As we all try to flatten the curve against the Covid-19 spread, a lot of us are spending a fair bit of time at home, meaning we might as well go the extra mile to make our spaces even more enticing? When it comes to creating a calm and relaxed ambiance, scents in the form of candles, essential oils, and incense can go a long way. Whether you prefer the fragrance of freshly cut grass, a burst of zesty citrus, or a field full of lavenders, we’ve rounded up some of the best luxury scents to help soothe and relax stressed souls.
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Claimed by Aesop to be the “perfect antidote to stress and hurriedness,” just five drops of this calming Anouk oil, and you’ll be well on your way to relaxation. With a mood enhancing mix of ylang ylang with lemon and bergamot rind, the scent really does wonders in terms of alleviating stress. We recommend to drop the citrus and floral oil into Aesop’s Brass Oil Burner which is a little Objet d’art in itself. It’s crafted in solid brass and designed by Studio Henry Wilson.
This woody bibliothéque scent by Byredo smells like sweetness mingling with the seductive. Top notes of fruity peach and plum dance with floral uplifts of patchouli while leather and vanilla ground the fragrance. At its heart, violet and peony add to its distinctive romantic character. It’s a great candle which burns for up to 60 hours in its black wax and mouth blown glass holder.
Crafted by the Koh-Shi aroma masters on Awaji island in Japan, Oribe have created incense sticks infused with their signature Côte d’Azur scent. The sticks burn for 20 minutes at a time and emanate notes of Calabrian bergamot, fresh lemon, plum, blackcurrant and Sicilian orange over white butterfly jasmine, sandalwood and crisp amber. The set comes with the incense holder and is the perfect mood-setting ensemble to use at home
Diptyque turns any home into a sensory experience with its luxurious hourglass which fills a room, up to 215 sq. ft., with its deliciously fruity aroma in just an hour. The double glass ends and centre wick design allows the fragrance to drip from one end to the other, releasing honey orange blossom bursting with citrus and sprinkled with spices to brighten up your home with the sweet smell of spring.
Inspired by Napoleon’s wife, Joséphine, this scented candle by French candlemaker Cire Trudon is a wonderfully fresh floral scent filled with Turkish rose, Egyptian jasmine and Chinese camellia. It’s lifted with notes of bright bergamot, kaffir lime and spices, before more earthen scents of sandalwood, white musks and iris ground the fragrance.
As the luxury Italian brand delves into more home décor, it has resulted in these fantastically fun fuchsia incense sticks that are crafted from bamboo. Infused with the scent Esotericum, the sticks emit an aroma of zesty Seville oranges with sweet, delicate jasmine, blended with warm notes of leather and salt. There are 25 sticks included in each set and are best used with the equally exuberant pink porcelain cat incense burner.
The Italian decorative arts company is the epitome of whimsical craftsmanship, but you best believe that the scents are just as splendid. The Fornasetti La Chiave Nero diffusing sphere is a ceramic piece of art to put in pride of place at home. It also will perfume the air with their Otto scent, which brings together an infusion of thyme and lavender with sweet floral orris, incense and clean birch. The diffuser set comes with 5 reed sticks and 500ml of oil.