Learning To Layer
The aim with choosing scent for your home is to create a cocoon of fragrance in each room in order to make each one feel personal and unique to you. While candles are the simplest way of achieving a veil of scent, experimenting with different fragrance mediums can create a more bespoke, layered effect.
If you’ve not tried scenting your home before, it can be daunting knowing where to start. “Never say never when it comes to choosing candles,” says Diptyque’s Daniel Dutton, “although when choosing scents for rooms it’s good to try and play with different fragrances for different rooms. That way you’ll be able to appreciate the nuances of each one better.” Candles in the kitchen not only help create an inviting atmosphere, they can help redress the balance when it comes to cooking smells. “Around food it’s best to keep things clean, simple and not too sweet, so a candle like Coriandre is a good bet as it won’t fight with the food smells you’re trying to mask.”
Light florals and woody scents meanwhile tend to work well in a bathroom, while the soft flickering light is the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing bath at the end of the day; Verveine is a sharp, clean and invigorating option here. When it comes to choosing candles for your sitting room however, there’s no need to be quite so prescriptive: “In living spaces you can get away with something with much more body, anything from romantic Tuberose, or Feu de Bois – perfect for a cosy night. Both choices are all encompassing and fill the air beautifully”, says Daniel.
A Perfect Pairing
If you prefer to test the water when it comes to creating layers of fragrance, burning two candles together is a good place to start. Although personal preference is all important, when it comes to burning more than one candle in the same space, ultimately it’s about trying to achieve balance. Pick scents that aren’t too similar but that will complement one aspect of the other. “A white floral like Tubereuse with a herbal scent like Coriandre is a beautiful option” says Daniel. “The Coriandre tempers the headiness of the Tuberose and adds a green note which takes it down a touch. Equally, Ambre with its sweetly spicy scent transforms Feuille de Lavande and removes any of its overt femininity and powdery-ness. Instead it becomes a rich, green plant scent with plenty of depth.”
Build Your Layers
Once you’re feeling more confident about experimenting you can begin to play with different home scenting options. “Begin with a candle you love” advises Daniel. “It’ll have the most impact on the room when burning as it’s designed to fill an entire space.” The iconic Baies is a great place to start, blending traditional, familiar rose that most people love, with the fresh, green tang of blackcurrant leaf. Next, look for a room spray with an element that ties it into the candle – Roses is ideal as it’ll tie in with the rose element of Baies and therefore be kept alive long after the initial spritz. Like an instant scent release in the air, spritz your room spray just before guests arrive, and don’t forget to mist over fabrics like curtains or cushions which will hold the scent for longer.
For an added layer of fragrance the Hourglass 2.0 Diffuser in 34 Boulevard St Germain is the perfect choice, creating cohesion with the leafiness and floral aspects of both the candle and the spray. Creating a pocket of intense fragrance in the area it sits, the specially designed centrepiece gently releases scent over the course of an hour, and is the ideal final piece of your perfumed puzzle. Simply flip over to accentuate the scent in your space or when you want an extra burst of scent.