But it's a post I've wanted to write for a long time, because scent, or more specifically Home Fragrance as the industry has termed it, is really important to me, and I get asked a lot what my favourites are.
Scent in the home has the ability to set (and lift!) the mood almost as much as lighting, so it's up there on the very-important-things-a-room-needs list. Especially in the winter, when a lot of us need a bit of extra help in the mood department. It also has the unique ability to transport you to another place and time or even to magically trigger a moment of déjà vu. When people say they don't like scented candles I just presume they haven't found the right one! Unless they have allergies of course, which is a whole other story.
Obviously scent is also very personal, so my favourites quite probably won't be the same as yours. There are definitely scents that I'm more drawn to in the winter - warmer, deeper, woody scents, versus what I might reach for in the summer - lighter, greener, fresher ones, and some I consider to be more 'day' scents than 'evening' scents too.
I'm not a floral scent person, with the exception of rose, which I like in some instances, then it can feel modern and not old fashioned. I can't stand overly sweet cloying scents, and anything remotely soapy has to leave the house immediately as it makes me feel ill. Ylang ylang and clove are on my bad list too - I can smell both a mile off and they're instant deal-breakers. Generally speaking, I tend to favour woody and fruity scents.
I wanted to share my current favourites - some are long-time favourites, and some new, whilst the Overose Shahaman candle, that initially caught my eye with its über instagrammable pink container, shot straight to the top of the list, knocking some of my long time Diptyque favourites off their once solid perch. And not just because it's so pretty!
I must admit that as much as I love discovering a new scent, that I'm guilty of sticking to what I know most of the time (unless it's love at first sniff like it was with Shahaman!), because it's so disappointing buying a new candle, lighting it and not loving it! And you really can't tell until it's too late to return it.
Without further ado, here are my current favourites for the colder months. I'll follow up with my favourite summer scents when spring rolls around. I hope to discover some new favourites next year too - maybe I'll be a little braver and ask Santa for something I've not tried before, as there are a few on my radar!
I couldn't not buy this when I first sniffed it. All I can say is hold on to your purse strings if Aesop ever release scented candles, which obviously they will, right?
A union of enlivening florals and tobacco, Istros stimulates the atmosphere with aromas of the bazaar.
Aroma: Vibrant, floral, smoky / Key Ingredients: Pink Pepper, Lavender, Tobacco
I've only recently got my second one of this scented candle, and I'd forgotten how much I love it. Some might say it's fresh citrus notes make it more of a summer scent, but I love it as a daytime winter scent too.
A stimulating basket of citrus fruit, inspired by the city of Edo, the ancient name of Tokyo, which celebrated these very fresh scents. Key Ingredients: Yuzu, Mandarin and Thyme
This post is (sadly!) NOT in collaboration with Diptyque. Ha!