beauty mark: home fragrance

mmm….smells good.

by katie dickens

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.

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.

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.