The perfect candle fragrance can bring so much joy and happiness, helping you to relax and enjoy your surroundings. As you will hopefully be living with the scent of your favourite candle for weeks or months to come, it’s important to make the right decision for you. With so much choice, it can be easy to stick to what you already know and love.
However, it is a shame to miss out on all the wonderful aromatic options out there! Here are some ways to think about choosing your fragrance, even if you can’t physically smell the candle at the time. In fact, this may be a better way, because you won’t be overloading your olfactory senses.
Where will you put the candle?
This is an important question, because some scents are bold and rich, and others are softer and more delicate. If you want to fragrance a small room, such as a downstairs loo, then a more subtle scent is best, otherwise the result will be too overpowering. For rooms where you will be eating or preparing food, you want to avoid a strong clash of smells.
On the other hand, if the space is larger, such as an open plan living area or high-ceiling hallway, then a stronger aroma will work well.
What is the purpose of the candle?
Candlemakers generally class their scents into four main categories: Woody, Exotic, Floral, and Fresh. There are of course many variations in each category, and sometimes different categories are blended together. However, each category shares some common characteristics, and many people have a distinct preference for one group over the other.
Woody fragrances have notes of all those lovely earthy scents you experience on an autumn walk through trees and mountains. Think pine, cedar, and nutmeg; the outdoorsy scents that can remind us of a special time of year, such as Christmas. They are full bodied scents that work well in larger spaces.
Exotic scents are also often associated with that cosy warm autumnal feeling. They are soothing, rich, or spicy. Sumptuous, romantic, and indulgent, exotic fragrances can help us to rest and recharge our batteries. Think Frankincense and Myrrh, cinnamon, and ginger. They blend well with both woody scents and citrusy scents.
Citrus scents, as you might expect, fall into the ‘fresh’ category. They are associated with the renewal and release of spring and summer, and are light and energising. For many people, they are reminiscent of that optimistic time of year when the days are stretching out for longer, and nature begins to awaken after its long winter hibernation.
Floral scents are the encapsulation of the joyful heady days of summer when the garden is in full bloom which we may want to experience no matter what the weather is doing outside! They are cheery uncomplicated fragrances, that also blend well with woody and citrus scents for a pleasing complementary overtone.
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