Some of us spend years defining our signature scent; the one we wear to work every day or splash on liberally for evenings out. Our perfume becomes ingrained in our very essence, immediately familiar to friends and loved ones.
But when it comes to our homes, for whatever reason, scent can often be an afterthought. For many of us, a fragranced bin bag is about as fancy as we get.
Why is that, when we spend so much more time – proportionately speaking – on the couch in the living room or resting in our bedrooms, than we do at fancy dinners?
Fragrance has the ability to change your mood or the feel of a space completely. It can uplift you; put you in the headspace you want to be in. That’s potent stuff – and it shouldn’t be reserved for boutique hotels. There’s something to be said for giving your house the same treatment.
So I’ve granted myself full permission to research all the beautifully scented soaps and creamy candles and evocative mists on the market. Because it’s 2020, and it’s self care baby.
Here are my findings.
For optimal sleep, your bedroom should be free of too many distractions. Imagine it like your personal oasis of rest – a place to really recharge. One way I like to promote a deeper dose of shut-eye is with a sleep mist just before bed. Look for one infused with lavender essential oil, which is known to be as calming as a cup of chamomile tea.
Try: Endota Spa Calming Sleep Mist, $23.00 for 120ml. (It’s part of Endota Spa’s Nurture range, which is suitable for babies, kids and adults too.)
Verdict: I literally cannot get enough of my bed, and I mean more than usual.
The living room.
I am obsessive about candles. If I could burn 12 at once I would. But it's always best to stick to one, and for the living area - typically a bigger space than other rooms - you can afford to make it a headier scent, as the room can take it. This is where I suggest spending a bit more to get a good quality fragrance you love coming home to. On the steeper end of the price range, luxe brands like Tocca and Jo Malone are my go-tos - they have major pay-off in burn-time.