Jul 20, 2017 | By Karen Chiang
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Feb 03, 2016
In recent years I’ve become a little obsessed with home fragrances – candles clutter my shelves from kitchen to bedroom and you’ll always stumble across something sweet without quite knowing where it’s coming from. (FYI it’s a Diptyque diffuser not anything untoward.) One thing I’ve never got onboard with, however, are those plug in fragrances or canisters that spritz at you when you walk past – clinical, often sickly sweet and never pretty to look at. Which is why I love that designers and brands alike are getting creative with their home scents, offering innovative and beautiful ways to improve the smell around me. Here are five that I’m coveting right now:
Fornasetti’s rather delightful scented crystals have returned, available in the brand’s much loved Otto scent as well as the new Flora di Fornasetti fragrance launched this month. Black or Barbie pink in colour, they’re the brands more sophisticated take on potpourri and look dashing in any of the ceramic vessels they offer. Place in the scent spheres, and create a refillable room diffuser that isn’t quite as hard hitting on the nose.
2. Cire Trudon La Promeneuse
Designed by Pauline Deltour, this new Art Deco-esque diffuser from Cire Trudon is a beautiful addition to any home, and rather niftily allows you to switch between four fragrances as easily as 1 2 3. Sat within a glass-tinted core, La Promeneuse features a scented cameo, which slowly melts away thanks to a night-light placed below, gently emitting its fragrance around the room. Truly superb.
One thing I love about this brand is how true they are to their birth place, and this diffuser is no different, inspired by the chalk cliffs, reefs and formations found all around the Kent coast line near the Haeckels’ lab. The chalk block soaks up the accompanying sea lavender oil and slowly emits the scent over time, looking pretty on point sat in a brass bowl whilst it does it. Add to that the fact the brand have engraved names and dates into the chalk – as though literally taken from a cliff face – and you have a lovely little talking point come gatherings.
4. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Scented Bubbles
These are loved by kids all over, but even as an adult I can safely say the Maison Francis Kurkdjian scented bubbles are a joy to behold and play with. Available in four fragrances – Cold Mint, Cut Grass, Pear and Violet – the interactive nature of this product, paired with brightly coloured jus’, make it a must have for anyone looking to experiment with scent.
5. Mad et Len Humus Pot Pourri Apothicaire
Designed for the more avant-garde household, Mad et Len’s Pot Pourri is made from black lava rock sourced straight from the Sahara Desert. Infused with scent and placed in a hand beaten metal canister, it might look a little odd on the nightstand but kudos for going above and beyond to be different.
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