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Scentscaping 101: How to Use Candles and Essential Oils for Home Fragrance
Walk into any home improvement store and you’ll see aisles dedicated to paint colors, sheets, and shower heads.
We spend a lot of time planning which colors we’ll paint our room walls, which textiles will bring our body the most comfort, or how water will trickle from our bathroom pipes. But when was the last time you planned how each room in your home would smell?
Here’s everything you need to know about scentscaping:
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What is Scentcaping?
Scentscaping is the art of decorating a space or room with scent. It involves carefully selecting, layering, and placing fragrances in a way that creates a desired mood or atmosphere.
Scentscaping is a little-known but very impactful home décor trick, and it redefines how we decorate and experience our spaces.
It’s not just about how our space looks to our eyes (cue the paint) or feels on our skin (think textiles), but also how our space smells — which influences mood and behavior, science shows.
How Do I Scentscape?
Use scented candles, essential oil diffusers, or room sprays to scentscape in any room in your home. Choose fragrances that complement each other, your space, and the desired mood or atmosphere.
You can scentscape to scent your home for a holiday party or define the mood in each room. It’s an experience that can be shared with others and reserved as a personal expression in your home.
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Benefits of Scentscaping
Layering scents through scentscaping can amplify the emotional and physiological benefits of scent.
For example, scents like chamomile, frankincense, and sandalwood can help to reduce stress and anxiety, promote relaxation or a peaceful home, and help improve sleep. These scents would be perfect to scentscape a bedroom.
Scentscaping can also be functional and mask unpleasant odors.
Create a more pleasant environment in a known-to-be-smelly area like a bathroom or a home gym. Think scents like lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil.
What if you need to focus on school or work? Then a home office, or even a dedicated working corner, could benefit from scents like lavender, rosemary, and basil.
But with scentscaping, the experience doesn’t stop in one room or corner—kind of like how you don’t just paint one corner in your house and forget the rest. 😉
Instead, scentscaping as a home decor principle encourages you to consider every passing area, even hallways: what’s the fragrance experience from one room to the next?
Here’s where you can use scent as a layer or a transition into another room. Get creative. The possibilities are endless.
How to Use Scented Candles and Essential Oils to Scentscape
There is more than one way to enjoy fragrance in your home. Usually, deciding between scented candles or essential oils will come down to time, space, and personal preference.
Candles, for example, generally perform best when lit for prolonged periods, up to four hours, according to candle safety standards. The scent can last longer, and the flicker of the candle flame can add a calming ambiance to the room.
Essential oils may be used in a diffuser but typically require more clock checking.
Industry experts recommend intermittent diffusion over continuous diffusion, which means 30-60 minutes on, then 30-60 minutes off. If you’re short on time, this method may be more beneficial than lighting a candle for such a short time, as quick candle lighting can cause tunneling and negatively impact candle performance.
Also, consider reed diffusers. These are the ‘set it and forget it’ method for home fragrance and can work best in hallways and other high-traffic areas in your home. Fragrance from the reed diffuser will be a nice whiff in passing, and it’s omnipresent. This means it can also make for a perfect mode for layering with a candle or other fragrance in a room.
6. Candles can help increase focus in a work from home environment
The rise in WFH and remote work means our workspaces are full of comforts—and distractions. But why would anyone light a candle at their work desk? To keep those distractions at bay. From chatty co-workers (albeit via Slack) to social media, candles are a thoughtful corporate gift that can help us focus and create space for us to do our best work.
Consider it a productivity hack. 💡
The presence of a candle flame can set a calming mood. Wooden wick candles in particular have a unique soft-crackling sound, which can serve as natural and relaxing ambient sound in one’s space. Plus, select scent profiles, like citrus, woody or a floral scent of a scented candle can influence physiological responses that help keep the mind on track.
7. Candles can be an environmentally responsible gift choice
First, it‘s a candle, next it’s their favorite whiskey glass. 🥃
Depending on the candle’s vessel, most candle jars can be upcycled after the burn cycle of the candle. It can be used as storage, glassware and more, so you can feel good knowing that your gift will keep on giving! And your candle gift (once upcycled) can be a pleasant reminder, if not a conversation piece in their home, of your thoughtfulness.
A candle gift set solves my gifting needs—but wait! I don’t know what candle scent they may like 😟
Bonus tip: How to pick a candle scent for a gift
So a candle gift set meets your needs, but you’re not sure what scents they like 😟 Pro tip: consider an unscented candle or a gift set that offers a variety of scents.
The unique thing about Spoken Flames’ Trio Sets is that each candle gift set has a variety of scents with great range—from woody, citrus and floral in our F, Yes Collection, for example.
Your gift recipient would never get bored, and it increases your chances for satisfaction with a broad range of scents in their hands.
Because Spoken Flames candles are message-driven, our motivating candle statements (even without scent) mean that you’ll still win big with this meaningful gifting choice!
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