You may spritz perfume on your pulse points before heading out the door, but how often do you think about scenting your home? If it’s ambiance you crave, we’ve got cooler tips than simply sparking a candle. Check out our pro guide.
1. Simmer Spices
You know how the smell of freshly baked cookies wafting through the house creates a delicious aroma? Well simmering spices can create a similar cozy vibe without as much effort. Place a cup of water (or even red wine) into a small pan on the stove over low heat and add ingredients like, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg, says nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. You'll get a warm and spicy scent that fills the air.
2. Mist your Lightbulb
Trying to make a good impression before guests arrive? Lightly mist an air freshener or favorite fragrance near a light bulb, the heat from the bulb helps the scent spread more quickly. Create an even longer lasting smell by slipping a ceramic ring (Ceramic Light Bulb Fragrance Ring, $6; amazon.com) doused with a few drops of your favorite essential over the bulb.
3. Spritz your Linens
While the scent of freshly washed sheets are on our list of favorite things, we can't say it lingers very long. Keep a linen spray handy; we love Frederic Malle’s new floral version, DansMon Lit linen spray ($120; fredericmalle.com), “I perfume my bed with it, it’s like a bed of roses—super refined and pretty, “ says Malle.
4. Stash a Soap
Coat closets and clothing drawers can get musty, so stash a bar of fragranced soap in each one. Our favorite? Fresh’s beautiful paper wrapped bars (Fresh soaps, $15; fresh.com). The scents tends to last for months, in varieties from sweet gardenia to clean cucumber.