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The Best Scented Candles and Diffusers for Every Room this Spring

Feature: Quick Read
Words by Bridie Newman

We all know the power of scent; smile-inducing freshly baked bread, that soothing post-rain smell, nostalgic freshly cut grass, essential oil-infused spas that evoke immediate relaxation. Harness the mood-shifting abilities of fragrance at home by taking a bespoke approach to every room when choosing your candles and diffusers.

Look for scents that mirror the seasons and adjust them based on your space. To mark the hotly anticipated return of warmer weather, fill your home with inviting, holiday scents that will transport your living room to the Amalfi coast and add an aroma of fresh, sea air to your bathroom. Read on for our buyers’ home fragrance picks for spring, room-by-room, to emit wafts of calm and cosiness into every corner of your home. 

Living Room

As the heart of your home, the living room requires atmospheric, décor-enhancing options that can interchange based on the time of day. On sunny Sunday afternoons, sink into the sofa, holiday read in hand with the sweet Sicilian orange notes of the Arancio Di Sicilia candle from Dolce & Gabbana Casa. When entertaining, transport your guests to the sun-soaked Amalfi coast with the brimming basket of fruit that is Culti Milano’s Ficum Blu candle, featuring lemon, mandarin, fig and nostalgic hints of jasmine. 

Kitchen

Harmonise your kitchen fragrance with the food smells by choosing complementary aromas rather than heady, sweet scents to mask them. Think fresh, citrus-based notes that evoke a clean feel without clashing with your cooking, or natural, herbaceous options like fresh, verdant vines in the Tomato Leaves candle from Loewe or the cinnamon and clove accords in D’Orsay x LRNCE’s 14:30 Palais de la Bahia Volute candle.

"Be transported to the Mediterranean with the Blu Mediterraneo candle from Dolce & Gabbana Casa. Notes of zesty lemon and bitter orange blossom sound good enough to eat."

Dining Room

Use fragrance to enhance the sense of occasion when dining. After all, what’s a tablescape without the welcoming glow of candles? When hosting a dinner party, uplifting, woody accords will be your go-to for elevating the mood. Opt for intricate bergamot, tuberose and vanilla with the Sweet Memories Goddess Lakshmi candle from Lladró. For a more intimate affair, Jo Malone's Rose Blush candle will amp up the romance with alluring rose petals and warm white musk.

"Bring warmth into the dining room with smoked birch and plum in the Dr. Vranjes Firenze Rosso Nobile diffuser. Its antique Florentine style glass bottle will elevate any mantelpiece."

Dining Room
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Bathroom

Turn your bathroom into an at-home spa with scents to suit your mood and rituals. Skincare routines call for uplifting zesty notes while breezy sea salt and driftwood or fresh, herbal oils are suited to soaking in the bath to unwind. Close your eyes and conjure up images of a luxury spa with the Purifying, Nourishing and Grounding candles from Aman or imagine a Mediterranean coastal town with a continuous stream of scent from Culti Milano’s Onde di Tessuto diffuser and its clean yet warm aroma.

"Awaken the senses with the Onno White Bouquet Eternal 60 candle. Fragrant imperial white tea and delicate citrus notes bring a herbal and slightly floral freshness into the bathroom."

Bathroom

Bedroom

When it's time to unwind, turn your bedroom into a five-star hotel suite with fragrances that promote total relaxation. Brunello Cucinelli’s Ebano Crest candle combines woody ebony and teak notes to create an intoxicating fragrance while the Lilac Lavender & Lovage Townhouse candle from Jo Malone London sends you into a blissful night’s sleep with calming flora.

"Fresh air and crisp linen sheets conjure up images of the bedroom in The Lazy Sunday Morning diffuser from Maison Margiela. Place it on your bedside table to enjoy clean and gentle floral notes underscored by musk."

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