Kathryn O'Halloran |
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in the mood
A sweet-smelling home isnít only delightful for my guests; itís a
gift to myself. Whether I
need perking up after a hard day at work, or to wind down and forget the
world outside, using the right scents helps set the mood I want.
Hereís a brief guide on which scents to use when...
Slip into your
favorite pajamas, brew up a cup of tea and relax with bergamot,
lavender, chamomile and rose
oils. While lavender and chamomile are the scents traditionally
used for relaxation, bergamot and rose are my favorites. If the world has turned pear-shaped and you need to relax,
donít kick the cat. Fire
up these babies and take some good, deep breaths.
Maybe you want to use
the bedroom for something a bit raunchier than sleeping: slip into
something slinky, dim the lights and get the neroli,
jasmine, mandarin or ylang
ylang oils happening.
I love a party as much
as the next person does, but there are times when the thought of getting
off the couch is enough to have me in tears.
On nights Iím forced to go out and paint the town scarlet, I
turn up the music loud, jump into a refreshing shower and use some lemongrass,
rosemary, cardamom or neroli oils
to get me in the mood. Of
course, when youíre hosting the party yourself, use these same scents
to get the whole crowd in the right mood for fun.
You know what itís
like Ė a major project was due yesterday but you just canít settle
down to finish it. If you
find yourself fuzzyheaded and lacking in concentration, burn some rosemary,
basil or peppermint oils
to get you focused.
You donít have to just mix
and match to your moods eitheró think about your decorating style too.
Sandalwood could be the perfect partner to an Asian influenced dťcor
or rose oil to match a girlie-girl theme.
all, have fun decorating with scents, and donít be afraid to
experiment. Start playing with fragrances by choosing one or two good
quality oils, then slowly building up a collection. Soon youíll be
luxuriating in a home that smells as lovely as it looks.
too much of herself at Cut
Lunch Trip and thinks
any day she doesn't get out of her pyjamas is a good day indeed.
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