12 Home Scents Our Editors Buy and Love — "It Gives Me a Boost of Energy"

I asked Livingetc editors and interior experts about the home fragrances that defined their year. Shop the best scents of 2023 and beyond

These are the best home scents, according to experts.
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The importance of scent cannot be overstated. More than just a pleasant aroma, scent “has the remarkable ability to evoke vivid memories and elicit strong emotional responses, instantly setting the mood,” says Janine Just Hornig, head of design at Roxy Rentals. Scent forms one of guests' first impressions upon entering our homes, so we want to ensure that it’s a positive one.

Many of us have a signature home scent, a personal go-to aroma that aligns with our personality and daily preferences. Though, finding one is easier said than done in today’s highly saturated marketplace of candles, oil diffuser, and room sprays. To aid you on your quest for the perfect signature scent, or at the very least, a new favorite home fragrance, I consulted experts with the best smelling homes that I know of, asking each which scents defined their year. Selected from the best home decor stores, these home scents aren't necessarily the most popular, but they certainly are the best. 

Julia Demer
Style editor

Formerly covering fashion at L’Officiel USA, style maven Julia Demer brings her love of design to Livingetc’s world of interiors. As the title’s Style Editor, Julia's work reflects a sharp eye for detail and an innate passion for aesthetics. Her journey began with a strong foundation in design, honing her craft at renowned establishments like The Row and even establishing her own eponymous fashion brand. Julia’s design background is evident in the way she thoughtfully curates shopping edits, always maintaining a focus on emerging trends while preserving timeless sensibilities. For Julia, fashion and interiors go hand in hand, reflecting her lifelong commitment to perfecting the art of style.