In this post: If you believe life is all about the small pleasures, you’ll love these 10 ways to use home fragrance to add luxury to your day. ⇒
Picture this…. You walk into a well appointed home. It has that freshly decorated look and is neat and clean. There’s art on the walls and pillows lined up on the sofa. The colors are neutral and there’s nothing out of place.
Now picture walking into the same home with fresh baked cookies coming out of the oven!
Infinitely more appealing and inviting, isn’t it? The first was lovely but the second adds a whole new dimension of pleasure to the experience.
It’s impossible to overstate the importance of fragrance in the home. Many of you have told me that you enjoy when I highlight small pleasures, and undoubtedly, adding fragrance to the home is a sure way to add these little luxuries to your life. Let’s take a look at 10 ways to use home fragrance to perk up your day.
1. Aromatic sachets
What a wonderful pick-me-up it is, when you’re rushing hurriedly to get dressed in the morning, to open your lingerie drawer and be greeted by a lovely scent wafting softly into the morning air. These pretty grain sack sachets were sent to me by my friend Ann from On Sutton Place and I love keeping them in the drawers where I start my day.
If you’d like to see Ann’s grain sack sachet tutorial, she shows sachet hearts in this post that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.
2. Rose water
There’s no question, anything that has rose fragrance in it offers a special treat and even the pale blush color sets my heart aflutter. Rose water has many uses but this one is a hydrating mist for the face and it’s utterly delightful. I find it calming just to look at the bottle. (See source list below.)
3. Scented candles
There are people who use candles and people who don’t. If you’re the latter, you must give it a try! I light candles regularly and so the scents I select really matter to me. The really special ones can be costly, but for me worth every penny. I use them when I soak in the tub or just curl up in the den with a book. I use them when I entertain or when I’m home alone on a rainy day. I particularly love the ones that come in decorative canisters, but ultimately I have many favorites and a wardrobe of candles.
4. Fragrant soaps
When I was a kid, this type of soap was put out in the guest bath and no one would think of using them. I still think they look pretty out on display and it’s nice that they add subtle fragrance to the room, but I also love to actually use these soaps. Any time you can elevate a basic daily ritual to a pleasurable experience is a moment I consider a little luxury. The more your home bath resembles a spa, the better!
5. Fresh flowers
Of course, the most obvious, and most beautiful way to add fragrance to your home is with fresh flowers. If you’ve spent any time on this blog you know I’m crazy about flowers and made the decision long ago to include them in my grocery budget. I think there’s a simple mindset shift that happens when you make this decision, and something you previously viewed as frivolous becomes as sensible as buying coffee. The more aromatic varieties are often the most pleasant, from lilacs and lilies of the valley to hyacinths and jasmine.
6. Pillow mist
Another simple pleasure that adds so much joy, spraying linens with pillow mist adds serenity to your bedtime routine. There are also room sprays and diffusers that can add calm to a room. I love crisp white sheets that have been misted with lavender spray, but there are many other varieties that are equally as intoxicating.
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7. Dried lavender
There’s just something so delightful about the vision of lavender and when presented in dried bundles, it instantly transports me to a French country town. It’s the soft purple color, the little neat stacks, but especially the gentle aroma that relaxes us so. I always keep dried lavender in my home and I love walking past it and catching that whispered scent that tells us intuitively to slow down and enjoy.
8 and 9. Potpourri and essential oils
Perhaps the very first home fragrance that caught my attention, even as a teenager I became entranced by potpourri. When enhanced with essential oils it becomes all the more exhilarating. It looks pretty displayed in a charming container, whether a vintage dish or large fruit bowl. My favorite is called The Smell of Spring (linked below) and I’ve been using it for as long as I can remember!
10. Fresh herbs
When speaking of fragrance in the home we cannot forget about foods, and bit of fresh basil on the counter is always a treat for me. I find myself drawing closer to it to enjoy the scent, as it reminds me of summer or a vacation in Italy.
And what about those fresh baked cookies? I say go for it, as often as possible! Realtors say to use them to help sell your home, so why not enjoy the heady aroma while you still live there? I can’t think of anything that would be better defined as a little luxury!
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