While yesterday may have been the Autumnal Equinox and officially the first day of fall, we all know what that means: the days of open windows and clear nights are most certainly numbered. Or who knows, maybe this fall will be unlike the typical Chicago season and linger around the seventies on through October. Regardless, we here at OSB like to be prepared so when those windows do come down, be sure to keep your home smelling fresh and cozy with these quick tips!
Keep That Candle Burning Bright
Gardenia + Tuberose
Fig + Cardamon
Blood Orange + Citrus
Pick your pleasure with these delicately scented candles. Though the garden blooms are long since past, floral, earthy or citrus accents add a welcoming and calming touch to any room. If you are more of the DIY type OSB offers a mason jar candle making class as well! Sign up here.
An Herbal Cleanse
For those outside the know, a smudge or smudging ceremony is a great way to reset the spiritual energy of a home. Just grab a smudge stick - sold at OSB's brick & mortar location - a ceramic bowl and glass of water just in case those embers get out of hand. Light the wand and then blow it out as you would with incense. Carry the stick and ceramic dish - all the better to catch the embers with darling - as you make a pass through each room. The trailing smoke is said to cleanse each room's energy as well as reinvigorate the spiritual space. If interested in a more involved smudge stick instruction check out this how-to by BLDG 25.
P.S. If the spiritual aspect is not quite up your alley, the smudge stick - a wand typically comprised of white sage - also leaves a light, herbaceous scent throughout your household.
Über calming to say the least.
Soap, salts and suds are most definitely a way to up your bath time, especially if you pay attention to the scents and aromas you are adding. If on the hunt for an invigorating bath try Bonnie Rosemary + Mint bath salts or if a more soothing experience is required Paddywax's Peony + Clover or Lilac + Moss soaps are sure to do the trick. Just dim the lights, add a candle and let the aromas you choose get to work!
DIY Home Fragrance
If you are in search of a homemade air freshener or alternative to a candle or smudge stick, these DIY room scents, featured on The Yummy Life, are a quick way to aromatize your home. All you need are a handful of ingredients - this depends on how complex and in-depth you hope the scent to be - a stovetop, crock pot, and water. Just toss the herbs and spices into a pot, add water, bring to a boil, then simmer. Seriously, I have tried this with a single cinnamon stick and my kitchen, living room and entryway had a Big Red kind of verve after a few hours so be warned, the longer you simmer, the bolder the scent!
Happy aromatizing everyone!