Scents of Spring: Home Fragrance Explained

The science of scent is a fascinating subject. A sense that evokes potent emotional and physical reactions in humans, scent plays a major part in everyday life.

To break down the science, smell is distinct from other primary senses in the fact that it is connected to the olfactory cortex, the part of the brain responsible for emotions and memory. Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it. In other words, the ability to experience and express emotion grows directly out of our brain’s ability to process smell.

So much time is spent on home furnishings, the perfect furniture and finding an interior design that suits, yet it’s home scents that really play the part in making a house a home – that gives a space an essence.


The floral fragrance is a light, romantic, sweet scent – by far the most popular. Often featuring subtle and more prominent blends of rose, violet, lily, jasmine and lavender, the scent can offer a room an airy, fresh feel without a heavy overpowering aroma.

Floral scents can be split into two groups, flower based notes – rose, sweet pea, peony, wisteria – and natural sweet tones – honey, vanilla, caramel and macaroon. These scents work in larger spaces, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms, and can have a calming, convivial effect.

Floral fragrances also make a great addition to the bedroom. Creating an ambient atmosphere, lily, orchid and lavender are tranquil scents that suit a more relaxing setting. Remember that style and decor play a large part here to. Look to Tom Dixon’s master-crafted ‘Elements’ collection or Cire Trudon’s decadent Baroque styles.


Oriental fragrances often feature spices such as pepper, cloves and cinnamon. These scents originate from more exotic parts of the world and promote a warm and sensual atmosphere.

If you struggle to concentrate, these scents will work well in your home office. Spicy scents, particularly notes of cardamom, spice and patchouli will sit well with the smell of paper and ink and match the natural harmony of the room.


Fresh citrus scents are best for kitchens and dining rooms. These rooms where food is prepared and consumed are often the hardest to keep smelling nice and too sweet or spicy a scent can be off putting. Fresh fragrances cut through any existing odours to refresh and calm the atmosphere.

Tangerine, mandarin, lime and grapefruit scents make a chance from the classic lemon, whilst diffusers offer lighter notes of the fragrance instead of the heavier candle scent.


Largely favoured by men, woody scents often have light top notes with a muskier heart. Notes of cedarwood, oud, and patchouli give subtle hints of pleasant aromas whilst leather and tobacco fragrances have more depth. These scents provide an air of sophistication and mystery when worn in perfumes but when diffused into the home, the tones take on a warmer, more welcoming feel.

The hallway is the entrance to the home, the place where first impressions are made. Not only are you welcoming guests into your home, it’s also the first area you can relax after a hard day of work. Subtle, not overpowering woody based fragrances are calm and welcoming, they provide a comforting and relaxing atmosphere that greets guests and puts them at ease.

Words by Georgia Leitch

Georgia Leitch

Georgia Leitch

Writer and expert

A fan of maximalist fashion and all things fluffy, you can find me layering prints or looking for new earrings. A disco queen at heart, if I'm not dancing around the house to 70s soul, I'm counting my flares.

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