The best summer home fragrances on the market
PUBLISHED: 09:35 13 August 2016
Bring a scent of the summer into your home with these delicious seasonal candles and diffusers.
Summer home fragrances
Strolling through a forest shaded by a canopy of trees conjures an irresistibly relaxing vibe, which Noble Isle have captured in their Willow Song Lavenham Walk Candle & Snuffer, £39. Its scent mixes rose petal, ivy with watermelon, lily of the valley, and base notes of cedarwood and musk (0800 157 7838/nobleisle.com). PA Photo/Handout
Every year, Jo Malone release a charity candle with 75 per cent of proceeds going towards supporting people living with mental ill health through the cultivation and care of therapeutic scented gardens in cities across the UK. This years is the Peony & Moss Charity Candle, £44, which has a fragrance combining peonies with woody earthy tones - verdant yet delicate (jomalone.co.uk). PA Photo/Handout
Jo Malone wanted to capture the sophistication and glamour of Londons Beaumont Hotel for her Jo Loves candle The Beaumont, £50. She describes its scent as a welcoming fragrance to evoke a sense of decadence and grandeur, and it harmonises aromatic spices and smoky incense (020 7730 8611/joloves.com). PA Photo/Handout
Giving yourself a mini spa session at home, by lying back in a leisurely bath and being soothed by the scent of a candle, is a perfect me time treat. Cowsheds Wild Cow fragrance rosemary mixed with fresh lemongrass and ginger has been designed to help sharpen the mind and lift mood. Cowshed Wild Cow Invigorating Room Diffuser, £36, Liberty (liberty.co.uk). PA Photo/Handout
Sea Spray and Freesia diffuser, available Woods of Windsor. PA Photo/Handout
From the late 1800s, Ivy Lodge was the home of perfumers Floris for 50 years, and its pungent herb garden is brought back to life in their Lavender & Mint Scented Candle, £40. The lavender fragrance has crisp citrus notes as well as touches of coriander, clary sage, mint and armoise, with undertones of woody patchouli, musk and moss (florislondon.com). PA Photo/Handout
The serene surroundings of Osborne House, the palatial holiday home of Queen Victoria set on the Isle of Wight coast, was at the heart of the concept behind the Sea Spray & Freesia Scented Candle, £15.99, Woods of Windsor. The fresh fragrance has top notes of sea spray and citrus fruits, blended with freesia, lily of the valley, geranium, violet and tea rose (available from August; 01753 868 125/woodsofwindsor.co.uk). PA Photo/Handout
Lavender and Mint scented candle, available from Floris. PA Photo/Handout
Peony and Moss Charity Candle, available from Jo Malone. PA Photo/Handout
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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