Scents to suit your interiors style

Call us boring, but we can’t get enough of a good candle. Wonderful gifted, even better bought for yourself, the scents you love are seriously personal - just like the way you style your space, in fact. So why choose blindly when you can go one better and match your scent to your home’s mood? Consider this your no-nonsense masterclass in hitting the right notes.

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Scandi inspired grey neutral bedroom


SCANDI CHIC


Style notes

If your space is all about visual calm, then we’d bet a sweet, heady scent probably isn’t your thing. Look to the heart notes - these are full-bodied, longer-lasting scents that linger beyond the crisp top notes, but don’t have the depth or longevity of the base - forgoing the floral for wonderfully fresh, herby ingredients. Thyme, basil, bay (and anything you’d stick in a window box) are a great place to start, with a base of moss, leather or spa favourite clary sage to round out a restful scent. And stick to three or so notes – the beauty of these botanical scents can be subtle.

“Forgo the floral in favour of herby, botanical notes.”

Fragrance notes

Top

Sea salt, sweet mint, sea grass, aloe, tomato leaf, thyme, bergamot, eucalyptus, spearmint, basil


Heart

Green tea, bay leaf, chamomile, rosemary, artemesia, galbanum, cardamom, juniper, geranium


Base

Wood sage, leather, clary sage, moss, guaiac wood, white musk, oak moss, valerian, resin, ho wood

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Dark floral print bedroom with chandelier


DARK ROMANCE


Style notes

If you love moody blooms, jewel tones and seriously statement accessories (is that a chandelier we spy?) then turn to one of fragrance’s most timeless formulas. These floral fusions tend to pair crisp top notes and fruity hearts with a rich, woody base - we love white flowers like jasmine and lily of the valley anchored by sweet autumnal fruits like damson, blackberry and grape. Not all earthy bases are born equal - think sweet, warming vanilla versus heady patchouli - but classic oud or sandalwood are safe bets to start with.

“A floral heart and rich, woody base is the luxe fragrance’s magic formula”.

Fragrance notes

Top

White jasmine, rhubarb, damson, blackberry, champagne, raspberry, lime leaf, pomegranate, white grape


Heart

Cassis, rose, ginger, fig, ylang ylang, peony, orange blossom, pine, vetiver, lily of the valley, orchid, cherry


Base

Frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood, cedarwood, oud, vanilla, amber, incense, musk

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Bedroom with geometric print bed linen


QUIRKY COOL


Style notes

If you’re all about artisanal detail, quirky prints and searching out design with a difference, don’t settle for simple in the scent department. Orange blossom, peony and tuberose might be staples, but what about orange bitters, pepper and tobacco? Cue the artisanal candle. These are fragrances with a bit of bite - the result of global travel, endless experimentation and a heavy dose of good old imagination. Candles based on creative concoctions make great gifts, too (if you can bear to give them away, that is).

“No rose here - design risk-takers will love scents with a bit of bite.”

Fragrance notes

Top

Redcurrant, neroli, bitter orange, coriander, black tea, elemi, peppermint, green mandarin, apple


Heart

Black pepper, fennel, violet, milk, chestnut, cashmere, pink pepper, pine, iris, tea tree, liquorice, honey


Base

Rosewood, caramel, tobacco, praline, nutmeg, labdanum, ambergris, clove, bamboo, tonka bean

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Murmur home fragrance range


CANDLE CLUB 101


Hit the right note

Whilst the top, heart and base notes in perfume (and in that order) relate to the length each note lasts on the skin, burning a candle is a more ‘linear’ experience, with all scents largely detectible at the same time. Top and heart notes will be more easy to detect during the candle’s ‘cold throw’, however – that’s before it’s been lit – which is worth thinking about when shopping via the sniff test.


Burn baby burn

The biggest thing to bear in mind is that the first time it’s lit, you’ll need to wait until your candle has burned evenly across the surface before blowing out – so make sure you can put a couple of hours aside to avoid the dreaded ‘memory ring’. Serious scent lovers swear by trimming the wick to under a quarter of an inch, which helps to even out the burn rate and avoid those smoky stains on the glass.


Fantastic scents and where to find them

Whilst we’d have a lit candle in every room if we could, consider a few factors. Fresh, citrusy scents might suit a kitchen, but any scented candle over dinner will interfere with food’s aromas. Watch out for flickering flames, which indicate a draft – these cause dripping and smoking (and might snuff it out altogether). And don’t forget diffusers and room sprays, too – both work well in spaces where you can’t keep an eye on a candle, like a bathroom.