Guest Post by Candy Silvasy, Spa Expert and CEO of Art of the Spa
Last week in our quest to help you create a spa home, we showed you how to detox your oxygen – we got the muck out. Now it’s time to adorn your lair’s air.
Imagine lounging by a garden of jasmine, walking in a dense forest or having a massage by a beach. Fragrance can take you on these escapes instantly. I know what you’re thinking: “I’ve got a candle for that!”
Blow out that match. The stress- (and almost) maintenance-free way to aroma up your abode is a fragrance plan. Otherwise it’ll end up smelling like the perfume counter at Nordie’s – sickly.
One very strong candle is like one superbright light – too much and not enough. For a superspa nosefest, follow these steps:
1. Emulate Euphoria
What would your ideal home smell like? Because spa homes are healthy & relaxed focus on that. What makes you happy? Dream vacation? Your disses? For instance, I can’t stand patchouli – so any fragrance with that is banned from my bungalow. Some examples to get you started are:
Love the beach? - go for aqua fragrances with citrus notes.
More of a skiing or hiking hottie? – woodsy tones will be your choice.
Trying to lose weight? – keep away from sweet foodie fragrances, while mint can help keep you from snacking
2. Choose Your Base Fragrance
Shopping! Yay! Find a home fragrance that matches your pick. Anthropologie, Bath and Body Works, TJ Maxx, are fun fragrant field trips. Remember your base is the background the under note upon which you will layer other fragrances like candles.
Best way to waft? Reed diffusers are low maintenance. Flip the reeds occasionally & change when the oil is gone. My favorite base: Agraria Golden Pomegranate it’s fruity for energy and earthy for a nature vibe.
Place one diffuser for each 900 square feet of house.
Another option is the Hush Air Diffuser System. It lets you control the intensity and program the time of fragrance release.
3. Take Your Nose up a Notch
With your base in place, you should feel happy whenever you arrive home. But sometimes we need more. This is where aromatherapy comes into play. For example, in my office I burn Slatkin’s grapefruit candle to revive my brain. Or at Christmas I burn the Thymes Christmas Tree to harken holiday cheer.
For more aromatherapy ideas check out The Little Book of Aromatherapy – it’s simple & you can take it shopping with you.
In addition to candles, consider room sprays, scented stones, like Esteban Paris’ Teak and Tonka (woodsy) below sachets and oil burners. Most important, get creative and have fun. That’s common scents!
Live, love and lounge, Candy
Candy Silvasy is CEO of Art of the Spa (www.spaaroundtheworld.com), a spacentric brand that delivers home decor, beauty, cooking, style and living advice. An internationally recognized spa expert, her latest book SpaHome: Makeover Your Maison from Blah to Ahhhhh will be released in February 2011. Is your pad more stress than sanctuary? Pick her spa brain at candace at artofthespa dot com.