Home Fragrance: How To Make Your Home Smell Great

One key to making your home as cozy, relaxing, and inviting as possible is making sure that it smells great. A reed diffuser or essential oil diffuser might be your first pick when you need to give your living room or home office an inviting scent. While fragrance diffusers and room sprays are certainly popular, we’re big fans of candles for their ambiance and long-lasting scents.

With other aromatherapy and fragrance brands, you’ll inevitably find some talk of eau de parfum and complex fragrance notes — which makes sorting through trending scents a pretty difficult task. At Snif, we’re not ones to harp on scent notes, and we definitely don’t want you to feel like you need a translator to understand our products. 

That’s why we’re bringing you our 10 favorite scents for the home with no mention of complex fragrance families or words you need to Google. Whether you naturally gravitate to a spicier cinnamon fragrance or a soothing vanilla scent, we’ve got you covered. 

10 Popular Home Scents 

Sometimes, finding a scent for your home can be harder than picking a signature scent for yourself. Here are the most popular scents for the home broken-down to help you find your perfect fit. 

1. Sandalwood

Although “wood” is in the name, sandalwood doesn’t necessarily smell as woody as scents like cedar and pine. Whenever you imagine what a luxurious home or hotel smells like, chances are you’re envisioning some version of sandalwood.

Sandalwood is a sweet and smooth scent that’s versatile because it isn’t overwhelming. Instead, sandalwood can be seamlessly mixed with other fragrances to give them a deep, warm, and creamy feel.

Our Off The Grid candle features sandalwood combined with an herby and warm blend of lily of the valley, moss, cypress, tuberose, cedar, and cistus amber to take you to your happy place. If you’re looking for a calming scent to help you unplug on sleepy Sundays, consider trying this candle. 

2. Peony

If you’re looking for a floral scent that’s soft and fresh, peony might be the perfect fragrance for you. Peonies have a distinct scent similar to a lush mix of roses and citrus. Peony is a fantastic scent for summer, when you might want to lean into sweet and refreshing smells. 

Although peony is a distinct scent, it’s not overpowering or overwhelming, which allows it to blend well with non-floral scents. 

3. Musk

It’s not uncommon to see musk listed as an ingredient in fragrance oils and high-quality air fresheners — but what exactly is musk? 

Musk is a mellow scent plays well with others thanks to its subtle and slightly powdery feeling. Our Prenup candle brings you the best musk has to offer with a smooth scent as memorable as your honeymoon. The combination of ink, vetiver, vanilla, Tonka, and ebony wood brings an inviting and warm vibe that’s perfect for your home.

4. Tangerine 

Tangerines are a great snack when you’re on the go — but they also make for a yummy home fragrance (just think about how good your kitchen smells after peeling one).

Tangerine is a tried and true fragrance, a trusty companion, and an overall classic scent. You’re likely familiar with the scent of tangerine from summer days spent snacking on these small citrus fruits as a kid. 

The sweet, fruity scent of tangerine immediately brightens any candle and will have your home smelling like sunlight in June. If you’re a fan of refreshing scents like grapefruit or eucalyptus, tangerine is a great choice for you.

5. Neroli 

The lesser-known cousin of tangerine is neroli. It’s a bit of an underdog, but once you get introduced to it, you’ll be rooting for it all the way.

Neroli is another name for orange blossom, and it has a citrusy, floral scent. However, unlike tangerine, neroli can also smell slightly soapy, clean, and bitter. If you’re looking for a scent that still has the bright feeling of citrus without overly sweet hints, neroli might be just what you need. 

We combined neroli with tuberose, orris, rum, sandalwood, cedarwood, tobacco, and amber to make our Ditch Plains candle. It’s the kind of candle that can transport your house straight to the ocean, no matter where you are. 

6. Patchouli

Patchouli oil comes from an aromatic flowering plant that belongs to the mint family. It has a sweet, strong scent that’s similar to musk, but more confident and pronounced. 

Although the patchouli plant is part of the mint family, it doesn’t have that cool, refreshing scent you might associate with classic mint. 

Instead, patchouli is spicy and sweet, and it certainly knows how to pack a fragrance punch. For this reason, it’s often included in moisturizers and other personal care products — but we love it for home fragrances, too. Patchouli is a star player in our Sweet Ash candle, giving it a subtle sweetness for all the welcoming vibes.

7. Cinnamon

When you think of cinnamon, it might conjure up thoughts of snickerdoodle cookies, cozy autumn days, and your favorite chai latte from that one coffee shop — and who wouldn’t want their home to smell that good?

Cinnamon is a warm, spiced, decadent scent that brings in all the welcoming vibes, and you can find it in our Half Baked Pumpkin Smash candle. This candle mixes cinnamon sticks with pumpkin spice, cardamom, whiskey, and orange for an inviting scent that makes your home smell like fresh-baked pumpkin pie (even if you aren’t great in the kitchen).

8. Vanilla

It’s hard to be opposed to the warm, sweet smell of vanilla. If you ask us, vanilla is a great choice for any season, but you might find it especially appealing when it’s cold out and your home needs an extra layer of coziness. 

Vanilla brings the perfect balance of sugary sweetness and smooth comfort. It’s not an overpowering or stifling fragrance — it’s more like a soft blanket of scent.

9. Tonka

Although it’s not quite as well known as vanilla, Tonka is a delicious scent that also feels complex and rich. 

Tonka comes from the beans of the Tonka tree, and it smells of yummy spices like nutmeg, toasted almonds, and other earthy scents. It’s a deep, rich scent with great versatility. Tonka is charismatic enough to stand alone as its own fragrance or be a team player that helps balance out other ingredients. 

This is another delicious smell you can find in our Sweet Ash candle for a smooth-burning scent.

10. Fir Balsam

Fir balsam is a scent from the evergreen tree family. In other words, fir balsam can conjure up memories of decorating the Christmas tree with family (and then vacuuming up all the loose pine needles). 

Although it is similar to other woody scents, fir balsam is a bit more complex. It has a strong and fresh scent like cedarwood or spruce, but it also has a slightly sweet smell similar to balsamic vinegar. 

It might sound like an unusual combination, but the smell of cinnamon that comes from the bark works well to mix all of these elements into a warm, rich scent. 

If you’re looking for a perfect scent for the holiday season, or if you’re an all-year holiday type of person, look no further than our Old Saint Wick candle. With a mixture of Siberian pine, apple blossom, rosemary, jasmine, sandalwood, cedarwood, and fir balsam, this candle is sure to keep every room feeling merry and bright.

Find the Fragrance for Your Home

The only way you can really choose the right fragrance is to try a few — that’s why we have our Try Before You Buy option. All you need to do is choose three candles that you’d like to try, and we’ll send you three two-ounce sample candles alongside three full-size candles. 

Once you receive your candle set, you’ll have seven days to try out the samples. From there, you can keep as many candles as you want, and return the ones you don’t want, all for free. 

All of our candles are formulated according to clean industry standards, which means they’re non-toxic, paraffin-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. They also come in reusable glass jars that can be repurposed as gorgeous (and easy) home decor. 

The best part? Our 8.5 oz candles will give you 50+ hours of totally stress-free burn time year-round, thanks to our 100% pure cotton fiber wicks — your new home fragrance is calling. 


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