The best home fragrance: 10 top buys for a scented home

Find the best home fragrance – candles, reed diffusers and room sprays – with help from us. For a lovely smelling home, year-round

Best home fragrance: Cire Trudon Manon Candle
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Looking to invest in the best home fragrance – whether that be a candle, reed diffuser or room spray – to ensure each room inside your home smells delightful? Whether you are attracted to sweet floral scents or you prefer understated woody tones, we have compiled the ultimate list of home fragrances that will add that crucial final touch to your room decor and help conjure up the right atmosphere. For your home office, living room, bedroom and more. Keep scrolling for our top recommendations – we have rated these home fragrances based on their scent, packaging, longevity, ease of use and type.

The best home fragrance

The best home fragrance: Ortigia Zagara Reed Diffuser

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1. Ortigia Zagara Reed Diffuser

The best home fragrance

Specifications
Type: Reed diffuser
Size: 200 ml
Notes: Orange blossom, neroli, pettigrain, woods
Reasons to buy
+Realistic orange blossom scent+Gorgeous packaging+Natural ingredients
Reasons to avoid
-Not very long-lasting

Ortigia hail from Sicily, and this most Italian of scents will remind you of summer year-round.

The scent
This is the most perfect rendition of orange blossom in home fragrance we’ve ever tried; it has just the right balance of headiness and creaminess to be noticeable without ever becoming overpowering. Guaranteed to mentally transport you to Italy in spring.

The packaging
Gorgeous: clear glass engraved with exotic flora and fauna and filled with the sunny-yellow liquid. Makes an impactful gift. 

Good to know
This reed diffuser has a natural oil base, which makes it a little less long-lasting that some other reed diffusers we’ve tried. 

The best rose home scent: Diptique Baies Scented Candle

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2. Diptique Baies Scented Candle

The best rose home scent

Specifications
Type: Candle
Size: 2.4oz, 6.5oz
Notes: Blackcurrant leaves, Blackcurrant buds, Bulgarian roses, Ambergris
Reasons to buy
+A fresh and modern fragrance+Fills even a large room
Reasons to avoid
-Packaging is a bit basic

The scent
‘Baies’ translates as ‘berries’, and this candle opens with a luscious, sparkling blackcurrant note we can’t get enough of. However, this is primarily a rose-based room fragrance and any rose lover has to try this. It’s not a dusty or boring rose – rather a juicy, fruity one. Delicious in a bedroom 

The packaging
We’re not crazy about it, if we’re honest. For a luxury brand, Diptyque are getting away with a clear glass jar with a sticker on it. Given how lovely the scent is, though, they’re forgiven.

Good to know
All Diptyque candles tend to lose their scent if not covered, so consider getting a cloche to cover your candle. 

The best home fragrance for winter: The White Company Cassis Large Scented Candle

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3. The White Company Cassis Large Scented Candle

The best home fragrance for winter

Specifications
Type: Candle
Size: 27oz
Notes: Blackberries, cedar, clove and patchouli.
Reasons to buy
+Large size+Fragrance travels well across a room
Reasons to avoid
-Can give you a headache in a small space

Our favorite from The White Company, this large-sized candle will make your home cosy in the colder months.

The scent
Cassis works incredibly well in cold weather because its crisp berry accord has been expertly blended with sweet, spicy notes of clove and cedar. Grounded and grown-up, festive berries. Yum. 

The Packaging
Minimalist glass with a signature White Company sticker. Nothing special, but there’s nothing wrong with it.

Good to know
This home fragrance is surprisingly potent, and we’d reserve it for the largest room in the house; otherwise, you risk a headache from this one. 

The best home fragrance for bedrooms: Cire Trudon Manon Candle

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4. Cire Trudon Manon Candle

The best home fragrance for bedrooms

Specifications
Type: Candle
Size: 9.5oz
Notes: Lavender, orange, soft soap, musk
Reasons to buy
+Very long-lasting+High quality
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

Cire Trudon are legendary French candlemakers with centuries of experience, and this high-quality fragrance does not disappoint. 

The scent
Evocative of crisp linen closets and freshly washed stone floors, this soft and relaxing fragrance is the definitive ‘clean’ home fragrance. Herbal lavender has been softened with soap and musk. The scent of everything being in order. 

The packaging
The signature green glass jar with gold embossing; will look elegant and imposing on a bedside table.

Good to know
Yes, these are seriously expensive candles, but they really deliver on scent and longevity. Totally worth the splurge. 

The best home fragrance for Christmas: Scandinavisk Skog Candle

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5. Scandinavisk Skog Candle

The best home fragrance for Christmas

Specifications
Type: Candle
Size: 1.94oz, 6.7oz
Notes: Pine, lily-of-the-valley, leather
Reasons to buy
+Natural and cruelty-free+Subtle fragrance 
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t last long

Scandinavisk have mastered the art of minimalist home fragrances: everyone should try at least one. 

The scent
Like a hologram of a Christmas tree. We’ve never experienced a pine scent that captured the sweet/woody essence of pine quite as successfully as this one. Put it on in the same room as your Christmas tree and you’ll be amazed by the hyper-natural effect. Scandinavisk had a stroke of genius with this one, adding the fresh lily-of-the-valley to the dark leather and pine accord. The result is resinous and sweet. We love it. 

Packaging
Cute and colourful jars that come with handy wooden lids, even in the smaller sizes. Looks great on a coffee table.

Good to know
We find that this candle burns really fast, so stock up if you want it on throughout the Christmas period. 

The best room spray: Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile Room Spray

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6. Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile Room Spray

The best room spray

Specifications
Type: Room spray
Size: 3.4oz
Notes: Strawberry, Red berries, birch
Reasons to buy
+A grown-up take on fruity+Instantly refreshes a room
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive for how much you get

Dr Vranjes Firenze make some seriously classy home fragrances – Rosso Nobile is our all-time favorite.

The scent
We think it’s impossible not to like this fragrance: its ripe, red berry and grape notes will instantly lift your spirits and make you smile. We don’t find it at all boozy or reminiscent of Italian wines (the brand’s description), but that doesn’t take away from the instant pleasure of this affable, fruity fragrance. 

The packaging
A cut-crystal bottle that looks stunning with the dark-red juice in it. Will look great on a bathroom vanity.

Good to know
This is not cheap for a room spray, but the scent lingers – worth every cent, in our opinion. 

The best unusual home fragrance: Apotheke Charcoal Reed Diffuser

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7. Apotheke Charcoal Reed Diffuser

The best unusual home fragrance

Specifications
Type: Reed diffuser
Size: 6.7oz
Notes: Maple Bacon, Raspberry, tomato, Cedarwood, Guaiac Wood
Reasons to buy
+Long-lasting+Fragrance with lots of character 
Reasons to avoid
-Won’t be to everyone’s taste

Not for the faint of heart, this characterful home fragrance will make a bold statement in a hallway or lounge. 

The scent
In a word: charcoal. That rich, smokey smell of embers in the fireplace, with a hint of sweetness from the raspberry and maple (don’t be put off by ‘bacon’ in the notes - it doesn’t really smell like bacon). It’s not actually as out-there as it sounds and complements hallways, bathrooms, and lounges. 

The packaging
An elegant matte black bottle – exactly what this room fragrance needs. 

Good to know
Although we really like it, we’d recommend you smell this fragrance before buying, unless you know you like smokey scents. 

The best home fragrance for a home office: Rockett St George Absolutely Flawless - Wild Pomegranate Candle

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8. Rockett St George Absolutely Flawless - Wild Pomegranate Candle

The best home fragrance for a home office

Specifications
Type: Candle
Size: 30cl
Notes: Pomegranate
Reasons to buy
+Subtle+Comes in lovely packaging+Parrafin-free
Reasons to avoid
-Perhaps too sweet for some-Doesn't give off any smell unless lit

Rockett St George's Absolutely Flawless candle is a great pick for a home office. Why? It's lovely and subtle – smell and looks-wise. 

The scent
This candle smells of a spring morning – pomegranate takes over, but there is definitely a hint of fresh cotton and also some smoky undertones. The best part? You can display it on your desk without it being too powerful – it's subtle both lit and unlit. Also, it's made using natural beeswax and rapeseed oil making it paraffin-free

The packaging
This candle arrives in a matching black box to the candle – it would definitely make  a lovely gift. As for the jar, this is an unobtrusive black matte with gold lettering.

Good to know
You'll need to keep trimming the wick of this candle to prevent tunnelling. Also, it doesn't give off any smell unless lit – this is admittedly great for smaller rooms or homes as sometimes this can be over powering.

The best home fragrance for a living room: Stoneglow Luna Reed Diffuser – Leather and Saffron

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9. Stoneglow Luna Reed Diffuser – Leather and Saffron

The best home fragrance for a living room

Specifications
Type: Reed diffuser
Size: 120 ml
Notes: Leather, saffron, sandalwood, jasmine, amber, musk
Reasons to buy
+Strong+Well-balanced scent+Nice packaging
Reasons to avoid
-Reeds aren’t the best

Want to make a statement with your home fragrance? This one packs a punch.

The scent
While Luna is described as a leather and saffron scent, it’s actually a wonderfully textured, dark take on a jasmine room fragrance. It’s not a simple floral, though: the sandalwood and amber give it an opulence and warmth, while the leather makes the floral heart more masculine and formal. A great scent for a contemporary living room.

Packaging
Elegant and streamlined, in a versatile shade of navy that will blend in with your decor. 

Good to know
We’re not keen on the reeds here – they’re a bit basic. Consider replacing with better-quality reeds.

The best vanilla home fragrance: Voluspa Champagne Classic Maison Candle

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10. Voluspa Champagne Classic Maison Candle

The best vanilla home fragrance

Specifications
Type: Candle
Size: 12oz
Notes: Champagne, vanilla, oak
Reasons to buy
+Great design+Scent has depth to it
Reasons to avoid
-Quite subtle

A rich and festive scent that will give any room in the house plenty of oomph. 

The scent
Forget about champagne, as lovely as the booze-themed marketing for this fragrance is – it’s actually a very well-executed vanilla home scent. Rich, deep, and grounded by the oak, this is warm, creamy vanilla as it should be.  

The packaging
A sleek black glass jar with a gold sticker. Very opulent. 

Good to know
This isn’t a very strong fragrance, so is better suited to smaller rooms.

How to choose a home fragrance

Choosing a home fragrance is a highly individual process: what smells great to one person may smell too strong/too sweet/too subtle to another. As a general rule, though, it’s a good idea to work out your preferences, and how the fragrance will be used, before you buy.

Which room will it be used in?

Large lounges do better with stronger, more opulent fragrances, whether sweet, floral, or smokey. On the other hand, strong room fragrances should be avoided in bedrooms: instead, look for lavender-based scents that will help you sleep. Kitchens are your perfect setting for gourmands (think vanilla or fruits) and herbal scents with notes of citrus and basil. Bathrooms and hallways can take just about anything, because they’re often aired. 

What notes do you (dis)like?

Don’t worry about trends: what do you actually like? If you love rose, look for a rose-based fragrance. If you hate citrus, make sure your home fragrance doesn’t contain any, because whatever fragrance note you dislike will be the one you’ll end up noticing the most. 

Reed diffuser, candle, or room spray? 

Candles are less intrusive, because you can easily put them out, but you will need to supervise them when they’re lit. Reed diffusers are low-maintenance, but you’ll need to make sure you like the scent, as you’ll be smelling it all the time. And rooms prays are perfect for bathrooms and kitchens where you may wish to mask unpleasant odors.