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The Ultimate Guide to Making Your House Smell Amazing with Potpourri and Home Fragrance

by Erin Francois

The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Home Smell Amazing

As home décor and design enthusiasts, we spend a lot of time and consideration visually crafting our “perfect” home space, but how often are we actually thinking about the way it smells? From the psychology of scents, to removing unwanted odors, to incorporating home fragrance with style, we’ve created a comprehensive guide packed with everything you need to know to make sure your home smells as lovely as it looks.



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Try This: Mulling Spice Simmer Pot Recipe

by M.E. Gray

How to make your home instantly smell like autumn with this fall simmer pot recipe

We're getting to that time of year where two different things are happening: parties are picking up, and the cold weather is forcing us to spend more time indoors. So... basically the perfect combination for some cozy aromatherapy! The fall season has so many distinct smells associated with it - like crisp winds, earthy leaves, fresh rain - and one of the most recognizable scent combinations is that of mulling spices. Whether you have a dinner party coming up, or simply want to flood your home with the scents of the season, this quick fall simmer pot is sure to do the trick.         

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Does Your Trash Can Stink? Try This Simple Trick to Get Rid of Odors

by M.E. Gray

Trash can odors tips and tricks

Has this happened to you? You come home and open your front door, only to immediately get hit with a whiff of something nasty? Ick. Chances are, that unpleasant odor was your kitchen trash. It's inevitable. Trash can odors are going to happen, but there are things you can do to fight the stank. Today I'm sharing a quick trick for eliminating trash can odors, plus some other pointers for keeping the smell at bay.          

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DIY Thrifty Car Odor Eliminators.

by Chris Gardner

Children. Pets. Power tools. Library books. Groceries. We ask alot of our cars...and, we put a lot of stinky things in 'em too. And with dark interiors and constant sludging back and forth, it's not always clear how dirty they get. Well, until the funk happens. It's like one day, you open the door, and sit down, and say "Oh,'s here."

Classic red car wtih red steering wheel, red fuzzy dice in the window and white interior, source:

So, here's seven inexpensive deodorizers intended with the unique interiors, shapes, and smells of your...

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How to Rid Your Home of Lingering Food Smells.

by Chris Gardner

Curbly has certainly featured its share of techniques to add pleasant scents to your home and person (here, here, here, here, and here), but there are those time when your home is ALREADY aroma-ed, and you'd actually rather give it the old neutralize rather than cover it up.


To that end, Apartment Therapy offers these solutions and others:

  • Simmer a pot of half vinegar and half water
  • Simmer a pot of water with lemon and orange peels
  • Leave...

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Keep Your 'Fridge Fresh with Salt-Packed Citrus Peels.

by Chris Gardner

Um...the fridge funk. Everyone gets it, no one wants it, and that box of baking soda your grandma (and I) told you to keep in there doesn't always kill it entirely.

As a fresh alternative, Paulina sent in this idea to TipNut: simply cut the fruit out of an orange (lemon, lime, tangelo, what have you) and fill the rind with salt. "The salt absorbs stale and nasty odors while the [orange peel' releases a fresh, orange smell."

I'ma going to try to...

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10 Homemade Air Fresheners

by Chris Gardner

Vacuum. Squeeze a bit of fresh lime or lemon juice in your vacuum's bag before sweeping your carpet.

Extracts. Combine vanilla, almond, or other extract with a cup of water, and spritz with a spray bottle about your living space.

Vinegar. Simply place a bowl of vinegar in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, etc, and let it sit while you're away for a few hours. When you return, the vinegar smell will have gone away, taking other odors with it.


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Modern Potpourri?

by Chris Gardner

I really get into the change of the seasons, and though it's not autumn yet, it's gonna be quite soon.

Modern Potpourri?

I appreciate a seasonally-scented home, but dried flowers and nut-ish things don't really suit my design aesthetic. I have pretty bad allergies, so only the natural-ist of candles are safe, but you can't leave those burning for long periods of time.

So, is there a modern solution to make one's home autumnally-aromaed? Or a tricky way...

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Setting the Mood with Candles

by DIY Maven

Setting the Mood with Candles

Did you know there was a National Candle Association? Me either. Anyway, according to a survey conducted by the NCA, 75% of candle consumers say that scent is a very important factor when purchasing candles. They needed a study for to figure this out?

So Many Candles; Just One Nose

The surge in candle and candle scent appreciation has blossomed into quite the business. Currently, there are more than 10,000 different scents of candles available to the open market. This wide variety can be distilled to five different categories of fragrances.

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This group includes vanilla, which is has been for years the most popular scent of candles, as well as vanilla-based candles, also known in the candle business as ‘edibles.’ These include scents such as sugar cookie, hazelnut and coffee.


After vanilla, this is the most popular of candle scents. They include citrus and apple scents. Their fragrance ‘notes’ can be ‘light and breezy to warm and comforting.’

Flower Children

This group is generally considered ‘soft and light’ to the noses who know. In it we find rose, lilac, and all those other flowering plants that make me sneeze.


The zen/spa group includes fragrances such as ylang ylang, eucalyptus and sandlewood.

Fantasy Follies

According to the NCA, this category is hard to describe. Probably because the scents that fall into this group don’t have an obvious scent association. They are, however, an increasingly popular category. They include fragrances such as spring breeze, clean laundry and rain.

Candles and Mood

Most people correlate scented candles with aromatherapy, but according to the NCA, ‘most fragranced candles are not true "aromatherapy" candles.’ This is because they do not contain the necessary essential oils (or enough of them) to realize true aromatherapy effects. However, most scented candles do produce a psychological effect. The study of which is known as ‘aroma-chology.’ That being said, research seems to suggest that charts used to summarize the benefits of essential oils can be used to help us determine what candle scents might help enhance our moods.


Mood Manipulators

Here’s a list of some of some common candle scents and the moods they may alleviate.

  • Anger: Jasmine, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Lavender
  • Anxiety: Lavender, Patchouli, Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Orange, Ylang Ylang
  • Confidence: Jasmine, Orange
  • Depression: Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Cinnamon
  • Fatigue: Jasmine, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Pine, Clove
  • Fear: Jasmine, Lemon, Orange, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Clove, Lavender
  • Frustration: Orange
  • Grief: Rose, Sandalwood
  • Insecurity: Jasmine, Sandalwood
  • Insomnia: Lavender
  • Irritability: Lavender, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Orange, Ylang Ylang
  • Loneliness: Rose
  • Panic & Panic Attacks: Lavender, Rose, Ylang Ylang
  • Stress: Jasmine, Lavender, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla
  • Tension: Lemon, Orange

And for states of being we may want to encourage, consider these scents.

  • Courage: Clove
  • Creativity: Cinnamon
  • Happiness & Peace: Lemon, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Honeysuckle
  • Inner Peace: Coconut, Sandalwood
  • Mental Focus: Eucalyptus
  • Positive Outlook: Orange
  • Sexual Arousal: Orange, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang

(Scent data accumulated from Aroma Web and Earth Solutions.)

"Blue candles" courtesy of suncrest45 and "candles" courtesy of okay then at flickr.



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