Searching for the best home fragrance? It can be confusing to know what to buy to ensure your home smells nice, but don’t fret as we’re here to help! We’ve been testing a range of home fragrance buys recently, especially ones for autumn and winter. We’re talking warm, comforting fragrances that’ll emanate a gorgeous welcoming smell into your house. Because it’s important that your home smells the part as well as looks the part – especially at this time of year.
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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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Keep reading for the hottest 15 fragrances we’ve tried, smelled and loved. From The White Company to Yankee Candle, Rituals plus more, here is our ultimate best home fragrance guide.
What is the best home fragrance?
There’s not really a definite answer when it comes to the best home fragrance. This depends on the time of year, and the type of home fragrance you want. We will say, though, that right now our all-around favourite reed diffuser has to be Rituals’ The Ritual of Sakura Fragrance Sticks. Witchy’s The Moon Tarot Candle has also impressed us with its scent flooding ability, too. If it’s a room spray you are after, then don’t hesitate when it comes to Air Wick by Botanica’s Fresh Pineapple and Tunisian Rosemary Room Spray.
15 best home fragrance buys for every room in your home
A fragrant reed diffuser for year-round use
This fragrant reed diffuser ought to wow your senses and uplift a room. It's nice and small, too, so as not to be obtrusive on a side. We say to place this reed diffuser in a hallway, toilet or even a spacious living room. When to use it? It's pretty much a year-round winner, meaning that you can use it spring, summer, autumn or winter.
Sweet yet creamy thanks to cherry blossom and rice milk notes, this powerful reed diffuser smells elegant yet delicate. There's no need to turn the reeds of this diffuser as frequent as others, since it always manages to flood a room, no matter how small or large.
Housed inside a white recyclable glass vessel that's ribbed and tall in height, this diffuser is easy to hide but also looks the part when on show. Refills are available, so that you can buy an entire bottle of fragrance and fill your vessel up as and when it's necessary.
The Ritual of Sakura Fragrance Sticks, £14.90, Look Fantastic
A powerful candle for autumn and winter
Witchy's The Moon candle is essentially the scent of wintertime – but in candle form. Plus, it's made in small batches by a small business, and sustainable and cruelty free. It even has a wooden wick and it's decorated with 2 ethical crystals.
This candle smells undienbly great even before it's lit. Once you do light it, though, you'll want to wait until it has melted slightly to remove the crystals as the candle melts even more. It has scent notes of ginger, cinnamon and vanilla, it might sound like a classic though rest assured it will flood your entire room with its to-die-for scent. It burns fast but evenly, and it gives off an almost immediate scent. Incredible.
Decorated with crystals and poured inside a premium glassware vessel, this soy candle is made using perfume grade fragrance with an FSC-certified wooden wick. Apparently, it can burn for a whopping 50 hours inside your home. It also makes a lovely gift idea.
Witchy The Moon Tarot Candle, £26, Etsy
The best reed diffuser for autumn and winter
The White Company's bestselling Fireside diffuser deserves pride of place in your home during autumn and winter. Why? Its scent mimics that of a burning fireplace, with a teeny hint of chocolate for warmth – and comfort. Place this inside a cosy room such as a living room or bedroom and thank us later.
With scent notes of smoked woods, fresh birch and rich patchouli mixed with creamy vanilla and a dash of amber, this unique blend will definitely turn noses. Plus, we found that it immediately scents a room. Pop it in the centre of a space for the best outcome.
Poured inside a classic The White Company diffuser vessel, this woody fragrance not only looks the part but it smells the part, too. It comes with rattan reed sticks that you can use as many of as you like, dependant on your room size. This reed diffuser is said to last for 3 months, making it perfect for using from October to December.
Fireside Diffuser, £27, The White Company
The best room spray for banishing odours
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
A creamy and warm home fragrance
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
A floral, sweet and subtle home fragrance
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
A hassle-free solution to home fragrance
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
The best home fragrance for your essential oil diffuser
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
A fresh yet floral home fragrance for bedrooms or living rooms
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
The best uplifting home fragrance
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
New for autumn 2021, Yankee's Woodland Road Trip candle is what you should be burning this autumn. Plus, it's sizeable enough to last you the entire season. Who can resist a Yankee Candle? Not us.
This woody candle is more of a subtle scent, which is ideal for those who aren't big fans of strong candles, but it's definitely autumnal. With notes of jasmine, fir, vetiver, and warm suede,
This candle even looks the part as its wax is a dark orange colour, to blend with your autumn home decor. It's made using premium grade paraffin wax, which we're not mad keen on, but its wick is made of 100% natural fibres. Plus, it comes with a lid to prevent candle dusting. Choose from two sizes.
Yankee Candle Woodland Road Trip, £20.99/£24.99, Yankee
The best home fragrance for your toilet or bathroom
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 best room spray for your toilet
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
A striking looking home fragrance for a living room
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
A brilliant solution to scenting your wardrobe – or cupboards
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