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9 expert tips for scenting your home

3 December 2015

WORDS BY Fashion Quarterly New Zealand

Lumira Darsana Candle

Fragrance has a power over our senses and even our emotional state, so you want to scent your home in a way that makes your living space that much more comforting and pleasant to be in.

Certain scents add depth and character to your home environment and each space can have a different feel depending on how it has been fragranced. Burning candles is like an intimate ceremony that can often become just as much about the light emitted as the aroma itself.

Set the mood in your home with these top tips from creator and founder of Lumira luxury candles, Almira Armstrong:

  • Burn your candles for up to six hours at each time to give just the right amount of scent to your space. The effect should be harmonious rather than overwhelming.
  • Trim the wicks on your candle before each burn for a clean and fragrant burn.
  • Know your space. Whether it’s the bedroom, living or bathroom, choose a fragrance that suits that space.
  • If you have a small space, choose citrus based fragrances as they will automatically make you feel refreshed.
  • Layering scents around the home can boost your sensory experience.
  • Floral fragrances blend well with citrus and woody notes, such as Lumira’s Persian Rose and Cuban Tobacco candles.
Lumira founder Almira Armstrong
Almira Armstrong.


When it comes to scenting different parts of the house, there are certain fragrances that are fail-safe:

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Living room
In the living room, fragrance should be subtle. Almira recommends citrus notes for an uplifting feel and candles containing amber, musk and jasmine absolute for a more relaxed vibe.

Bathrooms and entrances
Almira says the key is to evoke a sense of daylight and youthful spirit in these spaces and her favourite Lumira scent for achieving this is La Primavera, which contains lily, patchouli, rose leaf and lemon.

Bedroom
Romance and relaxation is the aim of the game here, and a blend of ylang ylang, bergamot and sandalwood is the ultimate sensual scent.

Kitchen
Avoid florals and choose fragrances that are good enough to eat!

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