Whether you’re returning from holidays to a closed-up home in need of a little air, or you want to bring the beach home with your, here are some ideas for effecting an ambience in the air at home that will transport you, and it to fresh new levels of bliss.
1. Light a candle
There’s nothing like lighting a candle in your home for an instant fragrant burst, with the added bonus of a warm, ambient glow. Stock up when you see your favourites on sale and only burn for a few hours at a time. This will extend the life of your candle and the softened wax will continue to fragrance the air.
2. Set up a diffuser
Great for long term fragrance, diffusers with slender reeds wicking fragrant oils from a glass or bottle will provide a consistent aroma of your choice. Commercial ones are available with special blends to evoke seaside smells or fresh forest blends, or make your own with skewers and your own special aromatic mix.
3. Air purifier
Particularly for persistent or stubborn odours, the operation of an air purifier with a few drops of essential oils will circulate around your home at the touch of a button.
4. Indoor plants
Natural air purifiers, indoor plants filter toxins and carbon dioxide and produce fresh air in your space. Remember to place one or two in the bathroom!
5. Do some baking
Cook a loaf of bread, batch of muffins or your favourite cake. The smell of freshly baking is an instant pick-me-up. Use citrus if you can as zesting the peel will instantly fragrance the air.
6. Clean and de-grease your exhaust fans
By soaking first in boiling hot soapy water for 10 minutes, then gently scrubbing with a brush in a circular motion. Allow to air dry in the sun if possible.
7. Mop the floors
With the addition of 10-12 drops of essential oil in your bucket. Lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus work well.
8. Make your own fragrance sachets
With a collection of dried flowers such as buds or lavender head gathered inside. Refresh from time to time with a drop or two of quality essential oil.