A Guide on Home Scents: Candles, Diffusers, and Room Sprays

Number five on Tom Ford’s “15 Things Every Man Should Have” is a signature scent. Fashion and proper grooming aside, this commandment also applies to your home, be it a condo or a house. You always have to make sure that your home looks nice and giving it a signature scent ties everything together. Scents can also boost positive chi in your home or help you to be productive in your home office. Aside from setting a mood and an ambiance, scents also mask odors that can spread and stick in your space, all the more helpful if you life in a condo where pungent smells a can easily take over. Depending on your need, preference, and lifestyle, there are three ways to adding a signature scent in your home. Choose one or choose all, here’s everything to know about these home scents.

 

CANDLES: FOR MOOD AND AMBIANCE

Scented candles are great for setting the mood and ambiance while entertaining guests or taking some time to relax. Once lit, candles can envelope a 25 square meter space after 10 minutes. Opt for candles made from beeswax and essential oils because they burn better. If you have the time, try to look for soy candles, they’re organic and burn 50% longer compared to other candles. Also, you need to cut the wick to 1/8 of an inch before each burn. Downside? Soot. To prevent this, extinguish the candle by an open window or in your balcony, or use a snuffer.

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Expert tip: Leave the candle lit until the wax has evenly melted from the wick to the edge of the candle to avoid making potholes.

 

DIFFUSERS: LET IT LINGER

Thanks to the Italians who created the first version of the diffuser with uncooked pasta sticks and olive oil, we now have the modern day diffusers with reed sticks. Diffusers are liquid scents that use sticks to spread a subtle but lingering fragrance. Generally low maintenance, they should be strategically placed near air-conditioning vents or air tunnels in your home or condo because they diffuse their scent through moving air. Unlike scented candles, diffusers are safer, especially if you have kids in the house. Place them in the living room, bedroom, and powder rooms as they also work great as a decor piece on a coffee table or your side table. Do not place in kitchens in dining areas where their scents can be overpowered.

Expert tip: Diffuser sticks dry out quickly, especially in tropical countries like the Philippines. Every so often, rotate the sticks' ends to maintain a consistent scent.

Expert tip: Diffuser sticks dry out quickly, especially in tropical countries like the Philippines. Every so often, rotate the sticks’ ends to maintain a consistent scent.

 

ROOM SPRAYS: SMELL PLEASANT IN AN INSTANT

Have a spontaneous get-together with guests coming in over your home 10 minutes? Meet room sprays: your new best friend. Pretty much like perfume, room sprays come in atomizer bottles and can be sprayed directly to the air like an air freshener. Compared to candles and diffusers, room sprays should be cheaper. The only downside is they contain alcohol and not oils, allowing the fragrance to evaporate quickly.

Expert tip: Room sprays are best paired with linen sprays in the same scent to help reinforce the scents. Spray on your couch, curtains, pillows, and sheets

Expert tip: Room sprays are best paired with linen sprays in the same scent to help reinforce the scents. Spray on your couch, curtains, pillows, and sheets for an all-around fragrance.

 

This story first appeared on CondoLiving Vol. 10.6 2016, originally written by Suki Salvador and photographed by Mike Cuevas. Edits were made for MyHomeDesign.ph.