Get the jump on summer in your own special cloud…
Ever wonder about the wonderful and welcoming scents that perfume the homes of your most fashionable friends? Us too. So, as we move back indoors after a long and sunny summer, we tap a roster of high-style personalities for their favourite, go-to home fragrances.
STYLE INSIDER: Joanna Track, CEO/Founder at www.eLuxe.ca
FAVOURITE HOME SCENT: “My favourite room scent is the Lollia Wish Luminary. It is a sweet, simple scent—a combination of vanilla, amber wood, ylang ylang and sugar cane. The only way I can describe is that for me it is a happy scent. I’m such a fan that I also have the perfume and the hand cream too!” www.lollialife.com
PHOTO OF TRACK (BELOW): KIRA CRUGNALE
STYLE INSIDER: Tu Ly, fashion designer/creative marketing director at Ports 1961, www.ports1961.com
FAVOURITE HOME SCENT: “@diptyqueparis Baies. It’s our absolute essential home scent, elegant & super chic! Plus it reminds me of Paris!” www.diptyqueparis.com
PHOTO OF LY (BELOW): JEREMY STOCKTON
STYLE INSIDER: Suzanne Dimma, editor-in-chief/Canadian House & Home magazine, www.houseandhome.com
FAVOURITE HOME SCENT: “I tend to lean toward more masculine scents than pretty ones, so Cire Trudon’s Ernesto candle is a real favourite. Its tobacco and leather undertones give it a fragrance that’s more handsome than feminine, so it’s perfect. It has a distinctly exotic flavour reminiscent of Havana, so each time I light one it’s like taking a mini vacation to some faraway place. I am also a fan of its deep green glass vessel with the famous French candlemaker’s gold crest. They have a distinctly regal look that easily complements a well-designed room with a more traditional slant. They make a fantastic holiday gift.” www.ciretrudon.com, www.teatroverde.com
PHOTO OF DIMMA (BELOW): JASON HUDSON; CANDLE (BELOW): KIM JEFFREY/CANADIAN HOUSE & HOME
STYLE INSIDER: Elizabeth Cabral, fashion director at Flare magazine, www.flare.com
FAVOURITE HOME SCENT: “My ultimate favourite home scent is the Diptyque candle Feu de Bois. I love anything earthy and the scent of burnt wood translates into a cozy and calming environment. I only wish I could bottle it and take it with me everywhere.
“I also love the smell of lavender so I place little pouchettes in my closets and drawers. Good to ward off moths too.”
PHOTO OF CABRAL (BELOW): GEORGE PIMENTEL
STYLE INSIDER: Virginie Martocq, home editor at Chatelaine magazine, www.chatelaine.com
FAVOURITE HOME SCENT: “I’m actually not a big one for home scents. To me the scent of a home should reflect what’s happening in a home at that time: the smell of toast and coffee in the morning; or fresh, wet air when the windows have been left open after a summer rainfall. The smell of dinner cooking welcomes guests better than any room spray.
“But if my house has to have one smell, it’s fresh peonies. I wear Chanel No.5, and I think the heady, floral, slightly old-fashioned smell (and look) [of peonies] is reminiscent of that classic scent.
“I have been known to light a scented candle during the holidays—Votivo Red Currant is my go-to. I have it in the front hall as people come in, but I inevitably blow it out after an hour or so, to give people’s noses a chance to rest!
“It reminds me of a very elegant friend of mine whose house always smells so good. Every time I ask, it’s always Votivo Red Currant. I’m not sure it smells quite as wonderful in my house!”
PHOTO (MARTOCQ): ROBERTO CARUSO/CHATELAINE; PHOTO (PEONIES): iSTOCKPHOTO/JONATHAN SLOANE
STYLE INSIDER: Shawn Gibson, co-owner of Teatro Verde, Toronto, www.teatroverde.com
FAVOURITE HOME SCENT: “My favourite is a candle by Cire Trudon: Ernesto. It transforms my space to that of a Cuban Casa. I can almost feel the warmth of the people, the passion of the food and the smell of the ocean.
“It retails for $100, burns for 85 hours; [is] 100% vegetable wax, cotton woven wick; pure essence, nothing synthetic.” www.ciretrudon.com, www.teatroverde.com