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Create a Signature Home Scent with These 23 Note Combinations

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Jessica
09.15.15

Two people, one perfume, two totally different scents.

If you’ve ever complimented a friend’s perfume only to try it yourself and be disappointed, you know how true this is. That happens because when you layer a perfume over your body’s natural scent, the presence of one smell (or note) will alter the perception of the other.

And the same idea applies to the smells in your home!

To create complex and lovely aromas at home, it’s important to pay attention to the layers. Try pairing a top, middle and base note from the list below to create a pleasant and appealing fragrance that becomes your home’s “signature” scent.

Base Notes (Pick One):

Base notes are the main themes of the perfume. They bring depth to any scent and are used to hold and boost the strength of middle and top notes. These scents are muskier and heavier: think cedarwood or sandalwood.

1. For something spicy and masculine, try patchouli. Its spicy earthiness will add dimension to other scents without overpowering it.

2. For a foresty smell, add sandalwood to sweeten the sharp green scent of trees.

3. For something sweeter, choose vanilla or amber.

4. For something earthier, oakmoss will add an earthy tone to any scent.

Made your scent choices? Great! Grab some essential oils, infusers and start layering! If you don’t like your first choice, try something else – there are tons of different combinations, and your favorite will mostly just be about personal preference.

Middle Notes (Pick One):

When the top note evaporates, your nose is hit with the middle note, whose primary job is to cover up the sometimes-strong odors of base notes (which typically become more pleasant over time). These scents are considered well-rounded and mellow - they’re the Matt Damon of the scent world.  

1. For a floral scent, choose lavender, rose, geranium, lemongrass, ylang ylang or jasmine.

2. For an herby smell, opt for coriander or nutmeg.

3. For something fruity, choose neroli, which is an essential oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree.

Top Notes (Pick One):

This is your first impression of any scent, which evaporates quickly. These scents are usually described as “sharp” or “crisp.”

1. For a citrus scents, choose lemon, orange zest or bergamot.

2. For something light and fruity, opt for grapefruit, green apple or berry.

3. For an herby smell, choose clary or sage.

4. For a fresh water fragrance, add sage for a deeper fragrance, or lotus blossom for a lighter one.

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