Using Scent to Set the Mood in Your Home
As we get closer and closer to Christmas and the new year, it’s fun to get into the holiday spirit. Especially after coming home from a hectic day of shopping, crowds, and traffic, I want my home to be a sanctuary where I can really feel the coziness of the season. The feeling I get when I step into my home is big for me. Of course, I love a tidy home, but let’s be real - with a baby (and a husband…), that’s not always the situation I walk into! Still, amidst the craziness of my life, I try to maintain some kind of control over the situation. One thing I’ve noticed that I can control is my mood. As the woman of the house, my mood sets the tone for the rest of the household – that’s a lot of power and responsibility! If I want a calm, relaxing environment, I need to get into that headspace first. And here’s where candles come to the rescue. Scent is an easy way to change the entire vibe in a room. You can change it up seasonally, by theme, or to match your mood. Or, you can set the mood from scratch by just switching out the scent. I mean, who can be tense in a room that smells like blueberry muffins? Lately, I’ve been feeling the winter scents. I live in Texas, so we don’t really have winters, but that doesn’t mean I can’t bring some of the chill indoors. For example, you can start with pine scents to get that clean, evergreen aroma. If you have a live Christmas tree in your home, this can be a great punctuation of that. Or, if you’d rather complement than accent, try a nice woodsy scent…because what goes better with Christmas time than a wood-burning fireplace? Of course, for Christmas specifically, you can go with something a little bit more festive. Sweet and spicy scents are reminiscent of cider and wassail, or Christmas cookies and spice cakes. Citrus scents can be a nice accent, if you already have enough excitement going on in your kitchen. When the seasons shift, though, I tend to move away from the warmer scents and go for something a bit lighter. I really like clean, fresh scents in the spring and summer. A nice ocean breeze can get me ready to hit the beach, even if I have to drive a bit for a good one. Still, the open air that comes with the warmer months makes me want to be outside! Since I can’t always be out there, I make the most of my space inside. Another thing I love about the warmer weather is the beautiful and deliciously-scented flowers that bloom. While I love having fresh flowers in my home, a good substitute for when I can’t get any is a floral candle or air freshener. It uplifts the energy in the room like none other, and you can pretty much find a candle to mimic whatever your favorite flower is. Think about the time of day, too, when picking out your scents. If you wake up early in the morning, choose something a bit invigorating, like eucalyptus, basil, or peppermint. These are gentle scents that will help ease you into the day while keeping you calm and relaxed. And in the evening, my all-time favorite is lavender. Nothing beats it when it comes to winding down for the night. It will get you ready for bed in no time. It’s especially great to have in the bedroom, or even by the bath tub. So, what do you think? Let me know what your favorite scents are for this time of year!