We're getting to that time of year where two different things are happening: parties are picking up, and the cold weather is forcing us to spend more time indoors. So… basically the perfect combination for some cozy aromatherapy! The fall season has so many distinct smells associated with it – like crisp winds, earthy leaves, fresh rain – and one of the most recognizable scent combinations is that of mulling spices. Whether you have a dinner party coming up, or simply want to flood your home with the scents of the season, this quick fall simmer pot is sure to do the trick. Continue Reading
As home décor and design enthusiasts, we spend a lot of time and consideration visually crafting our “perfect” home space, but how often are we actually thinking about the way it smells? From the psychology of scents, to removing unwanted odors, to incorporating home fragrance with style, we’ve created a comprehensive guide packed with everything you need to know to make sure your home smells as lovely as it looks.
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History of Home Fragrances
Craving a pleasant-smelling home is hardly a new concept. Continue Reading
Time is flying by, and Christmas is already less than a week away! If the holidays have you stressed and you’re looking for a way to relax, or if you want to fill your home with the rich aromas of winter, we have you covered! This quick recipe makes a warm batch of festive aromatherapy to fill your home – perfect for holiday parties or snuggling on the couch with a classic Christmas movie.
- 1 large pot
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 large orange, sliced
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 4 sticks of cinnamon, broken in half
- 5 whole cloves
- 1/2 tablespoon allspice berries
- 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- A stove or burner
- Water to fill the pot
In scouring the internet for this roundup, I noticed that there are a lot of potpourri recipes that require a ton of ingredients. (I’m talking like a dozen or more components!) Many people don’t have the time to make dinner from scratch let alone potpourri, so for this batch of recipes, I decided to keep things quick and easy.
Inside: how to make a DIY reed diffuser to make your house smell amazing, fresh and clean.
You can pick up all you want, but the true indicator of how clean a home really is? The way it smells. During spring cleaning season, we wait for the days where it’s warm enough to open the windows and air out the house, and do some serious scrubbing to get rid of the worst odor offenders. And when all’s back to neutral, it’s time to fill your home with a fresh, clean scent. Continue Reading
Aromatherapy ‘sweets’ are fun and easy to make. Great for your mom or mom-equivalent on Mother’s Day or as bridal or baby shower favors, they would make a great addition to any lingerie drawer!
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What you need:
- a candy mold (2 bucks at Michaels)
- acrylic craft paints and paint sealer
- paint brush
- 1/4″ fabric ribbon
- craft glue
- aromatherapy oil (I used lavender oil)
- Plaster of Paris
- measuring cup(s)
- popsicle sticks or other appropriate utensil for stirring
- cold water
What you do:
- mix Plaster of Paris according to instructions on package
- pour plaster mixture in candy mold, wait 20 to 30 minutes
- pop ‘candies’ out of mold and let dry completely
- if the ‘candies’ have any rough edges, you can file them down
- put a coat or two of paint on the ‘candies’ followed by a coat of sealer
- when dry, put a drop or two of oil on the back of each ‘sweet’, let oil absorb thoroughly
- with craft glue, glue ‘candy’ discs together
- finally, cut a strip of ribbon and glue it around the edge of each ‘sweet’ to hide the seam
And that’s it! Continue Reading
Vacuum. Squeeze a bit of fresh lime or lemon juice in your vacuum’s bag before sweeping your carpet.
Extracts. Combine vanilla, almond, or other extract with a cup of water, and spritz with a spray bottle about your living space.
Vinegar. Simply place a bowl of vinegar in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, etc, and let it sit while you’re away for a few hours. When you return, the vinegar smell will have gone away, taking other odors with it. Continue Reading
It’s that time of year when we might hanker for the scent of something warm and spicy emanating from the kitchen. If you don’t have the time or inclination to actually make an apple pie or cinnamon rolls, how about throwing together some simmering potpourri?
Spicy Simmering Potpourri
- 1 oz. can cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces
- 1 (1.12 oz.) can whole cloves
- 1 (1.25 oz.) can whole allspice
Mix all ingredients in Ziploc bag or airtight container. Continue Reading
I really get into the change of the seasons, and though it's not autumn yet, it's gonna be quite soon.
I appreciate a seasonally-scented home, but dried flowers and nut-ish things don't really suit my design aesthetic. I have pretty bad allergies, so only the natural-ist of candles are safe, but you can't leave those burning for long periods of time.
So, is there a modern solution to make one's home autumnally-aromaed? Or a tricky way to hide the evidence? Continue Reading