A beautiful smelling home is a joy to live in. Whether you’re fighting the odor of much loved, but ever so stinky dog, or just fancy changing the ambience of a space through a scent boost, there’s more than one way to fill your home with lovely scent.
From scent diffusers to incense, candles to room sprays, there are plenty of options for perfuming your rooms. Deciding which is best for you depends on a number of factors. Here, you’ll find our handy guide to the different styles of home fragrance and how to decide which will suit your home best.
Which Should You Choose - Candles, Reed Diffusers or Incense?
What is Incense?
Incense sticks and cones are made from a variety of combustible substances that give off a fragrant scent when burned. The word “incense” is actually derived from the Latin word for “to burn”.
The materials and scents used to create incense are typically plant-based, including resins, bark, seeds, roots, and flowers. Aromatic ingredients including frankincense, cinnamon, patchouli and sandalwood are often used, although the specific materials in each incense stick varies depending of the manufacturer.
Why should you choose Incense?
Incense provides a quick boost of fragrance making it the ideal choice when you don’t have a lot of time. Incense sticks generally burn for less than an hour and the fragrance and scent throw can be quite strong.
Lighting some incense in the morning as an accompaniment to a gentle yoga flow is a wonderful way to fill your home and self with a sense of balance, ready for the day ahead.
Incense is best for…
- A short term fragrance boost.
- Filling a room with scent quickly.
- People who like stronger scents.
Incense might not be right for you if…
- You don’t like the possible mess made by falling ash.
- You don’t want to keep an eye on it – you should never leave burning incense unattended.
What are Scented Candles?
Scented candles are made from a combination of wax and scent oil, that when lit, diffuse aromas into the air. The ingredients used to create candles can vary greatly – you can read our guide to the different types of candle wax here.
Why should you choose Scented Candles?
Lighting a scented candle isn’t just about adding beautiful scents to a room. Thanks to the flickering flame, you also get the bonus of candlelight casting a warm glow around your space. Candle’s are perfect for setting a cosy mood and giving you an excuse to relax the evening away.
To get the most out of your candles, you should aim to light them for over an hour. Short burns cut down the life of a candle considerably, so it’s important to make sure you have enough time to allow the pool of molten wax to reach the edge of the candles jar.
How long this will take very much depends on the diameter of the candle, the number of wicks and the type of wax. For tips on getting the most out of your scented candles, we highly recommend you read the guides on our FAQ page.
Scented Candles are best for…
- Creating an ambience thanks to the combination of soft flickering light and beautiful fragrance.
- Adding a steady amount of scent to a room over the course of a few hours.
- People who like more complex scents.
Scented Candles might not be right for you if…
- You don’t have time to wait for the wax pool to reach the edge of the candle jar.
- You don’t want to keep an eye on it – you should never leave burning candles unattended.
- You either want an instant boost of fragrance, or a scent that lasts for months.
What are Reed Diffusers?
Reed Diffusers come with three main parts; the fragrance oil, the vessel and the reeds or sticks. Made out of porous types of wood, the reed sticks absorb the fragrance oil and gently diffuse it into the surrounding air, giving off a continuous stream of scent until all of the oil has dissipated.
Why should you choose a Reed Diffuser?
Adding reed diffusers throughout your home is a great way to have wonderful smelling rooms all the time. Thanks to their continuous, flameless fragrance throw, reed diffusers provide the easiest way to make even the dankest corners of your home beautifully scented. Place them on bookshelves, in bathrooms, and around your office to keep your spaces smelling good.
Unlike scented candles and incense, both of which require burning to give off their fragrance, reed diffusers give off their aroma all day every day. And they’ll do this for weeks or months at a time!
Sometimes we just don’t have time to keep a close eye on a flame. Reed Diffusers take the faff out of interior fragrance.
Reed Diffusers are best for…
- Continuous scent
- Flameless fragrance.
- Being put anywhere.
Reed Diffusers might not be right for you if…
- You want a quick boost of fragrance.
- You like to change the fragrance of a room every day.
Which is best?
Scented Candles vs. Incense
As both candles and incense provide a quick fragrance boost to the room in which they’re burnt, deciding which is best for you comes down to how much time you have.
Scented candles generally require being lit for at least an hour to allow time for the fragrance oils to warm up and start diffusing into the air. Incense however, can provide scent in as little as 10mins. Check out our Hibi Incense Matches for a speedy way to fill your space with beautifully crafted Japanese scents.
If you’re looking for an entire evening of scent alongside the cosy glow of candlelight, a scented candle will be right for you. Giving you the perfect excuse to relax for a few hours, lighting a candle can easily become the ritual that allows you to unwind.
Reed Diffusers vs. Scented Candles
Lighting a scented candle is a beautiful way to bring scent into your home, but unfortunately you need to be present whenever they are alight. This means no distractions and no leaving them alone.
Reed Diffusers on the other hand are very independent – once you’ve placed them in an ideal location they’ll provide you with scent 24 hours a day.
You’ll get home to a beautifully fragranced home without ever having to worry.
Incense vs. Reed Diffusers
Reed Diffusers are a great way to add a beautiful background scent to your home that will last for many months. But, variety is the spice of life and sometimes you just want a quick change!
Lighting some fragrant Incense gives you the ability to quickly change the ambience of a room. It can make a space feel sensual and warm, thanks to the gentle tendrils of smoke enveloping the room in a deeper fragrance.
Don't Choose. Have Them All!
Giving your house a signature scent is a wonderful way to make any space feel like yours – even if you’re currently residing in a ridiculously expensive (and tiny) rented flat, you can make the place feel like home using scent.
Add reed diffusers to the rooms you pass through once in a while like the bathroom and hallway. Use scented candles in the spaces you reside and relax in most often like the living room and bedroom. And, light some incense if you’re in need of a quick fragrance boost. They’ll work together to keep your home smelling at its absolute best all of the time.
If you’ve got a good nose for fragrances and understand which scent notes compliment each other there’s no reason not to mix and match different candles, incense and diffusers. But, if you’re not quite that confident or just want one fragrance we stock a number of our bestsellers in all three styles.