrus create an ambience that is calming and grounding. A lounge room is a lovely space where people retreat to or mingle with families for conversation and a beautiful ambience in the lounge will create fond memories for special people, including yourself.
Bathrooms, Toilets & Laundries
Citrus, Lemon Myrtle, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Pine, Eucalyptus are & Basil are generally uplifting, refreshing, purifying and deodorising and go well in these rooms.
Try: Our Australian Lemon Myrtle Room Spray, which has been specially formulated to deodorise rooms with a very fresh scent and is perfect for these smaller rooms.
Bedroom fragrances may need to be calming, sensual or grounding and if a bedroom is shared then individual tastes need to be taken into account. So use Lavender, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Citrus, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Rose, and Jasmine according to your aromatic preferences.
Uplifing notes that are also deodorising (to combat certain smells such as fish, meat and onions) work well in the kitchen. Such notes are Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lemon Myrtle, Basil and Peppermint. A hint of spice is a nice addition also.
The room where you entertain and spend that precious evening meal with a family will hold fond memories for you and loved ones for many years and is an important room to make sure everyone feels at ease. This could be a room where you could have a bit of fun scenting.
A blend that is calming, grounding, sensual and enlivening would be beautiful. Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Lime, Grapefruit, Tangerine would all work beautifully. Add to that a hint that is reminiscent of food you are eating to create something truly special such as a hint of any spices you may be cooking eg Cinnamon, Clove, Pepper, Ginger.
Office and study spaces
Essential oils as Peppermint, Rosemary, Basil and Lemon are good for memory enhancement, mental clarity and boosting concentration. A Japanese study (1) showed that inhaling Lemon essential oil that has been diffused into the air resulted in 54% fewer keyboard errors whilst working. Lavender would also blend well with the above oils to combat signs of stress.
Aromatic preferences vary greatly among people and often depend on the time of the year. Creating your own aromatic blueprint will turn your home into a fragrant haven and will evoke long-lasting and loving memories for your visitors.
(1) University of Toronto. “Scientists uncover new connection between smell and memory: Findings offer opportunities for improved smell tests in Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 July 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180723155726.htm>.
(2) Tisserand, R., Lemon fragrance increases office efficiency, IJA. Vol. 1, No. 2(1988)