How to select the right scent for your space

Be in control of the atmosphere you set for your home.

Our perception of scent impacts our decisions in life, whether we choose to not eat something because of an unpleasant whiff or we feel comforted by the scent of freshly laundered washing. 

Scent can be associated with memories, and when in contact with that smell again, it can trigger a feeling about someone or relive a forgotten moment. 

"Scent is actually one of the main factors when it comes to creating a memory as it’s the only sensory clause that comes into contact with the limbic system, also known as the seat of emotion," says Kirsten Walker, founder and director of Palm Beach Collection candles.

By incorporating a particular scent into your home, you can foster a sense of calm and security.

Here's how you can do to create the environment you need:

For calming

To create calm in your space, Kirsten recommends selecting earthy scents to ground everything. "Woody notes are known to contain calming properties due to the warmth in their aroma," she says. Let the scent carry through the home and breathe into a slower, heavier pace.

The scent: Clove and sandalwood or patchouli and woods 

For happiness

Everyone needs some happiness in their lives, and the best place to start is in your own home. The sweet, lively notes of coconut and lime will energise your space and offer an uplifting aroma for guests. "This scent takes you away to a tropical getaway or summer," Kirsten adds. "It's enough to make anyone happy."

The scent: Coconut and lime

For soothing

While we all lead busy lives, it's important to take time out and look after ourselves. When you find yourself feeling tense, choose a subtle, pure scent to gently enter the space. "The scent of a rose is like a tonic for the nerves, so it's perfect to help relieve anxiety and create a relaxing environment," Kirsten shares.

The scent: White rose and jasmine

For clarity

When it comes to the bedroom, Kirsten says the aroma should be fresh to keep your personal space feeling clear and clean. That's why she recommends lively aromas like sea salt to spritz up your space, so you can unwind and re-energise for the next day. 

The scent: Sea salt 

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