trigger an emotion
It’s no surprise that a fragrance or scent can bring back a memory or trigger an emotion, think Mom’s apple pie or the elementary school cafeteria. With our doors and windows closing for the cooler months, consider the indoor fragrances you’d like to have linger a little longer. From the clear scents associated with cleanliness, like lemon and lavender, to the holiday aromas of cinnamon and pine, envelop your home in cozy scents for every mood and occasion.
Not long ago we only had a choice of candles or potpourri to add scent to a room. Now we are flooded with options from room sprays, to reed diffusers, plug-ins, essential oils, and traditional and flameless candles, for example, something like Grain and Gram. There’s method for every budget, and many are even decorative. Select a single scent for a small space, but larger spaces can handle a custom blend of your favorites. The amount you use will depend on the size of the room, a small apartment might only need one candle, but large open-ceiling rooms can handle more fragrance, and multiple products used at once.
Here are some of my favorites.
Reed Diffusers typically include natural bamboo reeds, and a fragrant diffuser formula that is absorbed by the reeds, which wick the scent into the air. There’s no flame. No heat. You can even leave home and it keeps working. Reed Diffusers remain fragrant for about 90 days. After that, they can be discarded.
USB Diffuser – A small fragrance tab slips into this unit and then pulls into any USB port. Your personal space transforms to your liking! From ParyLite.com
Porcelain Diffuser – Fragrant oils can be housed in many ways. Here is an elegant porcelain option. From ParyLite.com
Wickless Candles – The Warmers melt and warm the wax releasing the fragrance into the air which means …NO BURNING. This makes your home safer for you, your family and pets. The burners are all unique and you can select the perfect burner to go with your decor. From Scentsy.com
Incense – Incense is made up of aromatic plant materials, and combined with essential oils. Incense can generally be separated into two main types: “indirect-burning” and “direct-burning”. Indirect-burning incense (or “non-combustible incense”) is not capable of burning on its own, and requires a separate heat source. Direct-burning incense (or “combustible incense”) is lit directly by a flame and then fanned or blown out, leaving a glowing ember that smolders and releases fragrance. The vessels for holding incense are varied and unique, representing many different world cultures which use incense in ritual and religious practices.
Masking Odors for the DIY crowd
If you have an odor dilemma, try these DYI remedies.
Fireplace Refresher – There’s nothing cozier on a cold winter night than a warm fire burning in the fireplace, unless the fire happens to smell horrible. Next time you have a fire that sends a stench into the room, try throwing a few lemon peels into the flames. Or simply burn some lemon peels along with your firewood as a preventive measure.
Smoke-Free – If your chain-smoking aunt recently paid you a surprise visit, remove the lingering smoky odor by placing a shallow bowl about three-quarters full of white or cider vinegar in the room where the scent is strongest. Use several bowls if the smell permeates your entire home. The odor should be gone in less than a day. You can also quickly dispense of the smell of fresh cigarette smoke inside a room by moistening a cloth with vinegar and waving it around a bit.
DIY home fragrance, like setting a pot of apple cider with cinnamon or cloves to simmer on the stove, displaying a pretty bowl of cinnamon sticks, or drying sliced apples on parchment paper in the oven on low heat.
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