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How to use scent to compliment your home

Updated: Sep 8, 2023

Scent is the first thing people notice when they enter a home so it's important to make a good first impression, which is why we're going to teach you how to properly use scent throughout your home using the technique of 'scent-scaping' also known as 'fragrance zoning'.

What is Scent-Scaping or Fragrance Zoning?

'Scent-Scaping' or 'Fragrance Zoning' is the art of using different scents around the home to best accompany your home style. To put it simply, every room in your home has a different purpose, and each room's scent should complement it.

What are the benefits of this technique?

Scents can be used to boost concentration, promote productivity, reduce stress, and even create lasting memories. For example, lavender is typically used in bedrooms as the scent is known to improve sleep and even reduce stress and anxiety. Whereas the smell of coffee would be best suited in a kitchen or office as its scent is known to boost productivity.

Using this technique we're going to teach you how to apply different scents around your home so you can create 'fragrance zones' that best compliment your home style.

The Entrance Way

Whether you want to give the impression of your home being warm and cosy, fresh and energizing, or even somewhere in between, we would always recommend using a subtle fragrance. Earth and woody scents like agarwood (oud), oak, and sandalwood are perfect for this area of the home as they produce fresh, warm, and inviting aromas that help to encourage emotions of calm and peace. (Leave the Negativity at the door!)

The Living Room

Typically this area of the home is a shared space and often used as a place for family and friends to socialise so we would suggest a blend of neutral, floral, and sweet scents like vanilla, rose, or raspberry to promote a state of relaxation and well-being. However, if you prefer bolder scents, banana bread, vanilla & hazelnut, or chocolate often referred to as 'bakery scents' or 'dessert-based scents' work just as well in this area of the home as they evoke feelings of comfort and pleasant memories.

The Kitchen

If you have ever uttered the phrase "it smelled so good I could taste it!" then you have already experienced the impact scent can have on our taste buds, this is why it's so important to be mindful about your choice of scent when food is present. Here, we would suggest using a scent that can both purify the air - neutralizing any unsavoury smells and cleanse the palette.

If you prefer subtle fragrances citrus-based scents like lemon, grapefruit and bergamot are ideal but if you lean towards bolder aromas, coffee too makes a great addition.

The Bathroom

Bathrooms can be a little tricky because you tend to have all sorts of smells in here and ideally, you would aim to keep this space clean and fresh. With the use of essential oils like citronella, lemon, and orange you can purify the air and eradicate bacteria.

The Bedroom

Did you know the average person spends 1/3 of their life sleeping? With that in mind, your bedroom should be all about rest and relaxation. To help you unwind you can always introduce lavender into the bedroom as its ability to reduce stress and aid sleep is well reported, but if you're not a fan of floral scents, vanilla, and sandalwood make for a nice alternative. Studies have shown that vanilla and sandalwood have sedative-like qualities and too can help relieve stress and anxiety.

The Office

Working from home is definitely the 'new norm' but the ongoing challenge many seem to face is how to increase productivity in the comfort of your own home. Coffee isn't just for drinking, the aroma is known to increase both focus and alertness, citrus scents can increase alertness and lavender can improve your concentration.

In case you were wondering what we would use, check out Our Top Picks below

For the Entranceway:

Designed using a unique Home Jewels Co blend, this honey, and oud soy candle will scent your home with aromatic oud, fused with the sweet and rich undertones of honey.

Size: 8oz Jar

Price: £9.50

For the Living Room:

Raspberry & Pepper Scented Soy Candle | HJC
Raspberry & Pepper Soy Candle

Raspberry & Pepper

Take home the warm and spicy scent of black peppercorn and sweetly ripened raspberries. This Home Jewels Co candle will keep you feeling warm and cosy all year round!

Size: 4oz - 16oz Jar

Price: £7.50 - £16

For the Bathroom:

Citronella is a natural deodoriser and bug repellant making these soy candles perfect for active homes and warm Summer Nights!

Size: 8oz - 16oz Jar

Price: £10 - £16.50

For the Kitchen:

With this decadent nutty vanilla combo, you'll struggle to pull yourself away from our new vanilla and hazelnut soy candle. Infused with the scent of roasted hazelnuts combined with cinnamon, ginger, clove, and hints of coffee on a sweet and creamy base of vanilla.

Size: 8oz - 16oz Jar

Price: £9.50 - £16

For the Bedroom:

This musk and sandalwood soy candle is a well-tailored fresh and masculine scent. It's like a bear hug in a candle!

Size: 8oz - 16oz Jar

Price: £9.50 - £16

For the Office:

Candles to Boost Concentration | HJC
Mood Boosting Scents - Coffee


If you love the smell of freshly brewed coffee you're in luck! Now you can enjoy the rich and bold aromas of freshly roasted coffee beans all day long with this Home Jewels Co coffee-scented soy wax candle.

Size: 8oz - 16oz Jar

Price: £9.50 - £16

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