While packing your bags for college, fragrance may not be on the top of your list, but the right scents can help you prep for the school year ahead. Fragrance can keep your space, however small, smelling fresh; ease the transition of life away from home; and provide focus while you study. Candles are often banned in college housing, but there are other options to keep your room smelling clean and pleasant. A room spray or diffuser will ensure that your roommate’s pile of dirty laundry isn’t the first thing that your friends smell when they enter your room. Some scents can help ease the inevitable homesickness that will creep up in the dark, quiet hours of the night, while other scents can help you focus when you hit the books. Finally, college is a great time to splurge on a personal signature scent to help you feel confident and independent. If you are heading back to school, remember to treat yourself to a sweet smelling dorm.

Room Sprays

Living in close quarters with a person you just met can be challenging. It can be especially difficult to adjust to the smells that another person brings to the room. You or your roommate may be the culprit, but one simple spritz of Antica Acqua Room Spray will solve the issue. This neutral scent smells like a breath of fresh airso you don’t have to worry about finding a fragrance note that appeals to two different personalities. It also has major staying power so you can enjoy the fragrance long after you’ve sprayed it.

Reed Diffusers

For effortless fragrance, reed diffusers are a great solution to help a college student feel at home with a familiar scent. Reed diffusers typically last for a few months depending on oil and vessel, so one will likely last for a full semester. Since dorms are usually quite small, you can start with just a few reeds so the scent isn’t overpowering.

If you know you are going to be homesick and want a sweet scent to remind you of home and childhood, the Linnea’s Lights Cashmere Diffuser will fill your room with the cozy, comforting scent of vanilla, patchouli, and lime. Cashmere is such a diverse fragrance as it can be enjoyed by both men and women.

If you want your room to inspire you to focus on your studies, the Trapp Fragrances Lemongrass Verbena Diffuser will bring constant invigorating energy. The vibrant scent of lemon verbena and lemongrass, with base notes of vanilla will help you get through the early mornings and late nights.

Personal Fragrance For The Ladies

Gone are the days of the drugstore perfume or cookie-cutter body lotion that everyone else was wearing in high school. Ladies, it’s time to treat yourself to a luxurious signature scent. Perfumes can take a toll on a college student budget, so the Tocca Viaggio Perfume Gift Set is the perfect way to sample three luxurious scents without breaking the bank. Stella, Florence and Cleopatra. .5 oz containers that fit easily into a purse, so you can freshen up in between your marathon of classes.

Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio Gift Set

Another youthful and sexy scent to try is Thymes Aqua Coralline. This collection includes Body Wash, Body Scrub, Body Lotion, Hand Wash, Hand Lotion, Hand Cream, A Cologne Rollerball, and if you’re really dedicated to creating a signature scent, Home Fragrance Mist. Like the rhythm of rushing spring waters, Aqua Coralline (formerly Naia) activates your senses, leaving you feeling invigorated and keenly aware of the world around. Aromas of water lily and cyclamen are balanced with subtle hints of citrus and lychee, combining to simultaneously revitalize and refresh. With sharpened senses, triggered by the clean, crisp fragrance of Aqua Coralline, experience more and let distractions fade.

Sophisticated Soaps For The Guys

A stereotypical guy may not care about the soap in his shower caddy, but you’re not a stereotypical guy. You will feel more polished and debonair when you lather up with a dashing and masculine body soap, like the LAFCO Sea and Dune True Liquid Body Soap.  This soap blends salty sea air, sand dunes, and beach grass. The grassy notes keep this fragrance from being too soapy or ozonic, creating a refined scent unlike the popular body sprays from high school that fill the air with the stench of desperation.


The college years are an exciting time in life. You will meet incredible friends, figure out your life’s path, and acquire independence and responsibility. As you head back to school, fragrances will help you feel at home in your dorm, keeping you connected to loved ones with reminiscent scents, or inspiring your focus and direction as your work towards achieving your goals.

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