Being home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the coronavirus quarantine means nesting a lot and enjoying the shared smells of family members and roommates. Burning fragrant candles and strategically placing room diffusers can be very helpful in defining spaces (and saving your sanity).
These are our scent picks for every room, corner, or crevice you’re calling home.
Welcome home from essential grocery-picking races with a refreshing bouquet of lilacs, hyacinths, and lychees. Otherland will donate 10 percent of each candle sale to the New York City Food Bank.
Awakening Collection “Purple Petals” Candle, $ 36 (10% off with code SUNSHINE) on Otherland
If you can’t go out, bring spring inside! Place this diffuser with notes of mint, lemon, lavender, and rosemary near your window, it literally smells of the sun.
Acqua di Parma “Buongiorno” Room Diffuser, $ 100 at Bloomingdale’s
When you’re trapped in a small space, visual leaks are just as important as scents. So sit back, soak in the tub, and gaze at a dreamy printed candle on the beach that smells of ocean breezes, sand lilies, and summer orchids.
Malin gray “The Beach” Candle, $ 49 at Shopbop
Dream of your home state with a diffuser that evokes where you grew up, like this Texas scent with hints of pine, lemon and leather.
Nostalgic “Texas” Reed Diffuser, $ 25 at Bloomingdale’s
You are cooking every meal at home. It’s time to enjoy the appetizing scent of strawberries, bananas, and peaches, and create healthy cravings.
Maison La Bougie “Sherbet” Candle, $ 55 at Saks Fifth Avenue
Even if your “office” is in the far corner of your couch, you can lighten up your workday with a quirky diffuser that smells like drafts and notebooks (thanks to the notes of tangerine, cypress, and amber).
Anya Hindmarch Scented Pencil Shavings Diffuser, $ 136 at Matches Fashion
Whether mom is staying to help with the kids or has turned a few square inches of floor into a “second bedroom” to hide in, a proper candle in her guest space is essential for keeping things quiet (lavender) and peaceful. (mimosa) Cousin? The opaque glass bottle becomes a vase.
Lolli Collection “Lavender Mimosa + Petals” candle, $ 22 in Rice wax
Hang one of these botanical-scented handmade wax discs and your wardrobe will smell of freshly cut cedar, instead of eau de stinky sneakers.
Set of 2 Cedar Botanical Pallets, $ 40 in Carrière Frères
If you’ve been #stayinghome in a one-bedroom studio, designating a relaxing area will keep you sane. Light up Boy Smells’ new “Cowboy Kush” (with notes of suede, pot leaf and patchouli) to really create the mood.
Cowboy Kush, $ 32 in Boy smells
Just because a room is dark doesn’t mean it has to be damp. Refresh your space with a shower of spring scents, including lilac, musk, bergamot and oak moss.
“No.6 Forest Rain”, $ 36 in Buddy outdoors
If you’re lucky enough to have a balcony or terrace, or just want to open windows, these citronella sticks are a must-have to keep mosquitoes at bay.
Citronella stick candles, $ 8 (each) a Urban Outfitters
Let’s be honest, your car may be the only place you can escape to these days. Turn on the stereo and let the warm, spicy fragrance of Italian bergamot, sweet verbena, and fresh vetiver take you away.
Antica Pharmacist “Santorini” Car Diffuser, $ 34 at Nordstrom