You can’t see it, or feel it, but fragrance adds character to the home.
Candles combine beautiful smells with ambience. They work especially well in bathrooms and dining areas and can be used to create moods.
For an instant injection of your favourite smell, wax melts are currently the go-to thanks to a certain Mrs Hinch and her fondness for them. Like candles, they add ambience, but they release fragrance more intensely. However, they do require a little TLC and regular cleaning.
Diffusers are perfect for subtle background smells. While they are not as strong as their burning counterparts, they give off a constant aroma – just remember to turn the reeds every few days.
When it comes to scents, a one-smell fits all formula doesn’t need to apply to your home. You may want something floral in the living areas, but something a little more relaxing – such as a lavender scent perhaps – in the bedroom.
Have a play around to see which suits. Like selecting perfume or aftershave, go for the fragrances you love first and see how they work in a real setting. There are no hard and fast rules, so anything goes.
If you need an injection of aroma into your home this spring; here’s out pick of the best on the high street.
Orange Gourmande Wax Melts from Petits Rituels
Craving a fresh fruity fragrance? Orange Gourmande Wax Melts from Petits Rituels combines Sweet Orange and Rose Geranium essential oils to deliver a deliciously sweet fragrance.
The blend not only exudes happiness but is said to relieve stress and anxiety.
A combination of soy wax and organic ingredients, each melt burns for approximately 10 hours and come in a pack of two.
Wxy Big Amber Candle from wxy.
Who doesn’t love a chunky candle – and this one is a beaut. Made from 100% plant-based wax, wxy’s big amber candle is available in four gorgeous scents: black ash and frankincense, velvet woods and amber, bergamot oil and bamboo, and smoked rose and samatran pine. In fact, picking just one may prove to be a challenge.
A great gift idea, each candle comes in a branded drawstring bag. And what’s more, 3% of all profits are donated to charity.
Fragranced candles from Collingwood of Somerset
If you fancy a scent quintessentially English, Collingwood candles combine the finest fragrances to conjure the essence of the countryside, from a sparkling stream edged with watermint, to a herb garden bursting with rosemary and bay.
And while their fragrances are top notch, so too are the aesthetics. Each is beautifully packaged with touches of gold foil to add a real touch of elegance wherever they are placed.
Based in Somerset, Collingwood’s hand-poured candles are made using only non-GMO, palm-oil free waxes . The candles are developed by chandlers who hold over 40 years’ experience.
Letterpop Mini Jar Candles from Bombay Duck
If you want something a little more fun from your fragrances, look no further then these cute Letterpop Mini Jar Candles.
These cute fragranced mini candle jars not only come in a range of fun colours, but are filled with nostalgic scents that are delectable, but not edible! Sweet shop favourites including Rhubarb and Custard, Blueberry Fool, Sherbert, Creme Caramel, Tutti Frutti and Bubblegum are all on the menu.
And best of all, you’ll get change from a fiver!
Elm Rd Summer Nights Natural Reed Diffuser by ELM Rd.Limited
Inspired by the colours displayed during sunset and the floral scents that fill the balmy air at night, Summer Nights is a spicy, citrus blend of grapefruit, frankincense and May Chang, with the delicate notes of marjoram and jasmine.
Expertly hand-crafted in Kent, ELM RD. artisan reed diffusers have been carefully formulated and hand-poured in clear apothecary bottles, with a cork stopper and natural reeds.
Wicks and Stones Infinity Pyrite Scented Candle from John Lewis & Partners
This vegan-friendly Infinity Pyrite Scented Candle from Wicks and Stones has been carefully crafted over two days and features top notes of sweet berries.
Each candle is topped with a gemstone, and features a slow-burning wooden wick. The wax is pure soy, sustainably sourced with no additional hardeners, paraffin or parabens.
The finishing touch is a pyrite stone. Considered by some to be a peaceful stone, pyrite has traditional associations with the nourishment of intuition.