Scent the halls with these festive fragrances
PUBLISHED: 09:51 29 November 2015
The power of scent is well-known – it can turn back time, bring back memories and transport us to other worlds in a nanosecond, which probably explains why more and more of us are embracing home fragrances
The aptly-named Cocktail Gardener candle range from Amazon has four fragrances, £30 each, created by mixologist, Lottie Muir. PA Photo/Handout
Step in from the cold and be warmed by The White Company’s Winter scent, which blends notes of sweet cinnamon and clove with a dash of fresh orange, for a traditional aroma. Ultimate Winter botanical candle, £85; (right) large pillar, £35; winter pillar, £25. PA Photo/Handout
Home fragrance doesnt have to a girly pleasure nowadays, as there are plenty of scents to appeal to the boys. The tangy-sweet odour of old books, beeswax polish and wood-panelling is conjured up for a library scent using plum, peach, leather, violet and patchouli in Bibliotheque by Byredo. A limited-edition Room Spray, £60, Liberty. Its a timeless scent, unique and quite addictive, says Byredo founder, Ben Gorham. PA Photo/Handout
For all its charm, the pressures of Christmas preparation can leave us feeling frazzled rather than festive – so call for the scent soothers! AromaWorks has four designed to appeal to the senses: Nurture to relax, Serenity to restore, Inspire to bring balance, and Soulful to calm jangled nerves, all available in their Box Of Signature 4 set, £42. PA Photo/Handout
Just like a favourite perfume, scented candles can transport us back in time and bring back wonderful memories, with many people using a favourite seasonal scent year after year, says Laura Lee, a florist and event specialist whos helped Kenneth Turner the fragrance-maker beloved by celebrities including the Prince of Wales, Vanessa Redgrave and Sting to create three new seasonal scents: Masquerade, Winter Berries and Midwinter, from £42 each. Midwinters based on a walk on Boxing Day through trees laden with lime-green mistletoe so it includes the fragrance of that with pine, rosemary and thyme, and sparkling musks. PA Photo/Handout
Enhance a gourmet feast with Diptyques Liquidambar, from £28, which is spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, then blended with muscovado sugar for a sweet aroma. PA Photo/Handout
For an exotic take on tranquillity, Japanese Takahashi Hiroko has an innovative new range of four fragrances, presented in bone china containers with striking monochrome designs. Ichi is redolent of a rain-refreshed landscape with notes of lily of the valley, jasmine and vetiver. Diffusers, £75 each, Unique & Unity. PA Photo/Handout
Partying and socialising with family and friends is all part of the fun of the season. Before you pop a cork, instantly conjure a party atmosphere with a Champagne Rose Candle, £25, Voluspa, which has notes of brut rose champagne, chilled and poured over cassis berries and edible white rose petals. PA Photo/Handout
For a bright, bracing aroma also reminiscent of a stroll in winter woodland, Jo Malone’s Pine & Eucalyptus Home Candle, £42, hits all the right notes. PA Photo/Handout
Heady floral fragrance adds a hint of luxury and evokes rooms filled with bouquets. “Perfume is said to complete a woman’s outfit, and home fragrance completes a home, because it should be tailored to the style and personality of the owner,” says Leo Gibbon, co-founder of new home fragrance company, IIUVO. Its Ajon candle, £50, has a scent inspired by Gibbon’s mother’s floristry workshop and contains a blend of orange blossom, jasmine, rose and the essence of a classic gardenia (available direct from the company or from Liberty). PA Photo/Handout
The Havana Candle, from £20, Karma Feeling, combines the macho scent of Cuban tobacco and oak. PA Photo/Handout
The season has characteristic scents, from fir trees and woodsmoke to mince pies and mulled wine – and just a hint of those conjured by the magic of a room spray, candle or diffuser, can evoke the warm, welcoming spirit of holiday time.
“This winter, fragrance is all about the beauty of the outdoors, and those who want to be reminded of all their best childhood memories of the season need look no further than the enchantingly beautiful scents conjuring crisp frosted pines, fir tree, winter citrus, holly, ivy and soft white musk notes, representing the first snowfall of winter,” says Roz Wicks, marketing manager at fragrance house, Symrise.
“For some, nothing makes the season like the smell of spice and there’s an increased focus on food inspired scents this year – brambleberries, cranberries, clementines, cloves, gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, cinnamon, ginger, tonka beans and cardamom. These will fill the house with warmth and cheer on a cold, dark winter’s eve.”
Those seeking glamorous scents for late-night winter soirees could, she suggests, embrace warm oriental notes; rich frankincense, sweet myrrh, velvet rose, sandalwood, cedar and golden amber.
There’s a scent for every seasonal occasion so feel free to pick and choose...
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