Best Home Fragrances: Eco-Friendly Ways to Scent Your Space


Home fragrances are a wonderful way to create a welcoming ambiance in our homes. Introducing our favourite scents into our living spaces offers a variety of possibilities. In this blog post, we will explore the best home fragrances and examine eco-friendly methods for incorporating these aromas into our living spaces. From fragranced candles and diffusers to potpourri and DIY methods, we’ll look at the various options for sustainable and environmentally conscious home fragrances.

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The Importance of Eco-Friendly Home Fragrances

Before we look at the best eco-friendly home fragrances, let’s understand why eco-friendliness matters. Traditional air fresheners often contain harmful chemicals that can pollute the indoor air, leading to potential health risks. Many of these products release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can contribute to indoor air pollution and affect our well-being. By opting for eco-friendly home fragrances, you not only enhance the aroma of your living space but also reduce your carbon footprint and promote a healthier environment.

Fragranced Candles: A Sustainable Glow

Fragranced candles have long been a favourite for creating an inviting ambiance. Not only do they provide a warm, soothing light, but they also infuse the air with delightful scents. Most scented candles are made with paraffin wax which is derived from petroleum and therefore not good for the environment. To make your candle selection eco-friendly, look for candles made from sustainable materials, such as soy or beeswax. These options burn cleaner and produce fewer toxins, making them healthier for you and the planet.

Link to Soy wax candle by Valentte

This soy wax candle by Valentte is scented with natural essential oils, Lemongrass and Rosemary for an uplifting and stimulating effect.

link to Beeswax candle by Rhoose Point Remedies

This beeswax candle by Rhoose Point Remedies is perfect for those who prefer to neutralise odors rather than introduce a scent into the room.

When choosing a fragranced candle, consider your scent preferences. Earthy aromas like lavender, eucalyptus, and sandalwood promote relaxation and stress relief, while fruity scents like citrus and apple can invigorate and refresh your space. Opt for candles in reusable or recyclable containers for a more sustainable choice.

Diffusers: Versatile and Eco-Friendly

Diffusers are popular due to their versatility in dispersing scents throughout your home. Home fragrances can be achieved with different types of diffusers, such as ultrasonic, reed, or electric diffusers. Ultrasonic diffusers use water and essential oils to create a fine mist that fills the room with your chosen scent. Reed diffusers, on the other hand, use natural reeds to absorb and release the fragrance gradually. Electric diffusers, like nebulizing diffusers, provide a powerful and consistent aroma.

Link to Reed diffuser by Valentte

This reed diffuser by Valentte comes in a range of fragrances to suit any taste. This particular one is Cardamom and Nutmeg which creates a soothing and relaxing atmosphere to improve your overall mood.

Link to Essential oil diffuser by Salter

Essential oil diffusers like this one by Salter can serve as a decorative ornament as well as filling the air with your favourite scents.

Link to Handmade glass diffuser

This ultrasonic diffuser has a handmade glass cover and comes in a range of contemporary designs.  By selecting your own essential oils you can create an atmosphere unique to you.

When selecting essential oils for your diffuser, consider your desired atmosphere. For relaxation and calm, lavender, chamomile, or frankincense oils are excellent choices. For an energy boost and mental clarity, opt for peppermint, rosemary, or citrus scents. Combining essential oils can create a unique blend that caters to your specific preferences. Be sure to choose oils from brands that prioritise sustainability and use pure, natural ingredients.

Pot-Pourri: A Timeless Fragrance Tradition

Potpourri, derived from the French phrase “pot pourri,” meaning “putrid pot,” has evolved into a fragrant and decorative solution for scenting your home. It typically consists of dried flowers, herbs, and spices, combined with essential oils. Potpourri not only adds a natural and eco-friendly fragrance to your home but also serves as an elegant decoration.

To make eco-friendly potpourri, you can gather dried flowers and herbs from your garden or purchase them from local sources. Combine these with your favorite essential oils, ensuring that they are sustainably sourced and free from harmful additives. Arrange your potpourri in bowls or decorative containers, strategically placed around your home to maintain a delightful aroma.

DIY Methods of Scenting the Home

If you’re a fan of hands-on projects and enjoy a bit of creativity, there are several DIY methods for scenting your home in an eco-friendly way.

Natural Air Fresheners: Fresh Scents, Naturally

Creating natural air fresheners is not only fun but also eco-conscious. Gather ingredients like citrus peels, herbs, and spices, and experiment with different combinations to create the best home fragrances for your space. You can make simple air fresheners by boiling these ingredients on the stove, creating a simmering potpourri that releases a wonderful aroma into the air. This method is not only effective but also a fantastic way to repurpose kitchen scraps.

Scented Sachets: A Delicate Touch

Scented sachets are small, fragrant pouches that can be placed in drawers, closets, or hung in various locations throughout your home. Making them is easy and environmentally friendly. Gather dried flowers and herbs and place them in cloth bags or pouches. Add a few drops of essential oil to enhance the scent, and your homemade sachets are ready to use. They not only keep your belongings smelling fresh but also add a touch of elegance to your living space.

Homemade Reed Diffusers: Sustainable Aromatherapy

If you prefer the gentle aroma of reed diffusers, you can make your own using sustainable materials. Repurpose an old glass bottle and fill it with a mixture of essential oils and a carrier liquid like almond oil or safflower oil. Insert natural reeds such as rattan reeds into the bottle, and they will absorb the liquid and release the fragrance into the room. When the scent starts to fade, simply refill the bottle and reuse the reeds, reducing waste and ensuring a sustainable home fragrance solution.

Sustainability and Eco-Friendly Packaging

In your quest for the best home fragrances, consider the sustainability of the packaging. Many eco-friendly brands take an extra step by using biodegradable, recyclable, or reusable containers and minimal packaging. By choosing such brands, you not only support sustainability but also send a strong message to the industry that consumers value eco-conscious choices.


Creating a fragrant and inviting home doesn’t have to come at the cost of the environment. By choosing eco-friendly home fragrances like fragranced candles, diffusers, and potpourri, as well as exploring DIY methods, you can enjoy a pleasant and sustainable living space. Experiment with various scents to find your personal favorites. Make eco-conscious choices, opt for sustainable brands, and reduce your carbon footprint while you infuse your home with delightful aromas. Embrace the idea that a beautifully fragrant home can be achieved without compromising the well-being of the planet.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with eco-friendly home fragrances. Share your favorite scents and DIY methods in the comments below, and let’s inspire each other to make our homes inviting and sustainable.


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  1. Your article was super helpful and made me think about how I can make my home smell great without harming the environment. I’m going to try out some of your suggestions in my home. It’s great that you also mentioned the importance of sustainable packaging. That’s something I’ll pay more attention to when I shop. 

    1. Thanks so much for your comment.  I’m so pleased you found it helpful.  

      The air quality in our homes is important too so choosing fragrances for your home that are kind to the planet and to your home makes perfect sense.

      Happy shopping! 

  2. hey elaine,

    thx for the article, it was very informative. i never really thought about the environmental impact of home fragrances before. i’ve been using fragranced candles for a while, but now i’ll be more conscious and look for those made from soy or beeswax. the idea of using potpourri from locally sourced dried flowers and herbs sounds cool too. gonna try that out :))

    b4, i never knew that traditional air fresheners could be harmful, so this was an eye-opener for me. rly appreciate the eco-friendly options you shared 🙂

    1. Thanks for your comments.  I’m so pleased you found the post useful. You aren’t alone in not being aware of the impact home fragrances have on the environment .  Many people don’t realise there are harmful chemicals burning when they light paraffin based candles. They can be particularly harmful to people suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions.  I hope you find some alternatives you like. 

  3. Elaine, your insights on eco-friendly home fragrances are truly enlightening! 🌿 I’m particularly fascinated by the DIY methods, especially the idea of creating natural air fresheners by repurposing kitchen scraps. It’s not just environmentally conscious but also a fantastic way to add a fresh scent to the home while reducing waste.

    I’d love to hear more about your thoughts on sustainable options for those of us living in climates with open windows for a significant part of the year, like in Hawaii. In such conditions, maintaining a lasting fragrance can be a challenge. Do you have any specific recommendations or tips for ensuring that the delightful aromas persist, even with the windows wide open? Mahalo! 🌺✨

    1. Thank you for your comments.  I’m pleased that you enjoyed it!

      How lovely that you are able to open your windows for most of the year!   That doesn’t happen very often here in England!  

      My initial reaction is ‘Wow! Fresh air! – The best natural fragrance!’  However, if you like the idea of adding scents to your home, then I would recommend fragrant plants.  

      Creating a kitchen garden using fragrant herbs has a dual purpose – they are handy for cooking and smell lovely too.  Eg. Basil (my favourite), sage (hanging a bunch or having a plant in the bathroom releases a lovely scent), mint and cilantro are all lovely!   Also, if you like cut flowers, pick strong scented ones.  The fresh air flowing through your windows will disperse these scents around your home.



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