Special thanks to my sister-in-law who unknowingly inspired this post.
Have you ever smelled something that immediately took you to a familiar place or reminded you of your favorite person? Like maybe the smell of rain reminds you of your mom’s delicious soup because it was one of the few things she would cook on rainy days. Or perhaps when you smell fresh baked cookies you think about being a child, vigilantly watching and impatiently waiting by the oven for those scrumptious treats. Before my boyfriend — now husband — went away for the Army, he bought me a Build-a-Bear and sprayed it with his cologne. Whenever I missed him most, I’d hug that stuffed animal tight and sniff as tears rolled down my eyes. The smell of his cologne was oh so comforting to me.
Can you imagine what life would be like without scents? It definitely would be a little less enjoyable and a bit more bland. Think about it. Food wouldn’t taste the same. Traveling wouldn’t feel the same. All of the aromas we take in on a daily basis enhance our lives in more ways than we’re aware. Smells have the ability to change our moods and they play a significant role in the memories we have.
Your home is a central location for memory making, especially this time of year with all of the holidays approaching. It is the place where you’ll raise your children, share dinners with friends, and/or grow old with your spouse. What scent do you want people to associate the memories at your home with?
Growing up, I remember my dad always buying new plug-in scent refills before visitors came over. I thought it was so pretentious at the time, but now I think it’s a perfect way to welcome guests. Even the Three Kings welcomed Baby Jesus with aromatic gifts (Matthew 2:1-12).
Sadly, I don’t have many guests over, but I still keep my house fragrant. I enjoy coming home after a long work day and inhaling deeply. Each room of my house greets me with a different fragrance. The scents of the candles, diffusers, and sprays I use change constantly, but I want to share my current favorites with you.
Hilltop Candle | hilltopcandle.com
These soy candles are actually made by a friend of mine, so naturally I had to show my support. As soon as I opened the package I was blown away by the amazing aroma. I bought Jasmine Vanilla and Pumpkin Spice (yeah, I’m basic…judge me). These are perfect candles to burn on a daily basis. If you’re a mason jar maniac, you’ll have to buy some just for the packaging. They’ll go great with any decor!
Fifth & Madison | shop5thandmadison.com
Last Christmas season, my husband and I went to the Winter Village at Bryant Park and we followed our noses to Fifth & Madison’s shop. I had such a hard time choosing a scent. I would have bought every single candle, but the way my finances are set-up I had to settle for just one. I chose Gardenia. I keep this candle in my bathroom to hide those less than pleasant bodily smells, if you catch my drift.
Diptyque | diptyqueparis.com
These are the most Instagrammed candles ever and I cannot believe I own one! My wonderful sister-in-law bought me a 51-ounce Tubéreuse candle as a belated wedding/housewarming gift. Lord knows I would not have bought one for myself. I refuse to light this candle until the
time house is right, but this candle is so incredible it permeates my “dressing room” without being lit. If you want to treat yourself or feel the need to splurge, buy yourself some Diptyque.
I’d love to learn what your preferred perfumes are and if any smells trigger special memories for you, so please comment below!