If you are searching for the best home fragrance buys, then you have landed in just the right place. We are talking all things from candles to reed diffusers, room sprays, fragrance spheres and even diffusers, just below. Whether you want your home to smell sweet for summer or woody for winter, it’s all here.
Keep reading to discover (and to add to your shopping basket) the very best home fragrances for every room in your home. Including your living room, kitchen, bathroom and hallway. With top picks including luxurious The White Company products, as well as budget-friendly Air Wick buys. And, of course, the odd Yankee home fragrance.
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How to know which home fragrance is best for you? Choose a candle if you want to add light whilst making your home smell nice, and if you have somewhere in mind to place it that’s safe and out of the way from potential curious hands (or paws).
Reed diffusers are great because they do the job for you, with very little effort required other than the infrequent turning of reeds.
Opt for a room spray if you want something that you can completely control – these are particularly handy for a quick spray just before guests arrive. Or, to mask unwanted odours fast.
Last but definitely not least, fragrance oils are great for emitting smell throughout a long period of time, kind of like a candle but a lot safer. You need to mix a few drops with water and add this to your essential oil diffuser – for a very calming and lovely smelling ambience.
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What is the best home fragrance?
The best home fragrance – for all-around freshness in every room – is the Air Wick by Botanica Fresh Pineapple and Tunisian Rosemary Room Spray. We love using this spray all around our home, for an instant burst of fragrance in every single room. It’s especially great at masking odours whilst it’s also eco-friendly and a little goes a long way. Read more below…
15 best home fragrance buys for every room in your home
This subtle odour neutralising spray is perfect for all-round use – a few sprays of this and your home will smell as fresh as... fresh pineapple and Tunisian rosemary. You can also use it on your upholstery.
This spray is infused with natural essential oils to offer a fresh (and green-smelling) scent. It's subtle yet still manages to banish nasty odours with just a few presses on the trigger.
The bottle this home fragrance is inside is made from 99.9 per cent recycled plastic, while the trigger is made of 35 per cent recycled plastic. The scent itself is free from propellants and dyes, and Air Wick by Botanica are currently collaborating with WWF to fight wildflower habitats with each purchase.
Air Wick by Botanica Fresh Pineapple and Tunisian Rosemary Room Spray, £10 for 4, Amazon
This large candle is perfect for lighting in a hallway, to flood each and every room in your home with its impressively strong yet sweet scent.
Yankee's new Discovery candle, which is their candle of the year for 2021, has fruity base notes of starfruit, passion fruit and mango, as well as a vibrant addition of ginger and a subtle vanilla scent for warmth and balance. It's uplifting for sure, and while it is sweet it's definitely not overpowering.
This large candle has an impressive burn time of 110 hours. It has been poured inside a glass vessel that's decorated with pink and yellow patterns, and it comes with a lid to prevent dusting.
Yankee Discovery Candle, £26.99, Yankee Candle
We're not usually fans of sweet candles as they are often quite overpowering, but this one from SKANDINAVISK, their Lempi Scented Candle, is lovely and subtle. It comes inside a decorative glass jar, complete with a wooden lid, making it ideal for Skandi-style, boho or modern homes.
This sweet candle has notes of peony and rose, as well as strawberries and mosses. It's definitely not too sweet, that's for sure. It'd be a great burn for spring or summer days and evenings.
This vegan-friendly Sweedish candle is made from rapeseed wax while the glass vessel is made from 30 per cent recycled materials. It has a cotton wick, too.
Capacity 65g, 200g
SKANDINAVISK Lempi Scented Candle, £35, John Lewis & Partners
The Silk Blossom Reed Diffuser isn't a popular fragrance from Jo Malone, which is another reason why we love it – not one of your guests would be able to guess the scent. The first reason? It smells unique, and it's nice and subtle. This diffuser is definitely the best buy if you want something super luxurious, and we suggest popping it right in the middle of (or as close to the middle of) your hallway. Why? Its scent should then flood each and every room in your home, and we know from experience that it is best suited to smaller spaces.
Jo Malone's Silk Blossom is a unique blend of silk tree blossom, white pepper, bergamot, apricot, jasmine and rose petals. As far as base notes go, there's some oakmoss and heliotrope in there. Overall, it's a balance of sweet and floral.
Housed in the classic Jo Malone glass vessel but with the addition of a pink plastic holder to group your reeds closer together once they are dipped into your fragrance, this elegant design will be sure to catch some eyes. The reed diffuser will arrive gift wrapped, too, and 10 reeds come included. They say it will last for 3-4 months in your home, though ours has lasted longer but it is admittedly subtle.
Jo Malone Silk Blossom Reed Diffuser, £67, Feel Unique
If you are yet to invest in an essential oil diffuser, then we suggest doing so ASAP. It's the only way you can use this fragrance oil – just a few drops in some water will flood your bedroom with a subtle yet calming smell.
Made by Zen's fragrance oils are made of pure essential oils, and in the case of their Sleep oil, it's lavender, mandarin, patchouli, sage and sandalwood. A fresh combination that will subtly give your bedroom a relaxing and soothing smell (and feel).
This fragrance oil may be only 15ml, but this should last you a good while – a little goes a long way. You could also add this fragrance oil to dried flowers or potpourri – though we suggest using it with a diffuser, such as the Ellia Adore or The White Company's Electronic Diffuser.
Made by Zen Sleep Scented Oil , £8.95, Amazon
ESPA's Restorative Candle is uplifting, powerful and elegantly housed in a white glass vessel. It's best suited for larger rooms thanks to its floral yet sweet natural scent, so we say place it in a spacious bedroom or large living room.
With floral notes of rose geranium and palmarosa, and sweet notes of orange blossom and lavender, it's definitely one to light in spring or summertime.
This ESPA candle is housed in a lovely and elegant looking glass jar, complete with a metal lid to pop the candle on when burning. It's made of 100% natural wax, and it's suitable for vegetarians.
ESPA Restorative Candle, £37, ESPA
This lovely Floral Street reed diffuser is a fab buy for a toilet or bathroom – or if you love a fresh scent. It would equally make a lovely addition to a orangery or conservatory, as its fresh leafy fragrance will help bring the outside in.
Lady Emma smells of a mix of fresh leaves, green apple and Bulgarian rose oil, so it's safe to say it's one for spring and summer months.
This reed diffuser is completely vegan and also cruelty-free, while it arrives in gorgeous recyclable packaging that ought to wow you (and your giftee). It's housed in a pink glossy glass vessel, to add a pop of colour somewhere that needs it.
Floral Street Lady Emma Reed Diffuser, £34, Selfridges
The White Company's Seychelles Home Spray is a great buy for a toilet – specifically, one that guests would be using when they come to visit. Since it's a spray it has an instant effect, and you can control when – and how much – of the fragrance is released. That paired with the fact it looks nice on display makes this home fragrance tick all our boxes.
The classic Seychelles scent is best-selling for good reason – it transports us to be by the sea, with Bergamot, Amber & Vanilla top notes that make it not only aromatic but soothing, too. Due to the ozonic nature of this room spray, it's powerful so you needn't use a lot for a result.
This room spray comes in a 100ml glass bottle, and it can be used in every room in your home. Just don't spray it directly onto furnishings or upholstery. As with all The White Company products, this room spray has not been tested on animals.
Seychelles Home Spray, £16, The White Company
This Geranium Leaf Candle is a herbal option if you are searching for something uplifting. We suggest popping this candle in a living room or hallway – just make sure it's an airy or large space as it's is quite powerful. It's poured inside a ceramic vessel and comes with a matching lid – to stop the candle from getting dusty when it's not lit.
With initial notes of geranium, peppermint
and Sicilian orange, the immediate scent we get from this candle, before and after lighting, is peppermint with a hint of lavender. There's no doubt that it's uplifting, which is why we suggest popping it in a living room if this room is used a lot by you and the kids. Or, in a hallway to flood all of your rooms with scent.
This candle has a burn time of 40 hours – impressive! – and it's filled in the UK using high-quality wax for a long, clean and even burn.
Geranium Leaf Candle, £24, The White Company
Sleep sprays aren't just great for helping you fall asleep (and stay asleep) but they can also spruce up your bedding in between washes. Especially this one from Simba that we use every night without fail.
A unique blend of essential oils – from lemon to coconut, eucalyptus, tonka bean, sage, mandarin and many more – this 100 per cent natural spray is great. It aids relaxation to lull you to sleep, all while making your bedroom (and bedding) smell lovely at the same time.
Simply spritz two to three sprays on your pillow before bedtime and you're all set. This spray sits inside a glass bottle that will look the part if placed on show.
Simba Sleep Spray, £13.50, Amazon
This fuss-free essential mist kit comes with a diffuser and a fragrance (of your choice). Simply open the bottom of your diffuser and pop your fragrance inside, and then switch it on. Choose between three intensities – low, medium and high – depending on your room size. The first switch is low, and this means the device will power up every 17 minutes, for just 4 seconds. The medium option makes this diffuser turn on every 12 minutes, for 5 seconds, while the highest intensity will have it working every 10 minutes, for a total of 6 seconds. You can easily hide this diffuser behind some books, or even a candle or just tuck it away in a hallway or bathroom. They are pretty much great for anywhere at home since they are portable, too. We say to select one fragrance and buy two or three, to dot around your home. This way your home will smell the same, everywhere, and all of the time, without you worrying about a thing.
This scent, Balancing Peony & Jasmine, is a great choice for spring and summer, as it aims to bring the outdoors in and make your home smell as fresh as... fresh flowers!
This essential mist kit is perfect for pet owners as it works to scent your home all day long. It releases scent into the air, to flood and fill a room, while it's also safe to use around pets and children alike. One fragrance refill should last you 45 days on average, while the machines come in your choice of black or white, to fit in with your home decor. The idea is that you buy the diffuser once, and then buy more refills of each fragrance so you can switch things up depending on the season.
Airwick Essential Mist Kit, Balancing Peony & Jasmine, £10, Amazon
Looking for a home fragrance to pop in your living room? This one from Stoneglow should be at the very top of your list. Not only does it look the part – in an oval glass bottle, with visible dried lily of the valley flowers and pink peppercorns – but it smells lovely, too. And by lovely we mean unique – it'll be sure to banish smells and wow your guests. Since this home fragrance is a reed diffuser, it requires little to no effort from you – just flip the reeds every now and then to release the fragrance.
Made from a blend of lily of the valley (muget), rose and geranium, along with base notes of ginger and elemi – to add a luxury feel – this unique blend is ideal for those who love floral smells.
This reed diffuser is said to last for up to 16 weeks when using all reeds, and as with all Stoneglow diffusers, it's made with essential oils and natural waxes, all of which are sustainably sourced. They are also hand-poured right here in the UK.
Stoneglow Natures Gift Pink Pepper Flowers Reed Diffuser, £30, John Lewis & Partners
If you are searching for a way to make the clothes inside your wardrobe smell fresh while they hang, then a fragrance sphere would be a smart buy. Place this pot inside your wardrobe and sit back as fragrance floods your closet and makes your clothes smell nice.
This Yankee Candle Fragrance Sphere smells like fluffy towels – because what else would you want your clothes to smell like?
This fragrance sphere should last in your wardrobe for more than 30 days. You'll know when it needs replacing as the beads will have disappeared.
Yankee Fluffy Candles Fragrance Sphere, £6.99, Yankee Candle
Kitchen smells – hard to get rid of, but so easy to create. If you are in search of a home fragrance to live in your kitchen, to use after cooking, then a candle would be your best bet – they look nice, they're not super overpowering and this one from The White Company is the perfect kitchen scent.
The Lime & Bay Signature Candle from The White Company also has notes of blossom and orange, and since it's in the citrus scent family, it's fresh and vibrant – just like your cooking!
This hand-poured candle comes in several sizes, and it's filled with high-quality mineral wax that should burn for 33 hours.
Lime & Basil Signature Candle, £20, The White Company
A unique blend of fragrance, this Slab Lab candle is made using coconut and rapeseed wax, while we think it's the perfect burn for last summer, early autumn. For when the evenings begin to get chilly and you choose to retreat inside.
Boasting a strong scent even before being lit, this candle boasts notes of chamomile, clover honey and bergamot, mixed with English lavender and freesia. Topped with fragrant vanilla and tonka bean. It's sweet yet warm and definitely unique.
Hand poured into a grey glass vessel, with plain white labelling, this rapeseed wax candle is GMO-free and plant-based. It also has a long burn time of 40-45 hours, while the lack of tunnelling is impressive to say the least.
Slab Lab Scented Candle Fog, £25, Trouva