HOME FRAGRANCE, The essential home décor accessory

Where to begin?  Well, perhaps at the beginning …..

“The worlds first recorded chemist is a woman named Tapputi, a perfume maker whose existence was recorded on a 1200 BCE Cuneiform tablet in Babylonian Mesopotamia. She held a powerful role in the Mesopotamian government and religion, as the overseer of the Mesopotamian Royal Palace.She developed methods for scent extraction techniques that would lay the basis for perfume making.”Wikipedia.org.

The word perfume is derived from the Latin word, “per fumus” which means “through smoke” 

During the reigns of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, All public places were scented. (hmmmm…..)

Which leads us to today, scent is part of our lives in almost every way.  Did you know that human beings can discriminate among more than a trillion different smells? Yep, a trillion! (Science Magazine) Scent is part of our everyday life in ways we don’t even think about, household cleaning products, tissue, laundry products, soap, shampoo, shaving cream, cosmetics (yes even your lipstick), the list goes on and on. Then there are scents that are “unintentional” like food, and of course ourselves and other people, but we won’t go there right now.  The point is, scent is everywhere, shopping malls, hotels, nature, literally everywhere.  The beautiful thing is, you can choose how you want to fragrance your own environment and the options are endless.

I’m sure you’ve read blogs or articles about how to fragrance your home with scented candles, diffusers, and room sprays and how you “should do this” and “shouldn’t do that”. I’m are a firm believer in doing what makes you happy, so while I will make many suggestions over time, I’m not going to tell you that you must burn a lavender scented candle in the bathroom when taking a bath, or to never burn a floral scented candle in the dining room because it might “fight with food odors”.  I believe that fragrance is a personal preference, and it’s there to make your environment uniquely you.  Home fragrance is an accessory, and just like any other accessory, it’s up to the wearer. Choosing a fragrance for your home, sanctuary, or personal space, shouldn’t be dictated by a “fragrance expert” but merely by your own nose.  Home fragrance is a bit like lipstick or a fabulous piece of jewelry, it finishes things off and completes the look. Just like a designer pillow or cashmere throw on a sofa, sure it’s ok without it, but oh what a difference a few perfectly placed accessories can make!  I like to think of home fragrance a bit like music, sometimes it’s right there in the forefront, stealing the show, loud and raucous giving energy and engaging the listeners, and at other times it’s quietly playing in the background subtly setting the mood, it’s entirely up to you.

Let’s travel through this scent journey together, exploring all of the fantastic scented candles that are available to help accessorize your environment!

Lynette Reed, Fragrance fanatic, founder of Illume Candles, Izzy Sayan Perfume, Fluid Fragrances, and creative consultant to many high-end fragrance brands.