Scent is an effortlessly powerful tool that has the unique ability to transport you to another time and place. It also has the incredible ability to transform your mood and improve your day. I have always loved scent and been inspired by the fact that a particular fragrance can, in a moment, remind you of a specific person or experience. I remember when I first started venturing into the world of fashion and beauty, I was became fascinated with the notion of having a signature scent for myself and my space (even though my Gemini tendencies quickly decided against choosing a sole scent). When connected with a meaningful experience, scent becomes a mighty sentimental force.
Since understanding the power of fragrance, I have used it as a tool to aid me in my journey of self care and furthered productivity. When I am craving a cozy night in, I will light a warm, sensual candle. When I want to feel productive, I will light a candle with light, fresh notes that make me feel energized. Playing around with fragrance is a simple way to incorporate self care into your daily life. This one simple act will ease your mind and help you to cultivate your desired experience. I have many moments of feeling unproductive and unmotivated, where it is really difficult for me to pull myself out of a stale mood and into a more levelheaded state of mind. I have found that fragrance is a low cost and low maintenance way to help me achieve my desired outlook and feelings. Over the years, I have experimented with various methods of creating a sweet smelling space. Here are some of my favorites:
One of the most aesthetically pleasing ways of using fragrance is lighting a candle. Not only are there endless scents, but there are also endless packaging options available. I prefer lighting candles that have fresh scents because it creates a cozy, productive environment. Watching the flame flicker is very meditative and creatives a more centered state of mind. My usual candle preference is clean and woodsy, with notes of lavender and cedar wood.
Essential Oil Diffusers
Using an essential oil diffuser is a holistic way of creating fragrance in a home. Essential oils have healing properties that can completely transform your mood. There are scents for soothing, sleeping, energizing, anxiety, self love, etc. Plug this in and create a spa-like experience in your own home. A simple act like this will turn your simple space into a sanctuary.
Reed diffusers are another great option that can serve both aromatic and aesthetic purposes. Reed diffusers, similar to incense, are liquid air fresheners in a narrow-necked bottle with thin reeds ("or sticks") inserted into the liquid. The reeds absorb the scented liquid from the container and release fragrance. A diffuser is a great option to keep in the bathroom because it does not need to be watched and it will fight against less desirable odors.
Room spray is a very simple way to create a fragrant atmosphere. Pick up whichever sent you like best and spray it around the space. I find that the scent from room spray normally does not linger as long as other options, such as candles and reed diffusers, but it is a great option for those who are sensitive to more powerful scents.
What are your favorite ways to create a fragrant space?