On Monday afternoon, I was invited by Laura Slatkin to attend the launch party for her new home fragrances collection, Project Art, in Laura’s absolutely jaw-dropping Upper East Side home. Laura is the woman behind popular home fragrance line Nest, and developed Project Art with an eye towards making luxe home fragrances more accessible to the average consumer (the 22 oz. candles are $24.99; the line will be available in select Bed Bath & Beyonds and Hallmark stores starting in September). I’m always shocked at the prices of candles nowadays – if I’m paying $50 for a candle (which I’m not), I’m not going to want to burn the thing, which sort of negates the whole point…so it’s refreshing to find a line that’s both elegant and affordable.
During the event, I stole a few minutes with Laura to chat about the best scents to use in different parts of the home.
Entryway: Go for florals, which provide a smoother transition from outside to inside. Also, not everyone loves florals, and your guests can move through the area quickly if the scent isn’t to their liking.
Living Room: Spicy scents and citruses heighten energy and spark conversation; try lime or orange. This is also a great place to play with seasonal scents (such as pumpkin, pine, and cinnamon) to create a festive atmosphere.
Kitchen: Again, citruses work well, but anything sharp and clean (like lemon verbena) will help eliminate cooking odors. I also love incorporating herbal scents such as basil.
Bathroom: Because this is such a small area (and presumably one your guests won’t spend much time in), it’s a great place to try out something dramatic. Choose an unusual, notice-me scent (Laura recommends Nest’s Wasabi Pear).
Bedroom: This is where you can get all romantic with lavender and rose, or create a cozy atmosphere with calming mossy scents. I also like using sheet sprays that compliment the scent I’ve chosen: for example, a sage candle blends nicely with lavender water spritzed onto pillows before bedtime.
What are your favorite scents for different parts of the home?
Product samples were provided for take-home exploration; I haven’t gotten the chance to try any of them yet, but I put Wasabi Pear directly into my bathroom.