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First impressions aren’t just about looking good and acting like a handsome young gentleman (or nice woman or nice person). Things have to smell good, man. Your (hopefully enchanting) body aroma is your first priority when it comes to passing the smell test, of course, but your accommodation is just as important. You know that laundry-detergent-commercial sigh and the smell you pick up when you walk into a hotel lobby that smells faintly of geranium, or the “hellllllll yeah” feeling you get when you walk into a house where someone has clearly cooked a GBO-a batch of scones worthy of the name? We want you to have it, but with minimal effort.
Say what you want overpriced products or meme-worthy scents, you’ll be a lot closer to fucking if your place smells like your nearest Le Labo store. Don’t worry, we’ve got everything you need to make your home smell great. Candles, room sprays, diffusers, yes, the whole gang is here. Read on and soak up the aroma.
It’s not rocket science to make your home smell fresh. Sometimes you just need the essentials: a candle that smells good. (You can’t go wrong with the smell of French roast, and who doesn’t appreciate the roasted, uplifting scent of a coffee? Anecdote’s Coffee Break candle is perfect for emulating the Central Perk aura of Friends.
$26 at Candles Anecdotes
Diptyque’s “34 Boulevard Saint Germain” is an autumn stroll through Paris for the nasal passages, with its notes of woody moss and crushed blackcurrant leaves puffed up with a heightened spiciness for fall. There is also a matching diffuser and room spray. Sorry, pumpkin spice.
$115 at Diptych
That said, if you’re firmly engrossed in the cult of pumpkin spice, Glade’s Pumpkin Spice Candle (not to mention all of its vast selection of scents) embodies the potential for great bang for your buck. . The scent is powerful and will fill your room with spooky delights. Not to mention, is AF affordable???
$8.99 at Amazon
$18.99 at Amazon
$18.96 at Amazon
And, of course, keeping a sexy-scented massage candle on your bedside table can really help set the mood in more ways than one. Grab this candle from Maude to set the ~*~ambience~*~.
$30 at Maud
Perfume for your sexy dungeon
The room spray is hit or miss. Sometimes it lasts for hours, while other times the scent disappears faster than a swipe left on Tinder. But we found the awesome stuff. Nest is a pioneer in home fragrances, and the notes prove it. The Wild Mint & Eucalyptus Room & Linen Spray has a 4.4-star rating on its website and is highly rated for its cool, relaxing aroma. “Sweet and subtle scent, somewhat energizing and very ‘spa’,” wrote one reviewer.
Nest New York
$28 at Nest New York
In addition to premium silk bedding, sheets, bathrobes and eye masks, Brooklinen also makes a room spray. The invigorating Bright Idea fragrance lights up our noggin bulbs with its notes of cardamom, germanium and vetiver. Happy Hour makes you want to queue at Le Bain for an hour with its infusion of tangerine, lavender and oak.
$35 at Brooklyn
$35 at Brooklyn
Get rid of negative energy with… potpourri?
Hear us out – the potpourri isn’t just in the sales bin at mall housewares stores; your grandma knows what she’s doing when she puts on a bowl of this magical scented substance. These crystals aren’t just meant to be charged under the moon or whatever; they are ~scented~. Transform your body’s aura (lol), make things smell good, and banish bad vibes from your casa with this healing energy box from Anthropologie. The crystals are infused with woody and musky notes of crisp fig leaf, sweet cassis, fig milk and white cyclamen petals. They are molded with “love and know-how” by local French craftsmen themselves. Do we dare to say pot-pourr-yes? (Don’t worry, we’ll show up).
$80$64 at Anthropology
Potpourri may be associated with old ladies, but we’d happily channel healthy granny vibes with a plain, old-fashioned bag of potpourri. We’ve found some fresher editions than you’ll come across at Home Goods, like this bag of “Dragon’s Blood” with a potent blend of Cedarwood, Orange, Clove, and Patchouli essential oils.
Spiritual candles for children
$15.99 at Etsy
There’s nothing wrong with fragrant pine cones
It’s the 21st century, man; if someone calls you a sweet boi for having a bowl of fragrant pinecones sitting on your coffee table, they’re the ones in trouble, not you. They are festive Natural, and smells good as hell. Check out these cinnamon and berry variations.
$11.99 at Amazon
$24.95 at Williams Sonoma
Lost in the reeds
If you’ve noticed a little vase full of sticks in a smelly bathroom and wondered, uh, what this whole setup is, they’re diffuser sticks, dummy – they absorb scented oils from the bottom of the container and slowly diffuse it into the air of the room over time, and they are a great way to make your home smell great. Apotheke’s Sea Salt Grapefruit Reed Diffuser emits tangy ripe grapefruit, black pepper, sea salt, and tarragon into your lovely abode. Getting rid of that endless feeling of the world slowly collapsing around us…well, that’s something you’ll have to work on in your spare time.
$54 at Apothecary
This white linen scent from Amazon is also excellent considering its very affordable price. It has a four-star rating from over 3,700 customer reviews claiming the scent *gasp* actually lasts and leaves your home smelling like fresh laundry (washed with expensive detergent). Looks like you can’t beat a classic.
$23.99 at Amazon
If you’ve made it this far, know that you’re now well-equipped to make your home smell good (don’t forget to take a shower, please).
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