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5 Aromatherapy Must-Haves for a Calm and Peaceful Home

Accessorize your space with scents that can do your soul some good too

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Essential oils are now all the rage, with modern-day apothecaries promising everything from migraine relief to better digestion just by virtue of sniffing. And while modern science may be on the fence about the efficacy of these magical concoctions, one thing is for sure. It does please the senses to have a space that smells good.

When we’re decorating our homes or even workspace cubicles, we usually focus on the visual—figuring out where to hang an art print or choosing which area rug goes best with your room’s color palette. Consider shifting your sensory experience to scent instead and bring a whole new dimension to keeping your space spic, span and smelling great. Explore not just your fragrance preferences but also the many ways in which you can introduce scents to any space.

1. Reed Diffuser

Reeds or wooden sticks are dipped into bottled oils for a very subtle fragrance. Perfect for decorating powder rooms or guest rooms, a diffuser introduces long-lasting fragrance without overpowering the senses right away. Don’t worry if nothing comes up right away, it usually takes a longer amount of time for a diffuser to fill a room with fragrance. The result is a soft “background” scent that is refined and delicate.

2. Incense

Light up an incense stick, lay it on its holder and allow the smoke to waft through a room for a heady, musky fragrance that’s slightly new age and slightly bohemian. Relatively inexpensive, incense is also available in cone form if having to clean up the ash from an incense stick doesn’t sit well with you.

3. Scented candles

From designer candles (think Diptyque and Jo Malone) to mass produced wonders from Bath & Body Works and Yankee Candle, to clean, soy-based candles (local brand Alice Blue is always a hit), scented candles are a great option regardless of the scent you’re looking for, or the budget you’re working with. Look for a candle whose throw is ideal, and one that doesn’t need long periods of burning for the wax to even out. (Don’t forget to snuff your candles before leaving the room or going to bed!)

4. Linen spray

One of the most subtle ways of introducing scent to any room, you can spray these sweet-smelling wonders on your sheets while ironing, or spritz your pillowcases with them before sleeping. Just don’t expect the scent to last overnight, light sprays usually disappear not long after they’re out of the bottle.

5. Ultrasonic diffusers


If you’d like to go the tech route, there are a ton of diffusers available at mall kiosks and even in specialty stores like MUJI offering aroma diffusers that help vaporize your own blend of essential oils. Great if you like playing around with different scents depending on your mood, these handy gadgets can also keep you safe from burning the house down (as with scented candles).

RL Tip: Scent can be a very sensitive issue—what smells good to you may be headache-inducing for someone else. If you’re sharing your space, always be thoughtful and be willing to work in tandem with your partner to come up with the best scent solutions.

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