It just makes scents!
Few things affect our moods as strongly as scent, so it's no surprise the home-fragrance industry is bursting with ways to fill the air with inviting smells. We've compiled a short list of our favourite aromatic devices sure to please both nose and eye. Warning: enchanted guests may never leave!
Window Box Home Fragrance Sachets
Crabtree & Evelyn
So obsessed are we with room scents we've forgotten the classic allure of a delicately perfumed drawer. Indulge your inner lady with these gorgeous silk sachets from Crabtree & Evelyn. Infused with meadow scents such as sweet pea, bluebells and hyacinth, they're even topped with a bright silk flower for a stylish appearance inside the drawer (or out!). A set of three sachets sells for $20 at any Crabtree & Evelyn store, or online at crabtree-evelyn.com.
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Casa Tropical Grapefruit Soy Candle
Canadian-made Pureliving's soy candles are an excellent way to scent the home as the natural soy works to neutralize airborne particles while the candle diffuses its clean fragrance. Soy candles are also cleaner burning than traditional paraffin, so less soot builds up in the home. Their Tropical Grapefruit candle is especially invigorating with its inviting citrus notes, and it gives 50 hours of burning time for $25. You can find Casa products in most Chapters or Indigo stores, or purchase online at pureliving.ca.
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Grapefruit and Pear Air Enhancer
The founders of Method believe a home's true signature lies in its state of cleanliness -- but forget the sterile, hospital-smell kind of clean. Method's products put a contemporary spin on ho-hum home care with responsible packaging, designer scents and 100 per cent non-toxic ingredients. So not only does their Grapefruit and Pear Air Enhancer both soothe and energize the senses, it takes just one squirt from their non-aerosol can to cleanse the air of an entire room. And you know what you're breathing is safe! The Grapefruit and Pear Air Enhancer is just US$4 at their online store, methodhome.com, or can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.
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Lavender Home Fragrance Oil
The Body Shop
Lavender has been used for centuries to cleanse, calm and rejuvenate. In fact, its name comes from the Latin verb lavare: to wash. So what better scent to infuse your home with than natural lavender, which is also used in aromatherapy to lift depression and ease tension? The Body Shop's Lavender Home Fragrance Oil is just the ticket. A couple of drops heated in any stylish aroma jar will pour instant relaxation into the air. A 10 mL bottle of pure lavender oil is just $6.50 at any Body Shop location, or find it online at thebodyshop.ca.
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Cucina Dolce Scented Candle
Fruits & Passion
Of course, one can never go wrong with home scents created by Fruits & Passion. Their Cucina Dolce Scented Candles are inspired by Italian piazzas with mouthwatering smells of Espresso, Fresh Cream, Hazelnut plus Nutmeg and Orange Zest. Nestled in an Italian caffè liqueur glass, one candle costs $14 and will burn for 30 hours -- that's 30 delicious soaks in the tub! Find them at any Fruits & Passion location, or order online at fruits-passion.com.
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Pomegranate Caviar Beads
The Bombay Company
A beautiful and unique way to scent the home, Pomegranate Caviar Beads are bright red, pearlized resin beads fragranced with sweet pomegranate, balanced with lime and freesia. They're similar in function to potpourri but their small size and bright colour make them a subtle but stylish addition to any room. A glass jar of beads is priced at $19 and can be bought at any Bombay Company location or online at bombay.ca.
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Parfum de Feuilles candle
L'Artisan Parfumeur, Paris
Prepare to have your nostrils flare, eyelids drop, neck relax and "ahhhhh" escape your lips. The Parfum de Feuilles ("scent of leaves") candle by L'Artisan Parfumeur in France is simply a manifestation of the finest smells nature has to offer. Layers of herbs, fresh grass, basil, mint, vine tomatoes and fresh sap emanate from this candle for a truly ethereal experience. The large 175 mL candle is US$50 but well worth the money. Buy it direct from France online at laboutiquedelartisanparfumeur.com.
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Vanilla Home Perfume
L'Occitane en Provence
L'Occitane takes home fragrance to the next level. The Vanilla Home Perfume looks like a bottle of Dior and smells like dreams of summer evenings in Paris. A 100 mL bottle costs $28 and can be purchased online at loccitane.ca or in any L'Occitane boutique across Canada.
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Lilac Frosted Candle Cannister
The sweet smell of lilacs brings to mind sunny spring afternoons and the lazy last days of elementary school. Hallmark (the undefeated champion of nostalgia) offers this small lilac candle for just $5.95. Its frosted glass container blends well in the bedroom or bathroom for a lovely infusion of lilacs and memories of springtimes past. Available in most Hallmark locations across Canada.
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