Using scent to elevate your home is an easy way to make a good impression on guests. One of the first things that people notice when they walk into your home is its smell. Not only can scent give a positive or negative impression of the way you keep your home, it can also give an impression of who lives there. That’s why it’s important to find a candle or wax melt scent that resonates with you.
When buying for yourself
When I sell my candles at markets, one of the things I notice is that people gravitate towards particular scents. They like woodsy scents, or fruity scents, or florals… and they will look for a scent that fits that particular scent profile. I’m always happy to help them navigate through the different scents and make recommendations based on their favorites.
If a person is unsure of what type of candle they like, or perhaps they like them all (guilty!), a good way to think of how you are using the candle or wax melt. If the purpose is to add a fresh or sophisticated scent to your living room then citrus, amber or exotic blend might be your answer. Are you looking to create memories or associations with your guests? If so then a floral blend for gardeners, or a gourmand blend for bakers might be the answer. If you are looking for a soothing blend for a bathing or meditation ritual, then a green or woodsy scent may be your best bet.
Buying as a gift
The same buying principles hold true when customers are buying a candle as a gift. Often a question I like to ask people who are purchasing candles as a gift is “What kind of scents do they like?” As we walkthrough the scents that come to mind, often customers will talk about a perfume a person has worn, or candles that the person has had in their home. Sometimes it’s a gourmand scent – like an apple pie or banana bread – that the gift giver remembers fondly that springs to mind. These purchases are often tied to positive memories shared with a loved one or impressions they have of a person.
Elevate Your Home
An important thing to remember when purchasing a candle or wax melt to give your home that perfect scent is that lingering odors can foil even the best of plans. Be sure to clean and remove anything that is causing an offensive odor before lighting your candles. Air purifiers and kitchen fans can be one source of air purification, if the scent continues to linger in the air once the source has been cleaned. If you don’t clean the source of the offending odor before lighting the candle the scents may combine. As a result, you may find that the candle you loved in the store, no longer has the same appeal.
If you’re looking for handy cleaning tips, be sure to check out @MakersClean on YouTube (not an affiliate post!) I’ve been following Melissa and her tips have been successful in helping me create a clean and welcoming home.