Aromas such as lavender or vanilla create a safe and relaxing atmosphere, working wonders on the mind, body, and soul. A handful of us might seek out cinnamon-based scents reminiscent of childhood days; others drift towards rose petals and find themselves transported that way.  Of course, when choosing a home fragrance, it all boils down to personal preference, but the upside to that is some fail-safe scents are guaranteed to make your home smell nice and bring comfort and joy into your rooms (and lives) – that’s why we’re here.  Whether you’re looking for a subtle, striking, or in-between scent, we’ve rounded up a handful of scents so versatile that they’re excellent for frequent use or on the days you demand a little self-care. Here, we’ve listed both reed diffusers and candles so that you can choose a fragrance that suits your home decor.

The best fragrances to invest in

From the best candles to diffusers, fan favorites, and best-sellers, we’ve composed a carefully curated list of the best home fragrances that are worth the investment.  Enable the tangy coolness of freshly picked blackcurrant berries to fill the air with Diptyque’s Baies Candle.  Why do we love it  Aside from being the brand’s most popular and well-known fragrance, its aromatic scent seamlessly blends lovely, flowery accents of roses with a fruitiness that’s subtle throughout. You’ll never have to worry about being overcome by the distinct fragrances. Extra-long burn time  Sure, this candle is undoubtedly on the pricier side; but this candle is also one of the best investments any scent lover can make. With a burn-time running from 50 to 60 hours, it’s clear to last longer than most other candles in your possession.  Picture this: perched by bright corner by the window, with the sunshine signaling the start of a new day – sounds marvelous, don’t you agree? We do, and this LAFO New York Breakfast Room/Citrus Berry Candle can make that vision ring true day-in, day-out.  Why do we love it This candle arrives in a beautiful turquoise speckled glass vessel that will instantly update any kitchen counter or side table. When lit, the light reflects onto the outer glass covering, creating a peaceful environment that will start the day off on the right note. What it smells like Sparkling yuzu and tart orange pulp blend with fresh grapefruit and lychee to create an uplifting mood. Lively and joyful, delicious forest berries add a sweet finish. Additional notes With a burn-time of up to 90 hours (that is nearly a week straight of continuous use), this soy wax candle and 100% cotton wick features a formula that includes essential oils that ensure a relaxing experience.  Tom Ford’s Fucking Fabulous Candle is a decadent oriental leather fragrance with an intoxicating grip – capturing a rarefied air.  Why do we love it  This candle evokes the private exchanges and insider moments where fantasies come true. With a name that says it all – the vibrant opening makes an instant statement.  What it smells like  This candle fills any room with clary sage and fresh lavender – both of which will command attention with their aromatic foreplay. The delectable bitter almond and vanilla inflections infuse textural richness to the leather heart. Drenched in orrisroot – from the iris flower – this candle’s bountiful luscious body of the supple Italian plunge reveals exquisite beauty, as the addictive tonka bean and lavish leather drive the scent.  Finally, amber undertones reverberate with a warm ultra glow, while the ultra-fine blond woods create a confident expression of pure luxury with a creamy finish.  Additional notes  With a burn time of up to 40 hours, this 21oz candle is explicit, exclusive, and fabulous.  The REPLICA Springtime in a Park Scented Candle by Maison Margiela is a luxury candle that offers aromas similar to the same floral atmosphere reminiscent of walking through the park during spring.  What it smells like  This luxury candle blooms with the floral scents of lily of the valley and jasmine to create a joyful springtime sensation magnified by notes of pear that is effortless. It’s both subtle and striking without being overpowering.  Why do we love it  With their white glass adorned with the iconic REPLICA fabric label, the candles will beautifully light up your home. With an emphasis on specific colored wax, this candle is reminiscent of the scented memory.  Additional notes  The brand recommends not burning this candle for more than three to four hours at a time, as the flame will not be as strong if done more than that.  If you are in the market for something fruity and floral-inspired but notice a candle is not your cup of tea, let us recommend the NEST New York Grapefruit Reed Diffuser.  What it smells like  This diffuser offers an exhilarating blend of pink pomelo grapefruit and watery green notes with lily of the valley and coriander blossom. Fabulous and fresh, it’s springtime-in-a-bottle and one of the brand’s best-selling fragrances.  Why do we love it  This expertly crafted diffuser offers users the highest-quality fragrance oils; this reed diffuser releases an exquisite scent slowly and evenly to fill the air for up to 90 days, deeming it a worthwhile investment.  For those wondering how a Bath and Body Works candle made it on our must-have list, you’ve never smelt the Wildberry Jam Donut. It’s the comfort and joy-induced candle that makes you feel so warm and toasty inside, impossible to resist (no matter how hard you try).  What it smells like During these unprecedented times, we’re all looking for ways to find comfort – and the sweet wildberry jam notes in this candle will get the job done.  With top-notch concentrations of natural essential oils in its formula, alongside hints of powdered donuts and brown sugar crumble, this scent is reminiscent of childhood days baking cookies with loved ones or going into your favorite bakery shop on the weekends; it’s the familiar scent that makes you feel at home (and at peace).  Why do we love it The three-wick candle is lead-free, soot-free, and offering a long-lasting, clean burn that’s brighter for extra ambiance. With a burn-time of up to 45-hours, it’s the sweet-smelling scent that you’ll want to treat yourself to day-in-and-day-out.  For any homebound travelers looking to cure their wanderlust, we highly recommend turning your attention to the Capri Blue Reed Diffuser – it’s the vacation-in-a-bottle that cures your travel woes.  Why do we love it  This long-lasting unforgettable fragrance will fill your space all day long. Unlike candles that require a wick and lighter to dispense their aroma, this reed diffuser slowly-yet-effectively releases its relaxing scent in a classy silhouette. The iconic signature blue vessel offers instant gratification and a liveable fragrance, making it the ultimate investment.  What it smells like  This fragrance diffuser comes available in three different renditions, but our suggestion is the ‘Volcano’ option; its tropical fruits and sugared citrus blend offer a punch of fragrance, pop of color, and statement for your senses.  Additional Notes  Aside from the fact reviewers compare the scent to ’living on a tropical island,’ we should also mention the scent’s range and how far it will reach in homes.  For those looking for the best home fragrance – but are on the fence over a candle or diffuser, the Orphéon Eau de Parfum is the latest and greatest release from diptyque, and it comes highly regarded on our end.  What it smells like Paying tribute to Paris in the late ’60s, this scent pays homage to the immortalized bar in the olfactory portrait that bears its name: Orphéon. Freeze frame: curls of tobacco smoke mingle with powdery trails of blusher, lingering on burnished wood, creating warmth through the tonka bean, the depth of cedar, and the vivacity of juniper berries.  Why do we love it This fragrance is the perfect in-between when unable to decide whether to reach for a diffuser or candle. With an easy-to-use spray top and a 75ml bottle, this sultry scent is sensational when used on pillows, blankets, or as a mood-boaster in any room.  Dreaming of an endless summer? Apotheke’s Sea Salt Grapefruit Reed Diffuser will do the trick. The smell is citrusy but elevated with clean notes reminding us of a lavish hotel lobby in Miami Beach.  What it smells like At first instinct, you’ll notice that grapefruit is leading this scent, but thanks to pepper, mint, and tarragon, this diffuser also provides depth. It’s more fresh than fruity. As for the strength of the scent, it’ll fill up a large room (but isn’t overpowering) and has a longevity of up to four months. Why do we love it Besides the scent, which has become one of our go-to’s, we love that Apotheke is female-centric; the founder started out selling handmade soaps at farmer’s markets, and that the products are still produced at a small factory in Brooklyn.  Additional Notes The frosted glass bottle feels minimalist and modern, but it’s simple enough to suit any style. 

How to select the best home fragrance?

It’s imperative to consider the location of where you’re looking to store your fragrance. For the living area: it’s best to consider your aesthetic or decor; minimalists will want to reach for woody scents, whereas traditional settings require a scent floral-based.  With kitchens: it’s best to reach for something lighter and airier; the last thing you want to do is compete with food aromas, so we suggest a spicy scent or subtle aqua.  Now, in the case you’re shopping for your bedroom: opt for an aroma that’s lavender or vanilla-based; you’ll want to calm your senses and create a peaceful oasis. 

How to tell the difference between a diffuser and a candle?

Compared to candles, diffusers are much safer, more efficient, straightforward, and sometimes more effective. If you strive to experience aromatherapy with ease, buy yourself an essential oil diffuser.  It’s believed that the benefits are not just more sustainable than oils but much more in-tune with our senses than candles; but in total, it boils down to personal preference. 

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