How to make your home smell sweeter

By Sophie Gridley 

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We spend a lot of time on the beauty desk talking about how we’d like ourselves, our significant others, or our skincare to smell: but lately I’ve become a little obsessed with how my house smells. The holy grail is replicating that hotel aroma of clean, brand-new luxury, which certainly means forgetting the Glade.

 

Newly resident on my sitting room mantelpiece is Dr Vranjes’ Fico Salvatico home fragrance, from £28; the chunky apothecary jar looks great, and it fills the entire room with a fig scent that makes me feel like I live in Liberty’s home department. Delicious.

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Set aside a couple of pounds for some seeds and try growing flowers on windowsills: outside my kitchen window I’ve cultivated some Night-scented Stocks. Not only do they look pretty, if you open the window in the evening the aroma that drifts in is different to everything I’ve smelt before – like a dusky floral vanilla on holiday.

 

 

 

In the bathroom I have a sadly now-discontinued Estée Lauder Tuberose and Gardenia candle – similar is Diptyque’s Gardenia candle, a clean white floral that’s not too sickly and perfect to accompany baths.

 

Finally, it may sound decadent, but try tipping tiny testers of fragrances (Jo Malone’s are perfect) into the water you use to wash the floors – the whole house will smell divine for days.

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