beauty mark: home fragrance
It's the time of year when we’re encouraged to participate in that annual rite called spring cleaning--AKA the yearly purge is that time to donate and dispose of all that you've been hoarding for the past year.
While you're enjoying a slightly less cluttered home, you might as well take a moment to clear the air, literally, with home fragrance. But instead of lighting a candle as we head into the hotter months, here are some flameless options that you can use to scent your space.
Molton Brown Sleep Cedrus Room Aroma Rocks, $45
These may look like a bunch of rocks, but they’re actually chunks of acacia sap infused with a relaxing blend of cedar, sweet orange oil, and lavender.
Frédéric Malle Marius & Jeannette Rubber Incense, $110
The rubber slab does the job of those old-timey sachets but better and with more style. This one smells of a refreshing French cocktail.
Chikuno Cube Air Freshener, $29
Okay, so this charcoal cube doesn’t so much as scent your home, as remove all odors, but sometimes no smell is what you need.
Le Labo Santal 26 Home Fragrance, $125
If you want your home to smell like an aristocrat’s well-worn country retreat, spritz your curtains, couch, and the rest of your stuff with this smoky, leathery home perfume.
Comme des Garcons Series 3 Incense Sticks, $55 for 40 sticks
This is not that regular crap incense you’re used to. This is cool incense. With five fragrance options from spicy to fresh to woody, these are a vast improvement on that hippie patchouli crap.
L'Artisan Parfumeur Amber Balls, $90
What looks like a sculpture is essentially a fragrance diffuser that will fill your home with scent of amber.
Maison Francis Kurkdijan Les Bulles d'Agathe Violet Bubbles, $20
For a bit of childish fun, give these fragrant bubbles a try. As they pop, they release the scent of violet into the air.
Juniper Ridge Big Sur Cabin Spray, $65
If you’ve ever been to Big Sur, you know it’s a pretty special place with it’s own wonderfully earthy scent. So spritz this room spray to bring the great outdoors inside.
Santa Maria Novella Pot Pourri Box, $35
That stinky, dusty potpourri your grandmother keeps in a candy dish is nothing like this blend of herbs and flowers. This one is from famous Santa Maria Novella apothecary in Florence and it smells like magic.
Diptyque Un Air De Diptyque, $350
Toss the trashy plug-ins and use this fancy electric diffuser instead. You can choose from a variety of Diptyque’s best-loved scents but I recommend Baies, a lovely blend of roses and blackcurrent leaves.