One of the most memorable things that my friends and family have shared with me after and “Afternoon Tea,” luncheon or dinner party, is that my home was invitingly warm, cozy, enchanting and smelled; “Oh so good!” The fragrances we choose, creates a mood which brings forth an august and lovely atmosphere all around us. Different fragrances bring up past experiences and many smiles thinking about our childhoods, as well as a diversity of emotions and happy memories opalescent as light. Did you know that even our expectations of smells can help and promote our moods as well as our health?
Each fragrance brings with it a very special gift to our senses. For instance, the fragrance of Bayberry creates a feeling of warmth as well as rejuvenation. The aroma of cherry exudes an ambiance of romance. Citrus, (one of my very favorites,) brings forth refreshment and uplifting to our souls. We all love lavender as it creates an atmosphere of being soothed and well balanced. (Something we could all use now a days!) 🙂
“Fragrance speaks the loudest on a subliminal level.”~Marian Bendeth
“An idealist is one who, on noticing a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes it makes a better soup.” ~ Bertrand Russell
“You are never fully dressed without perfume.” ~ C. Joy Bell C. (You could say the same about your home.) 🙂
“Charisma is the fragrance of the soul.” ~ Toba Beta
” A good fragrance is really a powerful cocktail of memories and emotions.” ~ Jeffrey Stepakoff
“Perfume is the KEY to our memories.” ~ Kate Lord Brown, The Perfumed Garden
There are a wealth of ways to enhance our beautiful havens with warm, exhilarating and delicious smells. My number one choice for our home is scented candles or oil burners. (And of course what is cooking on my stove or in the oven!) 🙂 I change the scents of my candles to fit the ambiance I am creating for whatever the gathering at our home may be. In the summer time, when friends come over for a bonfire, throwing the Frisbee to our dogs and a BBQ , I swing by Christmas tree Hill in Lewes Beach and buy a Yankee candle or two, (sometimes 3!) The fragrances I pick? ‘Sage and Citrus,’ ‘Pink Sands’ or ‘Pineapple Cilantro.’
Bed Bath and Beyond carries lovely candles and ambrosial sprays as well. I especially love Elizabeth Ardens Spa Collection for spring. It is the season of introducing change, new life and fresh beginnings, the sounds of birds singing, the air is cooler and our Azalea bushes and Mimosa tree begin to bring forth a rainbow of delightful colors. When the autumn leaves begin to fall and the air begins to tickle our faces with it’s chilly breezes and all our neighbors are putting out their lively and animated scarecrows, bales of hay and pumpkins, off I go again, this time on line to buy my Yankee candles. I love their ‘Super Sweet Pumpkin,’ ‘Apple,’ and ‘Autumn leaves crackling.’ With Christmas being the most magical time of the year, it seems all the boutiques and shops are doubled up on special wintry fragrances. You can’t go wrong with ‘Christmas Cookie, ‘Balsam and Cedar,’ and ‘Sparkling Cinnamon.’
There are an abundance of scents you can create right from your own kitchen without buying sprays, oils or candles. There is nothing more inviting and heart warming than a fresh apple pie or fudge brownies baking in your oven. The smell of onions, fresh herbs and garlic simmering in virgin olive oil and butter upon the stove top as well as freshly baked breads, create a “welcome home” feeling, like no other aroma. (And I know there is a smile within one’s heart as they anticipate that first bite of hot bread with decadent melted butter! ) 🙂
Delicious and heartwarming scents in your home will enhance any party, gathering or just one of those cozy-stay in evenings alone with that special someone. Hey, did you know that they even have “Man scent” candles now on the market? (Perfect for the office or your ‘mans’ study at home.) Some of the most popular scents being ‘ First down,’ Riding Mower.’ or ‘Man Town.’
However you chose to add delightful fragrances to your home, I encourage you to try it for a special gathering or birthday dinner, ladies luncheon or BBQ for the guys. See for yourself how much of a difference it makes.
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