The Best Home Fragrances
The Best Home Fragrances
From reed diffusers to plug-in fresheners, there’s no shortage of ways to make our homes smell amazing. Our living spaces can smell like anything we so desire, just about — from Christmas Spice to Wasabi Pear. The team at CribRater are home fragrance obsessed! With so many options on the market all claiming to have the most unique and enriching scent, it’s important to get the facts before investing in that three wick Jo Malone candle you have been eyeing for ages.
Surprisingly, the home fragrance trend is nothing new. Luxury candles have been popular among a certain set for many years now. Jackie Kennedy was notorious for decorating the White House with Rigaud candles. When Tom Ford was a designer for Gucci, he memorably adorned all Gucci shops with the same Diptyque Figuir candle, including his office and home, so that he would never have to go without the woodsy fig scent.
Here is the low-down of the best fragrance brands on the market:
Jo Malone is a UK-based fragrance designer who got her start in the fragrance industry as a florist. Jo was an early advocate for the concept of combining fragrances. Her unisex scents often focused on a single note or a simple combination of two or three essences. The scents were designed to be worn alone or with other scents in the collection, allowing the wearer to create a custom scent — or a variety of them — by layering the different scents on the skin.
One of her most popular items is the Lime Basil & Mandarin scent. Reminiscent of the scent of limes carried on a Caribbean sea breeze, Lime Basil & Mandarin has become a modern classic for men and women. Fresh limes and zesty mandarins are undercut by peppery basil and aromatic white thyme in this alluring signature blend. Lime Basil & Mandarin Luxury Candle envelops a room and lingers for hours to create an ambiance of warmth, sophistication and style.
The four wick candle of this can be found at Bloomingdales for $470 for approximately 230 hours of burn time.
NEST Fragrances candles are made with a premium, soft, highly refined, cosmetic-grade wax that was developed over many years to optimize burn and fragrance diffusion. The NEST Fragrances Everyday Collection of luxury scented candles combines color, texture, and fragrance to enhance your everyday living and entertaining experience. The glass vases are designed to complement the beauty of its surroundings and the classic shape and modern stripe etching will complement any décor.
One of our personal favorite scents is the cult classic Wasabi Pear. It is a blend of Anjou pear and fresh, ozonic watery notes infused with the essence of wasabi. It smells fresh like a good shampoo — clean, sweet, but not cloying or fake, pear. No musk or dirty notes. Very natural smelling and one of the few sweet fruit scents for people who don’t normally like sweet.
The single wick candle can be found at Nest for $40 for approximately 55 hours of burn time.
The Diptyque story began in Paris at 34 boulevard Saint-Germain with, at its heart, three friends driven by the same creative passion. Since opening in 1961, Diptyque has a cult-like following among the fashion and entertainment crowds, with average candles in the range of $60 — $75. Following, Tom Ford’s lead, try the Figuier scent. Related to the eau de toilette Philosykos, it intensifies the tree’s qualities: the warmth of the bark, the freshness of the leaves, and the milky sap of its fruit. Not overpowering, but sweetly noticeable.
The single wick candle can be found at Diptyque for $62 for approximately 60 hours of burn time.