First, choose wisely between candles and diffusers
“With diffusers, you can set them down and forget about them, so they’re good for continual overall ambiance,” fragrance and perfume expert Rayda Vega told Real Simple. “Some diffuser packaging is ugly, but you can pour the liquid into a pretty glass container of your own. Candles are best for an intimate event, like dinner or a bath, because they’re not only about the scent. The light they give off sets a mood, too.”
In your kitchen: Brew a custom scent
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To permeate any scent throughout your house, turn on the stove. “Simmer water in a small saucepan and add citrus slices and herbs, like lavender or mint,” interior designer Rhobin DelaCruz told Good Housekeeping. Or try one of these DIY air fresheners that smell like your favorite stores.
In your kitchen: Try a citrus scent
For days you can't create a signature scent for your kitchen by way of baked goods, try a citrus scent. "Citrus is bright and fresh and eliminates cooking scents," says fragrance expert Sue Phillips. Lemon, lime, orange, and bergamot all fall into this fragrance family.
In your bedroom: Choose relaxing lavender or romantic rose
If turning off at night is a challenge, look for a fragrance that incorporates lavender, chamomile, or sandalwood, all of which promote sleep and relaxation. For a more romantic feel, choose a floral like ylang ylang, jasmine, or rose. Here are other things bedrooms of good sleepers have in common.
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In the office: Pump up with peppermint
If your home office leaves you feeling a bit ho-hum around mid-afternoon, light a peppermint candle. Recent research shows that this perky scent can leave you more alert and less anxious and fatigued. Citrus can also do the trick. One study at Northumbria Unversity found that exposure to lemon balm can increase cognitive performance and mood. Don’t miss these tips on how to set up a perfectly productive cubicle.
In the living room: Soothe with cedarwood or sandalwood
Because the living room is likely where you do most of your entertaining, its fragrance should be soft and agreeable. “I like a creamy and sensual woody fragrance for this room,” says Phillips. Try a cedarwood or sandalwood with a hint of lavender or vanilla. “Lavender is a relaxing scent,” says Phillips. “It’s great for the living room because it helps guests feel more comfortable.”