According to Reuters the American public spend upwards of $5.1 billion on home fragrances in 2007. Whether the market took a hit due to the recession since then or not, this is still one massive figure to use on room perfumes. The appeal of home fragrances lies in the fact that all our homes smell unique, and whilst we tend not to notice these odors visitors can sense them instantly. There is nothing essentially wrong with this; mostly these scents are from cooking, detergents, animals, cleaning products and all the individual items that make up our homes. Sometimes though, it is nice to give your home its own unique scent or even better, coordinate your home fragrances with seasonal holidays so spring flowers in April and cinnamon at Christmas; it’s always fun to keep it relevant. But there are many ways to achieve this without shelling out vast amounts of money for designer fragrances, plug in applicators, or expensive refill products. These scents can often smell fake and chemical like – and contain toxins that we inhale. And whilst I am a fan of good old fashion incense sticks there are a lot of draw backs – firstly they have a very limited life-span, they involve naked flames and the smoke can often irritate eyes and asthma suffers.
Essential oils are highly concentrated oils obtained from plants – they are very strong. For scenting the home, you can choice a fragrance you enjoy or alternatively hit the aromatherapy books and pick something you feel would be conducive of the right atmosphere; whether you use lavender to help you relax, or rosemary for stimulation. Next place a few drops of essential oil, into a bowl of boiling water and place the concoction where you want the scent to be strongest.
Alternatively you can buy a small glass bowl, which sits upon a stand above a candle so you can keep it constantly hot, but there really is no need unless you want too. Others have suggested keeping a pan of water and oil on a low heat on the stove. Using something like lemon after cooking a meal will help clear up any odors and leave the house smelling fresh. This is especially useful after frying foods as they tend to create an unpleasant, cloying odor You don’t just have to use essential oils though – you can boil up certain herbs picked straight from the garden, things like rosemary and lavender, or spices and fruits bought elsewhere like ginger, cloves, cinnamon, lemon, and orange (these create wonderful Christmas scents).
Sew Your Own Scent Pillows and Pomanders
If you make your own pillows and cushions (or fancy a go) you can include dried flowers into the stuffing, so they remain smelling fresh. Make smaller scent packets to hang in the wardrobe and keen in your chest of draws.
Grow Plants Indoors
People used to bring big bunches of roses or other sweet smelling delights into the house to scent it, but for those of us that don’t grow out own, buying fresh will end an expensive option. A good alternative is growing you own in pots, but I would go one further and maybe grow a few fragrant herbs; that way I wouldn’t have to wait for the plant to bloom, before I could enjoy their scent all year round. Any culinary herb with lots of leaves, like lemon balm, thyme, coriander, smell amazing, all the time, and usually only require you to rustle the leaves to fill the room with smell. That and you can always help yourself to a few leaves to put in the cooking.