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The best summer home fragrances on the market

PUBLISHED: 09:35 13 August 2016

The beautiful Seychelles – islands set in the Indian Ocean – was the starting point for The White Company’s Seychelles fragrance. It has notes of bergamot, orange and amber, with warming tones of coconut, vanilla and almond. Seychelles Large Home Scenting set, £55, includes a candle, diffuser and spray fragrance (020 3758 9222/thewhitecompany.co.uk). PA Photo/Handout

The beautiful Seychelles - islands set in the Indian Ocean - was the starting point for The White Company's Seychelles fragrance. It has notes of bergamot, orange and amber, with warming tones of coconut, vanilla and almond. Seychelles Large Home Scenting set, £55, includes a candle, diffuser and spray fragrance (020 3758 9222/thewhitecompany.co.uk). PA Photo/Handout

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Bring a scent of the summer into your home with these delicious seasonal candles and diffusers.

Summer... The word alone evokes images of long, lazy days and sunshine holidays – but the signature scents of the season bring it to life even more powerfully.

Perfumiers have skilfully captured evocative aromas – from the salty tang of the sea to the heady perfume of a cottage garden, and earthy incense of morning dew – into a host of home fragrances which sum up summer.

“While winter’s all about rich and warming scents, in summer we want to bring the outside indoors and home fragrance is a such an effective way of enjoying the wonderful aromas of the garden in every room,” enthuses Laura Lee, a floral designer for home fragrance specialists, Kenneth Turner.

“Summer’s one of my favourite times of the year. There’s nothing nicer than throwing open the doors and windows so I can absorb the signature fragrances of the season: freshly-cut grass, sweet summer flowers and a rain shower on dry earth, all of which really sum up British summertime for me.”

With so many home fragrances on offer, making a choice can be bewildering, but Lee points out one way of selecting a scent is to focus on a favourite summer bloom, or single out the ingredients you’re drawn to for a personal perfume.

“Fragrance around the home gives a sense of character and individuality, and is now regarded as essential for creating atmosphere and setting a mood. Spicier summer scents include pepper and patchouli, while roses and freesia add a lighter floral note,” she says.

“Relaxing lavender is a summer classic and regularly features in my wedding and outdoor displays at this time of the year. If floral notes aren’t appropriate, fruits are also popular for summer, and fragrances featuring fresh citrus mixed with tangerine, lime and pine are light, clean and refreshing.”

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