The best home scents for every room

Fill your home with beautiful fragrance with our pick of the best home scents

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Home fragrances have boomed over the past decade, and no wonder. A great way to put the finishing touch to a room, or to cheer up a space on a dull, grey day, a quality home scent goes a long way towards creating a sense of well-being. 

Not all home fragrances are created equal, however. 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 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. 

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. 

True Grace Manor Classic Candle Fig

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1. True Grace Manor Classic Candle Fig

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 lots on the market. The scent has depth and complexity, thanks to the woody base and the addition of rose, while still smelling recognisably of ripe figs. It's a bestseller for a reason. This fragrance is on the heady side, though, so avoid burning it in small rooms. 

Skadinavisk Hygge reed diffuser

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2. Skadinavisk Hygge reed diffuser

An 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

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

Browse more gorgeous reed diffusers in our buyer's guide.

Cire Trudon Ernesto candle

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3. Cire Trudon Ernesto Scented Candle

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. The scent of a French medieval church? Tick. Freshly washed linen and stone floors? Tick? The palace of Versailles? You get the drift. Our favourite, though, is Ernesto, which smells like pipe tobacco and booze, and leather armchairs. Papa Hemingway would've been proud. 

Find more winter scented candles in our buyer's guide.

Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile reed diffuser

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4. Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile room diffuser

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'. Full disclaimer: those who were hoping for a realistic rendition of the scent of wine will be disappointed. In reality, this diffuser is a delicious (and surprisingly non-sickly) blend of red fruits and berries. Think the finest strawberry jam being made and ripe plums scattered around your home. Yum. Suitable for any room in the house and comes in lots of different sizes, as well as in a room spray format.

Discover more fabulous reed diffusers in our buyer's guide.

Heyland & Whittle Clementine Prosecco candle

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5. Heyland & Whittle Clementine Prosecco Candle

An uncomplicated, citrussy 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. Perfect for Christmas (or any other celebratory occasion, for that matter), it doesn't have amazing complexity, or longevity, but is zesty and fun, and is the perfect pick-me-up on a dull day.  

Baies candle Diptyque

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6. Diptyque Baies Scented Candle

A contemporary twist on rose

Specifications
Best for: Those who want a fresh rose scent:
Size: 70g, 190g:
Notes: :
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 if very difficult to get right in scent; Diptyque have nailed it, though, by blending this rose with blackcurrant leaves. Hey presto, a floral that is fresh and zesty, and not one bit old-fashioned. We have found Baies, as all other Diptyque candles, to be rather strong, so it's best to start with the smaller size. 

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir reed diffuser

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7. Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Scent Surround™ Diffuser

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. 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. Perfect for a study or hallway. This is expensive, and not very large for how much you're paying, so we recommend using this sparingly, preferably in a smaller room. 

The White Company FIr Tree room spray

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8. The White Company Fir Tree Home Spray

The best pine fragrance for all seasons

Specifications
Best for: Lovers of natural-smelling scents:
Size: 100ml:
Notes: fir, cedar, eucalyptus:
Reasons to buy
+Fresh and uplifting fragrance+Perfect for spraying over your Christmas tree
Reasons to avoid
-Pine isn't for everyone

Want that enchanting smell of the fir tree in your house all year round? Or looking for a way to make your artificial Christmas tree smell like the real deal? The White Company Fir Tree room spray smells fresh and forest-like, and the scent lingers. In fact, we advise to be careful not to spray this on furniture, as you'll still be smelling it a week later!

Find more gorgeous home fragrances in our buyer's guide.

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