How scents can change the way you feel at home

Having your home smell amazing is one of the great, small pleasures in life. I've always been a big fan of aromatherapy (that's stress-relief therapy induced by nice smells), so lighting a candle at the end of the day is one of my favorite ways to relax in my own home. 

Scents can vary depending on your mood and, surprisingly, on what room of the house you're in. So what's the perfect scent for the bathroom or the kid's room? Choosing the perfect one will help you feel more comfortable in any room of your house, so here's the ultimate guide to which scent to pair with which room and fall in love with your home all over again


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Lavender: You know my favorite thing to do in the bathroom? Take a nice, soothing bubble bath at the end of the week. There's nothing more relaxing than that and the perfect scent to go with the bubbles is (and always has been) lavender. It's actually been proven to help calm people down, so how can you resist?

Vanilla: When I'm in the kitchen, I want everything to smell delicious. Occasionally I'll go for an apple scent or something like that but the real classic here is vanilla (maybe with some cinnamon thrown in). Whenever I put this scent on, I think of the delicious pastries that my abuelita used to bake and it brings back warm memories. 

Mango: Maybe it's the big family parties I'm used to having or just that being with family makes me think of something sweet, but I always love having the scent of mango even when I'm just reclining and watching a movie with my immediate family. It's always a good time, really. 

Chamomille: I have to admit: when I get to the bedroom, I am usually pretty tired. I'm sure that I'm not the only woman who is constantly busy and half the time just wants to go straight to bed. Well, after a hard day, I love the smell of chamomille to lull me into a very peaceful sleep. 

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Lemon: Okay, so the kid's room tends to have some issues looking clean. So what's a woman to do? Well, I have a sneaky little trick: I make sure that the kid's room always smells like lemon so that at least if I can't keep it fully clean, it'll at least SMELL like it's clean. A little tricky but, hey, it works!

Grass: This is definitely the part of the house that I like to call the "man smell". It may sound a bit silly, but you have to make sure that this area isn't stinky either, right? One of my favorite smells is the smell of fresh cut grass, which is why I try to light a candle here once in a while that will make it smell nice and manly. 

Coconut: Every room in the house has a particular smell and coconut is by far my favorite scent for the laundry room. I know that most people would prefer some sort of fresh rain-y kind of smell for this section of the home but I really think coconut is the way to go. It's sweet, mellow and kind of makes me dream of a tropical vacation, which helps to pass the hours as I fold clean clothes. 

What is your favorite scent at home? Do you enjoy lighting candles based on your mood? Share with us in the comments below!

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on Aug 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM
My favorite scents to relax me would be cinnamon or pecan pie. <3
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on Sep 14, 2012 at 4:13 PM
I actually love the scents of vanilla or lavender in my home especially after a good cleaning. It makes it feel so refreshing and relaxing too. I love having candles throughout the house but away from my kids reach.
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on Sep 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM
I love candles. My favorite scents are vanilla, hawaiian breeze, apple cinnamon, hot cider.
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on Sep 14, 2012 at 5:22 PM

all depends from the season.. for winter i love cinamon and vanilla .. for spring  i usually use fresh scents like lavander, grass   ...

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on Sep 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM

It also depends on the season for me.  Once fall hits, my husband loves when the house smells like apple cinnamon and vanilla. In the warmer weather, I like more citrusy and fresh scents.

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on Sep 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM
The most surprising scent to me was grass. I love the smell of a fresh cut lawn and buying a candle that smells like grass is something I would like to try.
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on Sep 15, 2012 at 5:31 PM
I like Lavender, vanilla and apple cinnamon. I also have been trying a few new ones from scentsy. There is a pineapple coconut type (Havana Caban i think it's called) which I enjoy the tropical scent it gives. Most times the scent I choose is based on my mood and the time of year. I agree with the post that lemon makes anything smell clean.
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on Sep 16, 2012 at 2:33 AM
my favorite perfume and camomile on turn it on when I'm usually stresada, relax enjoy this rich aroma ...
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on Sep 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM




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