Making sense of home scents
THERE'S a reason why real estate agents place a pot of fresh coffee on the stove top when expecting potential buyers. Freshly brewed coffee smells like home. It's the ultimate 'homey', comfort smell, and proven to relax and seduce potential buyers.
Think of fragrance as an accessory. It adds depth and character to any space, plus it allows you to give each space in your home a different feel.
We attach memories to scents and associate people with certain smells; it's common to think of a scent as if it were an expression of personality.
There's also a few interesting facts about fragrance that many of us don't realise.
Firstly, women tend to have a stronger sense of smell than men. The female brain has up to 50% more olfactory sensors.
Another interesting fact is we actually smell with our brain, not our nose. While your nose detects the scent molecules, it's our brain that actually identifies fragrance.
With such a strong, visceral connection to emotions, it's no wonder that home fragrance is one of the most rapidly growing sectors in the burgeoning home-decor market.
Burning essential oils is one of the most eco-friendly ways to scent your home. Remember, however, to burn oils that appeal to most people.
Avoid strong, polarising scents such as patchouli, sandalwood or ylang ylang. Instead, go for popular relaxing scents such as lavender or uplifting scents such as lemongrass.
Another great trick is to add a few drops to your lamps' light bulbs, so when you turn your light on, the heat will release the scent into the room.
Placing a few drops of essential oil onto a hanky and then placing it into the drawer can also lightly perfume underwear drawers.