Scents and Sensibilities: The Perfumed Home

It is no secret that one of the great pleasures of life, in my humble opinion, is scent. I find such happiness in the many facets of it, the ties to memory, the seemingly inexhaustible combinations available and the mad-scientist joy of experimenting with blends. Perfumery was my favourite part of running my small etsy shop, and every so often I will find myself in the grips of an idea for a new blend to dabble with.

Lately, I’ve enjoyed myself layering scents and have found great pleasure in conveying a theme through scent, first with soap or shower gel (or, my new favourite, Lush’s Bubbleroons) and following with a dusting of body powder, and finally, perfume.

I think I’m on to a pretty good thing, and whenever I’m on to a good thing, it’s hard to just stop there, which is why I’ve started incorporating layering scents into my home-tidying routine! For a while I’ve been spritzing my sheets with Home-Maison’s Orange Blossom linen spray, which makes me think of the decadent and delicate orange blossoms housed in the Orangerie at Versailles. On my pillows goes a comforting lavender and chamomile aromatherapeutic spray, which hastens me right to sleep.

Since moving into the new house candles have been a prominent feature, and we burn at least one every evening. My favourite, however, has been Cozy Sweater jar candle from Yankee. The scent is warm and comforting yet fresh, without being weighed-down or too rich; perfect for this wintery space as we transition from the old year into the new.

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Flowers are another favourite, and now that I’ve bought one bouquet, I don’t think I can live without the sweet and subtle scent of fresh-cut hothouse flowers perfuming a corner of my room. I’d sooner go without my weekly latte than without a little bouquet to brighten up my space!

Finally, incense is perfect whenever I am craving a shift in my atmosphere. Indian Temple incense cones provides a heavy and lingering fragrance that I find incredibly uplifting. I am exited to return to my mainstays of White Plum Blossom incense sticks in the spring, layering it with a fresh and green-smelling peony candle, and later my all-time favourite Rose Avenue incense sticks in the summer. Perhaps layering it with a cool or airy-scented room spray and soft gardenia votives….See how much fun this is?!

Wishing you beautifully-scented bliss until next we meet!

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