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Your home deserves a signature scent, here’s where to start

This year many of us have spent almost every waking minute in our homes (Melburnians, deep breath) and after spritzing on Diptyque Eau Duelle to make me feel human again (if you haven’t yet, you can find your fragrance ID here), it dawned on me that it just makes sense for our homes to have a signature scent too. A scent that gives you a sense of ease as soon as you walk in the door, one that family and friends recognise and feel embraced by as soon as they step into your space.

Our homes are just as personal as we are individual, so mixing and matching multiple scents, playing with room placement, and experimenting with form makes sense. To guide you on a path to finding your home fragrance ID, we’re exploring five different feelings for you to recreate, and inspire you to try your own. Keep scrolling.

THE PERFECT PAIR FOR AN INSTANT MOOD LIFT

Like a drop or key change in your favourite song, together these unique scents cut the tension in the air, releasing a surge of mood-boosting energy into your space. First, light D.S. & DURGA’s Big Sur After Rain candle; with relieving notes of eucalyptus, magnolia and ‘wet wood’, it’s the scent equivalent to the feeling of a cool change breaking through after humidity-induced downfall. For a personalised twist, amp up the bright and citrusy notes of magnolia found in the candle with Frédéric Malle’s Perfume Gun in Jurassic Flower. The spray offers instant release and gratification with its magnolia scent, inspired by the tree that has bloomed every year since Jurassic times. Together, the two create an energy that’s as laid back as it is inspiring.

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A MODERN EQUIVALENT TO FRESHLY BAKED COOKIES IN THE OVEN

There’s no denying that a home filled with floating notes of vanilla essence, browned butter and caramelised sugar is a place you’d want to be, but a constant flow of chocolate chip cookies—although desirable—isn’t always attainable. Follow this aromatic recipe instead:

Placed next to each other in the heart of your home, light Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Baccarat Rouge 540 Candle and Malin+Goetz Dark Rum Candle. The warm sweetness of Baccarat Rouge’s jasmine, saffron, cedarwood and ambergris will harmonise with Dark Rum’s earl-grey-meets-brown-sugar blend of bergamot, plum, rum, leather, patchouli and milk, creating a perfect sense of homeliness without the saccharine sweetness of a typical vanilla/caramel candle.

A spritz of Byredo’s Bibliotheque Room Spray every once in a while (bursting with peach, plum, patchouli, violet and vanilla) will add that mouth-watering ‘waftiness’ that comes along with pulling your baked goods out of the oven, and the torturous act of waiting for them to cool down.

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THE SIGNATURE SCENT THAT TRAVELS AND TRANSFORMS FROM ROOM TO ROOM

While not a blend, per say, a home is just as deserving of a signature scent as you are—one that travels, and even changes in form, in whichever room you enter. You might wear yours as an eau de parfum, a hand cream, and by way of a roller on the go; and your home can do the same: a candle flickering in your bedroom, a room spray homed in your bathroom, and a wall diffuser in your living area. That’s the true beauty of Diptyque, who give you the opportunity to enjoy home fragrance whenever, wherever, and however you want.

A bestselling outside-to-inside garden scent, Diptyque’s Baies is fresh yet floral, without the powdery-ness one might expect (freshly picked blackcurrant leaves and just a hint of rose are to thank for that). As well as the original candle, it comes in a Large Outdoor Candle, Hourglass Diffuser, Electric Wall Diffuser, Room Spray and many more forms, so you can place it all the way through your house—even on your garden patio—to create a consistent aroma that becomes synonymous with your home.

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HOW DOING THE LAUNDRY MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’VE GOT YOUR LIFE TOGETHER

If the smell of freshly-washed linen on a Sunday morning sparks joy (or, you’re a Virgo or Capricorn), the crisp, clean scent of your chores can be easily recreated—keeping you in your happy place all week long, without the need for an extra cycle.

For always-on freshness, place Jo Malone London’s English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Diffuser in a highly-frequented zone of your home (the crispness of pear and freesia are perfectly balanced with patchouli), and then alternate between Maison Margiela’s Sunday Morning Candle, a scent inspired by the joy of waking up in freshly washed sheets with the sun on your skin, and Byredo’s Cotton Poplin Fragranced Candle, a popular candle also reminiscent of the comforting feeling of clean and crisp linen.

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