I would embrace the format. Candles and fireplaces have a nice smell on their own, creating a very cozy atmosphere when you do light something. I don't know if incense replicate certain natural smells, since I don't know how the natural smell is like, but incense is also nice on their own.
I do avoid scented candles for the most part. One that claims to smell like strawberries, often does not smell that nice. I rather just get some nice plain "rustic" candles. I think they smell nice enough on their own.
I've planned to get some essential oils and a burner actually, just haven't gotten around to it yet. Got thinking about it because of a perfume. Usually put it on when I'm meeting friends, but put it on when just going for a walk, and because of my association for the smell it really felt like I was going out for something social.
Would be neat to have different oil mixtures to associate with different things / modes.
I used to like incense alot, but it's been a long while since I had any.
No love for scented candles though, they smell nice when unlit but when you burn them they just tend to make the air feel kind of cloying and heavy to breathe, and you can only really tell a difference of aroma when you've been out of the room a while and return because of contrast.
I don't really go by the component smells so much as the blend. If the end product doesn't smell good it doesn't matter how many good-smelling things are in it. That said, artificial pumpkin and lilac never smell good in anything.
I prefer candles because I enjoy fire and I feel that an open flame consumes some of the malodorous particles in the air which usually prompt the lighting of the candle in the first place. I dislike scented oils, especially the ones from big brands like Glade, as they are too pervasive and usually have weird, synthetic base notes that bother me.
I've grown to like incense since I started taking yoga classes, but I don't use it at home because the smell sticks around for too long in smaller rooms.
Regular candles have such a nice smell of their own that I don't see why anyone would want to mask it with perfumes.
I like pure essential oils, but I'm not a fan of most mixed products. Every smell reminds me of something very specific. I associate eucalyptus with the relief I felt after a steam bath when I had a sinus infection, pine with cleaning the house, and lavender with the relaxed feeling of cleaning my yoga mat after a long class.
I think cedar and lavender are the best easily-replicated natural scents. I don't like candles, but the smell of kerosene lanterns is pretty good.>>4564
I never thought I'd like them, but I've found myself more and more fascinated with perfumes and scents. I love having a variety of smells for different situations. It's almost a personal thing, just taking off your coat and getting the faintest scent of what you have on is one of those private moments of enjoyment.
Have you looked through Fragrantica? It's one of those brilliant obsessively-categorising websites: https://www.fragrantica.com/notes/
Do any of you have one of these air humidifiers? I always wondered if these things changed anything.
dont know if it's just me but moist dirt smells fucking amazing. I just wannna fucking smash my head into some and get a big fucking whiff
Fresh beetroots smells very much of moist soil.
On that note (huehue), one of my favourite smells are the green star thing of a good tomato right after it's been torn off. Almost intoxicating to sit and sniff one.
>>4640>the green star thing of a good tomato right after it's been torn off
Ooh, I have to try that!
I just remembered another favorite: the smell of freshly sliced lemon can literally give me goosebumps.