Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cause a Real Scent-Sation; Fragrance Your Home for the Festive Season. SAM WYLIEHARRIS Sniffs out Some Expert Tips and Brilliant Buys

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cause a Real Scent-Sation; Fragrance Your Home for the Festive Season. SAM WYLIEHARRIS Sniffs out Some Expert Tips and Brilliant Buys

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Byline: SAM WYLIEHARRIS

AGAINST a background of glitzy decorations, beautifully wrapped presents and festive fare, Christmas is as much a sensory experience as it is a sumptuous feast, and enhancing your space with the right fragrance is like the fairy on top of the tree.

Creating an atmospheric setting not only makes friends and family feel welcome, but placing scented candles in the main living areas, to complement your decorative scheme, can transform a home and set the stage for some nostalgic memories.

"On Christmas Day, I always like to burn many scents together and create a unique scent for the day," says Amanda Morgan at Diptyque.

"Burning Feu de Bois and Ambre, both from the woody family, creates a scent of an open log fire and warm toasty marshmallows.

"I also like Pomander (orange and cinnamon), creating a warm scent like minced pies and festive treats."

And that's the joy of a perfumed glow - you can give guests a hint of things to come. And while decorating a mantelpiece or side table can look grand and impressive, with clusters of votives arranged among pine cones, red berries and cinnamon sticks, the idea is a simple one, and the secret is to focus on key areas where you will entertain.

"Take time to think about how you want your home to feel this Christmas, before you choose a colour scheme," advises Debbie Wild, London lifestyle director at Jo Malone. "Red, green and white are Christmas classics, while you could go for something more unexpected with silvers and purples, for instance.

"The countryside is full of green foliage this time of year, from beautifully scented pine to holly, ivy and rosemary sprigs, to birch, beech and berry branches.

"Embrace these and use them as your base. Mix different hues of green, combining dark and lush pine needles with the silvery foliage of clean and fresh eucalyptus, and then nestle an aromatic pine and eucalyptus diffuser or candle alongside, to echo the arrangement."

Or why not burn candles with spice and gourmand notes, to fill your home with the scents of Christmas baking? "Our Marron candle combines two of the season's most delicious notes, spicy chestnut and mouthwatering vanilla, for an unexpected take on the Christmas theme," adds Francois Henin at Jovoy. …

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