According to Miguel, scent is crucial when creating a sense of affinity within a home. It welcomes you, grounds you and envelops you. Even if the lights are off, a room’s fragrance can instantly affect your mind, mood and thinking, creating a warm, personal and inviting atmosphere, reminding you of a specific time or place.
Scent is so powerful because it is directly linked to the brain’s limbic system—the part of the brain responsible for processing our emotional states and memories hence, says Miguel, its impactful nature and significance in the home.
With multiple ways to achieve scent, it is easy to confuse them. Home fragrance and perfume are similar in that they both involve a carefully layered composition of scent notes to create a unique fragrance for a desired purpose. However, Miguel points out that the two have some notable differences, meaning purchasing them separately is essential.
Perfume typically has a much higher concentration of fragrance or essential oils, around 15-25%, compared to scented candles and room sprays, which usually have a lower concentration, around 5-10%. But according to Miguel, the most significant difference between perfume and home fragrance is the intent. Perfume is an intimate expression of style and personality, a unique signature. Home fragrance, however, is designed to enhance the ambience and atmosphere of an often shared space.
Scents vary seasonally, and Miguel suggests picking one according to the time of year as a fun way to alternate the ambience and atmosphere in a home. Start by considering what you would typically associate with the season. For example, in autumn, earthy and woody scents like patchouli, vetiver and cedarwood evoke the feeling of crisp days and falling leaves. In winter, pine might be preferential for recreating a cool festive feel. You might prefer fresher, uplifting scents in spring, such as jasmine or neroli, or in summer, a light scent like bergamot, lime or neroli, reminiscent of long days spent in the Mediterranean, would be more fitting.