I don’t have any powder room progress to show you today, but I do have something that is important for any powder room and your whole house. It is something that smells divine.
As I was preparing the cabinet under the sink in the powder room for painting, I needed to clean it out first. One of the items I keep in the cabinet is air fresheners. Not the run-of-the-mill variety of Glade and Airwick, but wonderful smelling bottles of home fragrance.
Some even call it “Room Mist” or for all of us decorating lovers “Decorative Fragrance”. As I was moving the bottles as I cleaned, the blogger in me said,“Wow! I could write a blog post about these.” They are a big part of how I try to make my house a home.
I have a few bottles with a scent that I love. One is actually an Eau de Toilette, but I like to use it as an Eau De Room more.
I have nasal allergies and can’t be around scented candles and most inexpensive perfumes. When I pass one of those candle shops at the mall or the candle aisle in Target and Walmart I have to hold my nose before I pass or I will instantly get a headache. I have to test out every scent before I buy it. If I am invited to a party and they have scented candles burning, I have to leave or politely ask for them to be extinguished. My father and grandmother had the same problem, so I know it is genetic. The fact that I do not get a headache with the home fragrances I have bought makes me enjoy them even more.
For me, my house is not a home unless it smells good, too. My visual sense is satisfied with the decor and I like to balance the rest of my senses as well. Good smells along with feel-good music, comfy layers of texture to sit on, and of course good things from the kitchen. All of these factor in to create a distinct ambiance in a home that transcends the visual.
After I clean the house or I should say, semi-clean the house or when I am expecting company, I go around with one of these room scents in my hand spraying it into the air.
My absolute favorite is from Seda France. It is called Japanese Quince Room Mist. It is the company’s best selling scent and I understand why. It smells divine!!!
It does not make me sneeze or give me a headache. I love, love, love it! I wish you could scratch your computer screen to get a whiff, but that “app” has not come our way yet. :-) It could be called “smellavision”.
I became a big fan after stumbling upon it at a chic little boutique in Stone Harbor, NJ a few summers ago. The shop smelled so good that I didn’t want to leave. No headache or nausea feel. I had to buy it. Since that first purchase, I have bought it a few times as well as soap for the powder room. I read on Seda France’s website that Oprah gave it away in one of her Favorite Things giveaway shows.
My second favorite decorative fragrance for my home is not actually a room mist, but an Eau De Toilette that is for your body. Since it passed the headache test and I adore the scent, I use it as a home fragrance, too.
It is made by Le Couvent des Minimes. I bought it at the Bonton in Lancaster, PA a few years ago. They do make it in a room mist now. It is called Verbena & Lemon Room Mist If you are my age and remember the best selling drug store perfume of the 70′s called, Loves Fresh Lemon, made by Menley and James – you will like this. Clean and fresh smelling.
My other two favorite decorative fragrances are a Grapefruit Room Spray by Lothantique and Yuletide by Aromatique.
I have had Yuletide for a few years and used the bottle up this past Christmas. I bought it at TJ Maxx. I went to Aromatique’s website, but they don’t sell it anymore or they changed the name to The Smell of Christmas. I hope it is the same. I will be searching the aisles at Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls so that I have it for next Christmas.
Keeping my house smelling nice truly makes me happy, but also creates a welcoming impression to anyone that enters. It is subtle, but fills the senses that make you want to sit, stay awhile, and get comfy.
Do you like your home to smell nice? What are your favorite ways to add scent to your home? I have been reading a lot about essential oils in diffusers lately. Does anyone use or recommend any of these?
I am off to NYC for the next two days for an event. I have been told that I will be coming home with lots of goodies to give away to one of you. Stay tuned!