OT Guide: Choosing scents

We recently spoke to Home Beautiful and gave our expert tips on choosing a scent for your home. Below you'll find our five-step guide to choosing scents & candles, you can also read the full article here.

1. Pick more than one scent for the home

When deciding to invest in scents for your home, don’t just pick the same scent for every space. Choose something fresh and fruity for the kitchen (such as apple, rosemary or caramel), calming and ambient for the bedroom (lavender, amber or vanilla) and for the bathroom a familiar scent that is not unlike your favourite perfume.

This allows your home to be a journey of scents where each room differs and can be mimicked to the style of the living space. You decorate differently in different rooms, so your scent choice should also differ.

2. Choose a scent that matches your lifestyle

If you are purchasing scents, normally there is a reason behind why you want it. Are you looking to relax, bring life to a room or freshen up a space?

For relaxation

Rosehip scents can be quite powerful and easily transform your mood and productivity. Lavender and jasmine are excellent for relaxation and sleep so it’s always a great idea to keep this scent in the bedroom.

For concentration

Lemon and citrus scents promote concentration and have calming and clarifying properties that are helpful when you're feeling angry, anxious or run down.

For an energy boost

Rosemary and peppermint are great to give you a bit of a pick-up so recommended scents for the kitchen.

3. The bigger the room, the more candles you need

Candles that are approximately 200g will scent an area of about 10sqm. So, if your space is larger definitely add a few of the same scented candle in the space to disperse the scent. The placement of the candle can also affect its potency - make sure to keep the candle away from a breezy window or air-con as this will affect the strength of a scent. It's important to keep a candle burning for at least an hour if you want that fragrance to really span the room, otherwise a quicker option would be a scent diffuser or room spray.

4. Replace the candle before you finish it

It’s usually best not to burn a candle right down to the bottom of the container (for fire safety reasons) however, once the candle wax gets down to about below a centimetre it is time to replace it. If your candle is in a lovely glass or ceramic housing make sure to re-use it! You can turn your housing into handy things like pen holder, vase or toothbrush holder. 

5. Quick tips for candle care

  • With new candles, light them for 2-3 hours so the fragrance is potent for future burns
  • Never blow out a candle! It is very important to use a wick snuffer instead, blowing it out affects the wick longevity and ruins the beautiful smell you have scented the room with.
  • It is very important to burn your incense sticks on a heat-resistant holder (for safety and cleaning reasons). A metal or brass holder will collect any hot ash that falls from the stick and look great too!