Best home fragrance: 11 sensational scents for every room

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The best home fragrance will give your room an instant upgrade — that extra oomph that doesn't just smell good but makes you feel good. 

Whether it's the best candle or best reed diffuser, it doesn't matter if you like florals, woods, or simply sweet-smelling scents; it's the small change that makes a big difference. 

But finding said home fragrance is no easy vice. There are hundreds of thousands of options on the market, and we're overwhelmed here just typing this sentence, let alone scoping out the competition. Nevertheless, we're here to help. 

Regardless if you are a renter or buyer dealing with a small or large space, we've found it all. We've rounded up the best home fragrances for every season, reason, and occasion — and if you don't believe us? Continue scrolling to see for yourself. 

11 Editor-approved home fragrances worth the invest

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1. The White Company Pomegranate Candle

The best home fragrance: a rich scent to encourage a sense of well-being

Specifications
Best for: An uplifting and fruity scent
Type: Candle
Size: 27 oz.
Notes: Pomegranate, mandarin, amber, patchouli
Reasons to buy
+A rich, fruity scent+It will last at least three months
Reasons to avoid
-A little pricey -It will be a bit heady for some

One of the White Company's best ever scents, Pomegranate is a juicy, grown-up fragrance for every room. 

What does it smell like?
This is a dark take on pomegranate that makes it a sophisticated, grown-up scent that will take you all through fall and even Christmas. The amber and patchouli ground the fruitiness, making the fragrance more complex.

What does it look like?
The White Company doesn't do fancy packaging, and this is no exception: frosted glass with the signature italic font. Nothing special, but it's classy enough to look good.

Why do we like this home fragrance?
This fragrance will appeal both to those who love juicy pomegranates and those who like dark woods – it's exactly in the middle. It's calm enough to be used in a home office but fruity enough to liven up a living room.

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2. Apotheke White Vetiver

The best home fragrance: the most superb scent at an appropriate price

Specifications
Best for: those who love a sultry, sophisticated scent
Type: candle, reed diffuser
Size: varied
Notes: vetiver, sandalwood, amber, lilac, eucalyptus
Reasons to buy
+Superb quality+A classy, characterful scent+Extremely long-lasting

Apotheke's home scents are a perennial favorite. We find almost all of their fragrances to be elevated and delightful, but the White Vetiver scent is the biggest crowd-pleaser.

Why does it smell like?

In short: The White Vetiver smells sophisticated, like something you'd find in an upscale department store or your fancy friend's New York apartment. The scent combines its namesake Vetiver with Bergamot, eucalyptus, lilac, sandalwood, amber, and cedarwood.

What does it look like? 

The White Vetiver scent comes in a candle or reed diffuser and arrives packaged in frosted glass jars that easily complement a wide variety of styles. 

Why do we like this home fragrance?

Aside from the scent, we love that Apotheke fragrances are handmade in Brooklyn and that the company is female-founded. 

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3. Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile Room Diffuser

The best home fragrance: the nicest fruity home fragrance around

Specifications
Best for: those who love fruit scents
Type: reed diffuser
Size: 250ml – 5000ml
Notes: plum and berries
Reasons to buy
+Delicious sweet fragrance+Available in a variety of sizes
Reasons to avoid
-Higher price point-No candle option

According to the brand, the Rosso Nobile by Dr. Vranjes diffuser delivers a scent reminiscent of "the finest Tuscan wines." 

What does it smell like?

Think of sweet strawberry jam and ripe plums scattered around your home. Yum.

Why does it look like?

Encased in a tall brown bottle, the design feels decidedly Tuscan. It'll fit well with traditional spaces and add a little gravitas to neutral, modern ones. But if your decor style is farmhouse or coastal inspired, or you prefer bright boho vibes, you might want to hide this in a larger jar. 

Why do we like this home fragrance?

In reality, this diffuser is a delicious (and surprisingly non-sickly) blend of red fruits and berries. Chose from a handful of sizes and available in a spray format; you'll find this scent magnificent in every room. 

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4. Mrs. Meyer's Lavender Large Jar Candle

The best home fragrance: an affordable option that brings uncomplicated floral delight

Specifications
Best for: those who like an uplifting, simple scent
Type: candle
Size: 7.2 oz.
Notes: lavender
Reasons to buy
+Simple and cheerful fragrance+Inexpensive+Widely available+Soy wax
Reasons to avoid
-Short-lived

Mrs. Meyer's fans will already know this scent well since it's also available in everything from hand soap to dryer sheets. But we're still not sick of it, and the crisp, fresh, and inviting lavender scent is one of our favorite choices for a powder room or entryway. 

What does it smell like?
The only way to describe the scent of this is as light, floral, and clean. It definitely fills a room.

What does it look like?
The Mrs. Meyer's Lavender candle comes in an eco-friendly recycled glass jar that complements casual or farmhouse spaces well.

Why do we like this home fragrance?
The light scent, which is perfect for warmer months. plus the fact that it's made
from renewable ingredients like soy and vegetable wax.

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5. Diptyque Baies Scented Candle

The best home fragrance: a fruity fragrance that offers an contemporary twist on rose

Specifications
Best for: those who want a fresh rose scent
Type: candle
Size: 70g, 190g
Notes: rose
Reasons to buy
+A versatile fruity-floral fragrance+Stunning glass vessel+Can be re-purposed
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 a scent, but fortunately, that's not the case here. Diptyque has nailed it, though, by blending the rose fragrance with blackcurrant leaves.

What does it smell like?

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

What does it look like?

Thanks to Instagram, the Diptyque jar may be the most iconic candle packaging of all time, although it's just a standard glass vessel and branded sticker. The candle's trendiness has waned, but the good news is that the simplicity of the design makes it timeless.

Why do we like this home fragrance?

The smell of this candle is swoon-worthy, and it does a superb job of filling an entire room fast. We also love that you can purchase a matching reed diffuser.

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6. Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Scent Surround Diffuser

The best home fragrance: the diffuser version of Jo Malone's bestselling fragrance

Specifications
Best for: Jo Malone fans
Type: reed diffuser
Size: 165ml
Notes: pomegranate, pepper, woods
Reasons to buy
+Home scent version of a beautiful fragrance+Lovely presentation
Reasons to avoid
-What you pay for and what you get are not aligned

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

What does it smell like?

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. It reminds us of the lobby in a fancy boutique hotel. 

What does it look like?

This reed diffuser arrives in a classy black box, and the liquid sits in a glass vessel. It also comes with ten black reeds, which feel like a style upgrade from the standard rattan versions.

Why do we like this home fragrance?

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

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7. Voluspa Maison Noir Crisp Champagne Candle

The best home fragrance: exceptional scent for those working with a smaller space.

Specifications
Best for: small spaces
Type: candle
Size: 12oz
Notes: Brut champagne, vanilla, barrel oak
Reasons to buy
+A warm and subtly sweet fragrance+Perfect for the living room or bedroom
Reasons to avoid
-The scent is not as powerful as we expected.

It's hard to pick a single Voluspa candle to feature on this list when there are so many from the brand that we love. 

But if we have to choose, it's the Maison Noir Crisp Champagne Candle. Like many Voluspa candles we've owned, this one isn't very strong, perfect if you're into subtly, and strong scents give you a headache. However, if you're looking for something with enough throw to fragrance your whole home, this isn't it.

What does it smell like?

This candle is ideal for a small living room or bedroom (we love lighting ours after curling up on the couch or in bed with a good book). It's warm and welcoming without being overpowering and has a sweet scent that feels sophisticated, not sickly, thanks to undertones of oak and vanilla. 

What does it look like?

This candle is shoppable in two sizes: a larger version in a simple-but-sleek black jar and a smaller version; emblazoned with a geometric print. 

Why do we like this home fragrance?

This scent is unobtrusive and joyful that it will delight even those who don't typically aren't looking for home fragrances. 

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8. Neom Organics Happiness Candle

The best home fragrance: a serene and satisfying home scent regardless of your preferences

Specifications
Best for: lifting low moods
Type: candle
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

If ever the title of a home fragrance corresponded 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 sensational, guarantee to bring a smile to your face.  

What does it smell like?

 A sparkly, sunny neroli blossom; we can't smell any mimosa here, and the lemon is in the background rather than dominant. We are drawn to how different this scent is when compared to other natural or spa-inspired choices on the market. This scent lacks lavender, which most cling to, and still strikes a balance with appearing distinctive and memorable. 

What does it look like?

This choice is simple yet effective, offering a glass vessel with a sticker.  

Why do we like this home fragrance?

This candle smells incredibly natural, which is utter perfect for those who prefer organic scents. With that said, this scent is by no means weak and will fill even the largest of rooms with the smaller-sized candle.

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9. Lulu Candles Pineapple Evergreen

The best home fragrance: an exceptional wax candle that everyone needs.

Specifications
Best for: those looking for a strong scent and natural was
Type: candle
Size: 6oz.
Notes: pineapple, fir
Reasons to buy
+Unexpected scent+Made from soy wax+Hand-poured in the USA+Vegan, paraben-free, and cruelty-free!
Reasons to avoid
-Scent may be too strong for some

Let's start with the obvious: This seems like a weird combo. And we thought so, too, until we read the Amazon reviews and decided to give the Lulu Candles Pineapple Evergreen a sniff. The balance of sweet and woodsy works in harmony, and it emits a strong scent that'll waft through an entire floor of your home.

What does it smell like?

It's like a Hawaiian vacation in a jar. While the pineapple scent is definitely at the forefront of this candle fragrance, it's not overkilling. The evergreen note adds delicious depth that downplays the tropical vibe.

What does it look like?

Pretty basic: it's a glass with a sticker, but the typewriter font gives it some modern farmhouse flair. 

Why do we like this home fragrance?

The smell. Did we mention how phenomenal it smells? We also love that it's constructed from natural soy wax, as well as vegan and paraben-free. 

Plus, Lulu Candles claims their candles are some of the longest-lasting you'll find. We haven't scientifically proven that, but they do appear to burn slowly.

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10. DW Home Warm Tobacco Pipe

The best home fragrance: the best to light up and enjoy fall year-round

Specifications
Best for: a cozy vibe, man caves
Type: candle
Size: 215g
Notes: tobacco, patchouli, suede
Reasons to buy
+Soy wax+Cozy smell perfect for cooler temps+Sleek look
Reasons to avoid
-Might be too heavy for some

Go ahead and forget pumpkin spice! DW Home's Warm Tobacco Pipe candle is our top pick for creating a warm, cozy ambiance for fall and winter at home. We first picked it up at Home Goods a few years back, and now we look for it every year as soon as September hits.

What does it smell like?

It's earthy and leathery but has a sweet undertone that's reminiscent of tobacco smoke. It feels elevated and sophisticated but cozy at the same time. 

What does it look like?

A sleek black vessel matches the black soy wax inside. 

Why do we like this home fragrance?

The soy wax blend is sustainable, and the price point is well below many of the other top home scents on our list. Not to mention we want to wrap ourselves up in the smell. 

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11. LAFCO New York House & Home Candles, Breakfast Room — Citrus Berry

The best home fragrance: to wake up and enjoy early mornings in the comfort of family

Specifications
Best for: morning-use with family
Type: clean-burning, soy-based
Size: 6.5oz, 15.5oz, & 30oz
Color: teal
Notes : yuzu, grapefruit and berries
Reasons to buy
+Clean-burning+Long periods of use+A calming scent that isn't overwhelming 
Reasons to avoid
-Pricer side 

In a bright corner by the window, as the sunshine signals the fresh start of a brand-new day — or morning, you'll find this deliciously sweet candle burning to uplift your (and your family's) mood. 

What does it smell like?

Sparkling yuzu and tart orange pulp blend with fresh grapefruit and lychee to create an uplifting mood. Lively and joyful, delicious forest berries add a sweet finish. Plus, if you get close enough? You'll also sniff layers of vanilla to pull the entire fragrance together. 

Why does it look like?

A beautifully designed handblown glass vessel not only enhances your burning experience but comes available in the most magnificent turquoise hue – and the best part? This vessel doubles as home decor, too.

Why do we like this home fragrance?

The clean-burning soy wax blend is perfect for any economically conscious consumer out there, whereas the price point is stepper than we like but well worth the investment. 

How to select the best home fragrance? 

Choose quality candles 

Not all home fragrances are created equal. We advise against very cheap scented candles, as they're often wax with a side of fragrance. 

Look for properly hand-poured candles that will have the fragrance layered into them. The quality of the wax also matters; good wax equates to longer longevity. 

For an even burn: let the wax melt across the top to avoid tunneling on the first burn. You will find this will take approximately an hour for each inch of diameter, so you will want to make sure you are around to attend that first burn for what could be a few hours.

Reed diffusers

Another popular home fragrance is reed diffusers, and they are sensational if you want more control over how strong the scent will be or have concerns about the safety of burning candles. Just remember to switch the sticks round to change which end is in the oil every couple of weeks – this optimizes the scent.

Scent  

What type of scent? Opt for 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. 

Brittany Romano
Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano is Future's U.S. Shopping Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building a highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins. Find her on Instagram at @ItsBrittanyRomano.

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