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Room Scenting 101: Flameless Edition

When your thoughts turn to home fragrances, do you have a preference for scented candles or for fragrance diffusers? Whichever type of home fragrance you choose may be determined by a number of factors, including design and scents available.

Room Scent 101

We’ve talked a lot about candles recently, and while we’re not intending to stop anytime soon (I mean, Michael only just got hooked!), a fair number of our lovely readers have told us in comments that they can’t use candles in their current living situations (dorm rooms, etc)—or maybe you just don’t love the idea of candles. They’re sort of rude to burn during dinner, for obvious reasons (food/perfume don’t mix) and, as Emily pointed out the other day, sometimes if you let your Feu de Bois go for a while, you start to wonder if your apartment might be burning down. So, this brought us all to a new topic of conversation: ways to scent your space that don’t require any excess feu near your bois. Let’s talk about fragrance for the flame-averse, or Room Scenting 101. [Cue applause!] And please note, all of the below are decidedly unisex.

Admittedly, in the room-scenting game, avoiding the wax-and-wicked stuff out there will narrow your options down some, but you are by no means out of them.

For those still happy to play with (a little) fire: Both Santa Maria Novella and Francis Kurkdjian make gorgeously scented incense papers— the latter’s come in the ITG-beloved flavors Aqua UniversalisApom, and Lumiere Noir, and are really tellement chic in their little box (matches on one side, papers on the other). The procedure is the same with both: you fold up the paper like a little accordion, light one edge, blow it out, and let the perfumed smoke go, à la incense. Santa Maria Novella’s Carta d’Armenia papers are shockingly effective deodorizers (if someone in your flat’s been smoking, or is smelly, or your cat has been marking his territory and you just cooked gumbo, whatever), and their little red leather box is very sophisticated looking. Be sure to get some sort of ashtray/saucer on which to burn them, though, because again, please don’t burn down your house.

If you are of a particularly… let’s call it ‘woodsy‘ mindset: A company called Juniper Ridge—motto: “We go to the mountains ->Harvest wild plants -> Distill natural fragrance’—sells their earthy home-scenting wares at Steven Alan boutiques and online. These include the seriously Voodoo-looking mini Smudge Sticks (available in Mugwort, also known as “dream weed,” Sage, and Cedar). Note that white sage is considered ‘purifying’ and has been used on at least one episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to cleanse a crash-pad of some seriously bad juju. They also carry “Campfire Incense’ in flavors such as Juniper,Douglas Fir, and Piñon. (Yes, incense burns and thus is usually grouped in with candles as potential fire hazards, but, unlike candles, sticks only need a few minutes to fully scent a room, so you can light one and be done with the ‘fire’ part in no time.) Now, go get your neo-shaman on, because, for the record, incense is cool again: photographers Inez and Vinoodh sent out incense and a teepee-diffuser as a Christmas gift last year.

For those looking to buy something and leave it be: To us, “potpourri” has always kind of screamed “waiting room,” and/or “nursing home,” neither of which is something we’ve ever really wanted to move into. (Also, open bowls of the stuff always look like heavily fingered piles of those health chips that are made of rutabaga and yams.) But forget all that because Santa Maria Novella’s Pot Pourri is a centuries-old “secret blend” that comes in what looks like a coffee-bean bag—if those beans were hand-collected herbs and flowers grown (pesticide-free!) in the Florentine hills, collected …

 

 

See more: https://intothegloss.com/2013/03/room-scenting-101-flameless-incense-diffusers-pot-pourri-deodorizers/

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