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Your Guide to the Best Home Fragrances

By Ellie Child - 2 years ago | Updated

Finding the best home fragrance takes time, patience and a thorough understanding of what's available on the market. With so many varying options to choose from, it's worth brushing up on your three main home fragrance categories: room sprays, reed diffusers, and candles. Below, we've answered the most asked questions surrounding home fragrance as well as a roundup of our favourite scented must-haves.

Room sprays:

How do you use a room spray?

There are numerous ways to use a room spray, and a few handy tips to make the most out of your home fragrance. Spritzing the scent onto prominent fabric around your home is a good way to make the fragrance last longer. Mist your curtains, carpet, sofa, towels and bedding to get the fragrance to freshen up each room.

How often should you use a room spray?

How often you should use a room spray depends on the potency of the room spray and how you use it. If you spray your curtains, towels or bed sheets, it lasts for much longer as the scent stays on the material.

If you're just spraying the scent into the air, using it once or twice a day is a good guideline. If you're trying to set the mood, a room spray is the perfect way to get started. Spray a vibrant aroma before entertaining for the evening or a calming scent if you're settling into a quiet night.

How long does a room spray last?

One of the the best aspects of room sprays is their potency: a good room spray only needs one spritz and it lasts for hours.

If you use a room spray once a day per room, you can make it last for a few months and still enjoy its benefits every day. If you use some of the nifty tricks to make it last longer, you won't have to use it every day. We recommend having different room sprays for every room that you use frequently; they should all last around the same time, so you can buy them together and pick a fragrance combination that perfectly complements each other.

What is the best room spray?

The best room spray is the one that perfectly complements the mood, occasion, living environment and season. That could be a crisp, warm sandalwood or a bright and fruity berry combination. Deep, warmer aromas are more suited for winter seasons, creating a cosy and relaxing ambiance when you're curled up on the sofa. Vibrant and uplifting accords are ideal for dinner parties in the summer months, mingling with the natural aromas of the season.

ESPA Soothing Atmosphere Mist

£17.50 £25.00 (30% off)

Byredo Tree House Room Spray


Reed diffusers:

How do you use a reed diffuser?

Reed diffusers are fairly simple to use once you get used to them. The process is much simpler if the oil is already in the vessel, otherwise you have to pour a few drops in before adding the reeds.

It's important to make sure you don't place too much oil into the vessel, otherwise it could spill out once you put the reeds in. With that in mind, putting the reed diffuser onto a non-porous surface is a good idea in order to avoid damaging any cherished parts of your home.

If you need to refresh your reed diffuser due to the scent gently fading away, simply remove the reeds from the oil and put them back in upside down. This allows the oil to be released into the air once again and rejuvenates the fragrance.

What reed diffuser should I get?

The right reed diffuser really completes your home. We offer a rich variety of scents for every occasion, room, mood and season, creating a peaceful ambiance in a home that you look forward to returning to. Create an exuberant, uplifting mood for an evening dinner party with a fruity berry flavour, or delve into a relaxing night in with sensual, soothing accords. Choose the fragrance that perfectly complements your lifestyle.

Can you reuse the reed diffuser reeds?

While it can be tempting to reuse reed diffuser reeds, you should refrain from doing so. Once the reeds have been absorbed in a scented oil, they cannot be cleaned. They are effectively useless once they have been used once and cannot absorb another scent, so trying to reuse them is just a waste of time and energy.

How long does a reed diffuser last?

We can't say exactly how long a reed diffuser lasts, however, they should last for at least four months, sometimes up to six or seven months if they're of good quality.

ESPA Positivity Diffuser

£45.00 £48.00 (7% off)

Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Surround Diffuser

£71.09 £74.00 (4% off)

Scented candles:

What do the best candles for the home smell like?

When it comes to scented candles there are many options, which makes it even more difficult to find the one that's perfect for your home. During your search, you should consider which aromas you want for your home, the mood you want to set and the occasions you want the candles for.

If you were looking for a soothing candle to alleviate any stresses of the day, calming accords of chamomile are the perfect way to unwind. If you're looking for a vibrant and exuberant scent for a dinner party or small gathering, uplifting fruity and floral aromas create the right atmosphere.

We understand that as well as the scent, the aesthetic of a scented candle is important for your home.

Are soy candles better than wax?

Soy candles are a rising force in the industry, catering to the demand for vegan home and beauty products. Soy candles aren't necessarily better than wax candles, though they don't contain animal bi-products, which makes them perfect for a vegan household. They're also much safer than paraffin wax, which has been known to cause damage to the long-term health of your skin and could potentially be harmful for those suffering with asthma.

Other than the way they are produced, there isn't too much difference between soy and wax candles. Soy candles usually burn for longer than wax candles, and the naturally vegetable-derived substance helps them to release fragrance easier. They're also 100% biodegradable which make them more environmentally friendly than wax candles.

Tom Ford Bitter Peach Candle

£68.20 £98.00 (31% off)

UpCircle Beauty Chai Latte Natural Soy Candle


Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Home Candle


Don't forget to check out our best home fragrance offers to find a brand-new signature scent for your space. Once you've kitted your home out, why not try sprucing up your own fragrance wardrobe with our guide to the 20 Best Gender Neutral Fragrances!

Ellie Child

Written by Ellie Child

With five years’ experience under her belt, Ellie has worked alongside a range of highly regarded makeup artists, giving her a real insight into what consumers should be spending their money on.

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