June 23, 2016 Kim Cox

Do you smell that? Aromatherapy For Your Home

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Do you smell that?  Chances are you don’t, but your guests do!  Why not use a little aromatherapy to spruce up your home and impress your guests.




Every home, including yours, has a scent.   You can’t smell it because you have become accustomed to it, but your guests get a nose full when they enter your home. Hopefully it’s a smell that invites them in and not the smelly laundry that you didn’t run this morning or the garlic pasta you made for dinner last night.



Oriental Lillies have a very strong fragrance that will overpower even the strongest of smells.  

Your home’s smell should be as much a part of your home design as the furniture and lighting.  It is a part of your guests’ overall experience, so why not make it a good one. Luxury hotels use this secret weapon as as a subtle way to further elevate your hotel experience.  They create a signature scent which is pumped through the public areas to keep you in a pleasant mood. It becomes a part of their branding. Whenever you smell the scent, you immediately think of your last (hopefully positive) experience there.   Next time you go to a hotel, notice the smell.




Magnolias have a musky, more subtle aroma.  


You should do the same in your home. Create an aroma that is relaxing and inviting.  Make it your signature scent.  When your guests visit, all five of their senses will receive the warm welcome that you are extending and they will be enveloped in your hospitality.



Roses have a seductive smell that will fill your home.  

You can do it naturally with flowers.  There are a number of flowers that have very aromatic qualities.  They will fill your home with a pleasing fragrance.

Here is a list of some of the aromatic flowers that I frequently use:

  1. Magnolias
  2. Roses
  3. Oriental Lilies
  4. Gardenia
  5. Freesia
  6. Lavender
  7. Tuberose


I have a mixture of magnolias, roses and Oriental lilies today.  Can you imagine how good my house smells? 


If fresh flowers are not an option for you, candles and incense will do the trick.   Burn it continuously for a few days to get the smell everywhere – your curtains, your couches, your clothes, etc., then less frequently. Make sure the scent is strong enough to overpower unpleasant or stale odors. If you really want to create a signature scent, make your own potpourri.  Here is a recipe that I like. It includes lemon, rosemary and vanilla.  It is the mixture that they use in the Williams Sonoma stores.  Click here for the recipe.


For my home, I copied the scent of the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans. As soon as you step in their door, the smell invites you to “come hither.” They sell the scent in the gift shop, but I get it directly from the source. It is from Amy’s Candles, and the scent is “gardenia.” It’s a “triple scent” candle, so you will likely need only one.  Every time I smell it, I feel like I’m in the luxurious lobby of the Ritz Carlton.

A girl can dream, can’t she?
If you’d like to order Amy’s Candle, click here.

I wish you could smell how beautiful these are! 



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