Best home scents: 9 buys to add gorgeous fragrance to every room in the house

These best home scents will instantly uplift any room in the house. From fresh and minty to dark and smoky, there's a scent for you in here

Home scents: Skandinavisk Ro range
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The best home scents can lift up your mood, evoke childhood memories, or bring a much-needed finishing touch to your home decor. There is no right or wrong way to choose a home fragrance, but some are definitely made better than others. 

All the fragrances in our buyer's guide have been tried and tested by us, so we know everything about them, from how long they last to what size room they suit best. These aren't season specific fragrances, and we've tried to include scents that will work well with any temperature and time of year. 

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What is the best scent for a home?

We think that the best home scent you can buy is the True Grace Manor Classic Candle Fig. However, if you're after something less figgy, opt for our second pick, the subtle Skadinavisk Hygge reed diffuser. Read more on both below. 

THE BEST HOME SCENTS

Best home scent you can buy: True Grace Manor Classic Candle Fig

1. True Grace Manor Classic Candle Fig

Best home scent you can buy: the ultimate fig home scent

Specifications
Best for: Fans of fig scents
Size: 190g
Notes: Fig, rose, cedar
Reasons to buy
+Sophisticated take on a fig fragrance+Long burning time 
Reasons to avoid
-Intense fragrance – less suitable for small rooms

This True Grace candle is the king of fig home scents, of which there are many on the market. 

Scent
The scent has depth and complexity, thanks to the woody base and the addition of rose, while still smelling recognisably of ripe figs. 

Packaging
Packed in a brown branded box to make a lovely gift, the aroma is poured into a handmade brown-tinted branded glass jar, ready to burn. 

What we like about it
It's a bestseller for a reason. It's a juicy fragrance, so if you like your fig strong, this is the option for you.

What we don't like about it
The jar could be a little prettier. We're mad on the scent, but not so much the look. This fragrance is also on the heavy side, though, so avoid burning it in small rooms. 

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Best subtle home scent: Skadinavisk Hygge reed diffuser

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2. Skadinavisk Hygge reed diffuser

Best subtle home scent: a light fragrance to encourage a sense of well-being

Specifications
Best for: A subtle room scent
Size: 200ml
Notes: tea, strawberry, rose petals, wild mint
Reasons to buy
+A light, unobtrusive scent+Will last at least three months
Reasons to avoid
-A little pricey -Will be a bit too subtle for some
What is the best scent for a bedroom?

Our top home scents for the bedroom are – the  Skadinavisk Hygge reed diffuser, the Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile room diffuser, the Diptyque Baies Scented Candle, and the The White Company Fir Tree Home Spray for those who loooove Christmas.

Skadinavisk make perfect home scents for lovers of all things Scandi, which is to say light, airy, and not too loud. 

Scent
The Skadinavisk Hygge reed diffuser features notes of tea and baked strawberry cake, rose petals and wild mint. A weird but a nice mix.

Packaging
Packed in a matching box to the glass diffuser jar, this is a product we definitely wouldn't mind displaying on our shelves. Its square glass bottles feature miniature white symbols painted on them as well as the logo, and it comes with eight diffuser sticks.

What we like
The Hygge diffuser has a well-balanced composition that is both sweet (from the tea and strawberry notes) and fresh, thanks to the mint. Never oppressive, this fragrance is the perfect choice for anyone who likes a home scent that is subtly present in the background, rather than obvious.

What we don't like
Those with big homes/rooms may not benefit from the subtle smell. However, you could just use more diffuser sticks. It's a little pricey, too.

Shop more Skadinavisk products at Scandinavian Design Center

Best masculine home scent: Cire Trudon Ernesto candle

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3. Cire Trudon Ernesto Scented Candle

Best masculine home scent: an elegant, smoky fragrance with character

Specifications
Best for: Those who love a masculine scent
Size: 270g
Notes: tobacco, bergamot, labdanum, leather
Reasons to buy
+Superb quality+A classy, characterful scent+Extremely long-lasting
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive

Cire Trudon are something of a legend in the world of scented candles. Hand-poured into opulent Italian green glass vessels, their home fragrances are perfectly balanced and complex compositions. 

Scent
Our favourite scent is Ernesto, which smells like pipe tobacco and booze, and leather armchairs. Papa Hemingway would've been proud. 

Packaging
Packaged lovely in a light blue box, the Cire Trudon Ernesto Scented Candle sits in a hand-blown glass case which features a signature gold emblem. We can tell you now that it looks as good as it smells.

What we like
The scent of a French medieval church? Tick. Freshly washed linen and stone floors? Tick? The Palace of Versailles? You get the drift. This candle is long lasting, classy and most of all, the quality is superb.

What we don't like
We love every.single.other.thing than the price tag!

Browse more Cire Trudon products at Amazon

Best fruity home scent: Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile reed diffuser

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4. Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile room diffuser

Best fruity home scent: the nicest fruity home fragrance around

Specifications
Best for: Those who love fruit scents
Size: 250ml - 5000ml
Notes: plum and berries
Reasons to buy
+Delicious sweet fragrance+Comes in lots of different sizes
Reasons to avoid
-Not cheap-No candle option

The Rosso Nobile by Dr Vranjes is described by the brand as 'the scent of finest Tuscan wines'. 

Scent
Think of the finest strawberry jam being made and ripe plums scattered around your home. Yum.

Packaging
Delivered in a nice classy box and encased in a brown tall bottle, the design of this bottle isn't for everyone, but that doesn't mean it isn't elegant.

What we like
In reality, this diffuser is a delicious (and surprisingly non-sickly) blend of red fruits and berries. Suitable for any room in the house and comes in lots of different sizes, as well as in a room spray format.

What we don't like
Full disclaimer: those who were hoping for a realistic rendition of the scent of wine will be disappointed. It's also pricey.

Shop more home fragrance at Fortnum & Mason

Best simple home scent: Heyland & Whittle Clementine Prosecco candle

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5. Heyland & Whittle Clementine Prosecco Candle

Best simple home scent: un uncomplicated, citrusy delight

Specifications
Best for: Those who like an uplifting, simple scent
Size: 690g
Notes: Clementine and prosecco
Reasons to buy
+Simple and cheerful fragrance+Reasonably priced
Reasons to avoid
-Isn't very long-lasting

The Clementine and Prosecco candle from Heyland & Whittle does exactly what it says: it fills your home with the celebratory scent of freshly peeled clementines and bubbly. 

Scent
The only way to describe the scent of this is as light, zesty and fruity. It definitely fills a room.

Packaging
Beautifully boxed to make the perfect gift, the Heyland & Whittle Clementine Prosecco Candle sits in a cream patterned glass vessel which features the logo. As the wax burns away it reveals an etched glass pattern. Fun.

What we like
Perfect for Christmas (or any other celebratory occasion, for that matter), this candle is zesty and fun, and it's the perfect pick-me-up on a dull day. It's also made from clean burning soy wax and is environmentally-friendly.

What we don't like
It doesn't have amazing complexity, or longevity,

Browse more Heyland & Whittle products at Amazon

Best fresh rose home scent: Baies candle Diptyque

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6. Diptyque Baies Scented Candle

Best fresh rose home scent: a contemporary twist on rose

Specifications
Best for: Those who want a fresh rose scent
Size: 70g, 190g
Notes: Rose
Reasons to buy
+A versatile fruity-floral fragrance
Reasons to avoid
-Can smell quite strong

Think most rose-based home fragrances smell dusty and unrealistic, and nothing like real roses? We're with you. The freshness of a rose is very difficult to get right in scent; Diptyque have nailed it, though, by blending this rose with blackcurrant leaves.

Scent
The Diptyque Baies Scented Candle has a floral scent that's fresh and zesty, and not one bit old-fashioned.

Packaging
Although we love the product, the packaging is pretty basic from Diptyque. The scent sits in a plain glass jar and has the logo in a sticker on the jar.

What we like
The smell of this candle really is amazing and it does a superb job of filling an entire room fast. We also love that you can purchase a matching reed diffuser.

What we don't like
We have found Baies, as all other Diptyque candles, to be rather strong, so it's best to start with the smaller size. It also doesn't tend to last very long in comparison to other candles. So we suggest not leaving it to burn for hours unless you've got the money to keep on replacing.

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Best home scent for Jo Malone fans: Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir reed diffuser

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7. Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Scent Surround™ Diffuser

Best home scent for Jo Malone fans: the diffuser version of Jo Malone's bestselling fragrance

Specifications
Best for: Jo Malone fans
Size: 165ml
Notes: pomegranate, pepper, woods
Reasons to buy
+Home scent version of a beautiful fragrance+Lovely presentation
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive for how much you get

One of Jo Malone's most successful fragrances, the mysterious and moody Pomegranate Noir, is now available in both candle and diffuser format. 

Scent
The secret of this scent is its spicy, slightly edgy woody base (hence the 'noir'), which grounds the composition, preventing it from ever turning sweet.

Packaging
This reed diffuser arrives in a classy black box and the liquid sits in a glass vessel. It also comes with 10 reed diffusers. It would make the perfect gift, we think.

What we like
Perfect for a study or hallway, this diffuser is pretty, smells great and it's a classic.

What we don't like
This is expensive, and not very large for how much you're paying, so we recommend using this sparingly, preferably in a smaller room.

Find more Jo Malone scents at Amazon

Best home scent for the kitchen: Wild Mint by The White Company

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8. The White Company Wild Mint Diffuser

Best home scent for the kitchen

Specifications
Best for: Lovers of clean-smelling scents
Size: 100ml
Notes: mint, white tea
Reasons to buy
+Fresh and uplifting fragrance+Perfect for kitchens and utility rooms
Reasons to avoid
-doesn't last long

What is the best home scent that will seamlessly and deliciously blend in with the scent of fresh laundry, or with the wholesome smells of food prep in the kitchen? Enter The White Company Wild Mint Diffuser. One of The White Company's longest standing home fragrances, it's earned its place in our buyer's guide through years of continuous use and repurchasing.

Scent
The Wild Mint smell of this diffuser is not as minty as you'd expect, thanks to the sweet and vivacious tea note. We think that the result is the perfect abstract 'clean' fragrance: exactly how you want an airy kitchen to smell.

Packaging
The White Company have changed and changed the packaging of their home fragrance range over the years, and the latest iteration is a simple and minimalist clear glass bottle. It's nothing special, but we somewhat prefer it to the clunky opaque packaging of a few years ago.

What we like
This scent is so unobtrusive and joyful, it'll delight even those who don't normally like their homes to smell of anything. It's also one of the safest blind-buy home fragrances: we dare you not to like it.

What we don't like
This fragrance used to come in a spray version, which was very useful as a room freshener for bathrooms. Please bring it back, White Company!

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best uplifting home fragrance: Neom Organics Happiness candle

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9. Neom Happiness candle

The best uplifting home scent

Specifications
Best for: lifting low moods
Size: 75g, 185g
Notes: mimosa, neroli, lemon
Reasons to buy
+Strong and high quality fragrance+Natural+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Will be too strongly scented for some people

If ever the title of a home fragrance corresponded exactly to the effect it creates, then this is it. Happiness in a candle? It's not just a marketing ploy. This all-natural Happiness candle by Neom Organics smells absolutely amazing, and is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Scent
A sparkly, sunny neroli blossom; we can't really smell any mimosa here, and the lemon is in the background rather than dominant. What we really like about this fragrance is that it's very different from most natural or spa-inspired products out there, which usually smell of lavender. This smells strong and distinctive, and not at all herbal.

Packaging
Simple but effective glass with a sticker. It's not particularly interesting, but when the scent is this good, it doesn't really matter.

What we like
This candle smells incredibly natural, which is great for those who prefer organic and natural candles. Having said that, the scent is by no means weak and will fill even the largest of rooms, with the smaller sized candle.

What we don't like
Obviously, if you don't like neroli, steer clear, as it's the dominant note, and it's very, very strong. However, if you're a fan of orange blossom based fragrances (or even just white florals), you will be in heaven, we promise.

How to buy the best home scents

Choose quality candles
Not all home fragrances are created equal. We advise against very cheap scented candles, as they're often simply wax with a bit of fragrance on top. Look for properly hand-poured candles that will have the fragrance layered into them. The quality of the wax also matters; the better the wax, the longer your candle will last you. 

Reed diffusers
Reed diffusers are another popular option, and great if you want more control over how strong the scent will be, or have concerns about the safety of burning candles. 

Scent
As for the all-important question of scent, we have chosen a selection that will appeal to all preferences. From fruity and cheerful to moody and complex, we've got all sorts of home scents covered, suitable for any room and occasion. 

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