Scent is one of the most important things to consider when you welcome guests into your home. Think about it, certain scents can bring back memories from decades ago. I still think of roll-on glitter from the Claire's jewelry store when I smell specific kinds of vanilla scents. It was my favorite accessory as a 10 year-old banned from wearing real makeup. Scent and memory are more closely tied than maybe any of our other senses.
That's why it's so important to make a great first (or third) impression when someone enters your home. The scent they pick up will be associated with their experience and with you personally.
With so many scents to choose from, there's a lot of room for error. I've listed a few key scents and what emotions they commonly evoke. You should always find scents that you enjoy, but do take consideration into what others might be geared toward as well.
This scent is commonly found in candles and reed diffusers because of its tendency to be both universal and warm. When you blend with other lighter notes, cedar can be calming and be reminiscent of times spent in the woods, camping, and nature in general. Humans are wired to calm down and relax when among nature, so this could be a great scent to set a warm and inviting mood in your home. Does this sound like your kind of scent? Try our Amber Oak candle which has notes of cedar, bergamot, and lavender. The perfect blend of musk and floral scents.
Lavender & Eucalyptus
If you've ever stepped foot in a spa, you'll have been met with these two scents at the front door. I love using lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint in bathrooms and guest spaces. Our Lavender candle isn't your basic lavender - it also has notes of vanilla, lemon, and bergamot.
Is there anything more energizing than fresh squeezed orange or slices of lemon? For me, citrus brings back memories of summer and long days spent in the sun. I love to burn a citrus candle in my entryway during the summer months. It's not too heavy or cozy, and adds an element of whimsy. Our Marmalade has notes of orange peel, cloves, and apples. It's a great balance of sweet and earthy. I highly recommend this in the spring and summer months.
What are some of your favorite scents to welcome guests into your home? We'd love to know in the comments!