This morning I took a stroll through a bluebell forest, continued to a Japanese peony orchard and fell asleep in a cypress grove somewhere in Greece. All the while I was at home, experimenting with home fragrances. Since scent can uplift our mood, satisfy wanderlust and inspire daydreams, adding one to interior spaces is an especially good idea right now.
Floris does a lovely line in room fragrances. I love the Hyacinth & Bluebell version, inspired by its iconic Bluebell perfume but with a stronger emphasis on green, earthy notes (£25 for 100ml). It lingers gently and makes the room feel brighter and fresher. If I close my eyes, I can envision the vivid blue of wild hyacinths and the rustle of trees in their springtime verdancy. Room sprays like this one can be simply spritzed into the air, or sprayed on a potpourri mixture for a softer effect.
Diffusers are another nuanced way to scent the room, and the strength of the fragrance can be controlled by the reeds. Take Jo Malone’s Peony and Blush Suede Scent Surround Diffuser; for the most dramatic effect, dip all 10 reeds into the fragrance, which is reminiscent of peonies in full bloom (£64 for 165ml). For a delicate hint of pink petals and glossy leaves, two to three reeds are enough. Jo Malone’s stronger fragrances, such as Pomegranate Noir (£64 for 165ml) or Myrrh & Tonka (£77 for 165ml), can be modulated in the same way. As can Acqua di Parma’s Profumi dell’Orto, whose effervescent aroma of peppery basil and crushed tomato leaves evokes a sunny Italian garden (£62 for 180ml). It also comes as a candle, which is so richly scented that it perfumes the room even when unlit (£54).
One of my all-time favourite candles is Diptyque’s Baies, a mélange of roses and blackcurrant leaves that has been the brand’s bestseller for years (£47 for 190g). It’s an excellent choice to burn in the morning for its rejuvenating and bracing fragrance; but I find it even better in the evening. After an hour, the candle turns the room into a cypress grove, its scent redolent of the resinous needles and sun-warmed bark. Mellow and velvety, the aroma comforts and encourages sweet dreams.
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Victoria Frolova has been writing her perfume blog boisdejasmin.com since 2005. Her explorations of fragrance touch upon all elements that make this subject rich and complex: science, art, literature, history and culture. Frolova is a recipient of three Fragrance Foundation FiFi Awards for Editorial Excellence and, since receiving professional perfumery training, has been working as a fragrance consultant and researcher.