Christmas is a time of light, both internal and external, and what better way to have a well-lit home than light a candle this holiday season? Not only that, but aromatic home candles also make for a timeless and personal Christmas gift that is universally appreciated.
But what to do if you don’t know the first thing about candles or fragrances? This quick guide should help you with just that. And for a better understanding of home candles and other diffuser oil fragrances, we first need to take a look at the different fragrance families.
The 7 Traditional Fragrance Families
Emerging in the early 1900s, this classification of different fragrances has been guiding manufacturers and perfume lovers alike for over 100 years.
Single Floral (French: soliflore) refers to a perfume where one particular flower scent is dominant, such as rose fragrance.
Multifloral/Flower Bouquet is a fragrance where individual flower scents are more difficult to pin down since they’re usually a careful blend of multiple flowers.
Leather, often associated with a more “manly” smell, usually contains hints of tobacco, as well as honey (to sweeten it) and wood. Thus, called because the heart/base notes evoke a hint of leather.
Fern (French: Fougere) is a specific blend of several fragrances, among which are coumarin and oakmoss.
Ambery is highly versatile and comprises a wide range of scents, from flowers, to animal scents, woods and vanilla.
Cyprus (French: Chypre) is a popular blend of oakmoss, patchouli, bergamot and other similar fragrances.
Woody scents are the ones dominated (in their base note) by woody scents, such as sandalwood, patchouli or cedar.
Aside from these, there are also some other, more modern takes fragrance blends such as Oceanic, Citrus or Edible Scents/Gourmand, such as chocolate, for example.
Right, so which one is appropriate for you?
Choosing the right fragrance for your scented candle or reed diffuser will depend heavily on where in the house you plan on using it.
Kitchen - opt for light, citrus scents, or anything that might compliment the smell of food. Try to stay away from floral scents, as the two rarely go well together. Since a significant amount of our taste sense is through smell, it may also be wise to avoid any heavier scents that would overpower the natural smell of your foods.
Bathroom - here, on the other hand, floral scents (as well as citrus) are your friend, since they can make the room appear bigger, as well as mask any unpleasant odors. Floral and citrus scents also seem to diffuse quite quickly and can be much more fragrance forward than many of the more subtle bouquets of other fragrance families.
Living Room - this is a fairly neutral ground in the house, so you don’t want a scent that’s too pungent. Try going with a light floral scent, vanilla or even lighter wood types. You want to notice the nice fragrrance of a scented candle in a room or an artistic reed diffuser, but you don’t want that to be the only thing you notice, especially in large living spaces within your home.
Bottom Line - Opt for what appeals to you!
At the end of the day, a lot can be said about each type of fragrance and where it goes best, but what matters most is that you are satisfied with your scented candle or fragrance oil. So pick a fragrance blend that you enjoy and make your home a little brighter this Christmas!