How To Scent Your Home For The Holidays
Posted by Samantha Nice
We’re all for getting in the festive spirit and what better way to do so than through scenting your home with our all-natural fragrances. Here, our expert Education Manager, Sam Turner shares her best advice for making your home a relaxing space to unwind as well as a welcoming one for entertaining…
Set The Tone
First up, identify what kind of atmosphere you’re looking to create and the type of scents you personally enjoy. Nothing says Holidays quite like our signature festive blends and they work wonders for sparking seasonal joy. “Not only do our scents help to deliver beautiful fragrance throughout your home, but they also bring a wellbeing boost too,” says Sam. “First up, is our Christmas Wish scent which is a traditional and beautiful blend of creamy tonka bean, spicy cinnamon, and zesty mandarin. It’s ideal for de-stressing and getting cozy in front of the fire. It really does encourage you to stop, breathe and appreciate the moment.”
Next is Perfect Peace - a fresher, more uplifting take with notes of pine, myrrh and lime peel. “Think the smell of Nordic pine and those crisp winter mornings,” says Sam who dubs this one as the ultimate mood-booster. “This is my go-to for having friends over with the drinks flowing as it really does ignite feelings of joy.” If overly festive scents aren’t for you, fear not as we’ve got plenty of other all-natural scents that will still make your home a place of comfort during the holidays. Our Real Luxury is always a winner and is the scent so many of you rely on to de-stress all year round. “With a complex blend of 24 essential oils such as lavender, jasmine, Brazilian rosewood and cedarwood, we call this one the ‘cashmere blanket’ in our collection,” says Sam. We’ve even created a limited-edition festive design for it to give a touch of Christmas to your interior.
Try Layering Your Scents
Whilst it can be tempting to just pick one source of scent, layering different types of home fragrance can really help elevate the atmosphere and we have every base covered with our collection of candles, reed diffusers and of course our much-loved Pod diffusers and essential oil blends. Reed diffusers help to give a continuous stream of scent and are often thought of as our most subtle choice, whereas our Pod is more customizable since you can choose your desired amount of essential oil blend. Our NEW Pod Luxe even allows you to adjust the intensity so you can find what works for you and your space and diffuse it for the entire day or evening. Candles are great for scenting specific moments and adding an additional layer of scent over the mist diffused from your Pod.
“If you’re going to experiment with layering, always consider the room size and the intensity of scent you’re looking to achieve,” warns Sam. “Scent is like sound – go too loud, strong or for too long and you can end up giving everyone a headache,” she adds. Thankfully each and every NEOM scent is 100% natural as opposed to being synthetic which can make a huge difference and give a much softer and more enjoyable experience. “The beauty of our festive (and core) blends is that they work incredibly well on their own but are intensely beautiful when used together,” says Sam. “Go all out and use your essential oil blend in your Pod for the duration of your day and night and then light a candle (or two) for when guests arrive or for when you’re winding down in the evenings.”
Scent Spaces Differently
Not only do our candles and diffusers each impart scent in a different way, but they also each create a different ambience too. Since our Pod is so well-suited for instantly changing the mood of a room or for allowing you to set the tone for a specific moment or occasion, try using this as your first port of call. Drop in your oil blend to an intensity which suits you and then build the rest of your scent around this. If you’ve not already seen, we now have a Pod for every sized space so you can scent every room in your home with our original-size Pod, smaller rooms with our Pod Mini and now open-plan living or even your entire home with the NEW Pod Luxe.
“Real Luxury is a very welcoming scent so works well in hallways or entrance rooms, so I’d always suggest placing our reed diffuser in this scent here and in your guest bathroom,” says Sam. “Perfect Peace and Happiness are both great for an uplifting mood boost in the kitchen so try diffusing these oils through your Pod or lighting a candle. Our Christmas Wish Candle is the living room must-have and really does create a cozy room which is ideal for relaxing, socializing and creating memories,” she adds. When it comes to candles, we all know these are not just great for scenting and that there’s something very comforting about a flame flickering which is why they are well suited to dark, wintery nights. “Candles only really need to be lit for around two hours so I’d always advise using these for particular moments as opposed to a long-lasting stream of scent,” says Sam.
Expert Tips And Tricks
1. For Getting The Most Out Of Your Pod
Each of our Pods work in a slightly different way so once you’ve decided on your oil blend, here’s a quick guide on how to achieve the perfect fragrance level. Our Pod Mini diffuses straight from the bottle so simply screw in and you’re good to go. Our original Pod works best with around 8-10 drops and works for around 6 hours, whereas the Pod Luxe takes around 30 drops and can diffuse for up to 12 hours.
2. For Burning Candles
“Each one of our 3 wick candles has four bottles of essential oil in them so there’s no need to keep them burning for hours on end. In fact, once your candle is blown out, the pool of oil will continue to boost your wellbeing until it solidifies,” adds Sam. “An even pool of oil will ensure an even burn on your candle too.” One other tip? Don’t forget to trim your wicks. A trimmed wick makes the flame look clean and bright and you don’t have to worry about the mushroom end (or untrimmed wick) falling into the wax and giving a murky, grey tone.
3. For Maximizing Your Reed Diffuser
The strength of the scent will depend on how many reeds you’re using and how often you’re turning them. Use all of them and turn more regularly for a stronger scent. One thing worth mentioning is that the more you flip them, the more oil they’ll use but each jar should last you around three months. Each time you buy a refill, don’t forget to change the reeds too.
4. For Using Our Essential Oils In Other Ways
Try using our essential oil blends in other ways throughout your home too. Our Ceramic Hanging Star is another great alternative to scent your home with and looks great hung on your tree, on door handles or perhaps even as a table favor for your guests.