Scents of the Seasons
This month on ASK THE DESIGNER: I have been asked about some of the luxe Scents of the Seasons I use in my home.
Truth be told this is my favorite the time of year, I absolutely love to throw open the windows and air out the entire house. However, that also makes it the perfect time to talk about my signature scents of seasons as well, which I am constantly being asked about by guests that are dropping by my home.
I find that by switching up a signature scent for the seasons is a great way to avoid going nose blind to a specific smell in your home. Yes, this is a real thing. I have several friends that like a signature scent for their homes, but I personally find that eventually you will no longer smell your signature scent, so for that reason I like to vary my house scents with the seasons. Here are some great ideas based up the seasons for your home, which can be used in scent pots, oils or candles, whatever you like.
- Floral-Peony, Honeysuckle, Rose, Lilac, Cherry Blossom, Lily, Camomile, Vetiver
- Fresh/Clean– Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lemon Verbena, Cucumber Melon, Meadow Grass
- Seasonal Themed– Radish, Carrot Cake, Marshmallow, Strawberry Shortcake, Earl Gray
- Fruity– Lemonade, Watermelon, Coconut, Peach, Strawberry, Lime, Vanilla
- Fresh/Floral– Cotton, Fresh Cut Grass, Gardenia, Magnolia, Jasmine, Geranium, Basil
- Seasonal Themed– Beach Scents, Ocean Surf, Waffle Cone
Scent is also a great way to celebrate Hygge design which is often an overlooked element in design. However scent will is one the quickest ways to invoke a feeling or memory which is a large component in the hygge design concept. You can read more about Hygge design at this Ask The Designer post.
- Fruity– Pumpkin, Pear, Apple, Fig, Quince, Pecan, Plum
- Herbal/ Woodsy– Sage, Thyme, Cinnamon, Chai, Tonka, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Ginger
- Seasonal Themed– Licorice, Leaves, Bonfire, S’mores, Pumpkin Pie, Leather, Midnight Sky
Scents will also prepare your home for a season, by invoking a seasonal scent that is not always available year round. The most obvious ones that come to mind would be pumpkins in the fall, however what about anise or black licorice whips, which always makes me think of witches and Halloween?
- Fruity– Cranberry, Pomegranate, Pear, Orange, Apple, Chestnut,
- Fresh/Woodsy– Balsam, Pine, Cedar, Birch, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Cloves, Tobacco
- Seasonal Themed– Sugar Cookies, Peppermint, Mulled Wine, Fresh Snow, Fireside
Another great tip is to mix your own fragrances with essential oils, especially if you are using a diffuser or oil burner. This will help you to create a custom scent for each season in your home. This can be done by taking a few of the basic scents above, in each season, and mixing them together. A great example using the list above would be to take a few drops of Orange, Rosemary and Cloves for a nice fresh scent for the holidays season, or maybe Cranberry, Pine and Chestnut.
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