Of all our senses, smell is the one most powerfully linked to our emotions.
The waft of a certain scent can conjure up nostalgic memories, and have an uplifting effect on our mood.
It’s all thanks to the wonders of the brain: science tells us that smells take a direct route to the areas of the brain linked to emotion and memory.
So it is no surprise that using fragrance in our homes can positively influence the way we feel and how we behave.
Think of the comfort and joy we can get from the aroma of a delicious home cooked meal, or the lift that the scent from a vase of roses can give.
Here are some top tips for clever and impactful use of fragrance around your home:
In the kitchen, choose scents related to edible things; think citrus fruits, herbs such as rosemary and sage, and spices like ginger and cinnamon.
Your bedroom should be a peaceful sanctuary - a place for calm and relaxation, so plump for florals like lavender and rose. Or lily which is having a resurgence - no longer only reminiscent of your great-aunt’s front room!
Welcome guests and family into your hall and living spaces with vivid forest, woodland and foliage notes, particularly good for a spring energy boost.
We’ve got some wonderful ways to fragrance your home, so here are some of our favourites to lift and inspire your mood and memories.