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1 February 2024 | 0 min read

How to make your own homemade scents


Scented candles are almost magic in the way they can rejuvenate a home, their layered notes dancing in the air, soothing the mind and body as they go.

But what if you could capture that essence for yourself? Is the refined whisper of a luxury scented candle even imitable?

Well, as expert candle-makers of nearly 200 years, we know a thing or two about creating truly outstanding fragrances, and the craftsmanship that goes into it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own scent from the comfort of your home.

Let’s step into the world of homemade scents, crafted to imitate the secrets of nature’s elegance and intoxicate the noses of whoever comes across them.

Natural scents to match the seasons

If you’re looking to step into the unique world of crafting homemade scents, then you need to know the scents that can entice both you and guests alike.

A wonderful thing about nature is its ability to invigorate the senses all year long. For you, this means you have plenty of choice when it comes to creating natural homemade scents that complement each season.

For example, spring bursts forth with a chorus of floral notes. Delicate jasmine and rose notes hide behind other green accords to create a truly calming feeling.

Summer follows with more intense strokes. Juicy berries and sweet honey burst with the sun’s warmth, mingling with the herbal freshness of mint and eucalyptus.

Autumn brings with it an earthier tale, followed closely by spicier warmth of cinnamon and clove. All the while, the last remnants of summer’s audience, like green figs, leave their lasting impressions in the air.

Finally, winter sees the air turn cold and crisp, invigorating whispers of evergreen pine taking centre stage. Elsewhere, the simmers of orange peel and clove cast a more citrusy glow.

As you can see, when it comes to choosing your home’s perfect scent, you’ve no dearth of options. But how do you disperse these fragrances throughout your home and unlock their full potential?

Dispersing the magic

Once you’ve settled on the kind of scent you want to use in your home, it’s time to figure out how you’re going to make it your home’s new fragrance profile. Luckily, there are many ways to do this.

Stovetop potpourri

Imagine a gentle warmth coming from your stovetop, carrying a fragrant blend of citrus peel and cinnamon sticks – or dried rose petals and sprigs of rosemary. This is the magic of simmering potpourri – transforming your kitchen and beyond into an alchemical lab that neither overpowers nor dissipates before too long.

Combine your chosen ingredients in a saucepan and fill it with water. Experiment with proportions, and layer different scents for unique blends. Simmer everything on low heat, allowing the water to gently bubble and release its fragrant notes. Be careful not to let the water boil, as this will burn your ingredients and distort the aroma.

Fabric fragrance

Forget the chemical-laden dryer sheets and embrace the subtle, natural perfume woven into delicate fabric parcels. These little whispers of scent can infuse your drawers and wardrobe with whatever you please.

From the calming balm of Ylang-Ylang or Jasmine, to the invigorating freshness of citrus, your drawers can be a secret home to perfumed perfection.

Rose petals offer romantic whimsy, whilst fresh/dried herbs like mint bring freshness to banish musty odours that may accumulate over time.

Try not to overstuff your fabric parcel, leave pockets of air to allow the fragrance to circulate. A few drops of essential oil can even be added if you want a boost, but use sparingly to avoid staining your fabric.

Once filled, tie them securely and nestle them neatly amongst your linens, delicates, or clothes. Place them in drawers, hang them in your wardrobe, or even tuck them underneath your pillow for a soothing bedtime ritual.

Embrace the fragrant life with Charles Farris

As you can see, for those looking to enhance the fragrance of their homes, you have plenty of choice to explore. It doesn’t take much, just a little creativity and a handful of natural ingredients, and your home can become a sanctuary of scent.

And for scented candles that embrace the fragrant power of nature to transform any home, consider Charles Farris luxury scented products. With nearly 200 years of craftsmanship behind each candle and diffuser, there is a scent out there for everyone, each made in proud tribute to the rich British history on which they were made.


Charles Farris is one of Britain’s oldest candlemakers with firm roots in Victorian London, and proud Royal Warrant holders. Our range of luxury scented candles are made using time-worn, traditional crafting techniques that date back to 1845.


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