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Scented candles, incense, plug-ins or wood fire?

Asked by charliecompany34 (7790points) November 12th, 2008

in the fall and winter, windows close to keep out the chilly elements and the heat is turned on, cooking up and amplifying carpet smells and whatever else. what’s the best remedy for refreshing the homefront? burn a log fire even?

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EmpressPixie's avatar

I like scented candles, personally.

augustlan's avatar

Scented candles do work well, but I can’t stand it if they’re too scented, or perfume-y. Also, use Febreeze…it really does work!

Curious404's avatar

Oil diffusers.

jsc3791's avatar

I like the diffusers, as Curious says.

World Market has some really nice scented candles that don’t smell to perfume-y.

I also LOVE Airwick plug-ins. Their scents are so fresh and clean. Not overpowering or perfume-y at all.

Another fave is oil burners. The Body Shop has scents made from essential oils, like lavender and green tea that are to die for!

boffin's avatar

How about baking cookies and pies, even bread in the oven…It’s a win win…It’s real perfume for the home…..

buster's avatar

I love Nag Champa incense.

Curious404's avatar

@ Jsc: green tea from the body shop is my fav!! I can’t buy enough of that!

Question: how are oil diffusers different from the oils you mentioned from the body shop?

jsc3791's avatar

The reed diffuser delivers fragrance with a distinct yet simple wicking system of reeds. Fragranced liquid seeps up through the reeds of the reed diffuser allowing scent to fill the room. The reed diffuser uses essential oils as the base of their fragrances allowing the reed diffuser to not just add scent to a room but to allow the therapeutic properties or essential oils into the room as well. The many advantages of the reed diffuser is making its popularity soar.

Here are some examples

The oil that The Body Shop makes is designed to be placed in the reservoir of the oil burner and a tea light candle is placed below, which, when lit, gently heats it, causing the oils to vaporize and scent the room.

Here is a popular terracotta burner from the Body Shop

cdwccrn's avatar

I heard that burning incense is not a good thing health wise. Sorry I can’t remember details. Maybe the incense affected my memory!

figbash's avatar

Plug-ins for the high-traffic, high-needs areas like the bathroom or mudroom. Yankee Candle makes some great ones in good clean scents, like clean cotton or fresh linen.

Bedroom: reed diffuser in lavender, clean cedar, or a soapy sandalwood

Living Room: scented candle (Christmas Wreath, Pumpkin, Roasting Chestnut, Fig) for when you want a hit of seasonal smell – and the fireplace whenever you can.

I’m not a big fan of incense these days, unless it’s a sage smudge stick. The incense just smells too smoky, and a little too dirty for me.

TheBox193's avatar

Wood fire smells the nicest.

Curious404's avatar

Thanks, Jsc. I use so many different kinds of burners and even reed style diffusers, but rarely call them by name. I actually thought the burner system and reed system were both considered diffusers, but use different methods of diffusing the fragrance. I wonder?

Darwin's avatar

Wood fire, baking cookies and Febreze are my choices.

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