The sense of smell is very primal. The nose connects directly to our brain and triggers responses and emotions more quickly than we realize. Your mood can change from just a whiff.
Creating a scent palette for your home, with a fragrance for each room, is simple, easy, and rewarding. It will make it a more pleasant place to live for you and your family, and will certainly help make it smell fresh and inviting for guests and potential home buyers. We have heard of the old realtor trick of lighting a vanilla candle for an open house showing. If pleasant scents are good for strangers, why not make a custom scent palette for every room in your house for every day?
Mario’s Note: A terrific smelling home will not affect your appraisal value. If fact, if there is too much going on with fragrances during an appraisal, I might wonder what you are trying to cover up. For this post, I have given the keys to the website to my wife, the tasteful Jessica Mazzamuto. She smells (as in detects odors AND radiates fragrance) much better than I do. She is an expert in essential oils and how to use for more than aromatic purposes. email her to learn more benefits.
Every room can have its own signature aroma. Though a house that smells “clean” is nice, you can tailor what that clean smell is based on the purpose of the room. The bathroom does not always need to smell of pine-sol and bleach. Febreeze is not your only friend.
Don’t rely on boring, common fragrances that everyone else has from their cleaning products. Think like a chef, or a fancy San Francisco craft bartender who makes $17 dollar cocktails from scratch. Find scents and combinations that are interesting, complementary, and color your home with aromatics.
Kitchen – The goal is to welcome the nose with fresh and clean, and to cover stale stove and sink smells. Cinnamon and vanilla just lazy. Consider peppermint and orange, lime and basil. or lemon and thyme.
Living Room – This is a place to gather, share, socialize, and needs a scent that is refreshing and energizing. Consider eucalyptus, geranium, tangerine, cyprus, or bergamot.
Bathroom – A clean bathroom can never smell too clean. Citrus purifies the air, making it clean and bright. An interesting twist would be wild orange or grapefruit with a dash of ginger. Or, give your private bath a relaxing spa feel, try chamomile or rosemary.
Bedroom – Your bedroom can be a comforting zen oasis. Lavender is perfect and commonly used. Or try something a bit richer and more masculine with cedarwood.
There are many ways to add scents to your home. Candles (soot and particulates), aerosols (chemical smell), scent sticks (artificial), and plug-ins. The downside is that some leave a residue, some smell like you are masking something, and others just smell fake. Vases of flowers is the old fashioned (and expensive) way. Releasing fresh scents is simple to accomplish in the kitchen, where you can put some citrus peel and herbs in a pan and simmer. Or perhaps use a satchel of the raw materials, or a decorative bundle, in the case of a flower or herb. I even had a friend who stashed a bottle of Obsession for Men away in her living room, and put a spritz on the drapes when company came over. The best way to get authentic scents is to use the actual aromatic VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that the raw flower, herb, or plant emits: the essential oils. The concentrated drops of essential oils are the pure essence of the source fragrance.
Special smells are not just for Christmastime. Make your home smell fresh year round by using the freshest source of scents. Create a palette (and maybe even a seasonal calendar) of scents tailored for YOUR pleasure in every room year round.
Jessica Mazzamuto is a wellness advocate raising a healthy family with Mario of SF Bay Appraisal. If you would like more information on essential oils and their use in the home and for health, she can be reached via email here JessicaMazzamuto@gmail.com