Shaynna Blaze shares her favourite scents of summer. Follow her tips so you can use them to inject some uplifting fragrance into your home.
While we can spend a lot of time trying to make our homes look just right, there’s a lot more to how a room feels than just what you see. Our sense of smell is closely linked to our memory and mood, so what you smell can help take you to a favourite place you remember or help lift your mood in the present.
There are some smells that we instantly associate with summer, like a ripe mango, pineapple or coconut (did someone say Pina Colada?) Here are three other ways to inject the scents of summer into your home.
1. Summer florals
There’s nothing quite like a bunch of fresh flowers to instantly lift your mood and infuse a room with a lovely scent. From one big bouquet placed in the centre of a table, to smaller vases of individual blooms scattered around the home, flowers are an easy way to inject a little bit of nature into the home.
To help cut flowers last longer, strip stems and cut diagonally about two cm from the ends before placing in clean water. Clean the flower stems and strip the leaves below the water level, as this will stop bacteria growing in the water.
Change water at least every three days and position cut flowers away from draughts, direct heat and sunlight that can wilt them. Don’t place them on or near heat generating appliances such as TVs and microwave ovens.
2. Citrus fruits
The zesty scents of citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, mandarin, lime, grapefruit and verbena can inject a fresh, crisp, clean scent to your home. Studies have also shown that citrus aromas can be uplifting and invigorating and useful in helping to relieve stress and anxiety, as well as helping with digestion and nausea.
The easiest way to infuse citrus scents in the home is with candles, diffusers and oil burners. Citrus scents are also great in hand and body washes, which will also inject some citrus aromas into the bathroom or kitchen when they are being used.
Examples of some great summer scent combinations (inspired from some great summer holiday destinations) from popular candle brand, Glasshouse, include:
* Montego Bay – which combines lemon and lime oils, mandarin and
coconut with vanilla and amber
* Bora Bora – combines tangy Cilantro leaves (coriander) with sparkling
orange blossom and vanilla bean
* Cuba – is an energetic mix of fresh pineapple, tangerine and cherry
3. Line washed linen
As they say, the simple things in life are often the best, like the smell of freshly washed sheets just taken off the clothesline. Linen sprays are a great invention to help you get that ‘just washed’ scent into your bedroom every day. Some sprays, especially containing lavender and rosemary, may also help you get a more restful night’s sleep.
Jo Malone is known for their great range of home and body products including linen and home sprays. Their linen spray scents include ‘Lino nel Vento’ which is Italian for ‘linen in the wind’ and ‘Acqua di Limone’ or ‘lemon water’ which will infuse bed linen and towels with the energising scents of lemon and lime.
Whichever way you choose to do it, give your home a scent overhaul this summer and enjoy how it makes you feel.