The more time we spend inside our homes during lockdown, the more likely bad odours are to build up. This can affect both our physical health and our state-of-mind.
Many studies have shown how smell can influence our mood without us realising. So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, are lacking productivity when working from home, finding it difficult to de-stress, or can’t shift the stale smell of last night’s dinner, don’t fret.
The home fragrance experts at Lifestyle Packaging share their room-by-room top tips to help keep your house smelling fresh and your spirits high during lockdown…
Whether you have a designated room or have created a make-shift office space in your kitchen, bedroom or living room, boost your productivity levels by creating the right environment.
Home fragrance can be used to improve concentration levels and ward off mid-afternoon brain fog.
Lemon, in particular, is proven to increase alertness, resulting in higher productivity rates when diffused through an office.
Peppermint and cinnamon can also boost concentration and fight mental fatigue. Rosemary certainly packs a punch, encouraging clear thinking and improving memory.
Don’t underestimate the power of fresh air either. If you can, keep interior doors open throughout the day, or at night when you’re not using the space to encourage airflow.
Opening a window for an hour or two while you work can also give you a much-needed pick-me-up.
No doubt one of the busiest areas in your home as you try to cook/bake your way through lockdown, the kitchen is also one of the trickiest spots to keep smelling fresh.
Opt for citrus-based scents like lemon, lime, grapefruit and tangerine which are bright and fresh, with the added benefit of neutralising unsavoury smells.
Avoid picking spicy or overly sweet scents that will clash with smells created by food and potentially put you off your meal.
If you have an open-plan kitchen that is shared with a living or dining room, a spray may be the best option to keep things smelling fresh without overwhelming the different spaces.
While being stuck indoors, it’s important to keep your bedroom reserved for sleeping to encourage you to switch-off at the end of the day and get a good night’s sleep.
If you’re tossing and turning, there are many scents that are scientifically proven to treat insomnia and promote quality sleep. Lavender is the most well-known and researched of them all, reducing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure to help you relax.
Vanilla too can reduce arousal and create the perfect environment for catching some Zzzs. Sandlewood can also help to ease sleep disturbances by increasing theta brain activity which signifies drowsiness.
For ultimate relaxation, light a natural wax fragranced candle on a clear surface for 10 ten minutes as you get ready for bed. Once the room starts to fill with fragrance, put the candle out before falling asleep.
In a bathroom, smells can be difficult to control. Diffusers with essential oils are the best option, given they can purify the air and eradicate airborne bacteria. They’re also more powerful than other home fragrance products, meaning your bathroom will smell like an oasis 24-hours a day.
Create a spa-like experience using ginger, peppermint or eucalyptus to help you unwind, or try breezier scents which remind you of the seaside like sea salt, seaweed and driftwood.
If your diffuser is losing strength, simply turn the reeds upside down, revealing the scent-soaked ends.
Living rooms are typically where you do most of your socialising as a family…or binge-watch boxsets.
If you prefer a clean and fresh feel to your shared space, try scents featuring herbs like basil or sage, or fruits such as green apple, grapefruit or pomegranate.
Deeper and richer notes such as amber, ginger, blackberry, almond and cardamom can add warmth and atmosphere to your living space.
Remember, if you have small children or pets, always keep candles and diffusers out of reach to avoid accidental burns and ingestion.